2 October 2000


At Wallingford this weekend Marlow's scullers kicked off the winter long distance Head Race season in winning style. There were wins in the senior sections for Paul Thomas and in junior events for a number of Marlow and Borlase school crews.
Head races are long-distance races against the clock, with the athletes going off at intervals and being timed over a set course, similar to a cycling time trial. The Wallingford sculls are raced upstream over a 4,000metre course.
In good conditions Paul Thomas, one of Marlow's top senior scullers, won the Senior 1 division in 16min 19 seconds. He was also 3rd in the Elite division. Dan Tipney also performed well, winning the Junior 15 single sculls and the Junior 15 double sculls with Adam Richards of Borlase school.. Their winning time of 17.10 also bettered the winning Junior 16 time by some 15 seconds.
A composite crew from Marlow RC and Borlase also won the J15 quad sculls by some 23 seconds, a good result for Liam Bowden, James Rigg, James Keeble and Nick de la Grense with cox Luke Bebb.
It's early in the season and all the athletes involved will have enjoyed getting in some early racing and starting the season with four wins.

Sean Farrelly

25 September 2000


Nearly 200 Marlow Rowing Club members crowded into the club house in the early hours of last Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch live coverage of the Olympic regatta from Sydney.
The clubhouse erupted as Redgrave struck Gold for the 5th time. Both Steve and Matthew Pinsent are life members of the club where Steve started his rowing career. Francis Smith, a former English teacher at Great Marlow School, introduced the young Steve to rowing when he stood out at over 6ft tall. A former Captain of Marlow RC, Smith went on to oversee the early years of Steve's development beforeRedgrave took his first Olympic titles with another Marlow coach, Mike Spracklen. Steve brought great success to Marlow RC, including the Diamond sculls title at Henley Royal Regatta, before moving to the heavyweight squad based at Leander club in Henley.
Steve's unique achievement of 5 Olympic Gold medals must surely put him at the summit of 20th and 21st century sporting achievement. His phenomenal dedication and drive for success will be an inspiration to generations of athletes to come.

The Olympic final went perfectly to plan for a good 1600 metres of the race, with Great Britain comfortably out in front, dominating the opposition. A huge push by the Italians with 400m to go took more off the British crew's lead then they would have liked, but as Steve said in his post match interview, "at 250m I knew we would win. Nobody was coming past us".

Marlow members Katherine Grainger and Gillian Lindsay took a fantastic Silver medal on Sunday morning in the womens' quadruple sculls. This was Great Britain's first womens' rowing medal in the sport's history and was a unique achievement for the crew of Miriam Batten, Katherine Grainger, Gillian Lindsay, Guin Batten and Marlow coach Mike Spracklen.

Lindsay has rowed for Marlow RC in major domestic events for the past 4-5 years, including several fours and eights Head of the River winning crews. She became a life member of the club following her Gold medal in the World Championships double sculls in 1998. Grainger also competed in Marlow eights head winning crews in 1998 and 1999. Both girls are Scots and relocated to the Marlow area to work with national womens' coach Mike Spracklen, who runs the Great Britain womens' squad from Longridge scout boating centre in Marlow.
The club house erupted on Sunday morning as the British crew sprinted off the start to sit in third, just behind Germany and Russia, after 500m of the final. The British crew were ranked fourth on times before the race, but desperately wanted a medal. Through the middle 1000m the Great Britain crew, stroked by Miriam Batten, hit a wonderful rhythm and, powered on by Grainger and Lindsay in the middle of the boat, began to edge level with the Russians. With 500m to go, Germany held a ¾ length lead with Russia and Great Britain level. A big push from the British girls took us into a narrow 2-3 ft lead over the Russian crew and into the Silver medal position. The Russians were not going to lie down, but pushed back. Going for the line, the stroke rate kept creeping up in all three boats. Back in Marlow their clubmates were ecstatic, and Garry Herbert's television commentary reached a near hysterical crescendo. At over 40 strokes a minute, all three crews crossed the line; Germany had Gold and retained the title won 4 years ago, but less then a length behind it was a photo finish between Great Britain and Russia. The crews waited for 12 minutes for the results - and it was Silver to Great Britain. Watching the television pictures brought delight to all those who know Katherine and Gillian as they danced on the podium before receiving their well deserved medals - a rich reward for the past four years dedication to the Olympic dream, which has seen their careers put on hold and many, many hours of hard work put into training - and more training.

It was a great day for Marlow Rowing Club and a day to remember for all those who watched these historic races.

Marlow was also represented in Sydney by Lisa Eyre and Alex Beever in the womens' eight, which had performed heroics to qualify for the Olympic regatta and then raced with great courage but just missed a place in the final. Cath Bishop also took part in the womens' pair-oared event, but the former World Cup winning crew just could not find their form and did not reach the heights they had hoped.

Marlow Rowing club is always looking to build on its success and welcomes new members. There are currently squads for men, women and juniors at the club, from beginners to experienced athletes. Either come down at weekends or contact the captain Charlotte Hill on 01628 482366.

Sean Farrelly

21 August 2000


Two weeks ago Marlow Rowing Club picked up 10 wins at Maidenhead Regatta: in Senior 1 eights, Senior 3 coxed fours, Women's Senior 1 coxed fours, Junior 14 coxed quads, Senior 1 coxless pairs, Senior 2 single sculls (Ben Tipney), Junior 15 single sculls (Dan Tipney), Junior 14 single sculls (Dan Tipney) and Veteran D single sculls (Peter Wolton).
At Maidenhead the club also picked up the prize for the most successful club at the regatta.

Marlow Rowing Club travelled to Oxford City Royal Regatta for its last event of the season, once again coming back with 10 wins and the honour of being the most successful club at the regatta again.
Marlow wins came in three eights, three double sculls, one pair, and three single sculls.
The Senior 1 and Senior 2 eights wins were against the local club, City of Oxford, where the Marlow crew won both events by 2 lengths.
The Senior 3 eight also won by 2 lengths. The crew was a composite with Windsorian Boat Club, and was made up mostly of some of the Juniors from the club. The crew was Karl Craig, Ben Smyth, Andy Rollo, Harry Rolfe, Adam Hunter, Ben Tipney, James Wright, Andy Barron and coxed by Claire Sherfield.
In the double sculling events, the Novice double of James Bryne and Nick Hoare won by 1 length, Junior 14 double of Harry Swordy and Adam Richards by 3 lengths over another Marlow crew of James Keeble and Liam Bowden, and the last double was a Women's Junior 16 crew of Rebecca Skinner and Helen Brewer, who won by over 5 lengths.
The pair win came in Senior 1 coxless pairs. The crew was made up of Richard Aplin and James Fraser, and they won by over 5 lengths.
In the single sculls, the Tipney brothers carried on their winning ways. Following his win in the Senior 3 eight, Ben won Senior 2 single sculls by 1 length and his brother Dan, racing at an age group above himself, won Junior 15 single sculls.
The other single win was Julie McCulloch in Women's Senior 3 sculls by a good 2 lengths.

