Monday, 24 September 2018

Juniors in seventh heaven following Hampton success

THE junior section of Henley Rowing Club won seven events at the Hampton Junior Head last weekend.

THE junior section of Henley Rowing Club won seven events at the Hampton Junior Head last weekend.

The race took place over a 2,800m course in challenging weather conditions with a strong, chilly wind making less protected sections of the course difficult.

This event is one of the most popular and well competed of the junior heads season with more than 440 entries coming from as far afield as Bristol, Chester and Northwich.

Henley entered 25 crews and as well as their wins they picked up a further eight second and third place finishes.

The boys’ squad achieved one win in the J16 double, and two third places in the J16 and J15 quads.

The J16 double of Cameron Jones and Bruce Turnell won their event in a time of eight minutes 27 seconds, a time which would have given them a highly placed sixth place finish in the J18 event.

The J15 coxed quad of Henry Peters, Balthasar Issa, Tom Crook, Jack Spiers, coxed by Sam Bell competed in a field of 25 and finished behind the City of Bristol Rowing Club and Walton Rowing Club in a time of eight minutes 24 seconds, missing out on second place by only 0.6 seconds.

The women’s J18 eight of Charlotte Orr, Ella Morgan, Lily Stimpson, Clare Pearson, Georgia Edwards, Lauren Kay, Florence Wiggins, Georgina Robinson Ranger, coxed by Ella Nolson, won their event in a time of seven minutes 59 seconds, beating Nottingham Rowing Club by 12 seconds, with local rivals Marlow finishing in third place.

The WJ16 eight finished in second place less than two seconds behind Lady Eleanor Holles School, joint hosts of the event, and the WJ15 eight finished third 15 seconds behind winners Latymer Upper School and 0.7 seconds behind Lady Eleanor Holles despite one of the Henley crew catching a crab which left the boat stationary for a few seconds. In the fours events the WJ18 coxless four finished second, less than two seconds behind Lady Eleanor Holles School. The WJ16 coxless four of Rebecca Lister, Isabel Jonsson, Grace Johnson and Ruby Brown went one better to win their event, as did the WJ15 coxed four of Caoimhe O’Donohue, Amelia Crick, Sophia Hahn and Felicity Parfitt coxed by Emeline Warner.

The girls’ squad also came away with a brace of wins in the WJ18 and WJ16 doubles. The older crew of Ella Morgan and Charlotte Orr beat 20 other crews in a time of eight minutes 49 seconds, with the J16s winning their event in a good time of nine minutes and eight seconds to make them the sixth fastest girls’ double on the day, beating most of the crews in the older age group. Both crews will now head off to Boston, Lincs, to compete in trials for national squad selection.

The J14 boys also put in a creditable performance, with the octuple of David Rechner, James Wallace, Sam Beattie, Grant Taylor, Edward Roy, Alex Carr, Euan Turnell, James Swinburn, coxed by Charles Washbourn finishing fourth in a field with 23 entries.

All other crews in the octuple event were from schools, against whom clubs often have difficulty competing as the schools have a considerably larger pool of athletes to choose from.

The outstanding performance of the day from the younger girls came from the WJ14 squad, who came first and second from a field of 16 boats in the coxed quad event, beating Headington School into third place. Freya Jonsson, Georgia Brown, Hazel Drury and Amber Weller, coxed by Ella Shute made up the winning crew.

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