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The Saturday of Met Regatta saw a smaller entry from Wallingford with just a WIM1 double and an IM2 coxed four racing. The women’s double won their heat comfortably and finished second in the final to a strong double from Imperial College. The men’s four missed out on qualifying for their final with one crew member recovering from a recent accident.

On Sunday there was a much larger entry from Wallingford with two quads and three doubles racing. The WIM1 quad didn’t make the final but the WElite quad came in third only losing to an experience Imperial College crew and the U23 lightweight quad. In the doubles events there was a third in the WElite Lwt event, a second in the WElite event, and the WIM1 double made it through to their final.

 

The National Schools regatta got off to a rocky start this year with Friday’s racing cancelled from 11am onwards. The A and B girls J14 coxed quads did manage to race in a time trial though and handled the conditions well, coming 8th (out of 34 crews) and 7th (out of 17 crews) in a very tough field. On Saturday racing was back on and the boys J16 double of Tom Brock and Dan Wilkinson put in an impressive performance to make it through to the final, eventually finishing 6th out of 33 crews. The girls J16 double of Alice Walker and Freya Dale were recovering from a recent accident and just missed out on making the final coming fourth in their semi-final. Other results included two J15 boys quads, and a J15 girls quad which all made their semi-finals in incredibly tough fields.

 

Wallingford had a very successful day at the Masters Championships in Nottingham picking up two Golds, three Silvers and a Bronze medal. The Wallingford/St Edward’s Martyrs MasC quad of Mike Edge, Pete King, Andy Hull and Ric Colborne took an early lead in the A/B/C event, and held on to win by 2 seconds over a MasA quad from Broxbourne. In the WMasCI3 doubles event Christy Job and Becky Waller also led to 500m and opened out their lead to win by 5s and take the Gold. Silver medals came in the MasD coxed four, the MasC double and the women’s MasD double, and Pete King stole a bronze medal in the MasC single by less than a second.

Winning crews
MasA/B/C.4x - Gold
Mike Edge, Pete King, Andy Hull, Ric Colborne (St Edward's Martyrs)
WMasCI3.2x - Gold
Christy Job, Becky Waller
MasD. 4+ - Silver
David Wright, Andy Knight, Michael Drury, Pieter Van Vrede, Hannah Whelan (cox)
MasC.2x - Silver
Mike Edge, Andy Hull
WMasD.2x - Silver
Alice Brown, Julia Wilkes
MasC.1x - Bronze
Pete King

 

This year’s Wallingford Regatta was a huge success. With near perfect conditions the weather was fantastic and so was the racing. Kicking off the Dorney Regattas for the summer, Wallingford provided a packed programme of racing and the regatta ran smoothly throughout. 500 crews took to the 2k course battling their way through heats and finals. 

There were no wins for the hosts on the day but some good results nevertheless. Wallingford’s senior men raced well to win their heat before going on to come third in the finals for intermediate 2 coxed fours. Andy Hull raced intermediate 3 single sculls and came third in both his heat and the final. Wallingford’s women also raced well coming second in the women’s intermediate 1 quadruple sculls and it was a Wallingford final for the women’s elite double sculls with the club taking both second and third place. Wallingford’s juniors also put in a good performance at the regatta. The junior under 18 double sculls finished third in their final and the women’s junior under 18 double sculls came second in theirs. 

 

Wallingford had three members taking part in the GB Final Trials this year, all in the lightweight women's category. Racing in singles, Kathryn Twyman and Ellie Piggott made it through to the A final and went on to take third and fourth respectively in a very close finish. They will therefore be involved in selection for the top lightweight women's boat, the double, over the coming weeks. Ellie was the highest placed U23 in the field and Brianna Stubbs, who won the B final, secured the second highest placing for an U23.

 

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