Russell Peacock

22 July 2000


Emma Stallwood and Kristal Osborn had to relinquish their title at the national Rowing Championships at Nottingham this weekend, but not without a fight. Marlow's top club combination had to settle for Silver in the Women's Lightweight Pairs event after one of the closest races of this year's championship.
Racing took place in near perfect conditions with a cross/tail wind propelling the crews up the 2,000m course at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont. The Marlow pair knew they were in for a tough final against old rivals from Avon County and the current Women's Henley champions Rooks and McPherson of Tideway Scullers RC. In the final, Stallwood and Osborn took off the start and pushed out with the Scullers combination to lead the field through the first 500m. By the 1,000m mark the Marlow pair had inched out a slight lead, urged on by supporters on the bank. The Avon pair had by now dropped out of the pace of the leading pairs, but Rooks called for a push in the Scullers boat and they came back through Marlow over the next 500m. With 300m to go Marlow raised the pace again, drawing on all their reserves of determination - they pulled through the Scullers crew to take a half-length lead. However Rooks and McPherson were not to be denied, and again they fought back with the boats side by side pushing for the line. On the line Scullers were given the verdict by 4 hundredths of a second. A superb race, a credit to both crews and a fine advert for women's rowing at its very best.
In the junior men's races, Marlow came home with three Bronze medals. Two medals went to James Wright, the first in the Junior Single Sculls. James came back from 5th at half way to show typical determination in pulling back his opponents one by one, finally going through the local athlete form Holme Pierrepont on the line to get the Bronze by less than a second. In the Junior Double Sculls, Wright paired up with T Hudson to take the Bronze medal in a tough field in which less than four seconds separated the first 5 crews home.
James has been asked to represent England in the Home International Regatta, to be held in Belgium this weekend. James, who hopes to go to Cambridge next year, has had a superb season adding his two Bronze medals to Gold won at the National Schools Regatta last month.
Danial Tipney also won Bronze in the Junior 14 Single Sculls, an excellent effort from a young sculler just starting out on his career as an athlete. One to watch for the future. . . .
On the senior women's side there were good performances from lightweight sculler Julie McCulloch, who made the semifinals of her event in her first season in a single scull. The women's senior four, the current Women's Henley champions, contested the finals of both the coxed and coxless events but didn't have one of their better weekends against good quality national Junior and U23 crews.
However, Caroline Hodgson, Helen Selden, Caroline Hillaby, Jo Chesney, cox Elaine Caldwell along with coach Garry Phillips have been selected to represent England in the Home Countries Regatta in Ghent, Belgium this weekend. For Chesney and Hodgson this is the second time they have represented England, for Hillaby and Seldon it will be a new experience and one they can only have dreamed of when they came to Marlow in October last year. Both athletes have developed enormously and have fitted well into the top flight women's programme at Marlow. The women's squad has also benefited from the support of Platts of Marlow, whose sponsorship has enabled the crew to race in a new top class boat this season.
The men's senior representatives, Neil McCulloch and Ian Pressling, raced well in the Lightweight Pairs event. They lay second at half way and battled all the way to the line before finishing fourth, just a length off the medals. Mark Ruinet, also in his first year as a serious single sculler, had a good regatta. Mark made the semi finals of his event; he was competitive throughout and is a real prospect. He can look forward to getting faster next season and challenging for top honours.

Meanwhile the men's club squad was at Molesey Regatta in London. An excellent performance by the Men's Senior 3 eight saw them trouncing crews from Nat West Bank and a composite crew from Cambridge to take home coveted Gold medals. Excellent coxing from Tamsin Knill and stroking from Nathan Kidley set the crew up for a couple of comfortable wins. For Bret King, John Tetley and Harvey Craig this was their novice win. The men's squad races next at Henley Town & Visitors Regatta in two weeks time.

There was also excellent news for three Marlow athletes at the Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne last week. In the Women's Eights, Great Britain, stroked by Marlow RC athlete Lisa Eyre and containing former Marlow RC members Alex Beever and Rowen Carroll, came through to take Germany on the line and secure an invitation to this year's Olympics in Sydney. It has been a long road for the athletes who failed to get automatic Olympic selection last year. Under the coaching of Miles Forbes-Thomas, the crew have gradually picked up speed through the season. For Beever and Eyre, world champions in 1997 in the coxless fours, their dream of racing in Sydney has come true. Likewise for former Wycombe Abby pupil Carroll. These three join Cath Bishop and Gillian Lindsay as Marlow representatives in Sydney.

Sean Farrelly

3 July 2000


Andy Barron became the first male Marlow athlete since Steve Redgrave in 1987 to win a Henley title under Marlow RC colours. He won the Fawley Cup for Junior Quad sculls in a Marlow, Leander, Llandaff composite crew. Andy, with doubles partner Dave Currie from Llandaff, teamed up with the Leander athletes Russ Hunter and Colin Smith to form a formidable crew.
The first two rounds were a procession for the composite crew, with wins against Tiffin B and Reading RC by 3½ and 4 lengths respectively.
They had a tough semi-final against Windsor Boys School, with the Marlow/Leander composite always in front to win by just 3ft. Marlow/Leander dominated the final against Tiffin School to win by 3½ lengths.
This was a cracking end to Andy's junior career - in which he has excelled. Last year, with Currie, he took Silver at the National Championships in the Lightweight Double Sculls and also won Gold and Silver medals at the Coupe de La Jeunesse, representing Great Britain at international level.
This year with A levels has been a quiet one for Andy, although the Henley win was a great way to sign off. Though other Marlow men's crews lost out on the first day of the event, the club can be pleased that all 17 members of the men's senior squad qualified for Henley this year.
In the Thames cup for eights and the Wyfold fours, seeded opposition proved too strong for Marlow crews, who might have progressed further had the draw been kinder.
The scullers also performed well in the single and double sculls. In the Diamond Sculls, Mark Ruinet had a superb race against Greenaway of Kingston RC. Leading to half way, Ruinet never gave up, but lost out by just over a length in one of the best sculling races of the day. Mark will be greatly encouraged by his performance in only his first season in a sculling boat.

Sean Farrelly

26 June 2000


All of Marlow's athletes in the senior men's squad have qualified for this year's Henley Royal Regatta.
At the qualifying races on Friday, Marlow's top single sculler Mark Ruinet qualified for the Diamond Sculls on his first attempt. This was a superb achievement for an athlete in his first year as a sculler. Coach Paul Franklin was delighted to see Mark go through to the main regatta as one of the fastest qualifiers; his first race will be against C P Greenaway. Marlow's double scullers Miles Sharpe and Paul Thomas also produced a strong performance to qualify for their event, in which they will race Gardner and Webb.
These athletes join the Eight of cox, Fay Beanland, stroke Nathan Kidley, Dave Rose, Paul Hide, Bret King, John Tetley, Garath Downing, James Cotter and bow, Nick Hoare, who have drawn seeded opposition at Henley in the shape of the traditionally strong Garda Siochana from Ireland. The men's coxless four of stroke Blaine Castle, Mike Jennings, Neil McCulloch and Ian Pressling, bow have also draw one of the top seeds in the shape of Queen's Tower RC.
In the Fawley Cup event for Junior Quad Sculls, Marlow has representatives in three crews, two of which are seeded. Andy Barron is in the top seeded crew from Leander/Llandaff/Marlow whose first race is against Wycliffe School. Marlow/Bath University are also seeded, and three Marlow athletes Chris Mannerings, Karl Craig and James Wright, join Ed Baker of Bath in a strong lineup. Marlow also makes up half of a Marlow/Borlase School/Leander composite. Karl Offord and Ben Tipney are racing with Thomas of Borlase and Cairns of Leander against local rivals Windsor Boys school in the first round.
Some great racing is expected, and though progress for the Marlow crews will be difficult, Captain Paul Cox is delighted to have so many athletes representing the club, over half of whom are in their first year in the sport.
At Reading regatta at the weekend, Julie McCulloch followed up last week's win in the Club Coxed Fours at Women's Henley with her debut win in a single scull. Julie won through three rounds in the Novice Single Sculls before winning the final by a comfortable 3 lengths.

