GB Trials – Saturday 9 February
Multiple injuries and illnesses meant that only three Wallingford scullers raced at the February 5k water assessment. Despite this Wallingford achieved a 2nd, 6th and 13th place in the lightweight women’s single. Kathryn Twyman took second place with Brianna Stubbs finishing sixth and second out of the U23s. Lottie Burgess came 13th having only just returned from illness to race.
South Oxfordshire Young Achievers Awards – Friday 8 March
Huge congratulations to Wallingford’s Alice and Lucy Walker who were honoured at the latest South Oxfordshire Young Achievers Awards. The scheme is run by the district council and is to reward young people across Oxfordshire (aged 11 – 18) for their talents in sports, the arts or citizenship or have made an outstanding contribution to their local community. A monetary prize is given to recipients to help them continue to grow in their chosen activities.
Oarsport Junior Sculling Head – Friday 8 March
Oarsport Junior Sculling Head took place at the weekend and Wallingford Rowing Club’s junior crews put in a promising performance. Held at Dorney Lake the head is a prestigious event for only quads and octuples. Wallingford entered one boy’s junior 15 crew and two girls’ junior 14 quads – the second girls’ quad having only just started rowing this season. All crews raced extremely well and all came in the top half of their categories.
Women’s Head of the River Race – Saturday 9 March
Wallingford’s senior women had an incredibly successful weekend at Women’s Head of the River Race, taking home the pennant for women’s intermediate 1 eights and finishing 10th overall. The women took on the iconic course and with over 300 crews racing the four and a quarter mile course, finishing at Putney Pier, competition was plentiful.
W.IM1.8+ Victoria Stulgis, Brianna Stubbs, Caroline Greves, Phoebe Lucas, Tina Thomas, Jess Lewis, Amy Grieve, Lottie Burgess, Minna Jones-Walters
Gloucester Spring Head – Sunday 10 March
After a number of head races being cancelled due to the weather, Wallingford’s junior squad finally had chance to race last weekend at the Gloucester Spring Head – and it was worth the wait with the juniors winning three categories. It was bitterly cold and windy but all crews raced well and the junior 16 men’s coxless quad took an impressive win with Dan Wilkinson, Tom Brock, Seb Newman and David Willcox racing to victory. It was a special occasion for David as the results marked his first win. Dan and Tom then went onto also win the junior 16 coxless double category. The final win of the day came from Lucy Walker who won the women’s junior 15 single sculls.
J16.4x- Dan Wilkinson, Tom Brock, Seb Newman, David Willcox
J16.2x Dan Wilkinson, Tom Brock
W.J15.1x Lucy Walker
First World Cup – Australia 22-24 March
Wallingford member Kathryn Twyman had a successful weekend at the first World Cup of the 2013 international season which took place in Sydney, Australia. Racing in the top lightweight women’s boat, the LW2x, Kathryn and partner Imogen Walsh rowed a strong second kilometre to break through from 4th and take the Bronze medal by a comfortable margin.
Wallingford junior coach Chris Boddy also had a successful weekend winning a silver medal in the LM4- by a clear margin in what is usually a close field.
Katie Greves, who is an honorary life member of Wallingford, raced in the women’s pair and women’s eight taking fifth place in the pair, and narrowly missing a bronze in the eight by less than a second.
Abingdon Spring Head of the River – Sunday 14 April
Wallingford Rowing Club sent a contingent again this year to Abingdon’s Spring Head and had successes in both the junior and masters category. Seb Newman raced well and went onto win the junior 14 singles category. Wallingford’s junior women put in a strong performance with Freya Dale and Alice Walker taking first place in the women’s junior 17 doubles category. Freya then went on to also win women’s junior 18 singles category and take the trophy for fastest female junior sculler of the day. The veterans also put in strong performances taking home two wins in the masters E/F/G eights and Rachel Edge and Nikki Absolom winning the women’s masters B/C double sculls.
GB Final Trials – 20-21 April
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.
Wallingford Regatta – Sunday 5 May
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.
Masters Championships – Sunday 19 May
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.
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
National Schools – 25-27 May
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.
Metropolitan Regatta – 1-2 June
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.
Reading Amateur – 8-9 June
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.
J15.4x+ Arthur Arnould, Tim Waller, David Willcox, Henry Edwards, Alice Middleton (cox)
J16.2x Tom Brock, Dan Wilkinson
WJ18.1x Alice Walker
Henley Women’s Regatta – 21-23 June
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.
