Marlow's Women's squad had a good weekend at the Wycliffe Big Boat'sHead. They came home with 2 sets of Gold medals and 3 sets of Silvers.
The Wycliffe Head is raced over a 4,500m course on the Gloucester Berkeley Canal, and offers great water conditions at a time of year when many races are being cancelled due to bad weather and flooding. Head races are effectively time trials with crews going off at spaced intervals. The key to success is to ignore the opposition around you, and go hard from start to the finish.
In the morning division Marlow fielded a strong Women's Senior 2 quad of Vickie Sims, Andrea Hoskins, Helen Selden and Jo Chesney (Stroke). They took Silver in a time of 18.13 behind a fast local crew from Wycliffe. They were miles ahead of the rest of the field with City of Oxford the next boat home 30 seconds behind.
The Women's Senior Two eight also picked up Silver. The crew featured an experienced line up including Sally Reay, Catrin Williams Jones, Louise Ainley, Maddy Downey, Mandie Parr, Kat Ramsey, Julie McCulloch, Lorna Ferguson (Stroke) and Ella Waddingham cox. They had a strong race, but just lost out to City of Oxford by 1 second in a time of 17 min and 5 seconds.
In the Women's Senior 3 Coxed Fours, Rebecca Skinner, Dani Phillips, Michelle Holt, Lisa Knill (Stroke) and Elaine Caldwell cox also collected Silver behind a very fast King's School Worcester.
In the afternoon division Marlow coaches took the opportunity to swap athletes around. In the Womens Senior 3 eight, Marlow took the Gold medal, beating the University of Bristol by 20 seconds along with 6 other crews. The crew was a mix of experienced athletes and a number who came through the Club's novice squad last year. Vickie Sims, Dani Phillips, Michelle Holt, Lisa Knill, Louise Ainley, Maddy Downey, Andrea Hoskins, Kat Ramsey (Stroke) and Ella Waddingham cox had a strong race, completing the course in 17 min 31 seconds.
In the Senior 3 Women's Quads, Marlow finished off the day in style when Julie McCulloch, Jo Chesney, Helen Selden, and Lorna Ferguson came home with Gold. They saw off a good City of Oxford crew by a clear 13 seconds.
It was a good day's racing in sunshine and good water conditions against spirited opposition. Coach Andy Knill said "the results were very pleasing and represented a good build up for the Women's Eights Head of the River Race in mid March".
The Eights Head is the pinnacle of the winter season and Marlow, as befits one of the strongest women's clubs in the country, will be looking to field two strong crews this year

10 December 2002


Marlow Rowing Club had a superb day at the Wycliffe Small Boats Head on Saturday. The Marlow club won 5 Gold, 7 silver and 9 Bronze medals on the Gloucester Berkeley canal, racing over a 2,500 m course.
Lorna Ferguson had an excellent day, taking two Gold medals. In the Senior 3 single sculls the Scottish international held off her club mate Kat Ramsay by 3 seconds. Both athletes had to overcome tricky water which bounced off the walls of the canal and brought out the best boat handling skills of all the athletes. Lorna then paired up with Jo Chesney to win the Senior 2 Double Sculls, beating an experienced Warwick double.
Marlow's fastest sculler on the day was Emily Booker, who took two Silver medals. In the Elite Single Sculls she finished in 10 min 27 behind Page of Gloucester, and in the Senior 1 Double sculls she again had to settle for Silver with Julie McCulloch, just behind Hereford. Also picking up Silvers were Maddy Downey and Kat Ramsay in the Senior 2 Double Sculls in a good time of 9min 56. This was a good performance from Maddy who has just learnt to scull this year.
Maddy added to her medals with a Bronze in the Novice single sculls in which Martina Novotona finished 4th in her last race at the club before she returns to the Czech Republic. Martina has been a real asset to the Club's novice squad over the past year and will be missed by the whole squad.
Marlow's women continued to pick up medals with Dani Philips and Sophie Lutter in the Women's Novice Double sculls.
The juniors also got in on the act with Gold for the Novice Men's Double sculls, Gold in the Junior quads and Gold in the Junior Girls' Double Sculls. The Junior 16 double scull picked up further Silver and Crispin Knill took a well deserved Bronze in the J15 Single Sculls with Nick Fox also picking up a bronze in the J16 singles event.
All in all it was an excellent day for the club, which shows that the junior and senior women's squad are in good form heading into Christmas.

5 November 2002


Marlow Rowing Club won the Elite Women's Coxed Fours at the Women's Fours Head in London on Saturday. Marlow athletes Helen Raine and Caroline Hillaby, partnered two Worcester oarswomen, Claire Vincent and Jane Fisher, along with Marlow cox Ella Waddingham.. The Fours Head is the pinnacle of the autumn season as it takes place over a 4 mile course from Chiswick to Putney, the reverse of the classic boat race course. Over 500 crews were attracted to the event from throughout the UK and Ireland.
The Marlow/Worcester composite only came together shortly before the race, and was made up of athletes who are members of the Great Britain development programme for future internationals. The crew was stroked by Claire Vincent and she was superbly supported by Helen and Caroline. Helen was delighted with her win which confirms her return to top flight rowing after several seasons blighted by injury. Ella Waddingham steered an excellent course and carved through top club crews from Thames Rowing Club and Oxford Brookes University. The crew will receive their pennant at an awards ceremony at the event's sponsors Fullers, Turner and Smith Brewery on Thursday the 14th of November.
Marlow's top women's quad also had an excellent race finishing 6th in the Senior 2 event. The strength of the Marlow's women was illustrated by the good showing of 3 other quads, all of whom finished in the top half in their events. The men's top quad came a creditable 57th overall, and well up in their event which is an encouraging start to their season.
All Marlow's elite and club athletes will be in action at the Marlow Fours and Pairs Head on Sunday, 17 November . The event is run from Bourne End Sailing Club to Quarry Wood House, opposite Marlow Rugby Ground, and usually attracts a good class field.

7 October 2002


Jo Chesney retained her Pairs Head of the River rowing title in London on Saturday. With fellow Marlow athlete Kat Ramsay, Jo won the Senior 3 Double Sculls title; they were the second fastest overall women's double scull of the day.
The event is run over a 2.5-mile course from Mortlake to Hammersmith over the historic boat race course and attracts over 200 boats from across the United Kingdom. Saturday's race was run in beautiful conditions and the Marlow crews did well to produce some of their best performances on the day.
Last year Jo won the Senior 3 event with Andrea Hoskins; this year she partnered Scottish international lightweight Kat Ramsay to victory. Marlow's time of 12 min 58 seconds placed them well ahead of their rivals and outlined the quality of the pair's performance, they were only 6 seconds behind the Elite winners from Upper Thames and beat every other women's crew at the event. Winning the event twice in a row is a tall order and says a great deal for Jo's abilities as a sculler and her determination to win.
Also on winning form was the Anglo Scots combination of Dan Tipney and Chris Logan. Tipney and Logan won the Junior 18 Double Sculls in 11min 53 seconds, beating local London crews from St Paul's School into second place. In the same event, the Marlow/Maidenhead combination of Ashburner and Jones were 6th and Heap and Fox, an all Marlow crew, were a very creditable 7th.
Second in the Women's Junior 18 event were last year's National Junior 16 champions Forrester and Brewer of Marlow, who were just behind a Wycliffe school crew.
An excellent start then to the new season for the Marlow athletes. Strong women's and junior squads will be looking to build on last year's success, which saw Marlow come 4th in the Premier Division of the National Rowing League.

