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Wallingford swept the board on the first day of the Reading Amateur Regatta, bringing home wins in five separate events.


Sculler Lizzie Polgreen kicked things off with a win by clear water in the women’s elite single sculls. The women’s elite double then followed suit, winning their event with a verdict of ‘easily’ over Twickenham RC, and upholding their winning streak of the season. The women’s novice coxed four (pictured below) also won in style, beating Bournemouth University ‘A’ by four lengths. These three crews are to race next weekend at Henley Women’s Regatta.


Wallingford’s junior squad showed their continued improvement by winning in two very popular quad events. The girl’s J15 coxed quad of Georgia Swiatoniowska, Ani Cook, Jessica Polkey, Morgan Sims and cox Billy Lines won convincingly, proving themselves as a very competitive crew in their age group following numerous wins this season. They were closely followed by the boy’s J16 ‘A’ quad, who beat Claire’s Court School by 1.5 lengths in their final.  


The crews racing on the second day of the regatta had a hard act to follow, but again the wins rolled in, beginning with victory for Eve Newton in the women’s novice single scull. Also victorious were the J182x of Dan Wilkinson and Tom Brock. They were succeeded by one of the closest races of the day, in which the Wallingford girl’s J182x beat Reading Rowing Club by a foot to claim the title.  WRC’s youngest double combination of Lauren Shannon and Jessica Shuttleworth won the J16 category, andthe winning J15 quad of the previous day returned to claim the J16 quad event, a noteworthy victory as they raced in a higher age group then previously.


The day’s celebrations were topped off with Wallingford being awarded the Victor Ludorum trophy, for the club winning the most events over the weekend – a total of ten wins over two days.

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