Friday, 20 July 2018

Guinness helps Upper Thames eight secure victor

THE Upper Thames Rowing Club veteran eight won the men’s masters category at the Quintin Head

THE Upper Thames Rowing Club veteran eight won the men’s masters category at the Quintin Head of the River Race last Saturday.

There was also success for Henley Rowing Club in the junior girls’ category on the 4,600m course between Hammersmith Bridge and Chiswick Bridge.

The event was held on a slack incoming tide in benign conditions. The Upper Thames crew of Nick French, David Hope, Neil Hewlett, Tim Senior, John Ewans, Chris Hall, Zad Rogers, Pete Jacobs and cox Davina Guinness held off the strong challenge from London RC by just one second to chalk up a good victory, completing the course in 13 minutes 28 seconds.

The club’s first eight came fourth overall out of the 210 entries, 10 seconds behind winners Molesey BC in a time of 12 minutes 31 seconds with the second crew finishing half a minute back.

The women’s eight finished second out of 22 entries in the IM3 category, narrowly missing out on a win.

Meanwhile in the girls’ category, Henley’s WJ18 crew of Alicia Redman, Emma Lister, Lauren Kay, Lily Stimpson, Clare Pearson, Georgia Edwards, Ella Morgan, Florence Wiggins and cox Ella Nolson, won their division despite being forced early in the race into dead water due to slower crews not giving way.

Also winning their division was the WJ16 crew of Tilly Lock, Ruby Brown, Grace Johnson, Mary Wright, Georgie Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Eve Poulter, Issy Jonsson and cox Freya Reid who produced the fastest junior time of the day.

In WJ15s Bobbie Miles, Esther Morgan, Ruby Borg, Jess Arlett, Sophia Hahn, Felicity Parfitt, Caoimhe O’Donohue, Amelia Crick and cox Emeline Warner finished second just four seconds behind Latymer Upper School.

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