News Archive – 2012

Thames Valley Trial Head – 29th January
Thames Valley Trial Head took place this weekend with rowers flocking to compete after the Christmas break, sometimes in all three divisions. Taking place on the Olympic rowing course, the event is held at Dorney lake and raced in three divisions over 1900m. Wallingford’s senior women and juniors came away with the best results of the day. The women won the women’s senior coxed four and came second in the women’s senior coxless pair category. Wallingford’s junior women won the J17 double and coxless four category while the junior men took first place in the J15A double.

British Rowing TRRC Volunteer Award – 3rd February

Huge congratulations to Wallingford Rowing Club’s Rachael Haycock who was recently presented with an award for her outstanding volunteer work. Over the past 15 years, Rachael has played a significant role on the Wallingford Rowing Club events committee. Since 2001 she has been entries secretary and has seen the club’s three key events all double in size since she first started working on them. The regatta alone has grown from a medium river regatta, to the largest one day regatta in the UK. In addition to all of this, she has been volunteer manager at the World Rowing Championships 2006 and Junior World Rowing Championships 2011 and she will also be a volunteer at the rowing events for the 2012 Olympics. Rachael has been an invaluable member of the team and Wallingford is very pleased that her contribution has been recognised by British Rowing.

Molesey Veteran Head – 11th February

Henley Fours and Eights was cancelled this weekend due to weather and ground conditions but it didn’t stop Molesey Veteran Head taking place, and it didn’t stop Wallingford Rowing Club taking a victory either. Wallingford’s masters raced the 3k course winning the mixed Mas.D-E coxed eights. They took the fastest time in their category and finished 12th overall.

The race takes place downstream from Sunbury Lock to Hampton Church and this is the second year running that crew members Becky Waller, Andy Knight and cox Mark Wood have won the Mx.Mas.8+ category.

Winning crews
Mx.MasB-D.8+ Becky Waller, Sally Axon, Michael Drury, Andy Knight, David Wright, Ted Garlick, Julia Wilks, Katie Currie, Mark Wood (Cox)

GB Junior Long Distance Trials – 18-19 February
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.

Hammersmith Women’s and Juniors’ Head – 19th February
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.

Women’s Head of the River Race – 3rd March
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.

The Head of the River Race – 17th March

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.

Vesta Veteran’s Head of the River – 18th March
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

National Junior Sculling Head – 19th March
The Oarsport National Junior Sculling Head is a major event raced at Dorney Lake, the site of the 2012 Olympics for rowing. The event attracted nearly 400 crews from all over Britain, including crews from Scotland and Wales. The races consist of the older J16, J17 and J18 crews racing three 1800 metre lengths of the lake whilst younger crews race two 1800 metres legs.
Wallingford Rowing club entered four quads in total, including girl’s J16 and boy’s J16 coxless boats and girl’s J14 and boy’s J14 coxed boats. The club were rewarded with a win by the girls J16 crew who won their nineteen boat event by an enormous 20 seconds. This confirms that they have the potential to extend their tremendous form last year as J15’s when they won twenty eight events in a quad, doubles and singles.
Other Wallingford crews performed well including the boys J16 crew who came 8th of 20 entries and the J14 coxed boys crew who were 12th of an enormous field of forty four boats.
Winning crew
W.J16.4x- Alice Walker, Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale and Leanne Reeves