20 August 2002


Marlow athletes had a successful Commonwealth Games Regatta. Emily Booker, and Victoria Richmond won a Gold medal in the Women's Lightweight Quads and Kat Ramsay and Lorna Ferguson won Bronze in the Lightweight Double Sculls.
The Commonwealth Regatta took place at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. Though it took place after the main athletics events were over, it attracted a high quality field from the home countries and the Commonwealth including New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Emily Booker of Marlow Rowing Club was in a strong England quad, which also included former Marlow junior Victoria Richmond, who is now based in Nottingham while she undertakes postgraduate studies at Loughborough University. The crew also included Patricia Salbany of Upper Thames RC and Chantel Shalhoub of Tideway Scullers RC. In the final England got off to a good start, but were held by Wales in the first 500 with Northern Ireland a length back in third. By the 1000m mark England had got into their customary strong rhythm and led by a length; from here they controlled the race superbly and kept easing away from the opposition to win by 2 lengths on the line. The crew were delighted and it was a great reward for Emily, a teacher at Great Marlow School, who has worked hard this year to make her Commonwealth dream come true. Emily is a tenacious and tough racer who has trained exceptionally well throughout the winter and performed at all the National selection trials to make the crew. Victoria was a top junior at Marlow before moving to the Midlands to study and has matured into a superb athlete. Since coming together the crew has been uneaten in lightweight races this year, winning all their domestic races including Women's Henley and the National championships.
In the Women's Double Sculls, Kat Ramsay of Marlow has been sculling with Lorna Ferguson of Wallingford and both were delighted to be selected to represent Scotland. This is the first year of sculling for both these athletes, who were experienced rowers before changing discipline this season. It has been a steep learning curve for them both, but they have risen to the challenge and guaranteed their selection by winning the Scottish championships and then gaining a well-deserved Bronze at Great Britain's National championships. They work well together and are both determined racers. At the Commonwealth regatta they faced a strong challenge from the Gold and Silver medallists at the National Championships, England and Zimbabwe. The very experienced Gibson and Watts from Nottingham County represented England, and Lancaster and Simpson from Zimbabwe are former World Championship medallists in the coxless pairs. The race took place into a stiff cross/headwind, which favoured England and Zimbabwe in the more sheltered lanes. Scotland got a good start and all three crews were level at 500m, with Wales and Northern Ireland off the pace. By 1000m England and Zimbabwe were still level with Kat and Lorna a length down. England put in a big push as the wind hit the other crews and moved clear. By the 1500 mark the wind was having a major effect on the race and medals were pretty much decided, with England clear for gold and Zimbabwe clear of Scotland for Silver and Bronze. Kat and Lorna have had a superb first season's sculling; they have achieved their goal of gaining selection for the Commonwealth Games and have shown real potential for the future. The Commonwealth regatta is a stepping stone for young athletes who can expect to break into the Great Britain team over the next few years. Emily, Kat , Victoria and Lorna have all represented their countries and Marlow with distinction. Club Chairman Peter Hunt was delighted with their performances - a real reward for all their hard work and dedication.

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23 July 2002


Marlow Rowing Club came home from the National Rowing Championships in Nottingham with 10 medals - 4 Gold, 4 Silver and two Bronze.
Club Chairman Peter Hunt was delighted with the medal haul, which represented Marlow's best National Championships for many years.
The two-day event saw junior finals on the Saturday and senior finals on the Sunday.
On the Saturday, Marlow's top juniors delivered superb performances. In the Junior 16 Women's Double Sculls, Jenny Forrester and Helen Brewer came through their early rounds with ease; Jenny also progressed to the final of the Junior 16 single sculls. Faced with the single sculls final, 20 min before the double sculls final, Jenny decided to race her singles final but not to go so hard as to jeopardise the double's chances of Gold. In a mature performance, Jenny was 4th at half way and pushed through to settle for the Silver medal position with Tatum of Dame Alice Harper clear for the Gold, underlining her improvement this season into a top class junior athlete. Jenny missed her medal ceremony, but jumped straight into the double scull with Helen and went down to the start for her next final. The Marlow girls had a superb race - at 500m they led, by the 1000m mark they were up on Reading RC by 4 seconds, with Tideway Scullers just behind in third. At the finish Marlow had doubled their lead and won by 8 seconds. Both Helen and Jenny have been selected to represent Great Britain against France in Nantes this coming weekend, a superb reward for their hard work, commitment and desire to be the best.
In the Junior 15 Boys Double Sculls, Nick Fox and Stewart Heap produced something of a surprise Gold medal. In the heats and semi-finals, the Marlow double looked good but were by no means the fastest qualifiers. In the early stages of the final the boys lay 5th as Reading Blue Coat School took an early lead. At the 1000m point Peterborough had taken up the lead but Marlow were now a close second. Over the final 1000m the Marlow lads just kept driving their boat on, piling pressure on Peterborough till they gave way, with the Marlow double winning by 6 seconds for a superb and well-deserved Gold medal.
The other unexpected but encouraging medal came from the girls Junior 18 Double Sculls for Annie Pace and Emma Mitchel. They performed superbly to make the final and then came up with their best race of the season. Third at the 1000m point, they kept pushing at Dame Alice Harper who held a slight lead for the Silver. In the end, Marlow achieved an excellent Bronze medal, beating a number of crews who they might not have expected to beat.

The Senior finals on Sunday saw Marlow add to their medal haul.
In the women's Lightweight Quads event, the England Quad containing Emily Booker of Marlow RC and Victoria Richmond a former Marlow junior now sculling for Nottingham, continued their unbeaten season in domestic events adding the National Championship title to the Women's Henley title they won earlier this season. In the final the crew of Victoria Richmond, Pat Salbany, Chantel Shalhoub and Emily Booker had to dig deep to hold off spirited challenges from Kingston and Thames Tradesmen. It was very close at the half way point before the England crew pulled out a length's lead. Kingston tried to push back at the finish but Emily and her crewmates are very determined athletes and were not going to give up their unbeaten record. Two seconds was enough at the finish to secure a well-deserved Gold. The crew now move on to the Commonwealth regatta in Nottingham were they will represent England. The crew added to their medal haul in the Heavyweight Quad Sculls when they took Silver behind a much heavier junior quad destined for this year's Junior World Championships.

There was also a silver for Miles Sharpe, Dan Tipney and Andy Barron in the Men's Quad sculls. They finished second behind Leander club and held of Maidstone for the Silver.
In the Women's Lightweight Fours, an all-Scottish composite crew of Kat Ramsay of Marlow, Lorna Ferguson of Wallingford, and Ganley and Barron of Thames RC produced a stunning Silver medal. The crew had had one outing together prior to the championships and they produced a great final to finish second behind last years champions for Kingston RC. The Marlow composite crew had a great race with Nottingham. Level at half way, the Marlow composite held its nerve and pushed for the line to take Silver with Nottingham a length back. Ganley and Barron had previously won the Women's Light pairs event and Kat and Lorna achieved a Bronze for Marlow in the women's Lightweight Double Sculls. One of the best races of the day saw three top class crews from Nottingham, Thames Tradesmen and Marlow/Wallingford race out for Gold. Nottingham have been selected as the England commonwealth games double and Kat and Lorna were seeking Scottish selection. Marlow/Wallingford had a superb start and led at 500m; Marlow were still up at the 1000m but all three boats were overlapping. With 500 to go Nottingham led by half a second with Marlow/Wallingford second and Thames Tradesmen half a second back in third. In the race to the finish the experience of the other two boats gave them a slight edge and on the line Gold went to Thames Tradesmen in with Nottingham second and Marlow/Wallingford in Bronze - a fantastic race for the Marlow/Wallingford double who only came together in May this year. Well behind were Kat and Lorna's main Scottish rivals and it seems likely that they will now be selected to represent Scotland at this weekend home international regatta in Glasgow and in the Commonwealth games in Nottingham in August.
Marlow's final medal of the day was a superb Gold for Caroline Hillaby who won the Women's Pairs event with her partner form Oxford Brookes University, Karla Ashford. They dominated their event, having been put together at the England Commonwealth trials a week earlier. They pulverised their opposition to win by some 16 seconds. They still face a final selection trial for the Commonwealth team on 30 th July, but it is hard to deny they deserve their chance to represent England on this form. It is also worth noting that the men's pair of Andy Grant and Jim Cotter did superbly well to make the final in what was a very strong event.

The regatta was a marvellous success for the Marlow Club. with medals coming from right across the club. Many of the athletes taking part will now be involved in both the Commonwealth Regatta in August and in national junior events.