Sean Farrelly

20 June 2000


00_whr_pic1Marlow Rowing Club won the Women's Coxed Fours and the Women's pairs events at Henley Women's Regatta on Sunday.
This was Marlow's second win in the Coxed Fours, having first won 4 years ago and losing in the final 2 years ago.
Caroline Hodgson was the only member of the current crew surviving from the winning boat of 4 years ago. This year she was at stroke, and it was her experience and driving rhythm which helped to power the crew to victory at the weekend.
The early rounds on Saturday illustrated Marlow's dominance over the majority of the field, which contained the best of Britain's domestic athletes. Marlow cruised to easy verdicts over Durham and Bedford RC in successive rounds. On the Sunday, things hotted up, with the semi-finals against an apparently strong Wallingford crew. Marlow tore off the start 00_whr_pic2and by the end of the island led Wallingford by a length. At the half way point, passing the enclosures, Marlow were 2 lengths up and dropped their rating to conserve energy for the final, finishing 4½ lengths ahead of a dispirited Wallingford. In the other half of the draw, Marlow's main rivals Thames RC, were also progressing with confidence. Thames had targeted the Women's Coxed Fours as their top event this year and had packed the four with their best athletes. Marlow had lost to Thames at the Docklands Regatta several weeks previously, but had since changed their line up, with Caroline Hodgson moving to stroke and Julie McCulloch coming into the bow seat.
On Sunday, Thames had posted the faster semi-final time and went into the final as favourites. Marlow's coaches Phil Tinsley and Garry Phillips sat their crew down and told them to forget past results and to concentrate on their own race plan for the final.
00_whr_pic3In glorious sunshine, but into a tricky cross/head wind, the crews lined up for the biggest race of their season. Again Marlow tore off the start; Hodgson wound the rate up to 46 and settled to 37 coming off the top of the island - Marlow up by half an length. Helen Selden, Caroline Hillaby and Julie McCulloch really kicked in the power and, over the middle 1,000 meters of the race, Marlow stretched out a 1 length lead. Still driving along at 36, cox Elaine Caldwell was doing her usual superb job encouraging her crew and pushing them to their limits, as Thames never gave up and began to push back in the last 500 meters. With rival supporters cheering on the crews from the bank, Marlow held firm and pushed on for the line to win by 2/3 of a length in 5 min 37 seconds. It was one of the best races of the regatta and a fantastic advert for women's rowing at its best.
A delighted Marlow crew celebrated by cooling off in the river after the race. For Hillaby and Selden this has been their first season at Marlow and both athletes have worked hard throughout the Winter and Spring and deserve the success that has come this year. Their success illustrates Marlow's policy of welcoming new talent to the club and giving them the chance to excel. McCulloch has been racing in a lightweight single scull for most of the season and, for her, a seat in the four as been a real bonus especially as she lost in the final to Thames 2 years ago. 'A fantastic result', declared Club captain Paul Cox.
In the Women's Elite Pairs event, Marlow were represented by the current Great Britain pairing of Cath Bishop and her partner Dot Blackie of Thames. For them Henley presented a rare opportunity to race on home turf and to give them a little sharpener before their next World Cup event on the road to the Olympics.
They were never in trouble in the final against the current Great Britain U23 crew and drew away along the course.
In other events, Marlow was represented by Charlotte Hill, who won the Club Eights event with Queen's Tower BC, and Victoria Richmond, who stroked the Nottingham Universities crew. The latter unfortunately lost the final of Lightweight Coxless Fours to Avon County.

It was a fantastic weekend for Marlow - wonderful weather, great racing and great results for the club. The Marlow women's squad now begins preparations for the National Championships in four weeks time in Nottingham.

Sean Farrelly

20 June 2000


00_men_8No wins for Marlow at Marlow Regatta this year, but some good performances which will set the club up nicely for Henley Royal beginning next week.
Marlow have a new, young men's development eight this year, which under the coaching of Mike Landers, Charlotte Hill and Paul Cox, have come on well in the past few weeks. In the first round at Marlow they used their power off the start to get clear of Colby College USA and held in well for a 1 length win. Stroke Nathan Kidley is ably backed up this year by Dave Rose, Paul Hide, Brett King, Dave Tetley, Garath Downing, Jim Cotter and bow Nick Hoare. They lost in the final of the Senior 2 Eights to Eton School, one of the best school crews in the country.
In the Elite Coxless Fours, the Marlow crew led a strong Queen's Tower BC line up off the start and held that lead right through to the last bend before the Queen's Tower lads squeezed through on the inside.
Mark Ruinet had a good day making the final of Senior One Sculls, losing a very close final to Smith of Leander Club. Marlow's double scull also made the final of its event and is improving with each race.
On the Sunday the club heard that the Eight and the Four have both prequalified for Henley Royal Regatta. For most of the lads in the eight this is a superb achievement. Nick Hoare just missed out last year and for Downing, King, Tetley and Kidley this will be their first Henley.
On Friday the Junior Quads, the Men's Single Scull, Double Scull and Pair will be bidding to join them in the qualifying events.

Sean Farrelly

5 June 2000


Marlow Rowing Club's senior athletes had a busy weekend on 3rd and 4th June, beginning at Peterborough Regatta on Saturday and moving onto London Docklands on Sunday.00_docks_women_4
On Saturday, the Marlow squad raced over 1,000m on the Peterborough purpose-built rowing lake, which allows for four lane side-by-side racing. In glorious sunshine, and with a slight tail wind, the racing conditions were as near to perfect as you could ask for. Marlow athlete Mark Ruinet looked strong and controlled, winning the Senior 3 Men's Single Sculls. He won a good final, pulling away from the chasing pack to win by a clear length. In the Men's Double Sculls a new combination of Paul Thomas and Miles Sharpe just lost out in a close final. Similarly it was a day of 'so close yet so far' for the men's senior rowers. Blaine Castle, Mike Jennings, Neil McCulloch and Ian Pressling qualified well for the Elite 4- final, beating Nat West Bank and Auriol Kensington. In the final an experienced Lea RC crew took a 1 length lead off the start, Marlow held second with Auriol Kensington and Vesta's top crews holding third and fourth places. In the run for the line Marlow, pushed up the rating in an effort to haul in Lea; unfortunately the line came too soon and Marlow had to settle for the runner-up spot by less than a second. In the Elite Men's pairs, Jennings and Castle and McCulloch and Pressling both raced well to reach the final, beating a good quality pair from the Lea and Cambridge 99 RC, amongst others. In the final, a fast starting Ancholme RC pair jumped clear and again the two chasing Marlow crews could not catch them over the course, finishing virtually together in second and third place.
Marlow's top women's crew rejigged their line up after losing injured stroke Jo Chesney. Marlow comfortably dominated the Elite Women's Coxless Fours. Stroke Caroline Hodgson was backed up superbly by Caroline Hillaby, Helen Selden and lightweight sculler Julie McCulloch, substituting at Bow. Caroline cracked the crew along the course at 37/38 strokes to the minute and demolished the field by 25 seconds.

00_docks_markIn London's Docklands on Sunday, the racing conditions on the 2,000m course could not have been more different. A stiff head wind kicked up the water in the Royal Albert Dock, making racing conditions very tough.
In the men's Senior 2 Sculls, Mark Ruinet built on his previous day's success, moved up a status and gritted out the terrible water to make the final, when Chatwin of Quintin BC beat him to the line. Mark came from last at 500 meters to show his strength and determination and gradually picked off the field, in terrible water, to earn a well-deserved Silver medal. The Men's Elite Lightweight pair of McCulloch and Pressling took on a quality Heavyweight field and came fourth, just missing out on a medal by a length, but beating the Scottish Heavyweight pair from Castle Semple RC.
One of the best men's performances of the day came from the new Men's S3 Eight. Largely made up of novice oarsmen, they looked strong, getting a well-deserved Silver medal behind the students of Oxford Brooke's University. They saw off the development crews from Vesta and Auriol Kensington early on, to chase the students home in 7 min 24 seconds.00_docks_women_4_2
Again the Women's Elite coxless four did well in taking a Bronze medal behind Avon County. Avon opened up a big lead at 500m, only to be reeled in by Marlow over the course. The 2 second gap in Avon's favour was considerably closer then when the crews last met. Out in front the Great Britain U23 four from the University of London was in a different class on the day.
The top performance of the day came from the Women's Elite lightweight pair of Kristal Osborn and Emma Stallwood. They are the current national champions and put old rivals Avon County in their place for the second time this season. Avon led off the start by nearly 2 lengths and then could do nothing as the Marlow pair pushed on in the middle thousand of the race and came storming through to take the lead. Once in front the Marlow pair was not to be denied the title and went clear to win by 2 lengths. It was a great piece of racing from two dedicated and extremely talented athletes and sets the Marlow duo up well for Women's Henley Regatta, which takes place on the 17th and 18th of June.