Abingdon Spring Head – 15th April
Wallingford Rowing Club was out in force again at this year’s Abingdon Head of the River. Junior members right through to senior and veteran competed over the weekend, winning categories from novice to intermediate 1. All members of the club, from junior to veteran, novice to senior, took to the waters to bring home a great number of victories. Wallingford had seven wins on the day including Alice Walker (pictured) who jointly won the W.J16.1x and the trophy for the fastest female junior sculler of the day. Wallingford’s veterans also had a successful day, winning the masters D and G.2x as well winning the masters G.8+.
Although the veterans didn’t have any competition in the masters F.8+ category, they had a great race and finished with the fifth fastest time overall for the whole event. Wallingford’s senior women won the WIM2.8+ and novice Katharine Tuite won the W.Nov.1x. The last win for the club came from a mixed composite with Wallingford’s senior men and woman teaming up with Lorna Carter from Swansea University Rowing Club to win the Mx.IM1.4+. Overall it was a very successful day and great to have members of all ages and abilities from the rowing club out together, competing and enjoying their successes.
Winning crews
Mas.G.8+ Ted Garlick, Andy Knight, Vince Kerrigan, Pieter van Vrede, Ken Houston, Jeremy Warrell, Roger Turnbull, Chris Gamester, Mark Wood (cox)
WIM2.8+ Caroline Benham, Lizzie Ingram, Sally Axon, Anna Storrs, Becky Waller, Emily Booker, Julia Wilks, Sharon O’Loughlin, Lamorna Newcombe (cox)
Mx.IM1.4+ Edward Hares, Robert Hares, Lorna Carter (SURC), Katharine Tuite, Tom Ajose (cox)
Mas.G.2x Ted Garlick, Ken Houston
Mas.D.2x Pieter van Vrede, Andy Knight
W.Nov.1x Katharine Tuite
W.J16.1x Alice Walker

SiS Wallingford Regatta – 6th May

This year’s SiS Wallingford Regatta was a great success, with the club finishing the day with two wins of its own. Building work for the Olympics was obviously under-way but with cool but almost perfect conditions, Wallingford Regatta saw a full day’s racing with heats and finals taking place until well into the evening.
Wallingford’s J16 women 4x- raced through the heats to win their category. They were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Wallingford, Colin Dolton. Wallingford’s Caroline Greves, competed in the W.IM1.1x category and had a very successful heat, winning the heat before taking first place in her final.

Other Wallingford crews also had a successful day, with the club finishing second in W.ELI pairs and Anna Reid and Christina Heemskerk finishing third and fourth respectively in the women’s elite singles. Wallingford’s W.IM2.8+ and J16.4x- also had a good day’s racing; rowing well in their heats to make the finals, before finishing fourth.
This year saw Wallingford Regatta join in partnership with SiS, who also sponsors the GB rowing team. Nutritional advice was given out on the day with all competitors receiving a goody bag of SiS products.

Winning crews
W.IM1.1x Caroline Greves
W.J16A.4x-Alice Walker, Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale and Leanne Reeves

British Rowing Masters Championships – 20th May
Wallingford’s veteran squad once again proved to be a competitive force, taking home four golds, three silvers and one third place at this year’s British Rowing Masters’ Championships. The event took place at the National Watersports Centre and, as expected, provided challenging conditions with a strong tail wind pervading throughout the day.
Gold medals came from Wallingford’s Ted Garlick and Ken Houston in the masters G/H2X who led from out of the blocks to win. Sean Morris and Colin Cusack had a strong win in the G/H2- category before inching away from the competition in the afternoon and winning the masters F2- convincingly as well. The women’s B8+ followed on from a win at the Veterans’ Head of the River to take gold in what shaped up to be an exciting race. Whilst Wallingford led throughout, the crew was never more than a quarter of a length up on the competition from Nottingham and held off a strong push from them in the last 300m to cross the line first, just 0.8s ahead.   
The men’s E4+ had a comfortable row to win their heat. In the final, the race was led all the way by Lea who went on to win gold but Wallingford put in a blistering last 250m to win silver by the narrowest of margins. The Mixed D/E 8+ also had another tight race which again saw Wallingford fight through a strong field, inching ahead of Nottingham in the final few strokes to take silver by just over a second. Whilst the W.Mas.C2- also came second in their final, they put in one of the strongest performances of the day, chasing down Wallbrook (who had started with an 18 second head start on handicapping), to narrowly lose out on gold by just 0.3 of a second.
Wallingford’s F8+ rowed another close race, finishing in third place and a mere 3/100 of a second behind second place.
Winning crews
W.Mas.B8+ Sharon O’Loughlin, Julia Wilks, Emily Booker, Becky Waller, Anna Storrs, Sally Axon, Lizzie Ingram, Caroline Benham, Lamorna Newcombe (cox)
Mas.G/H2X Ted Garlick, Ken Houston
Mas.G/H2- Sean Morris, Colin Cusack
Mas.F2- Sean Morris, Colin Cusack

