Monday, 23 October 2017

Wins at Henley fours & eights head for UTRC

UPPER THAMES secured six wins and hosts Henley Rowing Club five on Saturday at the annual Henley Fours and Eights Head.

UPPER THAMES secured six wins and hosts Henley Rowing Club five on Saturday at the annual Henley Fours and Eights Head.

With extensive flooding having caused the event to be cancelled in recent years, the head race was well attended with clubs from Nottingham, Southampton, London and Wales all competing along the 3km course from Greenlands to the Royal Regatta finish.

The home club's junior division again demonstrated their competitive edge and won five events and came second in three.

The senior men's novice and IM1 eights came second and fifth in their respective categories, racing against a large and competitive field of boats. The junior men's squad took honours in the J14 coxed quads with first and second places, and the J15 coxed quad took first place against four crews from Reading Blue Coat School. The Henley junior women's squad added to their long list of season wins with a further three victories.

The WJ14 girls took first and second places in their coxed quad event. The older girls took first places in the WJ18 coxed four and WJ18 eights, recording impressive times in comparison to the senior women in those respective categories.

Upper Thames' men's elite coxless four won their division in 11 minutes three seconds, being outdone only by their clubmates in IM1 coxless fours, who pipped them by three seconds.

The masters men also won two events, the D category (average age 50) in 12 minutes, 13 seconds and the E category (average age 57) in 13 minutes, both in coxed fours. The two crews then combined for the afternoon division and won the D category.

As the event was held on Valentine's Day the organisers introduced a mixed quadruple scull novelty event which was won by Pippa Birch, Alice White, Michael Nagi and Jake Davidson. The crew beat their nearest rivals by 90 seconds to claim the prize of champagne and roses.

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