Sean Farrelly

12 November 2001


Marlow crews put in strong performances in the Fours Head of the River Race on Saturday. This is the highlight of the autumn season and the last national event before Christmas. Over 500 crews took part from throughout the UK and tested themselves against the 4¼ mile course from Chiswick to Putney. On Saturday the race was run on as passive a river as you could ask for; bright sunshine greeted the athletes as they boated, and, with the cold wind of the previous few days having all but disappeared, the race was run in perfect conditions.
Marlow athletes Katherine Grainger and Lisa Eyre combined with Elise Laverick of Thames RC and Rebecca Romero of Kingston RC to win the Elite Quads event in a National Squad combination. Their time of 19 min 35 seconds saw off another National Squad crew from Leander by 20 seconds. This is Katherine's first win in the Fours Head and Lisa's third, though Katherine is of course an Olympic Silver medallist from Sydney - this was the only national domestic honour she has not previously won in her career. The continued success of Lisa Eyre and Katherine Grainger brings success to the Marlow club, which they have both represented in domestic events for a number of years. As ever, they produced a top class performance, which is a reflection of their professional attitude to the sport of rowing and their dedication they bring to their training. Their presence at top domestic events sets the standard for British rowers and gives top club athletes a target to aspire to.
In the club events, Marlow's women again put up a strong showing. The club entered two quads in the Senior 2 event and they went off at numbers 131 and 132. With a lot to prove in both boats, the two Marlow crews pushed each other to the limit, with first one crew gaining ground and then the other pushing back. Marlow I was stroked by Kat Ramsay, supported by Lizzy Tinley, Jo Chesney and Fi Johnson. Marlow II was stroked by Emily Booker, with Andrea Hoskins, Caroline Hillaby and Catrin Williams-Jones. With both crews pushing all the way to the finish it was clear to Coach Phil Tinsley that the crews had gone well. In fact, Marlow I finished third and Marlow II fifth, less than seven one hundredths of a second apart! The Senior 2 pennant went to Imperial College by 15 seconds.
The men's coxless four also performed well and finished fourth in the Senior 1 class, behind Oxford University, despite having hit a buoy just before the finish. Miles Sharpe stroked the boat with Richard Aplin, Jim Cotter and Andy Grant.
The second men's boat was a Men's Senior 2 quad who improved their position from 160 to 100 and had a good race. The club will be pleased with the result since the crew is made up entirely of novice scullers. Mike Chamberlin did an excellent job of steering and the crew of Bret King, David Rose and John Froewin can be proud of their performance.
In the women's coxed fours event, the Marlow Senior 2 boat of Tina Fallon, Lucy Ford and Charlotte Winterson, stroked by Claire Hedges, coxed by Kate Tucker, had a good row to come half way up the Senior 2 field.
The Senior 3 four of cox Ella Waddington, stroke Maddie Downey, Mandy Parr, Kath Muskett and bow Nikki Davis had an excellent run and were pushed on by a chasing Norwich Senior 2 crew in the closing stages. The Marlow crew refused to be caught and pushed away from the tiring Norwich boat to come an excellent 8th out of 40 in their division.
With all the club's crews performing to or exceeding expectations it was a good day for Marlow. Coach Phil Tinsley and captain Charlotte Hill were delighted with the performances of all the crews.

Sean Farrelly

5 November 2001


Marlow Rowing Club had another successful weekend at Henley Scullers Head on Saturday. The race is run as a time trial on the Henley reach, from below Temple Island upstream to the finish of the famous Henley Regatta, a total of 3,000m.
Dan Tipney had a double win, taking the Junior 16 Single Sculls in the afternoon, having already won the Junior 16 Double Sculls in the morning with Stuart Heap. Dan is in fine form this year and seems to be building on his success in the National Schools and National Championships in the summer. He was 28th overall on Saturday and well clear of his age group rivals.
Marlow's third win came in the Women's Senior 2 Quad Sculls, in which Marlow tried out a new combination before next weeks Fours Head in London. The crew was stroked by Kat Ramsay, with Junior International Lizzy Tinley in the 3 seat, Jo Chesney at 2 and Fiona Johnson in the bow seat. Covering the course at a strong 32 strokes a minute, they saw off top class London opposition from Tideway Scullers by 9 seconds. Also in their wake were local rivals Upper Thames and Henley RC. The Marlow crew were the fastest women's quad of the day, beating the elite quad from Upper Thames by 15 seconds.
There were other good performances from Marlow athletes. Paul Thomas was third overall in the Men's Single Sculls behind the winter's top performer Guy Pooley. David Rose and Mike Chamberlain both performed well in Men's Novice Sculls and were not far off the pace. Jenny Forrester and Karla Boddy were 2nd and 3rd in the Girls Junior 16 Sculls, which was dominated by Junior International Stubbings from Headington School. Stuart Heap had to settle for 3rd in the Junior 15 single sculls, but only by 8 seconds; he is getting closer each week to King of Maidenhead.
Marlow has a strong presence at this weekends Fours Head of the River Race in London, which is the highlight of the pre-Christmas racing season, raced over 4¼ miles from Chiswick to Putney. Marlow have entered a senior men's coxless four, two senior men's quads, two senior women's quads and two senior women's coxed fours. The Marlow club also has two members of the national squad's composite entry in the Women's Elite Quads. Wins will be hard to come by at the Fours Head as the event attracts the best in the country. However, all the Marlow crews will be looking to finish well in their respective divisions.

Sean Farrelly

30 October 2001


The Marlow club celebrated the autumn racing season by taking a hat full of trophies at their annual Long Distance Sculls races on Saturday.
The race is split over 2 divisions, each raced over a 5,000 meter upstream course from Cookham to the Castle house opposite Marlow rugby ground. The course is a real test of boat skills, as it involves finding the best line on a twisting course against the stream and through islands 1,000m from the finish. The race also tests the fitness and stamina of the athletes, as it is one of the longer winter races.
In Division One there were Marlow wins for the Men's Novice quad. The men's double of Miles Sharpe and Andy Grant continued their winning streak to win Senior 2 Double Sculls. Pressling and Lewis won Men's Novice Double Sculls, and there were also wins for Pieper and Hamlin in the Veteran C Double Sculls and Bradshaw and Booker in the Mixed Double Sculls, racing in a City of Cambridge/Marlow composite. The fastest boat in the morning division was the Men's Senior 1 Quad from Bewl Bridge RC.
The afternoon Division featured the single scullers, and like the morning race was held in fantastic conditions - bright sunshine and flat water. Paul Thomas was Marlow's top male performer. coming home in 21 min 14 seconds to win the Senior 1 trophy. Mike Chamberlin won the Men's Novice Single Sculls and is beginning to look confident in his single. The fastest overall man was former international Guy Pooley of Crabtree RC.
Katharine Ramsay was the local club's top woman, winning the Women's Senior 4 Single Sculls. Her time of 24 min 05 seconds also made her the top women sculler of the day. Emily Booker had her second win of the day in the Women's Senior 2 Single. Other Marlow winners included Fiona Johnson, who won the Women's Senior 3 Single Sculls and Helen Brewer in the Womens Junior 16 Single.
Organiser Peter Hunt was delighted with the day, particularly as last year's event was cancelled due to the flooding which effected many events.