18 July 2002


Daniel Tipneywas awarded the Sir Steven Redgrave Sports Bursary by Wycombe District Council (sponsored by 'The Michael Shanly Group'). Tim Foster was guest of honour and presented the trophy.

They gave cheques to five finalists - Daniel received £1000. The money is to go towards general training costs ('aid participation') and to further his prospects. Steven Redgrave sent the following message:

"I would like to be one of the first to offer my sincere congratulations to Daniel, and not only because his chosen sport is rowing! As he will know only too well, he has a long, hard journey ahead of him - though hopefully not as long or as hard as mine - and I trust that tonight's award will go some way towards helping him make that journey."

Following National Trials, Daniel has been selected for the GB squad to go to Portugal in August for the Coupe De La Jeunesse in a quad - they are now training hard at Henley.

9 July 2002


Marlow were well represented in the Great Britain women's squad crew which won the Women's Quads event at Henley Royal Regatta.

Katherine Grainger and Sarah Winkless of Marlow dominated the field with colleagues Alison Mowbray and Elise Laverick. In their second round they proved too strong for a spirited Marlow club quartet of Kat Ramsay, Lorna Ferguson, Vikki Innes and Jo Chesney. The club crew sculled strongly and were a credit to themselves and the club, but the heavyweight internationals had too much 02womengbathenrrpower and won well. In the final the Great Britian heavyweights faced their GB lightweight rivals again; the heavyweights proved too strong and came away with an easy verdict. Grainger and Winkless were delighted with their victory.

Also competing at Henley were Emily Booker and Victoria Richmond in the England light weight quad. They lost a good race to the Great Britain lightweights. They held the Great Britain crew to a length for four fifths of the race before a final burst took Great Britain out to a 2½ length win.
In the Men's Goblets for pairs, Jim Cotter and Andy Grant were unfortunate enough to draw the South African World Silver medallists. The Marlow crew had a good race but had to give second best to the much bigger and more powerful South Africans.02hrr_quad

In the Men's Quad sculls, Marlow lost a good race against Union BC of the United States.

25 June 2002


Emily Booker of Marlow RC and her crew mates Victoria Richmond, Pat Salbany and Chantal Shalhoub won the Elite Lightweight Quads event at Women's Henley on Sunday.

The crew have been selected to represent England at this year's Commonwealth Regatta and are undefeated domestically this season. Stroked by Richmond, a former Marlow Junior, now based in Nottingham, the crew led Lagan Scullers from Belfast off the start. By the end of the island they were a length clear and at the barrier they were two lengths up. They commanded the race and won in some style, despite a determined fight back by the Irish in the last 250m.

Emily, a teacher at Great Marlow School, was delighted with the crew's success. They have prequalified for the women's quads event at Henley Royal Regatta next week, which will give them a chance to race against the Great Britain heavyweight quad, which includes Olympic Silver medallist Katherine Grainger of Marlow and which took the Bronze medal at last week's World Cup event.
The Marlow Club quad of Kat Ramsay, Lorna Ferguson, Jo Chesney and Vikki Innes have also qualified for the women's quads event and will be looking forward to racing at the country's premier rowing event.

24 June 2002


Cambridge University Boat Club dominated Marlow Regatta's premier events on Saturday (22nd June). On an overcast, but thankfully dry day with a cross tailwind to help the crews, the crowds saw a lot of very high-class racing. The standard of the Regatta continues to rise each year, which vindicates the organising committee's decision to move the Regatta to Dorney Lake. Top crews from throughout the United Kingdom now attend the event and this year top Australian crews made a big impression at the event. The day belonged to Cambridge University who had their best day at Marlow Regatta for many years. The light blues of Cambridge came home to win the Elite Coxed Fours, beating Worcester by over 6 seconds. Cambridge were equally dominant in the Elite Coxless Fours event which saw the students lead the field at 500m, and from there they controlled the race to beat Thames RC by 4 seconds. The two fours then combined to race in the premier event, the Elite Eights, and this also went Cambridge's way. Cambridge won by less then 1 second in what was undoubtedly the best race of the day. Isis (Oxford University) led at 500m, and by the 1000m point the boats were neck and neck. Digging deep, a superb final 500 from Cambridge saw them to home to victory. It will have given them great satisfaction after their boat race defeat.
The other main eights events went to University of London who beat London RC to win Senior 1 Eights and Newcastle University in Senior 2 Eights who travelled well to beat Radley College and the University of Bristol in a blanket finish, only 2 seconds covering the three crews. In the Junior Eights events Radley College won one and were runners up in a further three events. The School/Junior Eights went to a strong Canford School crew, J16 Eights was won by Radley, J15 Eights went to the home team Eton and the J14 Octuples went to Bedford Modern School. In the J16 Quad sculls a Maidenhead/Windsor Boys composite crew beat Reading RC to take the trophy.
The top women's event, the J16 Quads, was raced for a new trophy, The Jubilee Cup and went to Henley RC who held off a spirited challenge from Sir William Borlase's School. Overseas wins included a Brisbane Boys composite from Australia, in the School/Junior Quads. Brisbane are the current holders of the Fawley Cup at Henley. On Saturday's form they are still top dogs, but only just, as Leander Club pushed them very hard. In the Men's Senior 1 Coxless Fours, North Country RC, USA had a comfortable win. In the Elite Single Sculls Australians Edwards and Crawshay took top honours with Edwards the winner by 2 seconds.
Home team, Marlow RC won the Men's Elite Pairs event. In their heat Andy Grant and James Cotter beat two American college crews, as well as Eton Excelsior in a controlled paddle. In the final the main opposition was to come from an Oxford University pair, who had won the previous weekend at Reading and were 10s faster than Marlow in winning the other heat, beating a pair from Holland. After a nervous first few strokes Jim and Andy were quickly into their stride. By 250m they had crept in front and from then on eased away. Marlow managed to break clear in the middle 500m with concerted pushes, and took it home in the last 500 over a length clear. This is the first time a Marlow crew had won the Pairs event at Marlow regatta for 32 years! A superb result. Andy and Jim have pre-qualified for the Goblets Pairs event at Henley Royal Regatta next week. Their hope is to avoid James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent in the first round.

18 June 2002


Marlow RC athlete Kat Ramsay and her double sculls partner Lorna Ferguson of Wallingford RC had a superb double win at this weekend's Scottish National Championships. The crew borrowed a lovely Stampfli boat from George Watson's School in Edinborough, which they will also be using at this weekend's Women's Henley Regatta. The weather in Glasgow was variable, with a cross wind from the SW but it was not of the usual Strathclyde Park standard and the water was not too rough.
The Marlow/Wallingford Crew have been working on their starts, and the effort seemed to have paid off. On the Saturday they competed in the Lightweight Women's Double Sculls event. After the first 30-odd strokes they had about a length on their rival crews. Clydesdale Amateur (Fettes/Fettes) the top Scottish crew this season were on their right and Clydesdale/Clyde (McFerran/Gorton) on their left. By the 500m mark, Kat and Lorna definitely had clear water and had settled into a really good rhythm, which didn't change throughout the race. At 1000m, they kept the pressure on though let the rating drop and steadily powered in to win by 10 seconds over both crews. Clydesdale/Clyde pipped the Clydesdale crew on the finishing line, which was an unexpected result.
The next day was for Open Heavyweight Double Sculls. The Clydesdale/Clyde crew of McFerran and Gorton and the Marlow/Wallingford composite battled it out for the title. The weather was better than the day before, the water was flatter though the wind was still there, and a bit gustier than Saturday. Though Kat and Lorna did not have such a good start this time, they were again well ahead by 500m and found the good rhythm from the day before which they maintained until the finish line.
Kat and Lorna should now be in pole position to be selected as the lightweight double for Scotland for the Commonwealth Championships, though selection will be finalised after the National Championships in mid-July.

