February Racing Roundup

Junior Trials

A large group of juniors went to Boston for the two-day GB Rowing February Assessment, with some notable results. Not least single scullers Izzy, the winner of WJ16 (despite being J15); Laurence, who was second in J18; and Alex, third in J16 and only three seconds off the winner.

Molesey Veterans' Head

The weather was great, with virtually no wind and an icredibly warm and sunny day. As always at Molesey, the catering was of the highest standard, especially the chocolate cakes. It was a lovely Saturday afternoon on the river. The E quad, competing in the D-F event with nine entries, came fourth on adjusted time; the F eight, in the F-H event, had a vigorous row and came fourth on adjusted time. LW

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Henley Fours and Eights Head

The Senior Women's second and third eights raced at Henley, where they posted the first, second, third and ninth fastest women's times of the day, picking up the Senior (though only one entry) and IM1 wins, and missing out on the IM2 pennant by just two seconds. It was a really positive start to the Women's Head campaign for the crews, who both made a big step on between the morning and afternoon races. KC

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CUWBC match

The women's first eight raced CUWBC's Blondie over two pieces on the Boat Race course. The first, from the start to Hammersmith, was a fantastic race with the lead changing hands several times, and ended with TSS winning by half a length. The second, from Chiswick Eyot to the finish, went to Cambridge by two lengths. KC


GB Trials

There were strong performances from all four of the TSS athletes at the GB Rowing Team third assessment in Boston.

Katy Wilkinson-Feller was fourth overall in the thirty-four-boat openweight women's singles trial, and second-placed under-23, while in women's lightweight Mimi Carlton was twelfth of twenty-three.

In lightweight men's singles, with a field of thirty-four, Marcus from the Junior Men's squad was the eighth under-23 (third under-20) and fourteenth overall, just ahead of Kieran Brown in seventeenth place.

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Hampton Head

The Junior Men and Junior Women were out in force at Hampton Head, as Chris Williams reports:

The race was nearly cancelled because of the high stream, and the J13s and J14s were taken out, but the organisers at Hampton School decided it was safe to go ahead and very good racing resulted on what became a lovely day. The new TSS tent, purchased with funds from the Jack Petchey Awards, provided shelter from the cold in the morning as well as being a fantastic focal point.

Hampton is a huge, multi-division head, and getting a top-three place is really good as so many good crews are there. Our results this year can be summarised as eight seconds (one time-only) and two thirds out of fifteen entries - that's truly epic!

From the Junior Men, pride of place goes to the J18 quad of Luke, Alex K, Laurence and Marcus who, although given second placed, tied on time (7:31.5) with the winners from the Lea, beating all of our other J18 rivals - and everyone was there. Laurence and Tyler from ASL were the second-fastest J18 double, but were time-only, and Marcus and Alex were third-fastest (but placed second) in the same event.

The J16 quad looked very good - very clean and sharp - but finished five seconds behind a racy Walton crew, while the J15 coxed quad (Albie, Julius, Will and Dylan, coxed by Seb) were second to Henley. Julius and Will were also second in J15 doubles, while Dom and Lenney showed huge improvement to finish ninth.

At WJ16, the double of Orla and Jess were second, the coxed four third and the quad fourth: all right up with the very good competition. There was also a third-place finish for the WJ15 quad, while the doubles were second and twelfth. Charley and India were tenth of thirty-three in WJ18.

So, all in all, a very pleasing day showing great strength across all the age groups for boys and girls. Well done to all athletes, and thanks to the coaches and other helpers, particularly our launch drivers and umpires, and to the helpers back at the club, as well as to SPGS who helped us with some equipment.

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The J13/14s headed for the great indoors, to race at the South of England Indoor Rowing Championships in Abingdon, as Anna Murphie reports:

The juniors attend this every year, and it's a very well-run event with the J14s racing over four minutes and the J13s over three - and some six hundred competitors.

All of the twelve competitors from our J13/14 group pushed themselves to achieve PBs or close to. Notable achievements include Albie winning the J14 event with a 1:42.3 average split, and the WJ14 relay team of Hannah, Katherine, Freya and Aleyska, who took a well-deserved bronze.

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Quintin Head

Seven eights raced at Quintin Head, with four finishing as runners-up in their respective categories.

The two men's squad eights both finished inside the top twenty, with the Senior boat fifth and the IM2 crew sixteenth, and both in second place in their categories.

The women's squad raced two matched eights, with Chill finishing 4.7 seconds ahead of Netflix, and second and third in WIM1.

The fourth second-place came for the Great Ache in Masters E.

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