Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Seniors and juniors excel at windswept Wallingford regatta

ATHLETES from Henley Rowing Club’s senior and junior squads put in a good performance at Wallingford

ATHLETES from Henley Rowing Club’s senior and junior squads put in a good performance at Wallingford Regatta held at Eton Dorney on Sunday in an event that eventually had to brought to a halt due to the windy weather.

The WJ16A coxed four of Lily Stimpson, Anna Roe, Katy Claridge and Georgia Edwards coxed by Rebecca Lister secured a place in the final where ultimately they were bettered by Lady Eleanor Holles to second place.

The WJ16A quad of Ella Morgan, Lauren Kay, Clare Pearson and Florence Wiggins produced another fine win in their category while the WJ15s battled the increasing wind to finish first and third in their quad event. Georgina Robinson-Ranger, Mary Wright, Eve Poulter and Ruby Brown coxed by Gemma Sarney took first place over their club mates in the event. At the time of going to press, due to a timing mix-up, the WJ17 coxed four crew of Emma Lister, Lauren Edwards, Hattie Orr and Ellie Thompson coxed by Rebecca Lister were waiting to hear if they had won the event.

As the inclement weather took a turn for the worse, results from earlier heats dictated the final results and other crews raced in time trials for their placings. As a result Genevieve Bailhache had to settle for second in the women’s single sculls despite facing the worst of the weather in lane one.

Following their second place in the challenge coxless category earlier in the morning, gold was awarded to senior women Cat Kay, Rachael Alder, Alice Bentley and Amanda Hynes coxed by Alicia Redman in the women’s club coxed four based on the results of the heats held earlier in the day.

Victoria Carver and Elizabeth Williams were disappointed not to be able to race in a lightweight category at the regatta due to lack of entries but battled the worst of the weather in the open weight doubles category just before side by side racing was cancelled for the day.

The junior boys J15 quadruple coxed sculls crew of Anthony Howe, Cameron Jones, Bruce Turnell, Joe Zowlker and Lachlan Reid came second in a six-boat final to a strong Windsor Boys crew.

Two of the J15s — Jones and Turnell — rowed up in a crew in Sch 4x- with two J17s — Harry Farley and Lucas OvsYannikov — in a crew hit by injury and finished fourth out of five entires.

In the senior men’s squad, David Read came fourth in his heat of the challenge sculls, narrowly missing the final, as did the pair of Stan Admiraal and Matt Higginson.

Andy Pettican came eighht in the field of challenge single scullers with no opportunity to better his position as the weather brought a close to the day’s proceedings.

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