Demolition Demolition
The clubhouse demolition starts today (31st October 2013) and will take over a month. The clubhouse is being replaced by Marlow Watersports Hub, which will provide facilities for canoeing, triathlon, swimming, and of course rowing. Designs are available. It is fully disability accessible as a home for our Para-rowing group. We still have around £200,000 left to raise (of the overall £2.5m cost) to fund all aspects of the rebuild - there is a donations scheme and events such as a concert and dinner to help close the gap.

The four members of the coxless crewLater this year 4 women - including our own Emma Mitchell - will set off to row the Pacific. It will take them 6 months to row the 8,446 miles and will be a world first in rowing that route unsupported across the Pacific Ocean. They will travel from America to Australia, and in the process aim to raise quarter of a million pounds for their two charities Walking With the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care.

On Saturday 24th January 10am-4pm they are visiting Higginson Park in Marlow and bringing their boat - they'll be giving some rides in it and talking about what they are doing and why. Everyone is invited to come along.

The clubhouse is largely inaccessible but the club got back on the water the weekend immediately following the fire with crews out from Friday onwards. Entries are in for Maidenhead Regatta and, thanks to the support of Maidenhead Rowing Club a crew was training using a borrowed 8 there on Sunday.


On Saturday and Sunday club members turned out in force to clear detritus, clean smoke damaged boats and recover what they could of the club equipment. 

Date: 6 June 2007

Event: Metropolitan Regatta, Dorney 

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

Lovedays look good at Metropolitan regatta

Marlow athletes - the Loveday twins - were Marlow’s sole winners at the two-day Metropolitan regatta at Dorney over the weekend.

On the Saturday the twins David and James were runners up in the senior two double sculls to a strong combination form Durham/Tees RC.  Marlow lost out in a sprint to the line by 0.2 of a second. On the Sunday in the absence of the Durham combination the twins dominated the fields to win the Senior 1 double sculls in style. They led from the start and beat a good field including Rhodes University from South Africa by over 8 seconds.

With the men’s squad focusing on putting in some hard racing most of the senior athletes raced 3 times and some 5 times on Sunday. However they got in some valuable race practice and features in the final of Senior 1 coxless fours were they placed 4th and the senior 2 eights were again they were 4th. In the eights race the Marlow crew in their first race together this season placed 3rd in their heat, after a sluggish start. This meant an extra race to make the final. The semi final was a cracker with Marlow 3 seconds adrift of the one qualifying spot with 500m to go. Mortlake and Anglia RC seemed to have it in the bag when the Marlow stern pair of Jim Cotter and Paul Addy began to raise the rate. As the Marlow crew moved through the gears they began to overhaul Mortlake stroke by stroke. With the line coming up fast Mortlake were still in front but Marlow kept on coming and in the very last stroke got their bows in front to qualify for the final. In the final which came 30 min after half the crew had racing in the fours final the crew again produced a superb finish. With Eton School and Oxford Brookes fighting it out for fist and second Marlow pushed through the field overtaking London RC, Curlew and Darby RC before nearly catching Vesta RC on the line in another stunning finish. The Marlow squad felt they had got in a good days work and will now focus on the upcoming Marlow International regatta and qualification for Henley Royal Regatta.

The women’s squad also had a positive weekend with the women’s double scull producing one of the fastest times of the weekend in coming runner up in senior two double sculls. The lightweight quad also showed good form in coming runner up two days running and the coxed four made good progress in reaching semi finals on both days. Sophie Pain from the Marlow junior squad rowed in a junior squad composite boat which came third on Saturday in senior 1 eights beating Oxford University RGS High Wycombe had an excellent regatta making the final of junior quads were they finished behind top class crews from Walton and Windsor Boys School.

Date: 29 May 2007

Event: Twickenham regatta

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

Twickenham regatta saw double wins for Marlow j16 double Jason Turner and Dan Clarke. They controlled all their races and won both the J16 double sculls and the Senior 4 double sculls without ever being troubled. A good day’s work for two promising youngsters.



