Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Henley return triumphant from two spring regattas

HENLEY Rowing Club enjoyed success at both Bedford and Marlow spring regattas.

HENLEY Rowing Club enjoyed success at both Bedford and Marlow spring regattas.

At the Bedford event Henley’s junior women’s squad triumphed in all six of the events they entered.

The WJ14s entered two coxed quads. The first boat of Livvy Petersen, Jess Arlett, Sophie Hahn and Ruby Borg coxed by Issy Petersen triumphed over Bedford Girls’ School in the heat, then went on to beat Great Marlow School in a time of 4.30 to win the final with a comfortable margin.

The WJ14s second boat of Ester Gray, Phoebe Fletcher, Maya Andrews, Amelia Crick and cox Emeline Warner met Bedford Modern School in their heat but having secured a win over them in a time of 4.42, they also claimed victory in the final against Great Marlow School.

The WJ15 4x of Tilly Lock, Lottie Orr, Grace Johnson and Issy Jonsson, coxed by Freya Reid beat Lady Eleanor Holles School and Bedford Girls to reach the final against another Lady Eleanor Holles crew where ultimately they won by a significant margin in a time of 4.12.

The WJ15 crew of Georgie Robinson-Ranger, Charlotte Moss, Eve Poulter and Ruby Brown coxed by Rebecca Lister cruised through their heat and semi-final then stormed home to gold against Bedford Modern School in the final.

The WJ15 girls Georgie Robinson-Ranger, Charlotte Moss, Tilly Lock, Grace Johnson, Mary Wright, Alice Jones, Eve Poulter, Ruby Brown and cox Freya Reid then raced in the women’s Novice 8 event where they secured victory in the final against Great Marlow School by one-and-a-half lengths.

The WJ16 crew of Ella Morgan, Lauren Kay, Clare Pearson and Florence Wiggins sculled well over the 1,200m course to a gold medal over Bedford Girls’ School with a verdict of easily.

The four girls had already joined crew mates Katy Claridge, Emma Lister, Georgia Edwards, Anna Roe and cox Rebecca Lister earlier in the day to compete in the WJ18 coxed eight, comfortably beating a South African Schools Association crew by two lengths, then Lady Eleanor Holles by three lengths to reach the final. In one of the final races of the day and recording a swift time of 3.46, the Henley crew beat the first South African national crew to a comfortable win.

At the Marlow regatta Henley’s junior boys, girls and masters squads produced another array of good results.

The Henley J13 girls’ squad entered their first ever regatta where the girls’ first boat was in a division with eight other crews and eventually beat Reading and Weybridge in the final to win by two lengths. The crew of Hannah Hills, Hazel Drury, Georgia Brown, Amber Weller and cox Isobel Peterson won their first event with the second Henley crew of Freya Reid, Freya Jonsson, Phoebe Snowden, Jessica Roberts and cox Tom McLellan missing the final.

The boys’ crew of Alex Carr, James Swinburn, Grant Taylor, Sam Beattie and cox Charles Washbourne beat crews from Shiplake Vikings and Great Marlow School by some distance.

The J14 boys were entered in two quads, with some doubling up in two doubles. Six out of the 10-strong squad came away with a medal.

The quad of Jack Spiers, Oliver Taylor, Tom Crook and Henry Peters with Joe Edwards as cox won their division, beating Claires Court and Kingston Grammar School in the final.

The other boat of Joe Sidgwick, Balthazar Issa, Jake Collins and Connor Brown with Sam Bell cox won their heat to reach their final where they narrowly lost out. Spiers, Crook, Peters, and Brown then raced again in the second ‘wave’ in two doubles. Spiers and Crook lost their heat but Peters and Brown won through to the final where they beat Claires Court by just over a length.

For the J15 boys, four events leading to three finals was the order of the day but no overall final victories were recorded. Joe Zolkwer and Bruce Turnell started the day in singles with Zolkwer coming second in his heat and Turnell reaching the final. The coxed quad of Zolkwer, Turnell, Cameron Jones and Anthony Howe had their cox Lachlan Reid to thank for some smart steering to reach the final where they were beaten by Windsor Boys’ School.

The double of Anthony Howe and Lachlan Reid provided one of the best races to win their heat by a canvas and went on to attack Marlow on their own stretch of river to narrowly miss out in the final. Cameron Jones rowed up with Sim Sandhu at J16 in a double rowed well but were beaten in their heat by Windsor Boys School, the eventual winners.

Older junior girls’ squads secured victories in a number of events. The WJ16 and WJ15 eights, both coxed by Rebecca Lister, triumphed by significant margins in their respective finals.

Lauren Kay won her WJ16 single final, as did Mary Wright in the WJ15 category and the quad of Maisie Turner, Hannah Gutteridge, Alicia Redman and Iona McNab claimed a win in the WJ16 quad event. Charlotte Moss and Lottie Orr impressed in the WJ15 doubles event, cruising through their heat and winning their final. The WJ15 quad of Tilly Lock, Rebecca Lister, Grace Johnson, Issy Jonsson coxed by Freya Reid cruised to win their final despite the bumpy water and the WJ14 coxed quad also celebrated a fine victory in their event with Emeline Warner coxing Livy Petersen, Jessica Arlett, Sophia Hahn and Felicity Parfitt to their win.

The men’s masters novice quad of Alastair Harsant, Jiri Rasek, Jeremy Sidgwick and steersman Paul Crook raced against crews from Marlow and Maidenhead, giving away a 12 second handicap to both other crews.

The Henley crew quickly made up the deficit, charging through the other two crews to cross the line first. However, they were deemed to have left their water and interfered with the course of the Marlow boat so were disqualified.

The women’s masters quad of Linda Thomas, Helen Turnell, Helen Knowles and Valerie Bennett secured a win in their final as they beat crews from Maidenhead and Marlow.

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