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Wallingford Rowing Club Vets won five gold medals at Henley Masters Regatta on 13th July. The winners were in the WC2-, G2-, G2x, G4x, C4x categories. This included a close finish for the G4x who beat their opposition by just half a length in a time of 3.14. Many congratulations to those crews.

The D4+ and F8+ also put in strong performances: the D4+ were beaten by Upper Thames, and the F8+ by Durham Amateur by 1/3 length in 3.22, and were about 3-4 seconds behind the winners, Tideway Scullers, who won in 3.20.

 

At Thames Valley Park Regatta on Sunday 23rd June, Katie Metalli put in an impressive performance to win the WJ18 1x.

 

Wallingford was represented by three athletes at the Dorney World Cup this year. Kathryn Twyman was selected for the top lightweight women’s boat, the double, with partner Imogen Walsh from London Rowing Club. Bri Stubbs and Ellie Piggott, the likely crew for the U23 World Championships later this year, also raced in their first senior international event. Both crews did Wallingford proud with the top double of Kathryn and Imogen recovering from a slower first half to row through Sweden and claim a silver medal. Bri and Ellie were only just outside the medals in fourth position, a very impressive result for an U23 crew racing at a senior event.

 

Wallingford had five crews entered for the premier women’s event of the rowing calendar and it was a weekend of near misses with three crews reaching finals, but unfortunately no wins. Racing on Saturday began with an unbelievably close finish for the Junior double – in tough conditions the girls fought back against a leading crew, closing the gap only to lose by a six inch margin. The four senior crews – a Senior 4x, Elite 2x, Elite Lwt 2- and Senior Lwt 2x – all put in strong performances to reach their semi-finals on Sunday.

On Sunday there was a repeat of previous success for all crews apart from the Elite Lwt 2- who went out in the semi-finals to the eventual winners, Durham. The Senior 4x had a close race coming back against Latymer Upper to win by 2/3 of a length. In the finals all three remaining crews – the Senior 4x, Elite 2x and Senior Lwt 2x – all raced well, but suffered against stronger crews in tough headwind conditions.

 

Reading Amateur Regatta gave Wallingford's Juniors three wins over the weekend. The first came on Saturday from the boys J15 coxed quad who put in two great rows to win their final by 4 1/2 lengths. The girls J15 coxed quad also reached their final, but unfortunately just missed out on the medals to Headington School.

The other two wins came on Sunday from Dan Wilkinson and Tom Brock in the J16 double sculls by 3 lengths (giving Tom his first Regatta win), and the other from Alice Walker in the WJ18 single sculls who also won by 4 1/2 lengths. Dan and Tom also raced in singles, Dan reaching the semis and Tom reaching the final of the J16 event.

The boys J15 coxed quad returned on Sunday (with a slightly different crew combination) which saw them just miss out on a medal in their final. Other good performances came from the girls J14 coxed quad, Georgia Swiatoniowska's first ever race in girls J14 single scull, and Katie Metalli and Lucy Walker who reached the semis in girls’ J18 & J15 singles events respectively.

Winning crews
J15.4x+ Arthur Arnould, Tim Waller, David Willcox, Henry Edwards, Alice Middleton (cox)
J16.2x Tom Brock, Dan Wilkinson
WJ18.1x Alice Walker

 

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