Date: 29 May 2007

Event: National Schools Regatta

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

Marlow Rowing club girls win National titles.

Marlow Rowing Clubs junior girls had their best National Schools Regatta in a decade when they won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals. The event took place at the National Water Sports centre in Nottingham a purpose build multi lane rowing centre. Wet and blustery conditions made life hard for all the crews, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Marlow crews. Marlow coach Bret King was delighted with the girls’ performances.     “They handled the difficult weather conditions and the pressure superbly over the weekend. We last won a medal in 2003 but this is the best performance from the squad in a decade. The girls were fantastic”

Cordelia Wilson and Phoebe Lucas both won two gold medals each. In the Junior 16 Double Sculls on Saturday they dominated all their races, getting out in front and bossing the opposition. In the final they led Eton Excelsior all the way and came home two lengths ahead. The girls then combined with Alice Denyer and Rachel Finnis for the J16 quad on Sunday. In cold wet and windy conditions the Marlow crew again controlled all its races through to the final. In the final, Strathclyde put up the most resistance. Marlow only led by one second at halfway. However, Pheobe made the call, and Marlow then put in a strong push and moved out to a one length lead which they sustained to the finish.

Silver medals went to Sophie Pain and Juliet Steynor in the Championship J18 double sculls. They raced a great final against Maidenhead and Sir William Borlase. Maidenhead led all the way with Borlase also starting well. Marlow’s power kicked in after 500m and they pulled through Borlase and pushed Maidenhead all the way to the line.

In the championship J18 quads Marlow really had to work for their Bronze medal. Sophie and Juliet were joined by J16 Rachel Finnis and Charlotte McAdam. Charlotte only started to row in September and had her first competitive race at the beginning of May. In the final Marlow chased an all star Maidenhead crew through the fist 500 before Bedford High School came through into second. Marlow then found itself in a brutal battle with Bedford Star for the Bronze medal. Star got to within two ft with 500 to go and the crews raced for the line side by side. On the line Marlow got Bronze by just 0.18 of a second - a matter of inches.

The squad’s final bronze medal came from Alice Denyer and Anna Humphrey. They took bronze in the J15 double sculls over a shortened 1000m course. Sir William Borlase gained a superb silver with a very strong St Neots crew taking gold. Marlow were half a length back in bronze but this was the first National Schools medals for two girls with real promise.  The next major target is the National Championships in July.

The boys' team had a mixed regatta but two young prospects emerged with their first medals at this level. Tom Burton and Nick Mosley won an excellent Bronze in the J15 double sculls.

The boys from RGS High Wycombe were delighted to make the final of the coxed fours event with very little practise while they just missed out on the final in their chosen event the championship quad sculls. Sir William Borlase rounded off a superb weekend with a bronze medal in this event.



Date: 15 May 2007

Event: Ghent International regatta

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

Big weekend for Marlow at Ghent International regatta

Marlow rowing club moved up a gear as the regatta season got underway and came home from Belgium on Monday with 6 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze medals from the two day Ghent International regatta.

The highlights were the 2 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze medal won by Mike Mottram. Mike Won gold on the Saturday in the Junior double sculls with Lewis Knollman of Walton as well as gold in the Junior Quads with Jack Hockley of Marlow, Wedlake of Walton and Lilley from Maidenhead. They beat the top Dutch crew by 1 second with Marlow’s B and C crews coming in 9th and 22nd out of 33 crews.

The other highlight was the domination of the field by the Girls J 16 quad of Anna Humphrey, Phoebe Lucas, Rachel Finnis and Alice Denyer who saw off 18 rivals to win by 8 sec from Viking RV of Holland and Carlow from Ireland.
In the Junior boys double sculls Hockley of Marlow and Wedlake of Walton gained bronze medals on the Saturday and Sunday. Marlow showed their strength in depth with the 4th place going to Crease and Caddon of Marlow as well as 5th and 12th places out of 24 crews. The Junior 18 girls crew also had a good regatta with Juliet Steynor gaining silver in the girls quads along with Cordelia Wilson, Sophie pain and Alice Ancora of Maidenhead.