Sean Farrelly

15 October 2001


Marlow rowers Andrea Hoskins and Jo Chesney won a golden double over the weekend, winning the Senior 3 Double Sculls title at the Pairs Head of the River Race in London on Saturday and taking the Senior 2 Double Sculls title at the Reading Head on Sunday.
The Pairs Head is the first of the season's National long distance events, and is run on the Thames from Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge, a 5,000 metre course. The event attracts the country's top athletes, to race in pairs and double sculls.
Saturday found the Thames at its most benign, with bright sunshine and flat calm water greeting over 600 athletes as they boated for the race. Winter head races are time trials and crews are sent off at 10 second intervals to race over the course. In the Women's Senior Three Double Sculls Hoskins and Chesney had a superb run. They were delayed slightly on the start by the crew ahead who were slow to get going, however once past, they moved quickly to catch and overtake other crews including local hopefuls Tideway Scullers RC. They sculled strongly throughout and came home in the impressive time of 13 minutes 36 seconds. Second were the Under-23 internationals Ledwidge and McNair and third the Welsh squad double of Colley and Backx. Hoskins and Chesney's time would have been good enough to get second place in the higher Senior 2 division and highlights how well the Marlow crew performed.
Both Hoskins and Chesney are inexperienced scullers, both having come through novice single sculls this summer, but Chesney is a highly experienced rower who has represented England on several occasions. Hoskins though relatively new to the sport, having just left Staffordshire University, is an athlete of real potential. Though they have only been doubling together for a matter of weeks the combination of Hoskins' length and power and Chesney's guile and experience has been an instant success. Coaches Gary Phillips and Phil Tinsley have also done an excellent job of getting the crew ready to race. Hoskins and Chesney's win was Marlow's first at this event since 1992. Club Captain Charlotte Hill was delighted with the result, as it shows yet again that the Marlow women's squad can perform and win at the highest level.
In the same event were Johnson and Bishop of Marlow who also performed well and finished a creditable 7th. In the Women's Senior One pairs, Katherine Ramsey of Marlow formed one half of a partnership with Cawley of Broxbourne. They also had a strong race, though their practice time together has been limited. They finished third in this very competitive category, also beating the Welsh squad pair by 2 seconds. In a large field the Senior Two pair of Claire Hedges and Tina Fallon finished 12th. They went off well but suffered in the middle of the race, both having been ill in the preceding week.
In the Men's Junior Double Sculls, Marlow Junior Dan Tipney who is still under 16 raced with Logan of George Watson's in Scotland and came a decent 3rd in their event.
On Sunday the women's and junior squads moved to Reading for the Reading Head. This was a 3,000 metre down stream race over a tricky twisting course. The event runs two divisions, in the morning and the afternoon, which allows the athletes to race twice in one day.
In the Senior Three Double Sculls, Chesney and Hoskins repeated their previous day's win with a strong performance, powering through two Headington school doubles on the home straight to win in 16 min 33 seconds. A re-jigged second double of Kath Ramsey and Fiona Johnson put in a terrific performance in their first race together to chase Chesney and Hoskins home to take second place, only 6 seconds back. Marlow coaches now know they have not one but two top class combinations even at this early stage of the season.
Marlow also put out some experimental coxed fours. In Senior Three and Senior Four Fours, Mady Downey with Mandy Parr, Julie Mace , Nicky Davis and cox Ella... had good runs to come second behind strong junior crews. In particular, the morning run was excellent, with the crew looking strong and confident; their time of 17 min 31 seconds being better than some Elite and Senior 1 crews. In Senior Two Fours Marlow came third, three seconds behind Headington School and beating local rivals Reading.
In the single sculls events Marlow had another good day. Kath Ramsey had her second win in a fortnight in the Senior 3 Single Sculls. Hoskins and Chesney were third and fourth. The three were in their last races of an exhausting weekend, but they responded superbly with all three racing for the line down the last 1,000 meters, each trying to get the best time possible.
In the junior events, Logan from Scotland, but racing as Marlow, won the Junior 18 event, while Dan Tipney won the J16 Single Sculls. The two then combined to win the Junior Double Sculls by over a minute and were clearly in a class above their opposition. In the Junior 15 Single Sculls Stewart Heap continued to show improvement. He dominated local rival Smith of Reading by over 18 seconds, but had to settle for second behind King of Maidenhead. The 6ft 7in, 90kg, 15 year old from Maidenhead was just too strong over the long distance and pipped Heap by only 2 seconds. No doubt Stewart will be out for revenge when the two next meet.
Marlow's final win came in the Women's Junior 16 Single when Jenny Forrester had one of her better races and powered away from the field to win by 20 seconds. Marlow also took second with Helen Brewer, showing the strength in depth of the Marlow junior group.
Marlow's women's squad now begins to gear up for the Fours Head of the River Race in early November. This is the final national time trial of the 2001 season. The race will attract top crews from across the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as top continental crews to compete over the 4¼ miles from Chiswick to Putney.

Sean Farrelly

8 October 2001


Marlow Rowing club athletes had the best possible start to the new season with a hat full of wins at Wallingford Small Boats Head on Saturday.
The Wallingford event is designated a national head, which means it attracts top class club athletes from around the country. The course is a demanding one, running upstream towards Wallingford Bridge over a twisting 4,000m course. Tight bends and overhanging trees make this a real test of steering and boatmanship. The event was made even more difficult by a gusting wind and driving rain, which lashed across the Thames throughout the day.
Marlow's top performance of the day came from Emily Booker who won both the Senior One Single Sculls in the morning and then went even faster in the afternoon to win the Senior Two Single Sculls by some 25 seconds in a time of 17 min 01 seconds. In the Senior 1 event Emily started second and quickly caught local favourite Ainslie of Wallingford. Sculling strongly and with confidence she saw off the chasing pack, including Woods of Henley and Stoker of Avon Country. In the Senior 2 event Emily demolished the field, pulling away along the course and upping the tempo into the finish. Marlow's third win came from a new member to the club, Kath Ramsey. She also demolished her opposition in the Senior 3 Single Sculls. Kath sculled aggressively and overtook a number of other athletes to come home in 17 min 18 seconds. Herbert of Bewl Bridge was over 20 seconds behind in second place. Jo Chesney of Marlow took 4th in the same event.
In the Mens Junior 15 Single Sculls, Stewart Heap of Marlow showed huge potential in winning his event from the nationally ranked Smith of Reading by 2 seconds. Heap looked technically excellent and will now be looking forward to a busy and rewarding season.
In the Womens Junior 16 Single Sculls, Jenny Forrester had a good scull to take second place in her event; also second was Dan Tipney in the Men's Junior 16 event. In the Men's Senior 1 Single Sculls Paul Thomas was third in a high class field.
Marlow's wins continued to come thick and fast with the senior men getting in on the act. Miles Sharpe and Andy Gant made their double sculling début and duly hammered the opposition by nearly 30 seconds, their time of 14 min 31 seconds making them the fastest men's crew of the day. In the Women's Double Sculls, Marlow again produced the fastest double sculls performance of the day with Fiona Johnson and Eva Bishop coming home to win the Women's Senior Two event. The Junior 16 Women's Double Sculls also went Marlow's way with Karla Boddy and Helen Brewer romping away from their opposition to come home in 17 min 15 seconds. Boddy and Brewer also placed 6th and 7th in the Junior 18 Single Sculls which was won by Junior international sculler Lizzy Tinley of Sir Willian Borlaise school.
Marlow's eighth and final win of the day came in the Women's Quad Sculls. This was a new crew comprising Kath Ramsey, Eva Bishop, Jo Chesney and Fiona Johnson. They proved to be the fastest overall women's crew of the day.
Marlow coaches Phil Tinsley, Garry Phillips, Sean Farrelly and Russell Peacock were delighted with the efforts of their athletes. The club has begum the season with a bang and their next event will be the Pairs Head on Saturday 13th October and Reading Small Boats Head the following day. The Pairs Head is one of the top events of the winter and it will give the Marlow athletes a clearer idea of their national pecking order.

Sean Farrelly

3 July 2001


The third round of the rowing World Cup took place in Vienna at the weekend. Great Britain topped the medal table with 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal. There was Gold for Marlow athletes Cath Bishop and Katherine Grainger and Silver for Liza Eyre.
Bishop and Grainger, a new combination in the women's pairs this year, are improving with every race. In the qualifiers, they were content to progress to the final behind the Belarus top boat. In the final Belarus led to the 500m point but in the second 500m the Great Britain pair were 4 seconds faster and powered through their rivals. They consolidated their lead over the second 1000m and looked a class above their rivals, coming home in 8 min 26 seconds, a good 2 lengths clear of the field. Rumania and Ukraine were left well behind. Both athletes now join the Great Britian women's eight who are racing as Nautilus at Henley Royal Regatta this week. Following Henley their preparations will continue for the World Championships in Lucerne on 18-25 August.
There was Silver for Lisa Eyre in the Women's Quad Sculls. The British crew seemed to have the measure of their Ukrainian opposition in the last 500m until they hit rough water and lost their momentum. The Ukrainian crew were able to hold on to win by 0.29 of a second! Lisa and the rest of the Great Britain quad also race at Henley this week in the first ever women's quads event, again under the name of Nautilus.