National Schools Regatta – 1-3rd June

Wallingford entered seven boats in this year’s National Schools’ Regatta and finished the event with six boats making it through to the semi-finals and one of those six not only winning gold but also breaking a course record.

The National Schools’ Regatta is the UK’s top event for junior rowers and scullers. Held over three days at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, the event covers age groups from J14 to J18 and for all classes of boat. Wallingford’s most successful entry of the day was the girls’ J16 quad with Alice Walker, Leanne Reeves, Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan. Despite the weather, the girls produced the fastest time of their 16 boat timed processional eliminator before not only winning their semi-finals, but breaking the course record which had stood since 1999. Conditions worsened for the final but the girls won by two lengths. They were rewarded with the Fawley Cup, a handsome replica of the trophy for the 1919 Peace Regatta marking the end of First World War.
There was success for other Wallingford crews too. Racing on the Friday in the J15 doubles category, Dan Wilkinson and Tom Brock had a great time trial, making it through to the semi-finals before finishing behind the eventual bronze medal winners by just 0.81 seconds. The boys raced again on Sunday in a higher age category, and again raced well reaching the semi-finals. Other Wallingford crews who successfully made it through to their semi-finals were the girls J14 coxed quad (Lucy Walker, Ellie Thompson, Alex Baxter, Charlotte Brock coxed by Edward Mills), girls J16 double (Beth Coombes and Catherine Jenkins) and Catherine Jenkins in the girls J16 single category.
Winning crew
W.J16.4x- Alice Walker, Leanne Reeves, Freya Dale, Hannah Whelan

Metropolitan Regatta – 2-3rd June
This weekend saw the Metropolitan Regatta taking place with some outstanding results from Wallingford. Wallingford had four wins on Saturday including Jack Thompson, Gavin Sheehan, Cameron Smith and Nic Crease who put in a great performance to win the IM2 coxless four category.

Wallingford’s Anna Reid also had a successful day on Saturday winning the women’s senior singles but it was Caroline Greves and Brianna Stubbs who took the double victory of the day, doubling up to win both the women’s elite and women’s senior doubles by 12” and 10” respectively. Their success continued on Sunday when the two went on to win the women’s elite lightweight double by 34” and the women’s senior double by 27”. Other Wallingford crews also performed well including Wallingford’s Minna Jones-Walters who came second on Sunday in the women’s IM3 singles, and a women’s IM1 double who narrowly missed out on qualifying for their final.

Winning crews
IM2.4- Jack Thompson, Gavin Sheehan, Cameron Smith, Nic Crease
W.ELI.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs
W.SEN.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs
W.SEN.1x Anna Reid
W.Lwt.ELI.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs
W.SEN.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs

Henley Women’s Regatta – 15-17 June

The weather might not have been ideal but Wallingford certainly can’t complain about the results following Women’s Henley. The club ended the regatta with five winning crews, the most from any one club, and an extraordinarily high success rate with seven out of nine crews either winning or making the final in their event.

