Saturday, 15 December 2018

Henley secure four titles at Reading head of river race

HENLEY Rowing Club’s junior and senior women’s squad continued their impressive season with four wins at

HENLEY Rowing Club’s junior and senior women’s squad continued their impressive season with four wins at the Reading University Head on Saturday whilst Upper Thames also gained success.

The Henley senior men’s squad entered an eight in a highly competitive field of 18 crews, and finished 11th in a time of 14 minutes, 16 seconds.

The Henley senior and junior women combined forces to row in two senior eights events.

The women’s novice eight won their event in the morning division against 11 other crews in a time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds, despite being held up by a number of inexperienced crews through a narrow stretch of the river. In the afternoon division the junior and senior combination competed in the Intermediate 1 eight, and competing against a much higher standard of field, finished fourth.

The junior women contributed a further three wins to the Henley tally. The WJ16 eight finished ahead of five other crews to win in a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds.

In the afternoon division, with changing river conditions, the WJ18 eight finished first in their respective event in a time of 16 minutes, three seconds. Their squad members in the WJ15 age group then had a fine race, winning the WJ15 eight event in a time of 16 minutes, one second.

Upper Thames boated seven crews, finishing second in the Intermediate 1 Eights and Intermediate 1 quadruple sculls against a strong field that included the Oxford Boat Race crew.

The club’s top eight clocked a time of 13 minutes, 39 seconds, just over a minute faster than the club’s winning Masters D crew who won their category in 14 minutes, 49 seconds.

The Masters G crew, average age 65, also won their race with two ex-world champions on board in Chris Drury and Paul Stuart Bennett.

In the afternoon division the newly formed women’s eight took to the water in Intermediate 2 eights, finishing third out of 14 entries.

Speaking after their success, Upper Thames’ director of rowing, Justin Sutherland,2 said: “We have had a very satisfactory winter’s training again this yea. After our success at Henley Regatta last year it is important to keep the pressure up and this year’s intake is showing considerable promise.”

Shiplake College put in some good performances with their first eight finishing ninth overall out of 107 crews and coming third in Intermediate 2. The J16 A boat came second in their category, only 3.6 seconds behind St Paul’s School.

Elsewhere Shiplake boated a girls eight for the first in the college’s history.

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