THE Upper Thames women’s eight won the IM3 trophy at the Wallingford eights head of the
THE Upper Thames women’s eight won the IM3 trophy at the Wallingford eights head of the river race last weekend.
The crew beat off a strong challenge from opposition from as far away as Newcastle and Exeter to finish first in a field of 15. The boat contained a broad range of experience and youth, with Phyllis Barter, 15, teaming up with veteran Judith Burne, who won a silver medal in the world championships in the Eighties.
The senior men boated two eights with the first boat finishing ahead of Newcastle University and the University of London. Both student crews were well placed in the recent British Championships, so this result was an early indication of renewed strength at the club. The main club competition came from Agecroft and Lea Rowing Clubs, both some way behind.
The veteran men also boated an eight and two fours, winning the eight and finishing second on handicap to Wallingford RC in the four.