Not content with success only with its juniors, the club’s senior men squad is performing well based on recent success at Metropolitan Regatta and Marlow Regatta. The club continues to grow from strength to strength further building the town’s heritage as the epicentre of rowing excellence.
The coxless four won at Metropolitan Regatta on Saturday 4th June and in the Elite squads on Sunday 5th June. The crew is made up of Francis Hight, Ben Crouch, Sam Agass and Dave Lambourn. On Saturday they came through a tough heat to make the six boat final, where with a perfectly executed race, they took the gold medal with clear water over their opposition. On Sunday the four moved up to the top category and won the Elite event, again with clear water win.
These results prove that the Henley Rowing Club coxless four, coached by Ian Desmond and will be serious contenders for the Wyfold Challenge Cup at the forthcoming Henley Royal Regatta. Preparations for the regatta have included the recent training camp in Laias, North West Spain, from which the crew only returned three days before the Metropolitan Regatta. Ian Desmond believes that that the crew can go even faster when the training tapers over the next three weeks leading up to Henley Regatta. There was also a strong result from the senior men’s pair who won at Twickenham and came 2nd in the Metropolitan Regatta (beating off two elite crews in the process).
At Marlow Regatta 18th June, the Henley Rowing Club Senior Mens coxed four of Peter Charij, andy Pettican, Stan Admiral, Nathan Hillier and cox Alex Zeigler and coached by Ian Pankhurst, continued their winning run.
In their last chance to race before Henley Royal Regatta, the four came through the preliminary time trial to make the final of the Intermediate event which they won comfortably over a field containing rivals for the Britannia Challenge Cup.
Their time in the final compared favourably with the Senior and Elite winners.
David Read, sponsored by Spratley Studios of Henley, is retaining his form in the single sculls with third place in the Elite event as did the pair of Leon Redman and Brendan Edwards.