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17 June 2002



The Marlow women's squad were at Weybridge Ladies Regatta at the weekend and came away with a double win.
In the Senior 3 women's coxed fours Lauren Saul did an excellent job of coxing the Marlow crew who raced against home crowd favourites Weybridge in the final. The crew was stroked by Natalia Wase and ably backed up by her sister Yolande Wase, Lisa Knill and Elaine Caldwell. Marlow started down but had pulled level by the half waypoint of the 1000 meter race. In the second 500, Marlow really got the work on and drew away from the struggling local crew to cross the line 1½ lengths up.
In the Senior 4 event the Marlow crew changed round, with Elaine Caldwell going to cox. Lauren Saul moved to stroke and Danni Phillips came into the crew with Lisa Knill and Yolande Wase. They won their first round by 1½ lengths and, in the final, faced another local crew Weybridge Ladies RC. Weybridge never got on terms and Lauren did an excellent job of driving the crew along at a good aggressive pace to win comfortably.
In the Veteren single sculls Sally Reay(Tinsley) produced an excellent performance to win her first sculling trophy of the season. Having won her heat she came through the final in a close race in which she held off her opponent to win by ¾ of a length.


The Marlow junior squad had a successful day at Marlow Town regatta on a slightly overcast summers day when the wind picked up to produce fast racing conditions on the 900m downstream course.
There were wins in the Women's Senior 4 Double Sculls for Helen Brewer and Tora Thompson, Torra also won the Women's Junior 18 Double Sculls with Emma Mitchell. Marlow completed their clean sweep in the double sculls events when Sarah Boddy and Emma Mitchell won the Novice Double Sculls.
Nick Fox and Stuart Heap continued their excellent run of results by winning the Junior 15 Double Sculls. Last week they took the Bronze medal at the National Schools Championships.
In the Mens senior events, the juniors teamed up with Andy Barron to win the Senior 4 Coxed Fours. Brothers Ben and Dan Tipney joined Barron, Ollie Cruikshank and Hanna Ferritter to win their event. The crew, made up of international junior scullers, had too much experience for their opponents.
Marlow's final win came in the Veteran Men's Single Sculls which saw Chris Lenton pick up a well deserved win.


This weekend Marlow RC's senior squad are out in force at one of the major events of the summer race season. Henley Women's Regatta draws the best athletes throughout Britain and Ireland and top college crews from the United States.
Marlow is represented in the England Commonwealth games Lightweight Quad by their top woman sculler, Emily Booker and former Marlow Junior and now Loughbourgh University postgraduate, Victoria Richmond. They have had an unbeaten regatta run this season and are accompanied by Chantal Shalhoub and Pat Salbany. The crew is coached by Pat's husband Filipe out of Upper Thames RC in Henley. The England crew have drawn Laggan Scullers of Belfast in a straight final. There is little form on the Laggan crew but given that this is Commonwealth Championships year, they are likely to be seeking selection for Northern Ireland.
In the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls, Katharine Ramasy represents Marlow in partnership with Wallingford's Lorna Ferguson. In their first season together the crew has gone from strength to strength, but they face a tough first round against a top crew from University of London/Nottingham.
In the Women's Club Coxed Fours, injury and illness have disrupted preparations in the last month, but the crew of Tina Fallon, Claire Hedges, Charlotte Winterson, Mel Waterworth and cox Ella Waddington are good athletes who have improved significantly over the winter and should go into their first round against Sons of the Thames R C with a lot of confidence.

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20 May 2002


Emily Booker represented England at the Ghent International Regatta in Belgium recently and came away with 3 gold medals.
Emily has been selected for the English Commonwealth Games Lightweight Women's Quad crew and Ghent Regatta was their first outing together.
The crew also includes former Marlow junior Victoria Richmond, now with Nottingham County RC. Also in the crew was Salbany from Upper Thames RC and Wilson form Mortlake Anglia RC in London.
Emily Booker is a teacher at Great Marlow School and has been making good progress this year at Great Britain National trials. A strong performance at the recent English trials has earned her a place in the top English women's lightweight boat for the Commonwealth Games, which take place later this year in Manchester and Nottingham.
At Ghent on the Saturday the England crew had their first race in lightweight quads against Wales. They dominated the race, coming home in 7min 7 sec, 12 seconds ahead of a distant Welsh crew who have been training together all year.
In the heavyweight women's quads, the England crew took on the best English club heavyweight quads, and after a close race with Kingston to half way, the Commonwealth crew pulled ahead and pushed on to a clear win in 6 min 53 seconds. Kingston took second with Upper Thames third.
On the Sunday Richmond, Salbany, Wilson and Booker again entered heavyweight quad sculls and again beat Kingston and a good Dutch crew, making it 3 Golds in 2 days.
Also in Ghent was Caroline Hillaby of Marlow RC, who was in the England Select Women's Eight. They had a hard race against Upper Thames, Tideway Scullers RC and Aberdeen. However, having built a good lead off the start the England crew had too much experience and strength to surrender their lead and held off Upper Thames attacks in the final few strokes.
Emily and Caroline were delighted with their weekend's results and the crews will now look to spend more time together in order to prepare for the challenges they will face from the likes of Australia, Canada and New Zealand at the Commonwealth Regatta.
In the Junior boys' single sculls Dan Tipney, still only 16, took on and beat the best of the English juniors present. However, out of the 48 scullers he had to settle for Silver on both days behind Hessens of Brugge. This was a strong performance by Tipney who is a sculler of truly international potential.

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23 April 2002


Marlow Rowing Club had a successful day at Birmingham and Leicester regattas over the weekend.
At Birmingham Marlow won 5 events. Birmingham Regatta is raced on a reservoir over an 800m course; on Saturday conditions were good with a slight wind causing the water to be a bit rough off the start, but conditions improved as crews neared the finish and the spectators.
The first win of the day came from the Women's Senior 1 coxed four. In a straight final they beat an experienced local composite crew from Birmingham and Bewdley Rowing Clubs. Marlow took half a length off the start but the local crew kept pushing hard and it took cool heads and a big push with 200m to go to secure the win by ¾ of a length in 3 min 5 sec. The crew was Ella Waddington at cox, with stroke Tina Fallon backed up by Claire Hedges, Charlotte Winterson and Mel Waterworth. The women's fours continued do well when Marlow won their second event of the day, beating Ironbridge RC in the Women's Senior 3 fours. The Marlow crew took a vital early lead but needed all their experience to recover their rhythm when hit by the wash off a passing marshal's launch. With Ironbridge coming back at them, Fallon put in a big push and the drive was taken up by the crew of Claire Hedges, Mandy Parr , Catrin Jones and cox Ella Waddington. Now in control, Marlow pulled away to win by 1½ lengths. In the women's Single Sculls there was a good win for Catrin Jones. In Senior 4 singles she had a tough race with Siddle of Hexham RC and had to dig deep in the last 100m to hold on for her first win of the season.
In the men's event, Marlow also performed well and there was a win for James Cotter and Andy Grant in the Senior 1 Men's Pairs. After an easy first round victory against Huntingdon RC Marlow faced an experienced local pair from Birmingham in the final. They led off the start and worked all the way to the line to hold off the Birmingham pair, who never gave up in front of their home crowd, by 3 lengths. In the Men's Novice Single Sculls, David Rose and Mike Chamberlain progressed through different halves of the draw to race each other in the final. Your novice singles win is always one rowers remember, as you can only win once and then you have to progress up a status. Both Marlow athletes had to race 3 rounds and both had tough semi finals. In the final, Chamberlain's slight edge in experience told off at the start in the rougher conditions and he was able to pull out a slight lead, allowing him to dictate the race. Rose never gave up though, and Chamberlain won on the day. It won't be long before Rose gets his first win.
At Leicester Regatta on the Sunday, there were further wins for the Marlow women. The Senior 3 crew of stroke Mel Waterworth, Mandy Parr, Charlotte Winterson and Catrin Jones dominated their opposition all day, ably coxed by Ella Waddington. They won both their semi final and final by getting out in front off the start and controlling the races from the front. There was a second win for Catrin Jones in her single scull giving Catrin four wins over the weekend.
The weekend was a great success and the club's next event is Wallingford Regatta, to be held at Dorney Lake on the 5th of May.