World Cup at Dorney Lake – 21-23 June
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.
Thames Valley Park Regatta – 23 June
At Thames Valley Park Regatta on Sunday 23rd June, Katie Metalli put in an impressive performance to win the WJ18 1x.
Henley Masters Regatta – 13 July
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.
Kingston Regatta – 13 July
At Kingston Regatta this year Wallingford had two wins from Dan Wilkinson in the J16 1x (with Tom Brock the runner up), and Charlie Newbould in the IM3 1x.
British Rowing Junior Championships – 20-21 July
As usual Nottingham was overcast and windy last weekend for the British Rowing Junior Championships where Wallingford entered 8 crews. Due to the high number of entries, all crews had to race time trials on Saturday and 6 Wallingford crews reached the top 12 of their categories and therefore qualified for the A and B finals on Sunday.
In an increasingly competitive field of Junior J15 coxed quads, there was a fantastic result for Wallingford’s ‘A’ crew of Arthur Arnould, Tim Waller, David Willcox, Henry Edwards and cox Alice Middleton who won the bronze medal less than a second behind the silver medallists. The ‘B’ crew of George Skilling, Will Mangion, Wrenton Toth, Joe Morris and cox Jessica Polkey also put in an impressive performance coming 2nd in the ‘B’ final.
The Women’s Junior double scull of Alice Walker & Freya Dale just missed out on the bronze by coming 4th in the ‘A’ final and Lucy Walker convincingly won the ‘B’ final in a field of 27 WJ15 single sculls. Other crews who reached the ‘B’ finals were Jessica Polkey & Morgan Sims in the WJ14 2x and Dan Wilkinson in the J16 1x. Crews who reached the ‘C’ finals on Saturday were Katie Metalli & Maddie Newman in the WJ double scull and Gabi Moss, Georgia Swiatoniowska, Ani Cook, Maisie Beavan and cox Billy Lines in the WJ14 coxed quad.
U23 World Championships – 24-28 July
This year the U23 World Championships took place in Linz, Austria and Wallingford was represented by two club members, Bri Stubbs and Ellie Piggott who formed the LW2x. Not only did Bri and Ellie do Wallingford proud by being selected as an all Wallingford crew, but they went on to win the entire event and be crowned U23 World Champions. The pair showed early form in the regatta but it was always going to be a tough race in the only Olympic class event for lightweight women. In the end they led all the way, and left the other boats to fight over silver and bronze, winning by a length over Germany in a time of 7.08.57. Congratulations to them both from everyone at Wallingford Rowing Club!
Burway Masters and Juniors – 28 July
Wallingford Rowing Club came away with 10 wins out of the 18 crews entered at the annual Burway Juniors & Masters Regatta last weekend.
Amongst the winners was Will Mangion who won his first race in the J14 single sculls ‘A’ group, whilst fellow club member Seb Newman won the J14 singles ‘B’ group (both groups being randomly selected due to the popularity of the sport at this age). There were two other first wins for Billy Lines (cox) and Alex Baxter, both members of the WJ15 coxed quad with Lucy Walker, Lauren Shannon and Jess Shuttleworth.
Wins in double sculls crews from Tom Brock & Dan Wilkinson in the J16 event, Seb Newman & David Willcox in J15 event and Katie Metalli & Maddie Newman in the WJ17 event, beating Eton Excelsior by just 1 foot. Women’s single scullers also dominated by winning the WJ17, WJ16 & WJ15 events from Alice Walker, Georgia Mulraine and Lucy Walker respectively.
A particularly ‘fun’ part of the day was the Masters/Juniors double sculls event which saw father & son, Tim & Tom Brock, winning the Masters/J16 event and father & daughter, Anthony & Georgia Swiatoniowski, reaching the final of the Masters/J14 event. Another father & son combination who reached the semi-finals was Ian & Dan Wilkinson. Dan already having reached the final of the J16 singles in the morning.
The club was also represented by the girls J14 squad of Poppy Dawe, Ani Cook, Georgia Swiatoniowska, Jessica Polkey & cox Billy Lines in the quad and Jossy Shannon & Abi Rumble, in their first ever race in the double scull, who reached the semi & quarter finals respectively.
Oxford City Royal Regatta – 17-18 August
Wallingford Rowing Club made a great showing at Oxford City Royal Regatta last weekend, bringing home trophies in nine categories over two days of racing. From novice to elite and junior to veteran, Wallingford competitors represented the high standard of rowing produced by the club at all levels of ability and age.