Sean Farrelly

2 July 2001


Marlow's top boat, the Men's Coxed four have drawn the seeded Imperial College crew in the first round. This is an unfortunate draw, which brings together two of the best crews in the country this year. They have raced each other once, with Imperial coming out on top at the Metropolitan Regatta. However Marlow have changed their line up since, bringing in Marc Furlonger, which has clearly strengthened the crew. Imperial College, which some observers feel could win the event, could well be in for a big surprise in the first round. The Marlow crew is Jim Cotter, Marc Furlonger, Andy Grant, Richard Aplin and cox Fay Beanland.
The B crew, who came through the qualifiers on Friday night, will race the Kingston RC top four. Kingston will start as favourites, but the Marlow crew of Harry Neville, Harvey Craig, Steve Ballentine and Bret King will fancy their chances as they get better with each race.
In the Men's Double Sculls Challenge Cup, Aston and Tetley are drawn against Saunders and Wilkinson. Form is difficult to assess in this event as all the boats pre-qualified. John Tetley has had a great season, progressing from novice sculler to racing at Henley, a fine performance by any standards.
In the Thames Cup for club eights, Marlow have a favourable draw against qualifiers London RC 'B' crew. The London crew has been racing in a lower status this year, and the Marlow crew is felt to be the best the club has put on the water for many years. A win in round one would lead to a race against seeded Club Ghent for Belgium.
The Fawley Cup for junior quad sculls features two Marlow athletes in composite crews. Ben Tipney, who has just been selected for Great Britain, is racing in a Marlow/Maidenhead composite. The crew is seeded and will race Peterborough City in the first round. Chris Mannerings also races in a Marlow/Maidenhead composite which qualified on Friday evening. The crew race local rivals Henley in the first round - this one is too close to call.
In the Henley Prize for Women's Eights, Marlow have Cath Bishop and Katherine Grainger in the Great Britain eight, racing as Nautilus. They have drawn the up and coming Under-23 crew from Oxford Brookes/University of London, but should prove too strong for their younger rivals and will face good class opposition from Odensa, The Australian Institute of Sport and Yale University USA.

25 June 2001


The Club's women have also been on good form, with Emily Booker winning well in the Senior 2 Sculls at the Metropolitan Regatta. She led from the start and won by 2 seconds from a good field, including athletes from Thames RC, University of London and Eton Excelsior. Emily has been producing a series of strong performances, culminating in her reaching the quarter finals of the Lightweight Single Sculls at Women's Henley at the weekend, where she went out to Hampton of Notts County. Another Notts County sculler to reach the quarter finals was Victoria Richmond, formerly of Marlow and now a student in Nottingham. Vic lost in a close race to the eventual winner and international athlete Eastman of Imperial College.
In the Women's Open Coxless Fours, Marlow, with two of last year's winning club four, lost out in the semi finals to the eventual winners from University of London.

Sean Farrelly

25 June 2001


Marlow Rowing Club had a good day at the new Marlow Regatta on the new Eton rowing lake at Dorney.
Marlow's men's four were runners up in the regatta's premier event for coxed fours. The crew of stroke James Cotter, Marc Furlonger, Andy Grant, Richard Aplin and cox Fay Beanland had a good day, qualifying easily for the final at the expense of the University of London and Ross RC. The Marlow crew had a close battle with Durham University in the final, losing out by ½ a length with Molesey and the University of London off the pace The crew were disappointed to lose but pleased that they had got so close, given that stroke man Jim Cotter was suffering throughout the day with food poisoning. It says a lot for the spirit of the crew that they overcame their problems to be so competitive. The Marlow crew, with wins in Elite Fours at the premier Metropolitan and Reading regattas, will be looking forward to Henley next week. The crew have pre-qualified and Richard Aplin, a semi-finalist 2 years ago, will be looking to go one better this year. Coach Paul Cox has done a fine job on the crew; on their day, they know they are a match for any domestic club opposition.
Marlow's sole win came from the Women's J15 coxed quad. Stroked by Karla Boddy of Great Marlow School, the crew of Boddy, Vicky Carroll, Jennifer Forester and Helen Brewer won the first ever women's race to be allowed at the traditionally all male regatta. In a three-boat final, the crews from Marlow, Sir William Borlase's and Molesey Schools Rowing Association were all together at the 400m point. From there Marlow and Molesey pushed on and the two crews were locked together until the last 500m, when Marlow pushed again and stretched their lead to win by 1½ lengths. Coach Graham Warner was delighted with the result and will now fancy his crew's chances of a medal at the National Championships at the end of July.
Henley kicks off next weekend with Marlow represented by the top men's four, an eight in the Thames Cup, which has also pre qualified, as has the Club's double scull and quad. The second coxed four faces qualifying races on Friday night, but should come through to take a place in the main draw. This is certainly the strongest challenge Marlow has mounted at Henley since the early 90s, and given a reasonable draw, all the crews should do well.

Sean Farrelly

13 June 2001


John Tetley and James Aston had a superb day at the London Docklands regatta on Sunday. Competing in the Senior 1 Double Sculls, they took gold at one of the countries premier regattas. Conditions at Docklands were terrible, with a cross head wind making the lane draw vital as high waves slowed many of the boats.
The Marlow double was down off the start, but determination and good sculling took them back through the field, past crews from Molesey, Upper Thames, Aurial Kensington and Walton.
John and James have just come together in the last 2 months under the coaching of Paul Franklin and this represented their first major win together.
There were other successes for Marlow, with Emily Booker sculling well to take two bronze medals in both women's Lightweight Single Sculls and the Senior 2 Open event. There was also a bronze for the women's Open coxed four, who saw off the challenge of Bedford and the Welsh squad racing as Rebecca, but could not get on terms with Oxford Brooks University and Thames RC.
The clubs new men's eight put up a strong performance through the first part of the Senior 1 event, only to be overhauled by Molesey for the Bronze medal. The crew can take some satisfaction from their first race together, and they clearly have the potential to be one of the strongest eights to come out of Marlow in the past 10 years or so. Their target is the Club Eights event at Henley Royal, and if they keep on improving they should put up a strong challenge.
The club's second coxed four also performed well in their first race together and did well to make the final of Senior 1 Coxed Fours, piling through their opposition in the later stages of the semi- final. In the final they drew lane 7, the worst, and had little chance in terrible conditions.

Sean Farrelly

13 June 2001


On the same day as Docklands, at Weybridge Ladies Regatta the Marlow novice squad had a successful day, winning both novice fours and novice eights.
In the first round of the coxed fours event, the Marlow A crew of cox Elaine Caldwell, stroke Mell Waterworth, Lucy Ford, Mandy Parr and Madeleine Downey saw off a strong challenge from Henley Rowing club to win by two lengths over the 1000 meter course. In the semi final they demolished the opposition from Thames RC and were clear and pulling away after a blistering start. In the final they raced the Marlow B crew, who had overcome the local Weybridge Ladies club in their semi. The final went the way of the A crew, but the presence of the two Marlow crews in the final showed the strength of the club's current novice squad, all of whom were new to the sport this winter.
In the women's eights final, Marlow faced Thames RC, who had seen off Molesey in their semi final. Thames have a large and powerful crew, but Marlow pulled out a slight lead off the start. After 20 strokes, a strong push took Marlow clear and they continued to pull away down the course to inflict a heavy defeat on their rivals. The crew of cox Elaine Caldwell, stroke Madalaine Downey, Mandy Parr, Lucy Ford, Laura Leondiades, Jane Mannerings, Mell Waterworth, Jennifer Driver and bow Julie Mace were delighted with their win, which was fully deserved. After a season of committed training the squad has got better with each event.
There was also a good result in the Novice Double Sculls for Kauser Parvin and Kath Lee, who are also improving with each race. They beat Parrs Priory RC before losing out in the final to Walbrook. Most of the athletes will be involved in Marlow Town Regatta this Saturday and will then race at the prestigious Reading Regatta on Sunday.

Sean Farrelly

13 June 2001


The Metropolitan Regatta moved to the Dorney Lake at Eton this year and attracted its usual high class field. There were two excellent performances from Marlow crews.
The men's coxed four of Jim Cotter, Steve Power, Andy Grant, Richard Aplin and cox Kate Tucker took gold in the Elite Coxed Fours event, beating crews from a strong field including University of London, Norwich RC and Nottingham and Union. Marlow led off the start and won a good race by ½ length.
They also came second in Senior 1 behind a fast Imperial College crew, but ahead of rivals from Thames and Crabtree RC.
These results show that, under the coaching of Paul Cox, the club has a strong boat which will be a real force at Henley Royal Regatta in the Britannia Cup.
In the Women's Elite Fours, Marlow stormed to an excellent win with Alayne Wilson at Cox, Jo Chesney at stroke, Helen Selden, Julie McCulloch and Tony Truman at bow.
Again this crew with two of last year winning women's Henley crew on board will be serious contenders this year, beating crews from Hereford and Warwick.
On the Sunday they gained two further Silver medals - in Elite Coxed Fours behind Thames RC - and in Senior 1 Coxed Fours behind Imperial College RC.