Sean Farrelly


29 November 1999


On Saturday , Cath Bishop of Marlow Rowing Club took the Perpetual British Indoor Rowing Championships for the second year running. With the title Cath also broke the British record, winning in 6 min 34.4 sec.
The indoor rowing championships is now a major event in the sporting calendar with many athletes from the none rowing world who have used rowing machines in sports clubs and gyms throughout the UK taking on the rowers over 2,000 meters.
2,000 meters, if you have ever tried it in a gym, is an excruciating distance to attempt flat out. It required both aerobic endurance and physical power to drive the flywheel of the machine along for between 6-8 minutes. While not giving quite the same feeling as racing in a rowing boat it does accurately reflect the physical qualities needed to race over the Olympic distance. This is an incredibly demanding event and one in which only the best athletes and the mentally resilient succeed.
Held in Reading on an annual basis, the British Championships are also a qualifying event for the World Championships held in Boston in February.
Cath knew she was in for tough opposition from her fellow rowing international and current British record holder Scot Katherine Grainger. Both had been recording comparable times in training and in the final on Sunday they were sat on adjacent machines on the front row of the grid.
Grainger led Bishops for the first 1,000 meters, the computer screens on the machines showing the relative positions on the athletes. Bishop was being urged on by her pairs partner Dot Blackie and squeezed into the lead just past half way. The two athletes were neck and neck with 500 meters to go, both right at the edge of their physical and mental endurance. 250 to go and Bishop puts the foot down for one last time and pulls away to beat the British record and take the title. Cath's finishing time is just one second outside the world record of Katrin Boron.
After the race Cath said " the atmosphere was fantastic.. its good to have a great side by side race. We have both been doing 1.34s in training" Cath's aim in a busy Olympic year will be to break the world record in Boston in February and retain her World Title.

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29 November 1999


Oxford Brooks University and Marlow Rowing Club shared the honours at the annual Marlow Fours and Pairs head at the weekend. Brookes dominated the men's events with their top international oarsmen. Five out of the top 6 boats came from Oxford Brooks with only Marlow's top Quad getting into the top half dozen. The Marlow Quad of Paul Thomas, Mark Ruinet, Justin Hooker and Andy Barron will be pleased to have won their event on what was only their second outing together. Marlow's Junior Quad also won its event and will have been pleased to make the top 10. The Marlow coxless four, though losing out to Oxford Brooks, produced a solid performance and the four athletes Blaine Castle, Mike Jennings, Neil McCulloch and Hugo Reynolds later split into two pairs who also went well on the day finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Elite Pairs event.
There was also some good performances from the Marlow men's novice squad, who lost out to a more experienced Nottingham University crew.
Marlow women dominated their events and showed a clean pair of heels to some good club and university crews, including the Oxford University women's squad.
The fastest women's boat of the day was the Marlow Senior 3 quad of Sam Buckles, Liz Sparg, Catherine Jones and Kay Waddington which won in a time of 13min 11 sec.
Marlow also won the Senior 1 double sculls and the Elite Pairs. Indeed the Elite Pair of Emma Stallwood and Kristal Osborn saw off a number of the men's pairs including several from Marlow.
The event went off in bright sunshine, though the 3,500 meter event was made tougher by a stiff headwind along the entire course. Nearly 200 crews took part and provided the club and universities which took part with an excellent opportunity to look at the strengths and weaknesses of their squads.

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29 November 1999


Marlow Rowing Club in composite with Queens Tower RC of London won the Open Coxless Fours division of the Fours Head of the River in London last Saturday. The boat was stroked by former World Champion Alex Beever of Marlow, with fellow Marlow Athlete and also former World Champion Sue Walker and Queens Tower athletes Alison Trickey and Fancesca Zeno
They were streets ahead of their opposition on the day and really showed their class to win in a time of………….. Marlow RC featured14 other crews, most of whom performed well in fairly testing conditions of the famous Chiswick to Putney 4¼ mile stretch. A head wind chopped up the water from Barnes to Hammersmith, which was followed by a stiff tailwind which tested the technique of the athletes. The next best performance was second, for the Women's Senior 3 coxed four. The crew will be a little disappointed to have finished second to Aurial Kensington RC by 6 seconds, especially as they had finished ahead of them the previous week. It is likely that the local club simply handled the conditions better on the day.
Overall the Marlow club had the largest club presence at the event and took the chance to blood many athletes new to the club this season.
Several former Club members had good days on the London Tideway. Steve Redgrave, in the company of Mathew Pinsent, won the Open Coxless fours title from Oxford Brooks University. At the other end of the event another former Marlow athlete and Great Marlow School Pupil, and now Salford University student, Richard Bracey stroked his crew from a start number of 459 to 209 and an excellent 6th in the Senior 3 Colleges Event.

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1 November 1999


Marlow's women's rowing squad had a storming weekend's racing, dominating both the local Henley Scullers Head and the Janousek Fours Head in London.
On the Saturday, on the historic Henley reach, Marlow's women won the top women's event, the double sculls. Caroline Hodgson with Jo Chesney at stroke beat Andrews and Carey for Tideway Scullers RC in London. The Marlow crew came home to win by two seconds over the 3,000 meter course. This was an exceptional win against the Scullers combination, which had won the prestigious Pairs Head in London just 2 weeks before. Chesney gives any combination a great rhythm and Hodgson is a strong, powerful athlete who has made real progresses a sculler over the past year. Both athletes love to race and in windy conditions their determination to win saw them home. Coaches Phil Tinsley and Garry Philips were delighted with the performance and a further win came from Sue Mitchell in the Senior 3 Single sculls, her second win in as many weeks. Excellent performances from the novice quad saw them take second behind Thames RC's first crew while Caroline Hillerby took second in the novice single sculls in deteriorating weather conditions.
Following their success on the Saturday the women's squad headed for London on the Sunday and the Janousek Fours Head. This is a 4K time trial attended by many of the top crews in London prior to the main Fours Head of the River Race, which takes place in 3 weeks time. On Sunday extra spice was added to the women's events by the presence of both the Cambridge and Oxford University squad crews.
On the day the event was dominated not by the traditional Oxbridge rivals or the top local clubs but by Marlow's women.
In the Elite Coxless Fours Marlow crushed their category rivals Auriol Kensington by a full minute. They also overtook and beat every womens' quad in the event. Quads should be much faster than fours but the Marlow crew of stroke Kristel Osborn, Jo Chesney, Caroline Hodgson and bow Emma Stallwood simply blew the opposition away. The best of Oxbridge was left in their wake. At the Fours Head in three weeks time this crew will seek to defend the Senior Two Quad pennant won last year. This victory will show many of their rivals that the Marlow crew will be exceptionally difficult to beat.
Equally impressive was Marlow Senior 3 Coxed four. Sam Buckles, Alex Bedingfield, Liz Sparg, Louise Foers and cox Alayne Wilson powered over the course to win their division in 14 minutes 01 seconds. They beat not just all the Senior 3 opponents but also the senior 2 crews from Oxbridge. This crew also goes into the Fours Head. Last year equipment failure, just short of the finish, arguably cost the crew victory; this year they are looking for the win.
Also in winning mood in London was Marlow veteran mens' four. They saw off some high quality opposition including Tideway Scullers crew featuring ex-England Rugby international Andy Ripley.
Nick Gill stroked the Marlow boat and was ably backed up by John Gill, Rob Robertson, Peter Bayfield and coxswain Elaine Caldwell.
This was an excellent weekend for the Marlow club with five quality wins against quality opposition showing the club to be one of the strongest in the country as the winter season unfurls.