The women’s squad also performed well with Tash Wase finishing 3rd in Lightweight Single sculls just 2 sec behind Laurence Vandevijver of Club Gents.  In Lightweight double sculls Bridget King and Emma Mitchell took silver and Dani Philips Bronze. All four women went on to take gold in Women’s Light weight quads.
Marlow coaches were delighted with the performance of all their crews and athletes which bode well for upcoming national regattas.

Date: 15 May 2007

Event: Ball Cup - Dorney Lake

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

At the Ball Cup held at Dorney lake Great Marlow School pupils took silver and Bronze medals in an event aimed at none public school rowing teams. 20 Great Marlow pupils took part with most making it to finals. Dan Clarke and Jason Turner led the way coming second behind Claires Court School in J16 double sculls. While Victoria Child, Tash Harding, Rachel Day, Georgina Turner and Elita Jackman were pipped on the line by Gloucester schools and had to settle for a well earned Bronze. Wycombe High school raced for the first time at the event and came a highly creditable 4th in the J14 girls event.  RGS High Wycombe dominated the senior sculling events winning J18 single sculls through Jo Abdulla, the J18 double sculls also went to RGS. The boys also won the J18 quads in some style and their J15 boys also made it to the final of their quads and double sculls events much to the satisfaction of coach Geoff Baker.

Date: 15 March 2007

Event: National Sculling Head

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

Marlow rowing club Juniors strike gold

Marlow rowing club juniors won 1 gold, 2 silver and a bronze medal at the National Junior sculling head held at Dorney lake. The event was to have taken place at Henley but adverse river conditions forced a last minute move to Dorney. Over 280 crews and 1500 young people took part from all over the United Kingdom in what is the major winter event for Young scullers. The vent took place in bright sunshine and on a windless day the racing was of the highest quality.

Junior 16 and 18 crews raced over 3,800 meters while the younger competitors did battle over 1,900m. Marlow’s top crew was its J16 Girls crew who took gold in 14.03. They pulled away from their rivals throughout in the event which is run as a time trial. In the first half they took 7 sec out of rivals Maidenhead and in the second a further 2. Eton Excelsior were a distant third nearly 50 sec back. The crew which is a new line up this year consists of Rachel Finnis, Phoebe Lucas, Alice Denyer and Cordelia Wilson. Alice is only J15 but such is the quality of her sculling that she has forced her way into the J16 crew.

There was a superb silver medal for the J14 girls. Maddy Rogers, Gabby Rauchwerger, Tash Harding, Jo Jackson, and cox Sarah Briggs continued their early promise as j13s into the new season and were beaten by a strong crew from Newark RC. Marlow held off a strong challenge from George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh to take sliver by 2 seconds with Maidenhead RC 4th. Sir William Borlase School were 12th out of 27 crews. In the J18 boys event Marlow picked up their 2nd silver when Mikey Mottram, Jack Hockley, Marcus Clover, Sam Prosser were second out of a very strong field of the countries very best J18 boys in 12 min 29sec. The event was won by an excellent Walton quad by 5 sec. Marlow posted the best second leg time but had conceded too much time in the first leg to get back on terms with Walton. This was an encouraging performance for a Marlow crew with a further year at J18. Marlow second crew Matt Best, Chris Johnson, Nick Crease, Nick Moseley produced a fine scull to take 5th illustrating the strength in depth of the Marlow squad this year. Nick is only j15 and an exceptional talent with a big future in the sport. Sir William Borlase came 6th and RGS High Wycombe were delighted with their 8th place.