Sean Farrelly

22 May 2001


Cath Bishop of Marlow Rowing Club and her new partner Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger, also of Marlow RC and Scotland, got their international partnership off to a winning start at Essen International Regatta at the weekend.
On the Saturday they were narrowly second to the German Van Daelen twins. On the Sunday they stepped up a gear to beat a second pair of German twins, the Pyritz sisters. Grainger said, 'Yesterday we reminded ourselves how much we hated losing; today we reminded ourselves how much we like winning'.
The pair are already established as the Great Britain women's squad's top combination under their new Australian coach Marty Aitken. Bishop went on to stroke the Great Britain women's eight to a silver medal in a close race with Germany.
Bishop and Grainger were Great Britain's only winners over the weekend, and will be building up over the next few months to the World Championships in August.
Former Marlow athlete and Staffordshire University student Alaster Hodge competed in his first international regatta for Great Britain in the U23 pairs event and came a creditable 5th with partner James Livingston.

Sean Farrelly

7 May 2001


fiona_johnson_and_eva_bishopMarlow Rowing Club athletes continued their winning form at Wallingford Regatta on Sunday 6th May.
There were wins for the club in the Women's Senior 2 Double Sculls, with Eva Bishop and Fiona Johnson, the Men's Senior 2 Single Sculls with Mark Ruinet and the Men's Novice Single Sculls through John Tetley.
Wallingford Regatta moved to the Eton Rowing Lake at Dorney this year to avoid foot and mouth restrictions. The event attracted a high quality field, with many top London crews, local clubs and schools and a strong appearance by Oxford University colleges. The 1000m multi-lane course offered over 500 crews fantastic racing conditions and an exciting day for competitors and spectators alike.mark_ruinet
In the Women's Double Sculls, the Marlow pair of Bishop and Johnson got off to a strong start and led through the first 500m from a junior international combination from Henley Rowing Club and a second Marlow combination. In the strong tail wind, Johnson's game plan was to put in a series of pushes after half way to keep the pressure on the opposition. The plan paid off in great style and the pair romped home clear winners. This was Eva Bishop's second win in a fortnight following her win at the British Universities' Championships last week in the Single Sculls.
In the Men's Single Sculls event, Mark Ruinet was simply too strong and too experienced for the opposition and dominated both his heats and the final. Mark will be looking forward to stiffer international competition in Belgium next week.
john_tetleyJohn Tetley decided to turn his hand from rowing to sculling this season and, though he has had very little chance to get on the water through what has been a difficult winter weather-wise, he powered his way to his maiden victory at the weekend. Winning your novice pot is always one to savour and John put in an excellent performance on the day. He qualified comfortably for the final and, after a steady start, began to push through the field. At the 750 point he was tied for the lead, but a strong push broke his main rival and John came home in some style, moving away from the field.
Other events saw a hard fought second place for the Club's new women's coxless four, who could not quite catch a fast Kingston crew but rowed through good crews from Oxford Brooke's University and Wallingford. Jo Chesney, Helen Selden, Caroline Hillaby and Toni Truman will be encouraged by a good row in the first event of what will be a long hard season. Also coming a close second was Julie McCulloch in her single and the clubs women's novice coxed four of Mell Waterworth, Jane Mannerings, Caroline Clayton-Jones and Jennifer Driver coxed by the experienced Elaine Caldwell.
Also performing well was the women's senior 3 four of Claire Sherfield, Kate Ashton, Kath Lee and Nikki Davis who, with cox Anita Windsor, were beaten by the Oxford University women's crew, and just lost an exciting battle for second by a matter of feet to Bewl Bridge.
Marlow's senior athletes, both men and women, are racing at Ghent International Regatta in Belgium this weekend, against some of the best club and international crews from Britain and the rest of Europe. Wins may be hard to come by, but the experience and the racing should be fast and rewarding.
Meanwhile 20 members of the Club's novice and intermediate women's squad will be preparing to race against the best of the local clubs, schools and universities at Coate Water Park in Swindon on 19th May.

Sean Farrelly

26 March 2001


On Saturday, local MP Mrs Theresa May named a new women's boat at a ceremony at Marlow Rowing Club attended by club officials, members and representatives of Barnes DAF. The new women's coxed four was named 'Onyva', French for LETS GO!, a great name for a boat which is going to see a lot of racing this season.
Barnes DAF are part of the F G Barnes Group, a family firm which have been involved in the automobile trade for some 75 years. They generously provided sponsorship, matched by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Sportsmatch Scheme, which effectively doubled the amount available.
The club's novice women's squad is currently one of the strongest in the country outside London, and they cannot wait to try out their new boat.
Club Chairman Peter Hunt was delighted with the deal, negotiated by committee member Bob Thompson, which meant that the club has also been able to upgrade gym equipment this season. Theresa May, MP for Windsor and Maidenhead, christened the boat with champagne and thanked Barnes DAF for their support; she praised the Sportsmatch scheme introduced under the last Conservative government and continued by Labour, which encourages industry to make contributions to sport to increase grass roots participation.
Marlow Rowing Club is extremely grateful to Barnes DAF and LDV Van Centre of Theale for their generous sponsorship.

Sean Farrelly

20 March 2001


Both of Marlow's men's crews made significant strides at the Men's Head of the River Race in London on Saturday. The second eight improved from a start number of 145 to finish 87th and the first boat moved up from 63 to 49th of over 400 competing crews.
The men's head is over a 4¼ mile course from Chiswick to Putney, the reverse of the classic Boat race course. Just like the boat race, this is the pinnacle of the winter season for all British club and University crews. They are joined by many of Europe's top club and college crews, making this one of the most competitive and exciting events in the rowing calendar.
The Marlow First boat had an excellent race to place in the top 50, a mark of a top-class club crew. Preparation has been better this year despite the difficult winter, which forced the Marlow crews to head for London to train at weekends. A new crop of experienced athletes has also arrived to strengthen the top end of the Marlow squad this season. The Marlow boat has gone well in training, and setting a strong rhythm of 32 strokes per minute, the crew set about catching Nottingham University which they did by Chiswick Eyot. As Marlow pushed past Nottingham the crews came together and Andy Grant at seven needed to keep his head when his blade slipped under the bows of the Nottingham boat. Marlow kept their focus, and driving on, cleared the flagging Nottingham crew. From Hammersmith Bridge Marlow poured on the power and kept working down the last mile to the finish.
The crew were coxed by Kate Tucker with Mark Furlonger a former member of Agecroft's elite crew doing a fine job at stroke. Andy Grant, an ex-Oxford University squad member, has brought a lot of experience to the 7 seat; he was backed up by Marlow stalwart Richard Aplin at 6. Steve Power is another new recruit from Exeter, rowing at 5, and he was backed up by Steve Flower out of retirement this year, and the bow three of Dave Rose and Jim Cotter and Mat Joyce, another new recruit from Southampton. It says a lot for the high standards expected at Marlow that coach Paul Cox was pleased with the result but had wanted a bit more.
The second boat had a superb result, to put aside a period in which the crew changed on a regular basis, to pull out a cracking performance on the day. They stormed from a 145-start number, cutting through the field and overtaking crews from University of Manchester, Merton College and were closing on a pack of crews at the finish. Cox Fay Beanland did a great job, encouraging her crew and steering a fine course to get the best of the stream. At stroke, seven and six the crew had the vastly experienced Paul Hyde, Simon Huntley and Harry Neville, complimented in the bow pair by Neil McCulloch and Mike Chamberlin. Between these athletes sat three of last year's novice crew who had finished in the 300s. It says a lot for their development that they now make a major contribution to a crew, which finished 87th. The top 100 is usually seen as the mark for qualification for club crews aiming for the summer Henley Royal Regatta. On this weekend's results, all of Marlow's senior athletes will be looking forward to being in competitive Henley crews this summer.
The coaching team of Paul Franklin, Paul Cox and Alan Hooker were delighted with the overall results and will now begin to put their summer crews together. The club is still looking to attract athletes who think they might be able to make a contribution to the Marlow squad for the coming season.