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26 October 1999


Marlow Long Distance Sculls took place on Saturday in bright autumn sunshine. The two and a half-mile event runs from Cookham bridge via Bourne End railway bridge and finishes at the Castle house opposite Marlow Rugby ground. The event for single scullers takes place against the stream of the river and on Saturday a light but gusting head wind added to the difficulty on the course.
The event was dominated by strong performances from two visiting athletes. In the Men's Elite competition M Hunter of the Leander club at Henley dominated the field. Going off first he powered away from the field to be the only athlete to crack 20 minutes, his winning time of 19.28 giving him the overall title ahead of Thomas of Marlow who came home in second place clear ahead of Duffy of City of Bristol. Hunter nearly had a disaster 10 yards from the finish when he hit a willow tree; luckily he was able to avoid any major branches and stayed in his boat to complete the course and take the title.
In the Women's Elite event the country's top sculler Miriam Batten of Thames RC dominated the field, finishing 38 seconds ahead of fellow international Marlow's Helen Raine. Battens 5th place overall showed her ability to compete with the best of the men. Raine took the Senior One class and 13th overall.
Marlow's women were in a dominant mood with Caroline Hodgson, a novice last year, underlining her progress to win the womens' Senior Two title. In the novice event Armstrong took the title with Buckles and Hillaby, all of Marlow, following her home.
Marlow's other wins came from Mark Ruinet in the Mens' Senior Three event, his 6th place overall, despite a heavy cold, illustrated his improvement in a sculling boat. Hugo Reynolds and Blaine Castle of Marlow took second and third in this class. Andy Barron of Marlow as expected took the Junior mens' title, though the majority of the junior events went the way of Henley RC's excellent junior squad. R Friend won J 16 just ahead of J Smith-Willis who won J15. K Holland also of Henley won the womens' junior event. On the veteran front Harris of London RC was the first home with an excellent 8 th overall to take the Veteran B (37-42) title. The outstanding veteran was Sean Morris of Wallingford 11th overall and Veteran E winner (55-60).
The day was excellently organised and with over 120 competitors from across the south of England taking part. Following on the success of last year's event, the Marlow Long Distance Sculls is regaining its past reputation for being a top class winter long distance event.
Marlow crews now begin 5 weeks of intense preparation for the prestigious Fours Head in London on the last weekend in November. Marlow crews have won 8 events over the last three years at the final and most important head race of 1999. The event attracts over 400 crews from throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Marlow will be determined to bring further trophies home in the final Fours Head of the Millennium.

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16 August 1999


Marlow Rowing club followed up last weeks Victor Ludorum trophy at Maidenhead regatta by taking the over all top club spot at this weekends Oxford City Regatta for the second successive year.
Marlow dominated the Oxford regatta on a glorious sunny day with 8 wins. The superb 1000-meter course gives some of the countries best club crews a chance to race on the historic Thames stretch past the Oxford College boat houses.
In the men's top coxless fours event, a tough and fast Marlow/ Windsor Boys composite crew saw off Walton RC. An aggressive approach to steering by Walton failed to rattle the Marlow crew of Neil McCulloch, Tom Kean, Nathan White and Ben Smyth who came home a length up.
In the Coxed Fours event Marlow again came out on top in one of the best races of the day. James Fraser, Tom Kean, Richard Aplin, Miles Sharpe and cox Ashley Dean were down for most of the race. Marlow then turned on their considerable power in the final 250 meters and rowed through a despairing Oxford City crew in the last 20 strokes for an exhilarating win.
Aplin and Fraser went on to show their class in the top coxless pairs event, they dominated the field in the heats before disposing of Ross RC by an easily verdict in the final.
Marlow picked up a fine win in the Senior Three Eights event. The heats saw an easy win over Bath University. In the final the Marlow crew of cox Anita Springham, James Reid, Ross Muir, Richard Garrod, Darren Skuse, Ed Green, Garath Downing, Richard Bracey and Simon Huntley knew they had to get out of the blocks quickly against a much bigger Curlew/Globe RC crew. Marlow's blistering start saw them push out to a half length lead before an early push took them out to clear water, from there they moved away for a comfortable win.
The men's Senior Three Quads event was an all Marlow final, in which the Marlow/Windsor boys composite of Chris Mannerings, Adam Hunter, Ian McCaig and Ed baker triumphed over the senior Marlow crew by just over a length. Mannerings capped an excellent day by coming home with his second win in the junior single sculls beating Good also of Marlow in the final.
The final men's win came from Max Lowe and Mike Westcott came in the Men's Novice Double Sculls. This was a first win in sculling for these two former members of the clubs rowing squad.
The only women's win on the day came in the women's Senior Three Coxed Fours. Catrin Williams-Jones, Anita Springham, Anne Fairburn, Caroline Hillaby and cox Fay Beanland overcame crews from Ross, Falcon and Barnes Bridge Rowing clubs to take the trophy. In the final they pulled clear of their opposition form Barnes Bridge throughout the race to come home comfortable winners.
On Sunday Marlow athletes moved on to Abingdon Regatta, a 500 meter sprint event which effectively brings an end to the regatta season. Again in glorious sunshine the Marlow athletes turned in strong performances over the fast down stream course.
Marlow crews won all three of the senior Eights events. The men's crews won the Senior Three Eight's first deposing of Curlew/Globe who they had beaten the previous day at Oxford and then hanging on to defeat local rivals Maidenhead in the final. The Marlow crew of Nathan Kidley, John Marsh, Garath Downing, Nick Hoare, Simon Huntley, Richard Garrod, Ross Muir, stroke James Reid and cox Lizzy Walne took ¾ of a length lead off the start, but lost some of that was lost with some interesting steering. A good competitive race went Marlow's way after the umpire decided the crews though overlapping blades had failed to make contact with one another. 99abgdn_vic_ludorum_small
The Senior Two title also went Marlow's way with coach Sean Farrelly putting out a slightly changed line up. Ed Green, Darren Skuse and Richard Bracey came into the crew with Ashley Dean taking over coxing duties. In the final they faced Curlews top crew, a tall and experienced unit who have been racing together at senior two level for most of this season. The lighter Marlow crew took a narrow lead off the start and an early push took them to a ¼ of a length lead, with both crews at 38 strokes per minute. Curlew pushed hard but Marlow had the better rhythm and kept their cool to pull away as they crossed the line for an excellent win and the fastest time of the day.
In the Women's Eights final Marlow again made the Curlew clubs day go sour by beating their women's crew in the first round. The Marlow crew again coxed by Dean contained Tamsin Knill, Fay Beanland, Rachel, Bemrose, Nicole Skinner, Suzie Thompson, Elaine Caldwell, Andrea Hoskins and Claire Sherfield. In the other semi final Eton Excelsior had seen off an over confident Henley RC. The final was a close run affair with the lighter but technically neater Marlow crew holding off Eton's early efforts, before pulling away to win an exciting race by half a length.
The season also drew to a close for one of the clubs most successful athlete of 1999 James Walker. At Stourport regatta he took both the Elite men's and Elite mixed double sculls titles with T Dorrell and Debbie Bright respectively.
This has been a great month for Walker who along with Dorrell , M Baker of Leander and T Kelly of Exeter, took gold at this years National Championships The crew followed this with second place for Wales at the Home Countries Internationals and finally two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Regatta in Canada two weeks ago. Walker has turned in some excellent performances for the Marlow club in the last couple of years and is a talented and determined athlete. This season he has grabbed his chance to excel on the international stage and his two medals in Canada represent a major achievement. Walker now has the chance for a well-earned rest before the new winter season kicks off at the end of September.