Wallingford had one junior crew entered, with Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale, Leanne Reeves and Alice Walker competing in the junior 16 coxless quad. There were 15 crews entered in their category, including one from the USA, but the girls battled through the heats and went on to beat Eton Excelsior by a quarter of a length in the final, after being behind only 10 strokes from the line. Their Henley victory comes also after winning gold at National Junior Sculling Head and The National Schools’ Regatta.
The four senior wins of the event came from crews coached by Ben Reed. Wallingford demonstrated its strength in lightweight women’s rowing with a convincing win in the elite lightweight quad over University of London. Crew members Lottie Burgess, Ellie Piggott, Brianna Stubbs and Caroline Greves then split into two doubles to face each other in the elite lightweight doubles event. A comfortable win in the semi-finals led to an all Wallingford final, with Lottie Burgess and Ellie Piggott taking the title by just two thirds of a length. This was not the only all Wallingford final, however, as Wallingford scullers Chris Heemskerk and Anna Reid dominated the senior singles event. Despite uncertainty over whether she would be able to race due to a hip stress fracture, Anna Reid emerged victorious in the final. The fifth win of the day came from another lightweight crew with Minna Jones-Walters and Clare Major taking the senior lightweight double title by a comfortable margin in a packed event.
Appalling weather conditions in the early stages of the regatta caused some disruption and time trials were held to ensure that the events with the largest entries went ahead.  The Wallingford senior 4+ had a strong row and was disappointed not to proceed further after conditions worsened significantly during the course of their time trial.
Overall though, it was a weekend for Wallingford to remember with an outstanding set of final results.
Winning crews
W.Elwt.4x- Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs, Lottie Burgess, Ellie Piggott
W.Elwt.2x Ellie Piggott, Lottie Burgess
W.Senlwt.2x Clare Major, Minna Jones-Walter
W.Sen.1x Anna Reid
W.J16.4x- Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale, Leanne Reeves, Alice Walker

Henley Masters’ Regatta – 6-7 July

Wallingford’s women’s masters B8+ finished their very successful season by winning gold at Henley Masters Regatta. The medal completed a triple crown of victories for the crew following wins at the British Rowing Masters Championships and the Veterans’ Head of the River earlier in the season.

Having made it through their first round heat convincingly, the Wallingford 8+ met Nottingham RC in the final – the same crew they had beaten by just three feet at the Masters Championships. Wallingford showed the hard work which they had put in since the championships, leading from the start. They were never challenged for the lead and crossed the line a length and a quarter in front of their Nottingham rivals.   
Alongside the women’s B8+, Wallingford was also well represented at the regatta across all of the masters’ age categories. Whilst there were no other wins, there were four other Wallingford finalists, all of whom acquitted themselves well and were unlucky to lose out on gold. In the G1x Charles Parry, came through an all Wallingford semi-final against Sean Morris but lost to strong competition from Quintin BC in the final. In the C2x Wallingford Composite, Mike Edge and former Wallingford member, Bill Chambers (who recently relocated abroad) were reunited. They made it through a strong field to reach the final, eventually losing by a length to a fast crew from Warwick BC. In the F/H8+ final, the Wallingford crew were unable to capitalise on their start advantage on handicapping and were eventually chased down by a much younger crew from Durham ARC.  In the G/H2- final Ted Garlick and Ken Houston had a solid row but could not make up on the 11 second start advantage given to their opponents from Minerva Bath on age handicapping.
All in all, it was another very successful weekend for Wallingford’s veteran squad.
Winning crew
W.Mas.B8+ Sharon O’Loughlin, Julia Wilks, Emily Booker, Becky Waller, Anna Storrs, Sally Axon, Lizzie Ingram, Caroline Benham, Lamorna Newcombe (cox)

World Rowing U23 Championships – 11-15 July

Ellie Piggott and Lottie Burgess represented Great Britain in the women’s lightweight double sculls at the Under 23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. In their first race they put in a strong finish to pass Spain in the last 100m, and finish second behind the Dutch double.

This qualified them for the A/B semi-finals, but in a closely fought race the Wallingford duo finished fourth, just missing out on a place in the A final despite having the 5th fastest time across the semis. They went on to win the B final convincingly to finish 7th overall.

British Rowing Championships – 13-15 July
Wallingford travelled to Nottingham to compete in the British Rowing Championship. The club had a win at the event with Dan Wilkinson and Tom Brock racing their semi finals to take first place in the final B of the Open Junior 15 Double Sculls.