Marlow’s bronze came from one of her up and coming crews the j15 boys Will Cadden, Clive Loveday, Joe Hale, Paul Trickett, and  cox Sam Mottram are all in their first year in the clubs junior section having just progressed out of the development Group They produced a typically fiery performance all drive and enthusiasm to take the bronze. George Watson's from Edinburgh dominated the event but Marlow pushed Kings Ely right to the line finishing just 2 sec off silver. Again Marlow’s strength in depth was illustrated by the fact that their A crew came 4th .6 of a second behind the bronze medal winning B crew.  This gives the coaches plenty to think about come selection time for the summer regattas and should mean serious competition for seats.  The j16 boys came a very creditable 6th out of 20 boats and are very much a crew for the future. While the J5 girls came 11th out of 42 crews. Coaches Bret King and Russell Peacock were delighted with their squads performances and are looking forwards to the coming regatta season. Both the Girls and Boys sections are always looking for new recruits who may or may not have previous rowing experience. If you think rowing could be for you and you want to join one of the best squads in the country why not contact Marlow rowing club.


Date: 15 March 2007

Event: Womens Head of the River

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

Women’s squad put in top performance at Women’s Eights Head

Marlow women had a good day at Saturdays Women’s Eights head. This international event attracted crews from throughout the UK and Europe. The event was won by the International composite crew of Marlow RC, Rebecca, Tideway Scullers, Thames RC. Former world Champion and Olympic medallist Cath Bishop of Marlow came back from retirement to help the crew out with Sarah Winkless out injured. Reunited with her old partner Katherine Grainger they stormed through the field to win by Thames RC A by over 20 seconds and Leander RC both crews also filled with international athletes.

The clubs first eight of Dani Phillips Bridget King Kathy Josefsen Karin Phillips Victoria Parsons Tash Wase Sam Hammond, Emma Mitchell coxed by Ella Waddingham cane 33 out of over 300 crews and maintained Marlow’s status at the top end of women’s domestic rowing. Marlow overtook Auriol Kensington shortly after the start with local Rivals maidenhead on their tails. Marlow had a solid row around the Hammersmith bend and pulled away from Maidenhead who finished a creditable 40th on the run in to the finish. Marlow were pleases with their row as this is a new crew and missing several of the top members of the squad due to injury. A number of the crew are new to the squad and its encouraging that the clubs new look crew is maintaining the clubs high standards. For Cox Ella Waddingham it was her last race with the club as she is moving to London Ella has done a great job for Marlow over the past 5 years and she will be missed by everyone at the club. The good conditions and a brisk tail wind made for fast times and the second eight also benefited from the swift conditions to come an excellent 125th. The crew of Lisa Knill cox Tamsin Knill - stroke Fay Beanland - 7 Sarah Walker - 6 Steph Proctor - 5 Andrea O'Hagan - 4 Tris Shrimpton - 3 Julia Holt - 2 Sara Scott - bow passed three crew in what was for most of the crew their first race at this level. This is a crew largely made of young women who have learnt to row at the club and who have been coached and coxed by Lisa Knill with great success over the past 6-8 months. It’s a crew with real potential for the future.  Marlow’s senior women’s are off to Belgium for a week long training camp over Easter and will be looking forwards to the coming regatta season.

Date: 22 February 2007

Event: World Youth Olympic Festival - Sydney Australia

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

3 Golds for Steph

London 2012 Olympic hopeful Steph Mottram of Marlow rowing club is making a excellent start to 2007 with 3 gold medals at the World Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney Australia. Steph was selected after a stunning 2006 in which she won women’s Henley and gained  2 gold at Coupe de Jeunesse representing Great Britain Juniors and in the autumn in her first season as a senior  she was the fastest u23 light weight woman at GB trials.
The Youth Olympics is a stepping stone event for athletes under 19 who are aspiring to take part in the 2012 Olympics in London. The event took place at the Sydney Olympic venues with the rowing taking place at Penrith lake the site of Sir Steve Redgrave’s final gold medal.  Over 1,600 athletes took part representing 20 nations and 16 different Olympic sports. Great Britain sent a team of 20 rowers who flew out to Australia 5th January
and raced on the weekend of 20th 21st January. The team trebled up in boats, single, doubles, quads, fours and eights to maximise their racing. Steph was selected to race in single, quad and eight.