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9 August 1999

Marlow win Maidenhead Victor Ludorum

On Saturday Marlow RC let their hair down at Maidenhead Regatta. The annual event is a chance for the clubs athletes to take part in one of the most social and enjoyable of the post Henley regattas. Also at stake is the Wilkinson Sword, Victor Ludorum trophy for the most successful club at the regatta. The Marlow club was defending the trophy and was determined to keep their hands on the sword, by entering over 30 crews.
99maidenhead_vic_ludorum_smallOn an excellent day for fast racing, Marlow R C athletes won 14 events. The Maidenhead course is 500 metres upstream towards the historic Brunel Railway Bridge. The event is a sprint in rowing terms lasting around 1 ½ minutes. Though short in terms of distance, these type of events are a real test of the athletes technique and physical conditioning. 500 metre racing is all about keeping maximum power on at a high intensity, one mistake and your race is usually over.
Marlow's first win of the day came during the lunch interval when the mixed crew won the Invitation Eights event. Despite, Richard Aplin one of the Club's top athletes crabbing the first stroke of the start, the crew got their act back together to row through Henley RC to win by over a length. Men's wins followed for the Senior 1 Coxed Four of Miles Sharpe, Neil McCulloch, Mike Jennings, Mark Ruinet with cox Elaine Caldwell they overcame a Maidenhead/ Oxford Brooks composite by a length. Mike then won his second trophy of the day in the Senior 1 Coxless event this time a Marlow /Henley/ British Police composite crew including Ian Pressling, and Andy Rollo, saw off the challenge of National Westminster Bank RC, Henley and Staines RC to win the final by a clear length. The men's Senior Three coxed fours also went Marlow's way. The experienced Richard Aplin stroked the boat, which included Nick Hoare, with juniors Chris Mannerings, and Karl Craig. Coxswain Claire Sherfield did an excellent job on the day as they swept past their opposition winning all three rounds and the final with some ease. For Mannerings and Craig this was their novice win in a sweep oared boat, though both are experienced scullers. The only men's eights win of the day for Marlow came from the Senior Three Eight coxed by Anna Parsons the crew was stroked by McGill University student James Reid backed up by Ross Muir, Richard Garrod, Darran Skuse, Andrew Trigg-Hodge, Garath Downing, Richard Bracey and Mick Chamberlin. Marlow stormed off the start against an experienced crew from Quintin RC of London and continued to move away throughout the race drawing not just cheers but applause from spectators for their performance. In the men's sculling events Marlow produced several outstanding performances.
There was an anticipated win for Andy Barron who recently made his international debut for the Great Britain junior team and former junior international Ed Bedingfield. They won the Senior 1 Double Sculls by an easily verdict. Damian Weber of Claires Court School/Marlow RC had two excellent wins, in the Junior Sculls against fellow Marlow junior, Good and the Senior Three sculls in which he showed a clean pair of sculls to eight senior athletes. One of the most satisfying wins of the day was that of Roland Baker. He took the Novice single sculls event coming back to sculling, having been out of a boat for over a year following the debilitating effects of Glandular fever. The Marlow junior has been back in a boat for only a couple of weeks yet he sculled with real guts and determination to come through four rounds against senior opposition. The final was his toughest race in which he held off Hammond or Ardingly RC to win by just over a length.
In the womens' events, cox Alayne Wilson did her usual excellent job of steering her crew to victory in the womens' Senior 1 coxed fours event. Jo Chesney with Sam Buckles, Julie McCulloch and recent arrival at the club Anne Fairbairn, saw off good quality club opposition from Burway RC and Staines RC. Anne Fairbairn won her second trophy of the day in the senior 3 coxed fours with Anita Springham, Caroline Hillerby, Catrin Williams-Jones and cox Barbara McKee. The win was particularly satisfying for Barbara and Catrin as they are both former Maidenhead members and the Marlow crew beat the local Maidenhead crew in the final. Marlow really had an unfair advantage. They had 6 people in their crew as Barbara McKee is currently expecting her first baby. Perhaps the most expected win of the day was reserved for the Marlow womens' eight coxed by Alayne Wilson and stroked by Kristel Osborn. The crew included National Championship medallists Emma Stallwood, Liz Sparg, Lee Armstrong, Sam Buckles and Julie McCulloch, they were ably supported by Louise Foers and Caroline Hillerby. The women's final win came from Liz Sparg in the women's novice sculls. Liz is a recent arrival at the club from South Africa. In the past couple of months she has won a silver medal at the National Championships and a number of trophies at domestic regattas. A couple of weeks ago she got into a single sculling boat for the first time, and this weekend had her first win. She came through several rounds before winning the final by some 2 lengths from Twentyman of Barnes Bridge RC in London.

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17 July 1999


On a fine sun drenched day by the Thames, Marlow crews prospered in taking three victories at Molesey Regatta.
Molesey is one of the great domestic sprint events of the summer season. This was the 132 nd year of the regatta and the silver embossed medals are much coveted. The races are two abreast down stream over an 850 metre course.
In the Senior Two Mens Coxed Fours, Marlow put out a new combination of stroke Ed Green, Mark Billingham Andrew Trigg-Hodge, Philip Rhoofthooft and cox Anna Parsons. In the first round they saw off an experienced crew from Curlew RC in London by 2½ lengths. Marlow having powered off the start simply pushed away. In the final Twickenham RC had come through to face Marlow, having seen off Burway and Thames RC. Again in the final the Marlow crew was quicker out of the blocks and came away with the victory by over a length. The Marlow crew possesses a good deal of power in the form of Trigg-Hodge and Green and abundant experience in the form of Rhoofthooft and Billingham.
In the Senior Four event the Marlow crew of James Reid, Garath Downing , Richard Bracey, Ross Muir and cox Sash Sutthakorn had a long day's racing in an event that attracted 9 crews. In the final they just lost out to a polished 1st and 3rd Trinity College Cambridge crew who pushed through Marlow in the last minute of the race. The same combination also reached the semi finals of the Senior Three event before losing out narrowly to the eventual winner, Molesey.
Marlow's other wins were from the junior girls. Helen Brewer won the J13 single sculls over the 850 meter course beating Bligh for Lady Eleanor Hollis School in the final. Helen then paired up with Great Marlow School pupil Rebecca Skinner to win the J15 double sculls event. In the first round they saw off local opposition from Molesey before beating a strong Weybridge ladies combination in the final.
All the athletes had an excellent day and showed how competitive Marlow crews are throughout the clubs ranks.
Marlow next domestic event will be Henley Town and Visitors regatta, which takes place next week.

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21 June 1999


The men's senior 1 coxless fours final, at Marlow regatta, was an all Marlow affair this year. Marlow's two top crews contested the final having overcome top crews from across the country. The final was very close run, with the heavyweight combination's extra power seeing them through against lighter opposition.
The winning combination, was stroked by Richard Aplin with James Fraser, Chris Collerton and Andy Knee-Robinson. Chris Collerton, the crew's coach was forced to step in when regular crew member Mark Ruinet was taken ill. In the final they were pushed hard over the first part of the course before they stretched away to win by just over a length. Marlow's time of 4 min 57 seconds was just outside the fastest of the day and shows that both crews are on course to perform well at Henley Royal Regatta this year. The second four of Ian Pressling, Mark Lewis, Neil McCulloch and Tom Kean coached by Paul Franklin will be confident of progressing through Henley Qualifiers on Friday. The crew are a quick, experienced and gutsy combination whose hard work throughout the winter is now beginning to pay off.
Marlow Men's Eight has prequalified for The Thames Cup at Henley this year. This is the first time since 1996 that Marlow has been represented in this event. The crew has come on well over the past month and should be competitive when the regatta begins in earnest on Wednesday the 30th of June. The crew is cox Paul Shipman, Stroke Andy Kervell, New Zealander Steve Wills, Nick Smith, Ian Packer, Chris Richards, Simon Huntley, Miles Sharpe, and the elder statesman in the crew bow man Mark Billingham.
Junior coach Russell Peacock is delighted that his two top quads have both qualified for their event and the strength of the junior squad is illustrated by the possibility of a third crew also getting in via the qualifying process.
In the women's invitation eight's event Marlow will have a large presence in two crews representing Great Britain. Cath Bishop, Lisa Eyre, Gillian Lindsey and Sarah Winkless will represent Marlow in one boat and Alex Beever, Helen Raine and Sue Walker will fly the Marlow flag in the second Great Britain combination. The two Great Britain crews will be taking on National squad crews from the USA and Holland.
The clubs other prequalifying boat is the coxed four which was a semifinalists in the Britannia Cup last year. This is the crew that won the coxless event at Marlow Regatta at the weekend and which will again compete in the Britannia cup this year with cox Ashley Dean.
Club captain Paul Cox is delighted with what is already a record number of crews competing at Henley this year and with prospect of more coming through the qualifiers on Friday. Qualifying races begin at 4.50 PM and continue throughout the evening.