GB vs France Match – 15 July

The Wallingford junior 16 girls quad sculls, crossed the Channel this weekend not only to bring home another victory for Wallingford but also for Great Britain. At the start of the 2012 season the crew, consisting of Alice Walker, Leanne Reeve, Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan, sat down with their coach Tony Wheel to set objectives for the season. One was to win their age group in National Sculling Head, the second was to win at Wallingford Regatta, the third was to win gold at National, the fourth to win at Henley Women’s Regatta, the fifth to win GB trials for GB v France Match and finally to win the GB v France match.

The girls achieved all of these objectives and also got new record time when winning at National Schools. Their final objective was achieved this weekend when they raced as part of the GB junior 16 team. Racing at Gravelines in North France, Great Britain won the overall match with eight wins to five; winning all three trophies for girls, boys and overall. The Wallingford girls helped the victory with a two length win over French junior 16 champions from Nice. The girls were behind at halfway but sculled a controlled raced and pushed through to victory. This latest trophy for the girls comes after a memorable unbeaten season.
Winning crew
W.J16.4x- Alice Walker, Leanne Reeve, Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan

Home International Regatta – 21 July

It was an exciting weekend for Wallingford Rowing Club as its very own Clare Major and Minna Jones-Walters were invited to represent England at the Home International Regatta. The regatta was held at Cardiff Bay this year where the women, racing in the senior lightweight pair division, came a close second to the Welsh representatives on their home waves. Their results accumulated a few points for England though, and the pairs result ended up contributing to an overall win for the England women’s team.

Burway Regatta – 22 July

It was a successful day’s racing for Wallingford at Burway Regatta. The club not only left with a handsome amount of wins but also had some good performances from other crews with a number making it through to their finals.
Winning crews
W.J14.2x Ellie Thompson, Lucy Walker
J16.1x George Axon
J16.4x- Dan Wilkinson, Jasper Lynch, George Axon, Max Hearnden
W.J16.2x Catherine Jenkins, Beth Coombes

Wallingford RC at the London 2012 Olympic Games – 27 July-12 August

Wallingford Rowing Club was proud to be represented at the London 2012 Olympic Games by club member Lindsey Maguire. Lindsey joined Wallingford in 2008 and following strong performances at GB trials was taken into the GB Senior Team in 2009. After winning a bronze medal in the Women’s eight at the Senior World Championships in 2011, hopes were high for a repeat performance in 2012.

The GB Women’s Eight had a tough draw for their first race on 29th July, facing the defending World and Olympic Champions from the USA, with only one crew proceeding directly to the final. In the end the USA were dominant and GB settled for third behind the Australians.

The repechage then followed on 31st July and although GB didn’t show the speed that had been hoped for, they were able to comfortably secure their place in the Olympic A final by beating the German eight with a large margin. It was then several anxious days’ wait until the final on 2nd August. This time GB put in a much stronger performance and beat the Australians to 5th place. Although sad to miss out on the medals, this was a brilliant performance and everyone at Wallingford RC congratulates Lindsey on her achievement. It was also fantastic to see several Wallingford members get involved as 2012 Gamesmakers, an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives!

Peterborough Regatta – 11-12 August

Wallingford Rowing Club celebrated two wins at Peterborough Summer Regatta at the weekend. Racing on Saturday, the club competed over a 1,000m on the purpose built rowing lake and with races held over four lanes, it made for an exciting spectators event too. The races saw Wallingford battle it out through the heats to the last round before finally ending the day with two wins from the womens juniors. Alice Walker raced well to finish first in the womens junior 16 single, while her younger sister Lucy teamed up with Ellie Thompson to win the womens junior 14 doubles category. 
Winning crews
W.J16.1x Alice Walker
W.J14A.2x Ellie Thompson, Lucy Walker

Oxford City Royal Regatta – 18-19 August
The annual Oxford City Royal Regatta took place over the weekend. Held locally to Wallingford on the Isis in Oxford, Wallingford Rowing Club was represented in several categories and didn’t leave empty handed. Crews raced through their heats to battle it out in the finals with Wallingford totalling four crews through to their finals and a further four making it through and winning their category. There was one win on Saturday for the womens junior 16 double where Leanne Reeves and Hannah Whelan took first place by two and half lengths.

