Wallingford Long Distance Sculls
Henley Rowing Club opened the new season with 6 wins at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls last weekend under sunny skies. The Wallingford course is particularly challenging raced over 4500 metres upstream and with a number of complex bends thrown in it requires the coxless boats to show great skill to navigate the course and negotiate overtaking of other crews.
Wins came in WJ18 quads, Ella Morgan, Lauren Kay, Clare Pearson and Emma Lister beating not only all the junior boats but many of the senior women boats. With partner Florence Wiggins, Ella Morgan also won WJ18 doubles.
Lottie Orr won WJ16 singles with a time that made her the fastest Junior Girl sculler by a very convincing 22 seconds. Lottie then went on in the afternoon division to win WJ16 quads with Issy Jonsson, Mary Wright and Georgina Robinson Ranger. Completing a clean sweep of the WJ16 events Ruby Brown and Eve Poulter won the WJ16 double
The dominance in the WJ16 events was underlined by Georgie Robinson Ranger being placed second and Mary Wright fourth in a the WJ16 singles from a field of 24, Charlotte Moss and Issy Jonsson were second in the WJ16 double, and Rebecca Lister, Grace Johnson, Alice Jones and Charlotte Moss finished second in the WJ16 quad.
Competing in the senior event of Women’s Novice quads the J15 girls of Esther Morgan, Pheobe Fletcher, Felicity Parfitt, Bobbie Miles and cox Freya Reid notched up the sixth win of the day.