Saturday, 15 December 2018

Henley athletes return with impressive gold medal haul

HENLEY Rowing Club athletes returned with numerous gold medals from last weekend’s Weybridge Amateur Regatta.

HENLEY Rowing Club athletes returned with numerous gold medals from last weekend’s Weybridge Amateur Regatta.

The J13 boys put out two doubles in the event; Tom McLellan and Hugo Rumpali raced Walbrook whilst James Swinburn and Grant Taylor competed against Guildford. Despite strong performances, neither crew reached the final.

In the J13 coxed quad event the boat of James Swinburn, Alex Carr, Euan Turnell and Grant Taylor coxed by Charles Washbourne reached the final after a finely executed race against Guildford. The crew sculled confidently down the 900m course in the final to take gold from another Guildford crew.

The J14 boys raced in all three waves in singles, doubles and quads.

The doubles of Joe Sidgwick and Oliver Taylor and Sam Bell and Henry Peters were both beaten in their respective division semi-finals by the eventual winners.

In the quads, the Henley boats raced each other in a hard-fought semi-final with the crew of Connor Brown, Joe Sidgwick, Tom Crook and Henry Peters with cox Joe Edwards prevailing over their club mates Sam Bell, Balti Issa, Oliver Taylor and Jack Spiers with cox Charles Washbourne. Henley went on to win the final comfortably.

Brown, Crook and Spiers then went on to new territory, racing in single sculls for the first time.

In his division, Crook was on the losing end of a race with a National Schools champion, while in the other division Spiers and Brown raced each other in another all-Henley semi-final. Spiers took victory and then in the final had a tight race, which he won by half a length.

Success was to be had across the girls’ singles events with Mary Wright winning WJ15 Division A and Lottie Orr winning the WJ15 Division B.

Wright and Orr were to meet in the final of the women’s novice event later in the day with Orr winning decisively by some lengths.

Lauren Kay won her WJ16 singles final comfortably and four WJ14 girls took to the water to compete across two divisions in the single sculls. Livia Petersen and Bobbi Miles raced against Burway and Lady Eleanor Holles respectively in the A division whilst Jessica Arlett, Sophia Hahn and Maya Andrews raced in the B division against Walton and two Lady Eleanor Holles crews in their heats.

All five girls showed determination in their races but only Hahn was to make the final where she took home gold after a good race against Poole of Walton.

The WJ13 double of Freya Reid and Kitty Horne reached the semi-final against Reading where they lost out on a place in the final.

Three WJ14 doubles were entered; Emma Gray rowing with Amelia Crick and Esther Morgan partnering Felicity Parfitt in Division A, whilst Hannah Webb and Ruby Borg raced in Division B.

In Division A, Morgan and Parfitt reached the final having beaten two Lady Eleanor Holles crews in their heat and the semi but were pipped by Walton for the gold.

The WJ15s of Grace Johnson and Georgie Robinson Ranger sculled well down the course in their doubles final against hosts Weybridge and took gold with an easily verdict. The WJ16 double of Ella Morgan and Lily Stimpson won their heat easily and met Foulkes of Weybridge in the final where they took a commanding lead from the start and crossed the line in first place.

In the women’s IM3 doubles, Ella Morgan and Florence Wiggins cruised through their heat and met fellow Henley athletes Cat Kay and Lauren Kay in the final. After a re-start due to a capsize further down the course, Morgan and Wiggins took the lead to cross the line with a verdict of easily.

Two WJ13 coxed quads also entered the event; the Division A boat of cox Izzy Petersen, Hannah Mills, Georgia Brown, Freya Jonsson and Hazel Drury and the Division B quad of cox Alex Kelly, Amber Weller, Phoebe Snowden, Jess Roberts and Freya Reid. The A boat won their event crossing the line before Shiplake Vikings with an easy verdict having beaten a crew from Guildford in an earlier heat.

In the WJ14 coxed quads event, two crews were entered. Emeline Warner, Jessica Arlett, Livia Petersen and Sophia Hahn, coxed by Felicity Parfitt came first in Division A while club mates Ella Nolson, Maya Andrews, Phoebe Fletcher and Emma Gray coxed by Amelia Crick took the honours in Division B.

The novice coxed quad of Grace Johnson, Alice Jones, Emma Lister and Anna Roe coxed by Ruby Brown also crossed the line in first place as did the WJ15 quad of Alice Jones, Tilly Lock, Charlotte Moss, Mary Wright coxed by Rebecca Lister.

The women’s novice four of Issy Jonsson, Rebecca Lister, Tilly Lock and Gemma Sarney coxed by Marel Dinarvand and the WIM3 quad of Ruby Brown, Issy Jonsson, Emma Lister and Georgie Robinson Ranger also secured gold in their events.

The women’s Masters D quad of Helen Turnell, Linda Thomas, Valerie Bennett and Helen Knowles triumphed with another strong performance.

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