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The Vesta Veterans' Head of the River is raced every spring on the Sunday following the men's Head of the River race. It takes place on the championship four and a quarter mile course from Mortlake to Putney. Wallingford had three crews entered, all of which had a great row. Its MasE.8+ made a considerable climb in the race to finish 6th in their category but it was Wallingford’s W.MasB.8+ who stole the show. The crew had an incredible row climbing over 60 places to win their category and finish 59th overall out of the 227 crews racing.

Winning crew
W.MasB.8+ Shaz O’Loughlin, Anna Storrs, Caroline Benham, Becky Waller, Sally Axon, Lizzie Ingram, Julia Wilks, Rachel Edge and cox Alice Walker

 

Attracting over 400 crews this year, the men’s head of the river continues to attract the top crews from the UK and abroad. Taking place over a four and a quarter mile course, it runs from University Stone, Mortlake, downstream to Putney Pier. Out of the astonishing number of crews entered Wallingfordfinished 257. Despite the rain the crowds turned out to watch the competition and cheer on from the famous viewpoint of Hammersmith Bridge.

 

It was a very successful weekend for the Wallingford Rowing Club women as they took on the iconic course of women's eights head of the river race. Over 300 crews raced the four and a quarter mile course finishing at Putney Pier. Wallingford had two crews racing and two composite. The Wallingford seniors had the best result of the day, climbing 12 places from their start position to finish an incredible sixth while the Wallingford's masters B jumped almost twenty places to finish a fantastic 45th. The club's junior women teamed up for their results, with Hannah Whelan and Freya Dale joining crew mates from City of Oxford to finish 158th, an improvement of over 100 places from their starting position. Finally, Wallingford's Leanne Reeves joined other potential GB juniors and in a scratch crew were placed 20th overall. Overall it was an exceptional result from all four crews.

 

Wallingford juniors headed down to London on Sunday for the Hammersmith Women’s and Junior’s Head. The course is just under three miles long and raced from Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge. The juniors raced well and finished with two wins, taking first place in J16A coxless quad and the women’s J14A coxed quad. 

 

Leanne Reeves was at Boston over the weekend for GB Junior trials and came in 22nd of 64 girls in her single in very windy conditions but had a better scull on the Sunday with her doubles partner from Nottingham RC (Olivia Duckworth) and they finished 6th of the 25 doubles racing. The next assessment is in April. 

 

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