Henley Rowing Club was the most successful club at last weekend Autumn Head organised by Upper Thames Rowing Club. Henley won the Victor Ludorum with a massive total of 19 wins. These came from across the club with wins in Senior Men’s events, Senior Women’s, Juniors both boys and girls from under 14s to the under 18s and the Masters also notching up a win.
The HRC Senior Mens Squad Collected their first win of the 2015/2016 season at the Upper Thames Autumn Head, with a convincing win for Chris Mitchell, Rob Moles, David Read and Stan Admiraal in IM2 coxless fours.
This was the category with the largest entry in the event, and their time of 10 mins 11 seconds was the third fastest of the day for fours.
The four have been training in single sculls and only rowed together for the first time in the race.
The coaches Ian Desmond and Ian Pankhurst were delighted with the outcome which promises well for the future for the new look mens team at HRC. Their next race is the Fours Head of the River Race, a national event held on the tideway where they will be aiming to lift the IM1 trophy. The Men’s squad will also field an IM2 coxed four in this event.
In the morning division the junior girls WJ16 quad of Charlotte Moss, Lottie Orr, Georgina Robinson Ranger and Mary Wright not only won their event comfortably but were the second fastest women’s boat only being beaten by 0.4secs over the 3 kilometre course by a women’s eight from Southampton. In the WJ15 double sculls, an event with one of the larger entries, Sophie Hahn and Felicity Parfitt had a convincing win beating opposition from Lady Eleanor Holles, one of the major girls rowing schools, by a significant 23 seconds. In WJ16 double sculls Mary Wright and Georgina Robinson Ranger beat local rivals Upper Thames. The afternoon division also saw a Henley junior girls boat coming in second fastest of the women’s boats the crew of Lottie Orr , Emma Lister, Ella Morgan and Florance Wiggins being faster than any of the other women’s fours, quads or eights with the exception of the Thames Rowing Clubs women eight. One of the youngest crews the girls J14 quad of Hannah Hills, G Brown, N Cooper, J Roberts, cox E Shute put in a very good performance to win their event beating Great Marlow School into second place and beating three crews from The Lady Eleanor Holles School. In addition to these wins the junior girls squad also won the WJ18 and WJ16 coxed fours, WJ15 quad, WJ18, women’s novice and WJ14 doubles, WJ18 pair, and women’s IM3 quad.
The junior boy’s squad raced twice over the weekend. On Saturday 7 scullers from the boys J16-18 squad at tackled the 20 minute course at well named Marlow Long Distance Sculls. In a strong field Cameron Jones and Joe Zolkwer battled through to take 3rd and 4th places respectively.
On Sunday the J15-18 boys squad came away with two wins from the Upper Thames event, both in double sculls. In J16 2x Anthony Howe and Jack Broadbent comfortably overcame their only opponents from Reading. Again Reading were the vanquished crew in J15 2x where Connor Brown and Balthazar Issa performed exceptionally well on their first competitive outing of the season.
The masters section of the club was represented by a woman’s masters E crew of Aoife Scott, Margaret Hall, Ann Tully and Julia Lock sculled well to finish third of five masters crews, losing out on second place by only 2 seconds over the 3k course. The Masters men pair of Mike Jennings and Rob Wilson were the fastest master’s pair