September News

Bernie Thompson

The 2016-17 season officially got under way with the Bernie Thompson Challenge Sculls, raced from the club to Barn Elms and back.

The overall winner was Alan Campbell,  but the Bernie Thompson trophy - for the fastest non-elite sculler - went to Tim Male and Mimi Carlton was fastest woman.  


World Masters Regatta

Closing the 2016 regatta season, a large contingent of the club's masters women raced at the World Masters Regatta in Copenhagen.

Honours went to Pauline Peel, who won three medals in composite sweep crews - E 4+, F 4+ and F 8+.

Click here for full results 


Great Ouse Marathon

The club had three entries this year, and once again set records on the 21.6km course made tricky with an intermittently unhelpful and blustery westerly wind.

Caroline Matthews broke the WIM3 1x record and finished 36th, and her 1:45.43 is the fastest-ever time for a women's single over the course. Roger Swift set a Masters G 2x record in a Yare/TSS composite, coming in 19th overall in 1:41.41.

Meanwhile in Masters D The Great Ache,  spanking along at 28 for the hour and half race and coming 9th, maintained their own record of hitting the bank at least once a year, this time due to the efforts of an apologetic sculler unaware that the river wasn’t straight. We also learnt something: when you try to push off against standing reeds, nothing happens.

It was our fourth enjoyable year at the Ouse, not least as a result of organising a tour of Ely cathedral and its spectacular Octagon tower. LW

The Great Ache was manned by Marcus Hine, Doug Johnstone, Jan Koops, Lawrence Williams, Derek Bond, Rob Ashworth, Ben Bridger, Chris Shea and cox Kristian Wentzel.

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2016-17 Season

© Rhona MacCallum

Start-of-season meetings for the TSS Senior Squads will be held this Saturday, 3rd September. If you would like to get involved, get in touch: and

The Bernie Thompson Challenge Sculls will take place on Sunday 25th September.


International Rowing

This summer, the club was represented at the very highest level as members were selected to GB Rowing teams.

In Rio, Alan Campbell made his fourth successive appearance at an Olympic Games. He won his heat on the opening day of the regatta, and second place in the quarter-final, behind eventual silver-medal winner Damar Martin of Croatia, took Alan through to the A/B semi-final. There, he finished fourth, and unfortunately was withdrawn on medical grounds prior to the B final.

At the Coupe de la Jeunesse, held in Poznan earlier in the summer, Marcus was in the four that won gold on both days of the regatta, while Meg's quad won silver on the Sunday, having finished fourth the day before in an incredibly close race that had the silver, bronze and fourth-placed crews crossing the line less than 0.8 seconds apart.

Former TSS junior Saskia Budgett raced in the under-23 coxless four at the combined junior, under-23 and senior World Championships in Rotterdam, finishing fourth. Susannah Duncan, another ex-TSS junior, was sixth in the under-23 lightweight quad.


Home International Regatta

The club was very well represented across the England and Wales teams at the Home International Regatta on Cardiff Bay.

Sixteen coaches and athletes took part, and there were wins for Sean Blake in the Welsh lightweight double, Rachael Davies in the Welsh women's quad, and Sarah Davies as cox of the Welsh women's coxed four. 

TSS members:

Wales: Jacqui Johnston, Rebekah Edgar, Marlie Carter Edwards, Rowi Mortimer, Rachael Davies, Sarah Davies, Sean Blake, Kieran Clark (coach)

England: Jack Keech, Rob Hogan, Charlotte Dexter, Maxi Scibor Rylska, Annabel Headley, Olivia Ambler, Anna Terry


GB Selection

Two TSS juniors have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse, which will be held in Poznan this weekend.

Meg will race in the women's quad, while Marcus is in the men's four.

Click here for the British Rowing team annoucement.