The majority of wins came from Sunday’s racing including from brothers Jamie and George Axon who joined forces to compete in the intermediate 2 doubles and won by two lengths. Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan took first place in the womens junior 16 double also winning by two lengths. Lucy Walker and Ellie Thompson took home a pot when they won the womens junior 14 double.
Winning crews
W.J16.2x Leanne Reeves, Hannah Whelan
IM2.2x Jamie Axon, George Axon
W.J16.2x Freya Dale, Hannah Whelan
W.J14.2x Lucy Walker, Ellie Thompson

World University Rowing Championships – 7-9 September

Ellie Piggott and Lottie Burgess had an incredibly successful weekend, winning the women’s lightweight doubles at the World University Rowing Championships in Kazan, Russia. They flew out on the Wednesday and, after a long 12 hour journey, finally arrived in Kazan. All the accommodation and facilities there had been built especially for the World University Games in 2013 and so they along with the other athletes were the first to try them out.

Their first race was the heat on Friday, which they won ahead of France and Poland. Their time was within half a second of Russia, the winner of the other heat, so although confident they were going into the final, they knew that it would be a tough race. Strong winds on Sunday made for tough conditions on the water, but given all the bad weather we’ve had in England this summer they were well-prepared! In the final they had a good start and led the race from the early stages, with a 0.5 second lead over the field after 500 metres. Ellie and Lottie extended this lead at each marker, but it was a closely fought race. They took gold in a time of 7:16, with Russia two seconds behind in silver, and France in third. The whole British team did well, with all four boats reaching their respective A finals, and the men’s eight winning a silver medal. 
Winning Crew
W.lwt.2x Ellie Piggott, Lottie Burgess

SiS Wallingford Long Distance Sculls – 29 September
With just under 500 entries, the ever popular Wallingford SiS Long Distance Sculls kicked off the head season for many rowers. The morning head wind died down and the sun shone throughout the day. There was some great racing and the hosts left with six wins themselves, the most of any club. Wallingford’s masters men brought home the largest collection of wins with Mike Edge winning masters category D singles for the fourth year in a row and Andy Hull winning masters B singles for the second year running. Sean Morris won the masters F in his single and Ted Garlick and Ken Houston beat the competition to take first place in masters G doubles category. Wallingford’s women were also well represented on the winner’s podium with Brianna Stubbs taking first place in the women’s senior singles and Katrina Garnett winning the women’s novice singles.
Winning crews
Mas.B.1x Andy Hull
Mas.D.1x Mike Edge
Mas.F.1x Sean Morris
Mas.G.2x Ken Houston, Ted Garlick
W.Sen.1x Brianna Stubbs
W.Nov.1x Katrina Garnett

Reading Small Boats Head – 7 October

Reading Small Boats Head took place this weekend and Wallingford Rowing Club finished the day with wins in both a junior and veteran category. Freya Dale and Alice Walker won womens junior 17 doubles by a good 26 seconds while Charles Parry took first place in the masters category G single sculls. Apart from winning, another highlight of the day was for the junior girls who met 2012 Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning at the event.
Winning crews
Mas.G.1x Charles Parry
W.J17A.2x Freya Dale, Alice Walker

Pairs Head of the River – 13 October
The Pairs Head of the River took place this weekend. Hundreds of coxless pairs and double sculls took to the course, racing 4k from Chiswick to Hammersmith Bridge. Wallingford had nine crews entered and, although many good results, came away with two great wins. Sean Morris and Colin Cusack won the masters category F/G/H coxless pairs in a very respectable time. Wallingford also finished first and third in the womens elite double sculls with Lottie Burgess and Brianna Stubbs taking first place in the category. It was a good day’s racing for the club, helped by the supporters who made their way down to London to cheer the crews on. 
Winning crews
MasF/G/H.2- Sean Morris, Colin Cusack
W.ELI.2x Lottie Burgess, Brianna Stubbs

Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships – 20-21 October
This weekend saw the Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships taking place at Eton Dorney, and with members of Team GB’s London 2012 rowing squad returning to race in their club colours, competition was tough. Wallingford Rowing Club rose to the challenge winning two pennants for the fastest lightweight crews and also taking home two silver medals. On Saturday Lottie Burgess and Kathryn Twyman raced in the Women’s doubles, winning a silver medal by finishing second overall and taking the pennant for fastest lightweight crew in a closely fought race.

On Sunday they were joined by Brianna Stubbs and Caroline Greves to race in the Women’s Quads. After a strong performance in the time trial and semi-finals, the crew went on to push the winning heavyweight Leander crew to less than a length margin, taking the silver medal and pennant for fastest lightweight crew. Off the water, Wallingford Rowing Club’s Alice Walker took part helping out on the Young Person’s Panel (YPP) and some of her work included interviewing Olympic coach Jurgen Grobler and rowers Greg Searle and Pete Reed.
Winning crews
W.Lwt.2x Lottie Burgess, Kathryn Twyman
W.Lwt.4x Lottie Burgess, Kathryn Twyman, Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs

Fours Head – 10 November
Wallingford entered three women’s quads this year and came away with the pennant for fastest women’s elite lightweight quad with a comfortable margin of 20s over the next lightweight crew. The WIM1 4x also performed well despite several last minute substitutions and finished just inside the top 200. The WJ4x put in a solid performance racing several age categories up in a packed event.
Winning crews
W.ELI.Lwt.4x Brianna Stubbs, Kathryn Twyman, Tina Thomas, Caroline Greves

Oxfordshire Sports Awards – 23 November
Wallingford Rowing Club’s women’s junior quad took one of the top honours this weekend at the seventh annual Oxfordshire Sports Awards, held at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. After a year of incredible sporting achievements, nominations were plenty and competition was fierce at this year’s ceremony with entries from a huge range of sports. Wallingford’s junior girl’s quad made it into the finals after a fantastic year of consistent achievements; remaining undefeated at a local, national and international level whilst balancing training with their GCSEs and contributing overall to the club.

The quad consisting of Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale, Leanne Reeves and Alice Walker, beat Banbury U13 Girls Cricket Team and Team Cherwell Junior Triathlon Team to win Junior Sports team of the Year. The girls have had great success at local rowing events but also went onto win six key national and international events including National Schools Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta and GB v. France match. Other rowers who joined them on the winners’ podium were 2012 Olympic gold medallist Andy Triggs-Hodge and cox to the 2012 Paralympic Gold LTA mixed four, Lily van der Broecke who won Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year respectively.

GB Trials – 24 November
The water trial on Sunday 25th November was unfortunately cancelled but several Wallingford members took part in the scheduled 2k erg test on Saturday in Boston, Lincolnshire. In the women’s lightweight category Wallingford had the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fastest times from Kathryn Twyman, Ellie Piggott and Brianna Stubbs. Several other Wallingford members also made the required cut-off so will progress through to the next set of trials in February.

Scullers’ Head – 8 December
Wallingford had several entries this year and nearly all came away with pennants. Charles Parry was the fastest Wallingford sculler finishing 185th overall and taking the MasG pennant, closely followed by Minna Jones-Walters finishing 196th and taking the WIM1 Lwt prize. Other pennants won were the WElite Lwt and WSen Lwt.
Winning crews
MasG.1x Charles Parry
W.IM1.Lwt.1x Minna Jones-Walters
W.ELI.Lwt.1x Caroline Greves
W.SEN.Lwt.1x Jess Lewis