Sunday, 22 October 2017

Birch and White record best pairs time

UPPER THAMES won four medals at the pairs head of the river race in London on Saturday while Henley Rowing Club also picked up three wins.

UPPER THAMES won four medals at the pairs head of the river race in London on Saturday while Henley Rowing Club also picked up three wins.

Top honours for Upper Thames went to Pippa Birch and Alice White, who won the Amy Gentry trophy for the fastest women’s crew of the day. They clocked a time of 15 minutes 26 seconds over the 4,500m course to win elite double sculls by nearly 20 seconds from the nearest challengers.

White was representing Star and Arrow, although she and Birch have rowed together at Upper Thames for the last two seasons.

Mike Nagi and Jake Davidson came third in elite pairs with two other club boats not far behind and struggling to steer clear of obstructions on the course into which both crashed, losing valuable time.



The women’s double sculls of Ciara Buckley and Phyllis Barter finished sixth out of 33 in IM3 2x while Emma Peacock and her partner Zoe Broadbent lost out to the winners of IM2 2x by less than one second.

John Ewans and Pete Jacobs won Masters F pairs and Jeremy Dobbin and Elise Cope finished runners up in the mixed double sculls. In composite entries Adam Rennie and Joy Skipper also won prizes in Masters C 2x and Masters D 2x respectively. Henley’s David Read and Genevieve Bailhache-Graham triumphed in the mixed elite double sculls where they won their event by 12 seconds.

In the WJ18 double sculls Ella Morgan and Florence Wiggins won their event by 15 seconds clear of second placed Lea RC.

In the WJ16 double sculls Lottie Orr and Issy Jonsson won their event by eight seconds from team mates Mary Wright and Georgina Robinson Ranger who in turn were 20 seconds ahead of third place Lady Eleanor Holles.

Competing in the women’s J18 pairs Georgia Edwards and Clare Pearson finished third behind Putney High School and Mossbourne.



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