The large contingent of Wallingford novice rowers taking part was a testament to the success of the club’s ‘Learn to Row’ program, which encourages adult beginners to take up the sport. There was a win on Saturday in the Men’s Novice Coxed Four category for Rebecca Collier, Jack Shuttleworth, Alastair Collier, Bill Cole and Ben Colwill, coached by Helen Popescu, who also reached the final of Intermediate 3 Coxed Fours on Sunday. Richard Thwaites and Steve Hall also won Men’s Novice Double Sculls and Kasia Bera won Women’s Novice Single Sculls.
At the other end of the spectrum, Charlie Newbould and Bodo Schulenburg were successful in the Men’s Elite Double Sculls, and there were wins in the Mixed Double Sculls category for Emma and Alex Cadoux-Hudson on Saturday and Caroline Greves and Chris Boddy on Sunday. Wallingford’s strong junior squad maintained its winning ways thanks to sisters Lucy and Alice Walker, who celebrated success in the Women’s Junior 15 Single Sculls and Women’s Junior 18 Single Sculls respectively. Ed and Rob Hares, rowing as a Wallingford / Army composite crew, completed the haul of silverware with a win in Men’s Intermediate 1 Pairs.
Senior World Championships – 25 August-1 September
Wallingford was represented at the Senior World Championships this year by Kathryn Twyman who secured a seat in the only Olympic class boat for lightweight women, the double scull, with Imogen Walsh of London Rowing Club.
In an incredibly tough event the duo fought hard to reach the A final, and then put in an impressive performance narrowly missing out on the medals. This was a new pairing in a very competitive field and the two did well to challenge for medals. On the day they were up with the medallists for most of the race but fell back in the sprint for the finish to lose out on bronze by just two seconds. Congratulations to Kathryn on an impressive performance in her first year in the top lightweight women’s boat.
World Masters’ Regatta – 5-8 September
Wallingford Rowing Club demonstrated that its veteran squad are true golden age rowers with a clutch of medals at the World Rowing Masters Regatta at Varese in Italy last week. Organised by rowing’s world governing body FISA, the World Rowing Masters Regatta brings together the crème de la crème of athletes competing as veterans. In rowing, that starts at age 27 and there’s no upper limit! The racing categories are determined by the average age of the crew.
Sean Morris and Colin Cusack risked problems with excess baggage on their trip home thanks to an incredible haul of gold medals. In the Men’s Pair category they won at both F (average crew age of 60 or more) and G (average crew age of 65 or more). Sean also won the H pair category with Duncan Spencer from the USA. Sean and Colin teamed up with fellow Wallingfordians Pieter van Vrede, Michael Drury and Johanna van Vrede to win the F Men’s Coxed Four. With Tom Bishop from Quintin Rowing Club and Bill Chambers from Aviron Vevey, a Swiss club, Sean and Colin also won the F Men’s Coxless Four. They also made a combination Charles Parry from Wallingford, and again with Tom Bishop, to win G quad sculls, G coxless fours and G coxed fours, again with Johanna van Vrede steering.
Wallingford’s veteran ladies also had a great regatta, with a hard-fought third place claimed by Becky Waller and Sally Axon in the B (average crew age over 36, despite their average age being higher than that) Women’s Pair and a variety of extremely competitive boats in other categories. On the final day of events for mixed crews, the best result was a storming second place in the mixed D eights.
Katie Kapernaros, WRC Women’s Veteran Squad Captain, said, “It was a truly wonderful event. Varese is incredibly beautiful and we were overwhelmed by the camaraderie and friendship shown by all our fellow competitors and the local volunteers. And of course we’re delighted to prove once again that age is no barrier to success in the sport of rowing!”
Wallingford Long Distance Sculls – 28 September
The Long Distance Sculls is one of the first head races in the new rowing season and, as ever, proved very popular, with a high number of entries from all over the country racing in single, double and quad sculls over a 4250m course. It was particularly pleasing to see such a high number of junior entries – the enthusiasm and quality of these young crews bodes very well for the future of the sport. Veteran crews, from age 27 to over 70, proved that there’s still plenty of oomph at the other end of the age spectrum too! WRC members celebrated wins in 12 categories.
Wallingford Rowing Club relies on events such as this to help fund the club and strengthen links with the community. Club captain Caroline Greves said, “We’re really grateful to all our members and friends who supported the event brilliantly. From baking cakes and making bacon butties to umpiring and helping crews on and off the water, everyone did a great job. It’s also wonderful to see so many local people joining us to cheer on the racing. We can’t promise such good weather for Wallingford Head of the River Race on December 8th but we can guarantee that the racing will be just as exciting.”