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30 March 1999


Marlow's Veteran C crew produced a strong performance on Sunday in the Veterans Head of the River race. The race is run over the Historic Oxford/ Cambridge boat race course from Putney to Chiswick. The 4 ¼ mile event is a severe test to most oarsmen and women, but the popularity of the veteran race continues to grow each year. This year 132 crews from throughout the United kingdom and Europe took on this classic of long distance courses. On Sunday the Thames was at its best with bright sunshine flat water and a slight but consistent head wind greeting the crews.
The Marlow crew is Veteran C which means an average age over 42 amongst the eight athletes. This year the crew was stroked by Nick Gill who was ably supported by Peter Walton, Neil Skipper, John Gill (at 55 the senior member of the crew), Rob Robertson, Mark Billingham, Sean Farrelly, Philip Rhoofthooft and cox Fay Beanland Starting off 41 of the 132 starters, the crew took several minutes to settle before gaining on crew 38 from Exeter RC. Striking 32 they continued to attack and persuade Nottingham BC through Hammersmith Bridge. Round the Hammersmith bend excellent coxing from Fay saw them sweep past Nottingham pushing away to clear water and on through Barnes Bridge to wards the finish. A final push brought Marlow up on to the bows of number 39 from Frankfurter Rudergellschaft of Germany.
Over all Marlow finished 20th of the 132 crews in a time of 19 min 45 seconds.
The Veteran Head was won overall by University of London old boys. The Veteran C category was won by Wallingford with Marlow 6th.
Marlow's two other Veteran crews performed creditably with their second veteran C crew finishing 97th and a mixed crew finishing 104th.

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30 March 1999

Marlow Progress in National Rankings

Marlow Rowing Club consolidated its position as a serious player in the top rank of Club rowing in the United Kingdom with a powerful performance in the Eights Head of the River race on Saturday.
The race pits over 400 crews from throughout the United Kingdom and Europe against one another over a 4 ¼ mile course. The course runs from Chiswick Bridge on the Thames, via Hammersmith to Putney.
Saturdays conditions were perfect with bright sunshine, a slight tail wind and flat beautiful water. Fast conditions, which brought out the best of the assembled entries. Each year this event progresses with more and more of the crews producing faster and faster times. Competition is fierce and this most gruelling of events pushes all the athletes no mater what their level to the absolute limit. In an eight oared boat there is no where to hide and this is truly the ultimate team event.
Last year, Marlow's 1st boat progressed up the field to finish 37th overall. At that level improvement amongst Europe's elite is difficult, so a solid row which saw this years eight progress to 34th was a good performance, consolidation the clubs position in the premier league of domestic clubs. U23 International George Smith stroked the Marlow crew. George was supported by, cox Ashley Dean with James Fraser, Richard Aplin, Mark Ruinet, Andy Knee-Robinson, James Walker, Tom Kean and Mark Lewis. The crew could not quite get on terms with Oxford Brookes' University who went off one place ahead, but they pulled away from Nottingham and Union throughout the race.
The clubs second boat coxed by Tamsin Knill did well to finish in the top 100. Cracking the top 100 is a good measure of a crews potential and for many of this crew this was a major step up for athletes who had been in last years third crew. The experience of Ian Pressling, Mike Spencer-Jones, Chris Richards, Neil McCulloch gave the less experienced athletes an excellent lead. Ian Packer, Nick Smith, Simon Huntley, Andy Kervell all produced strong performances on the day. This was a good performance, which their coach Paul Franklin described as encouraging for the coming regatta season.
The club's 3rd crew finished 28 seconds back in 173rd place. Last year half the crew finished 250th in the clubs 4th boat and several others only began to row last summer. The crew was strengthened by experienced veteran athletes Nick and John Gill and former University of London oarsman Tom McGibbon. Stroke Ray Bedder, set an aggressive rhythm for the crew to follow. Mark Billingham, Philip Rhoofthooft, Nick Hoare and Richard Bracey backed up Ray. Cox Anita Springham did her usual excellent job, aggressively steering to overtake Glasgow University on the Hammersmith bend. Marlow then came under pressure from Emmanual school, but the Marlow dug in and pulled away after Hammersmith Bridge. Their finish position matched that of last years 3rd crew and marked a big step up in standard for many of the crew. Very few club 3rd crews get inside the top 200.
The Marlow 4th crew was largely made up of Junior athletes. Supported by the experience of Peter Walton and Mark Windsor the youngsters found the competition stiff, but as scullers new to rowing they will have will have found the experience valuable.
Over Easter, Marlow R C will be taking their senior womens squad and over 30 junior athletes to Ghent in Belgium to race in the two day regatta against some of Europe's best club and international crews.

SEAN FARRELLY      01628 531 946

3 March 1999


Cath Bishop of Marlow Rowing club, completed a superb 7 days last weekend. It began when she became the World Indoor Rowing Champion in Boston USA and ended with Cath and her partner Dot Blackie winning the womens' pairs event which contributed to Great Britain winning the FISA team title in Seville, Spain.
Cath went to Boston for the World Ergometer Championships (indoor rowing machine) as the UK title holder. The 2,000 metre event is an excruciating test of power and stamina. The athletes simply race to see who can cover the distance in the fastest time. If you think racing on a rowing machine sounds easy try doing 2,000 meters next time you are in your local gym. See how long it takes you and then think just how much determination and strength these athletes need to push their bodies to the absolute limit in the search of a world title.
In humid conditions Bishop was the fastest qualifier for the finals ahead of an International field. Her qualifying time of 6 minutes 44.8 seconds placing her in the final with 7 other athletes who went under 6.50.
In the final Cath was down at half way on Lauritzen of Denmark and Evers Swindell of New Zealand. Cath is one of the world's leading athletes and in the second half, the strength and sheer determination which carried her to a World silver medal in 1998 kicked in and she powered through her rivals. Cath's finishing pace brought her home in 6 minutes 37 seconds, 4 seconds ahead of Lauritzen. The time was just outside the current world record but that was never on in the heat and humidity of Boston.
Other British winners in Boston included the outstanding junior prospect Frances Houghton who won the junior event in 6.46, and Noel frost of Wallingford who beat the World record in taking the 60-69 age group in 7 min 31 seconds.
Cath then flew to Seville to join the British team and her partner Dot Blackie of Thames rowing Club. Great Britain were taking part in the two day FISA Team championships. The event is an early chance for the European nations to test the early season form of the International crews.
Bishop and Blackie the current world second ranked women's pair comfortably won for Great Britain over 1000 metres on the Saturday and then destroyed the opposition to win by 5 seconds (2 clear lengths )over 500 metres on the Sunday. In the womens' single sculls Sarah Winckless also of Marlow took a creditable 3rd on the Saturday behind the Russian world champion. Sarah was making her debut as Britain senior single sculler.
Overall Great Britain romped home in the event wining 13 of the 20 events and taking the title by a massive 67 points.
Marlow Rowing Club start their domestic season with Reading Head on Saturday. 6 Marlow crews will be competing in this key event in the run up to the Womens' Head of the River Race on the 12th March and the Mens' Head of the River on March 27th. Marlow crews, 3 mens' and 3 womens' will be looking to test their form against some strong opposition from top clubs and universities. The Reading Head which will feature over 100 racing eights will begin at 2pm.

SEAN FARRELLY 01628 531 946

Rowers Return

Following a fire at the Clubhouse in the early hours of Wednesday, the job of clearing up and getting back on an even keel started in earnest last night. Club Chairman, Peter Hunt, praised the efforts of the local fire brigade who, at their peak, had fifty five team members tackling the blaze and rescuing as much of the contents as was safe to do. “Through their efforts much of the club equipment and memorabilia has been salvaged including the memorial to those members who made the ultimate sacrifice during World Wars One and Two”.

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