At the Fours Head on Saturday, the Elite quad of Alan Campbell, Valent Sinkovic, Aleksandar Aleksandrov and Ondrej Synek won the headship with a twenty-four second margin over second-placed Leander, as reported in the Sunday Telegraph.
The Women's Squad also continued their run of success this autumn with a win for the WIM2 coxed four. The crew of Andrea Finn, Judith Schulz, Rhona MacCallum, Caroline Matthews and cox Zoe Davies finished nearly eleven seconds ahead of the next crew in their fifty-boat event, for the first pennant for club athletes since 2002.
At the Veteran Fours Head the following day, the Veteran Men returned with two pennants from fours starts. The F quad of of Roger Swift, Rob Pinckney, Mark Alloway and Graham Bagnall won by more than a minute, while Dickie Clarke, Tim Sanders, Chris Williams and Francis Pinkerton, coxed by Guy Greaves, won F coxed fours, and in a time that would have placed them second in E coxed fours by less than a second.
Rosemary Thom also recorded a win, racing in a Women's E quad as a TSS/Walbrook composite.
Full reports of both days' racing to follow ...
Saturday saw a large TSS contingent at the Vesta Scullers Head - at thirty-six scullers, the biggest presence of any club.
Tim Male sculled an excellent race to finish second overall and win the Masters B pennant. Our guest entrant Pete Hardcastle took the prize for third-placed man, and James Dunley was tenth. Richard Chambers was twenty-second, winning the Novice pennant despite having taken a somewhat scenic line through Barnes. Adam Lodygowski snuck into the top 25, Eddie Beckett into the top 30 and Paul Bruce, like a boy-band Christmas hit, into the top 40. An honourable mention also goes to TSS newcomer Adam Ridler, racing in Broxbourne colours, who finished fourth overall and the fastest lightweight of the day.
On the women's side, first-timer Debbie Beadle had an outstanding scull to finish sixth-placed woman and win the Women's Masters A Novice pennant. Caroline Matthews was second in the same event. Lizzie Stutters, Jacqui Johnston and Sophia Supple all also finished in the top 50 women, while Zoe Gullen swept (or rather sculled) to the Women's Masters A pennant and 57th woman. Jo Al-Janabi won Women's Masters F, her fifth Scullers Head win and the third in three years, in a satisfyingly faster time than the winner of Masters E. JR
The Junior Men’s group ventured in force to Hampton with twenty-one doubles, pairs and singles racing, even with two scullers dropping out injured.
The event was as massive as ever, with over 850 entries, including over a hundred J16 singles - so coming in the top few in your division here is a really good result. The top J17s did very well: Ben and Ollie were third in the double and third and fourth in the singles, with Kaan not far behind in the J18 single. The J17 pair of Ed and Lucas were the performers of the day, coming second to Hampton on their home water by less than two seconds. The only prize of the day went to Markus for coming third in J15 singles, and the J15s were 5th in their quad despite having to have a late sub. Overall a very promising performance at the end of the autumn, showing the group as a whole is going in the right direction.
Thanks to Andrew Eames for attending all day to help with coaching, rigging repairing and loading, and to all the parents who came along and helped. CFW
The Junior Women entered ten singles, five doubles and a quad, meeting quick opposition in every category. Notable performances were Issy, the third-fastest J18 sculler (and fastest in her division); Meg and Ava, the fastest TSS double of the day; and the WJ15 coxed quad, who narrowed the gap on their competition.
The event formed the basis of Fours Head selection, as well as providing race practice and an opportunity to size up the opposition for Ava, Meg and Issy, who will be competing at GB trials this coming weekend in Boston, Lincolnshire (along with Ben, Ollie, Kaan and Susannah). Thanks to all the coaches/parents involved. KW
Stuart Heap reports on last weekend in Boston:
The first GB Rowing assessment took the usual format of a 2km ergo on Saturday and a 5km water trial on the Sunday.
I controlled the chimp on Saturday (ask Josh!!) and managed to break my 2k PB by 1 second, which ranked me 14th out of the lightweight men.
On Sunday in the sculling trial I finished 7th, overtaking another ex-LRC athlete.
Credit to Chris Williams who lent his comfy Mercedes for the weekend (definitely worth one second!)
Unfortunately, Beci Humphreys and Nathan O'Reilly had to withdraw through illness and injury respectively. Both will submit 2k test scores ahead of attending December trials.
Three wins for the junior squads at Upper Thames Small Boats Head:
- J15 4x+ M. Jonas, S. Rawle, T. Dashper, E. Richardson, S. Barton (cox)
- WN 4x K. Ratcliffe, C. Browne, I. Cole, M. Saunders
- WJ18 4x C. Browne, A. de Ryke, M. Saunders, I. Cole
The new-format championships attracted a huge entry, including most of the national squad members. Competition was savage, with finals being run all the way down to H-tier and beyond.
On Saturday a small group of the senior men went to represent at Weybridge Silver Sculls.
The club retained the headship and had three further wins at the first tideway head of the new season, which saw twenty-two crews representing all sections of the club.