Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Club's juniors break own course record at fours head of river race

Club's juniors break own course record at fours head of river race

HENLEY Rowing Club’s junior girls broke the course record in their category at last weekend’s fours head of the river rowed out over the championship course from Chiswick to Putney.

Three junior girls’ crews competed, but due to the event rules the second coxed four of Rebecca Lister, Alicia Redman, Grace Johnson, Amelia Crick and cox Esther Morgan had to compete at the senior level of Intermediate 2. The four finished 12th in this category but their time would have given them third place in the junior coxed fours event.

The junior event was won by the first Henley crew of Ella Morgan, Georgia Edwards, Clare Pearson, Issy Jonsson and cox Freya Reid. The crew had an outstanding row and despite some slower crews impeding their progress, they won by 17 seconds and set a new course record beating the previous record held by Henley Rowing Club since 2010 by 28 seconds. This time also made them the third fastest coxed women’s four overall.

Competing in junior quads Mary Wright, Sophia Hahn, Lottie Orr and Georgie Robinson Ranger also put in a good performance with some good sculling throughout the race that resulted in a clear 11-second win against local rivals Marlow Rowing Club.

This was the second year running that Henley have won both the junior events and the third year running the quads event.

Meanwhile Upper Thames entered seven boats where they had mixed results. A combination of illness and injuries meant that last minute crew changes took an inevitable toll on finishing times but there were some reasonable performances within the 28 athlete squad, particularly from the men’s elite coxed four. Olympic gold medalist Scott Durrant jumped into the Upper Thames top boat on the day, which gave crew mates David Lambourn, Sam Barnes and Laurence Manning a boost.

l On Sunday the Upper Thames G4- won their division of the veteran’s event over the same course, beating Reading Rowing Club by nearly a minute.

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