News archive – 2016

Wallingford Takes on the World – 2016
As always in an Olympic year, this summer has been one of spectacular sport, and not least for Wallingford Rowing Club. Just as the new season kicks off with the Long Distance Sculls on our home turf this Saturday, here is a quick recount of what Wallingford got up to further afield this season.

Alongside a great turnout in domestic racing across the whole club, and a long list of wins and brilliant performances which I will not begin to list here, Wallingford athletes have represented our club at three World Championships in 2016.

The Under 23 and Senior World championships were held together in Rotterdam back in August.
Wallingford’s Mary Wilson raced in the GB U23 Lightweight quad along with Madeline Arlett, Ellie Lewis and Susannah Duncan. They came second in their heat meaning they bypassed the repechage to go directly into the A final, where they came in an unbelievably close 6th.

Gemma Hall raced in the lightweight single scull at the senior championships, in just her second year as a senior. With a lot of races to get through, Gemma came third in the fastest of the four heats, to win a place in the repechage. Here she came a brilliant second to go through to the ‘A/B’ semi-final where she came 6th and secured a spot in the ‘B’ final. It was 6th again in the final, giving an overall placing of 12th in the big field and with extremely difficult conditions, a very impressive result.

Next up were Brianna Stubbs and Ellie Piggott, the namesakes of everyone’s favourite Filippi double. Bri and Ellie raced in the lightweight quad along with Imogen Walsh and Emily Craig, coached by our very own Ben Reed. With only five entries they had very little room for error. A chance to size up the opposition came in the race for lanes, which they won convincingly, again in difficult conditions. The final however was the one that mattered and the four took up the challenge fantastically, winning a gold medal and making themselves world champions.

This is Ben’s second world’s Gold in the lightweight quad, and Bri and Ellie’s second world title, being champions in the U23 lightweight double back in 2013. Huge congratulations to all four Wallingford girls and their crews and to our marvellous head coach, Ben.

Next up was the World Rowing Master’s Regatta in Copenhagen. After winning the Victor Ludorum at the British Master’s championships; chance for Wallingford to see if they could dominate on the World stage. The result is a huge long list of Wallingford successes, as club crews and as part of composites. Here is a list of the wins, but full results can be seen on the World Rowing website at

In the eights; Charles Parry, Sean Morris and Colin Cusack secured a win in the Men’s G8+ event, coxed by Rachael Haycock, and Alison Boyes appeared in the winning mixed A8+.

Rachael Haycock also coxed a string of wins in the Fours events; with Laura Forrest in the Women’s E4+; again with the unstoppable Colin Cusack, Sean Morris and Charles Parry and Quintin crewmate Tom Bishop in the men’s G4+; and as the sole Wallingford representative in the Women’s F4+. Emily Booker also coxed a Quintin men’s F4+ to victory.

In the doubles Charles Parry and Tom Bishop teamed up to win both the G2x and the F2x as a Wallingford/Quintin composite but Charles didn’t stop there and went on to win the G1x as well. And, of course, the familiar sight of Sean Morris and Colin Cusack winning in the pair; this time the G2- event.

It should be noted that there were many other close races featuring those mentioned above and many other excellent Wallingford representatives, some of whom raced an unbelievable number of times so a very big congratulations to everyone.

And finally but most certainly not least, over in South America, Honorary Wallingford member Katie Greves raced in the bow seat of the Women’s Eight that took a historic silver medal in the Rio Olympic games. Massive well done and more congratulations go to Katie and to the rest of the eight, from a club that has a lot to be proud of this summer.