Sean Farrelly

6 March 2001


01_women_8headMarlow's rowers had a good day at the Women's Eights Head of the River race. The annual event is the pinnacle of the winter racing season and brings together 240 crews from across the UK and Ireland as well as top crews from Europe. Over 2,000 athletes compete over the reverse of the classic Oxford/Cambridge boat race course. It's a gruelling 4¼ mile race from Chiswick Bridge to Putney. The race is a true test, not just of the crew's strength and stamina but the cox's ability to find the stream and therefore get the fastest line down the testing course. Marlow have been exceptionally successful over the past three years, coming first twice and second last year, with crews made up of Marlow's substantial Great Britain squad presence. The club crews have also performed with distinction, improving from 98 some 5 years ago to regularly placing in the top 30 over the last 3 years.
Marlow's top crew this year should have been made up as usual of the international athletes from the national squad. However, illness and injury meant that Marlow A, who were going off No 1 had unfortunately to scratch. The Marlow B crew was therefore the club crew and this year featured a large number of new young faces who have come to the club this season. With a number of the club's top athletes having retired this year this was very much a new-look crew. The club had high hopes of the top crew in October, but the terrible flooding and dangerous river conditions of the past months have badly affected preparations, giving the Tideway crews a huge advantage this year as they have been able to boat their crews throughout the winter. In addition, for the first time Marlow fielded a novice crew made up of athletes who only began to learn to row in October; they started number 225 amongst the new entries.01_women_eight
The Club crew went off chased by the Cambridge University top crew. Though Cambridge gained over the first 2 minutes, the Marlow crew dug in and held them off through Barnes Bridge. Both crews then battled away around the Hammersmith bend, each trying to get the better stream, each crew countering the other's pushes. Going under Hammersmith Bridge the crews were level and were having a cracking race within a race. From Hammersmith, Cambridge pulled out a length but Marlow held on and came home in the very creditable time of 21 min 26 sec to finish 33rd overall. This was a positive performance from a young crew who will only get better now that the river conditions at Marlow have improved. The crew was coxed by Allayne Mowbray and led from the front by Julie McCulloch backed up by Jo Chesney, a member of the Head winning 1999 crew, Caroline Hillaby, Helen Selden, Eva Bishop, Toni Truman, Fiona Johnson and Emily Booker.
The club's second club crew had a rough day when they lost their stroke and 7 to illness two days before the race. But with Elaine Caldwell jumping in to add her experience to the stroke seat, they gutsed it out and after an unsteady start improved as the race went on, encouraged by their excellent cox, Anita Windsor.
01_women_onwaterThe Novice eight had an excellent race coxed expertly by Paul Shipman. Competing in such a big race was a whole new experience to the crew of Nikki Davies, Mandy Parr, Caroline Clayton-Jones, Lucie Ford, Heather Dickson, Julie Mace, Jules Bartley and Mel Waterworth. The crew overtook Llandaff RC in the first minute and from then on gained in confidence; at a confident 31 strokes a minute they kept the work on from Barnes Bridge to Hammersmith, overtaking The University of Kent and Kings College London. From Hammersmith the crew worked together to catch Furnival RC and the finish in the excellent time of 24 min 11 seconds. They rose over 60 places, to finish 163rd. They finished 8th of 28 novice club crews, and were only beaten by local London clubs who have been able to train every weekend, a huge advantage to beginners. The Novices will now look forward to their next race and are really up for the challenge of beating some of the London clubs in the summer.
The squad coaches Phil Tinsley and Garry Phillips were delighted with the efforts of all the athletes in what is a long and brutal race. The athletes have struggled through the winter months, slogging away in the gym with great enthusiasm, as the river has been largely unusable. All the winter work won't be wasted and the coaches feel there is a lot of potential throughout the current squad and that Marlow's club athletes should have another successful summer. The focus now largely turns towards the sprint season and the club is still looking for additional athletes to add to the strength of the squad from novice through to elite.
The club top crew race Oxford University in a friendly event at Henley this weekend. The result should give the bookies a good form guide to the upcoming Oxford/Cambridge women's boat race which takes place at Henley on April 1st.

Sean Farrelly

29 January 2001


Marlow Rowing Club's senior women's squad had a cracking day at their first event of the 2001 season. Eighteen athletes travelled to Stourport near Birmingham for their Head race. The event is a time trial, which takes place over a 4,500 meter course on the Severn River and attracts athletes from throughout the Midlands and West of England. Though Stourport has recently been affected by flooding, conditions on the day were good - the sun came out and the Marlow athletes relished the chance to get some racing.
The Marlow scullers dominated the morning division. Julie McCulloch was the fastest woman, winning her event in 13 min 4 sec. Emily Booker, a former Cambridge University lightweight, made her debut for Marlow and won Women's Elite Single Sculls in 13.09, with another Marlow athlete, Helen Seldon, second in 13.17. The evergreen Jo Chesney won the Novice division in a creditable 13.30, followed home by another Marlow newcomer Eva Bishop in 13.33. Marlow women's novice eight made its debut at Stourport and came a creditable second in its event in 12.27 behind Burton Leander. Nikki Baylis did a cracking job at stroke and was well supported by the rest of the crew, who were driven on by cox and coach Garry Phillips. The experience will have done the crew a lot of good as they build up to the spring and summer racing season.
In the afternoon division, Julie McCulloch took her second event of the day in winning the Senior 2 Single Sculls event comfortably, beating Thomas of Stourport in front of the latter's home supporters.
Jo Chesney and Emily Booker took their second events in the Women's Senior 2 Double Sculls. In a great race, Emily and Jo just held off a strong Evesham/Stratford composite by 1 second and Eva Bishop and Fiona Johnson of Marlow by 2 seconds.
Since November there has been no racing in southern England due to the flooding which has affected so many parts of the country. There is no doubt that the Marlow athletes relished being let off the leash for the weekend.
This is largely a new and young squad, but the athletes have been putting in the hours both on the water and in the gym over the winter and that showed in the weekends results. More racing will follow in the next few weeks as the club puts its crews together for the Women's Head of the River Race in London over the historic 4¼ mile boat race course.

Sean Farrelly

{joomplu:1119}A team of 8 veteran rowers from Marlow Rowing Club set a new world rowing record last Saturday without getting their feet wet.

Fire and Building Fund.

The loss adjusters were at the club for thee days and we are clearing up and removing fire damaged items. We will be arranging gym facilities and temporary racking and rowing resumed on 5th August. The club expects to return to competition at Maidenhead regatta later this month and all squads aim to enter crews.

In the coming three months the club will prepare for the Head season by arranging boat allocations, temporary facilities and launching provision. We believe that we can run a full competitive programme with support and understanding from members and the community. 

Over the next few years the club will need to secure its premises and rebuild, and the committee hope and believe that in three years time, this fire will be seen as a new beginning, rather than the setback it appears today.

Please contact us if you have any questions. All press enquiries should be directed to Ed Phillips or Mike Parsons. A formal press statement will be issued tomorrow and communications to members to will continue over the next few days.

The committee will be meeting again on Monday. 

joomplu:1760On 14th July, Sir Steve Redgrave, the El Salvador Olympic rowing team (pictured left, with Sir Steve) and almost 50 members of the local community took part in a special event to help raise £10,000 to rebuild Marlow Rowing Club. The event marked almost a year on from when the 140-year-old club's iconic boathouse was badly damaged by a severe fire. Read more below or see our total raised so far.

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SPORT ENGLAND PRESS RELEASE: A rowing club devastated by fire was today celebrating its change in fortune after receiving £1 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities legacy fund.

After a week of testing in Nottingham 3 boys from Marlow Rowing Club, Sholto Carnegie, Josh Kent and Harry Glenister, have been selected to race in Great British combinations at Munich International Regatta on the 4th and 5th of May.

130914ThamesPathChallengeCongratulations to the Made in Marlow team of seven walkers who took part in the Thames Path Challenge last weekend to raise money for the capital campaign for Marlow Watersports Hub.