Reading Small Boats Head – 5 October
Wallingford had a strong junior entry to Reading Small Boats Head this year and came away with a win and second position in the J164x. In addition Bea Longworth and Karen Walker took the WMasB 2x pennant beating their opposition by a large margin.
British Rowing Senior Championships – 19-20 October
Eight Wallingford rowers travelled to Nottingham for the new format British Rowing Senior Championships, which is also the first round of the GB trialling process. On Saturday four doubles raced with the highest placing being Bri Stubbs and Kathryn Twyman who won the B final, and were the second placed lightweight crew. The Sunday was more successful for the club with the lightweight quad of Bri Stubbs, Kathryn Twyman, Lizzie Polgreen and Caroline Greves taking the silver medal, the lightweight pennant for fastest crew, and also being the fastest non-composite in the event.
Pangbourne Junior Sculls – 9 November
Supporters of Wallingford Rowing Club’s Juniors chose to endure mud and rain on the river banks of Pangbourne last Saturday for Pangbourne’s annual Junior Sculls over the 2750metre course. They were rewarded with witnessing some excellent racing and a high standard of rowing and sculling.
In division 1 the two boys’ J16 coxless quads came in 1st and 2nd with a time difference between the two crews of just 0.23 of a second! The Walker sisters teamed up in the WJ2x scull and came in 2nd. In division 2 the three girls’ J15 coxed quads came in 2nd, 5th & 7th (the latter comprising of Freya Goddard, Honor James and Alice Meads in their debut race). WJ18 single scullers of Alice Walker (Silver) and Katie Metalli came in 2nd and 5th respectively, and J16 single scullers of Alex Lyons & Tim Waller were awarded Silver & Bronze medals respectively (again just 0.22 of a second between these two boys!).
Silverskiff International Race – 10 November
Long-time Wallingford club member Sean Morris put in another outstanding performance this weekend to win the Silverskiff for the third year in a row. Sean beat infamous international sculler Willi Cosco and was awarded a special trophy to recognise his achievement of three consecutive wins.
Fours Head of the River and Veteran Fours Head – 30 November and 1 December
Often the tidal waters of the Thames in central London can look more like the North Sea than a river, so racing the Head of the River course is always a challenge. Nevertheless, members of Wallingford Rowing Club took full advantage of good conditions this weekend to produce great results against strong opposition.
In the Fours Head the Women’s Elite Lightweight 4x of Brianna Stubbs, Kathryn Twyman, Minna Jones-Walters and Caroline Greves won their category with a convincing 18s margin over the next lightweight crew. There were also good performances from the WIM1 4x and WIM1 4-.
In the Veterans’ Head on Sunday the Wallingford C4x achieved first place, winning the event overall in a time of 17:40 and beating many younger crews convincingly. The club’s F4- crew also had a great result, winning their category by a margin of over 30s despite some tricky steering. The WIM3 4x, a mainly novice crew, put in a strong performance finishing 3rd in their category and the IM3 4+ came 8th out of a large field.
Winning crews Fours Head:
Brianna Stubbs, Kathryn Twyman, Minna Jones-Walters, Caroline Greves
Veterans’ Fours Head:
MasC 4x and overall winners
Richard Smith, Mike Edge, Andy Hull, Pete King
Sean Morris, Colin Cusack, Tom Bishop, Charles Parry
Wallingford Head – 8 December
On Sunday the usually tranquil River Thames was transformed into a hotbed of competition as it became the setting for Wallingford Rowing Club’s annual Winter Head race. Held over a 4200m course between Cholsey and Wallingford, the event attracted over 300 crews from across the country, its largest ever entry.
Local clubs demonstrated their prowess with a number of wins. Wallingford celebrated success for its Women’s Novice Eight, while the club’s veteran rowers also had success in the Men’s Masters F/G 8+, Men’s Masters D 8+ and Women’s Masters C 8+. At the highest level, Wallingford also won the Women’s Elite 4-.
Wallingford Rowing Club Captain Caroline Greves said: “We were delighted to draw so many entries from clubs across the country – it goes to show that Wallingford Head remains one of the most highly regarded events in the winter club rowing calendar. Many thanks to all the local volunteers who contributed their time, energy and cake making skills to make the event possible.”