Her first race was the women’s single sculls heats on the Saturday. 20 women raced in 4 heats with the 5 fastest progressing to the A final. Steph's race was the first event on the water and she dominated her heat winning 8 min 11 sec to be the 3rd fastest qualifier for the A final. 2 hrs later she raced the final. Steph was in lane 7 and Chloe O’Regan from Australia in lane 5 pushed her all the way. Steph had ½ second lead at half way and ¾ at 1500 with the Australian still overlapping. Odette Sceats from New Zealand staged a stunning last 500m to come into contention but Steph was holding her form well and came home almost a length clear in 8 min 04 with O Regan in Silver 1.5 sec back and Sceats a close 3rd. In the final race of the day Steph raced in the women’s quad teaming up with Rachael Jefferies, Emma Steel and Frances Fletcher. They won their heat with ease and then went back to the athletes village for some well earned rest knowing the next day would bring more races and possibly more medals. 

The final of the women’s quad sculls was one of the first races on Sunday and Great Britain led all the way. They had clear water on the field at 1000m and controlled the race from there. Tasmania put in a late charge to narrow the gap on the line but Great Britain still had ½ length on the line with China and New Zealand =3rd. 2 hrs later Steph was back on the water again with 2 gold medals in the bag. Steph now took her seat in the Great Britain women’s eight in the hunt for her 3rd medal.  Rowing with one oar is a very different discipline to sculling with 2 and as a lightweight Steph was certainly the smallest member of the crew but as usual Steph more then makes up for her lack of size with a fierce determination, passion to win and a great deal of technical skill. The eight won its heat in style and 1 hour later in Steph’s 6th 2K race in 2 days they won a cracking final leading of the start. Great Britain led all the way and despite a late charge from Australia they had ¾ of length on the line, taking Gold for team GB and a superb 3rd gold medal for Steph.
The Great Britain rowing team topped the medal table with 6 golds, 5 silver and 1 bronze
This week Steph will be back and straight back in to her single training for the final long
distance trial for the Great Britain senior team on February 10th. Her next goal is to make the U23 team for the summer. Steph’s coach Bret king who has brought her through at Marlow Rowing club since she was 14  is over the moon for her and very proud of what she has achieved to date. Her friends and team mates at Marlow cannot wait to see her medals when she flies back to England this week.



Date: 28 September 2006

Event: First Row Challenge 2006

Submitted by: Sean Farrelly

FirstRow Challenge Won by Howard's Heroes

Marlow Rowing Club held its first ever FirstRow Challenge on Sunday, 10 September. The event was designed to offer members of the public a chance to try out the sport of rowing. Each crew of 4 people was matched up with a coach/cox from Marlow Rowing Club and over a 7 week period attended 3 water training sessions as well as an indoor introduction and optional ergo sessions. A wonderful chance for members of the local community to try out the sport made famous by local Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave.  The culmination for the event was Sunday's regatta where the 24 crews battled it out over a 350m course. The gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to the delighted winners by World and Olympic medallist and Marlow RC member Sarah Winckless. An audience of well-wishers, family, work colleagues and friends cheered on the rowers from the river bank at the club and Higginson park.

Every crew was guaranteed 2 races and in the morning all 24 crews fought it out for a place in the  afternoon ¼ finals. The morning form book picked out the Marlovians and Toms Totty as early favourites. Charlottes Cox won the closest of the first round races by a 1/4 length from Its all Gravy. Its All Gravy went on to make the ¼ finals by winning their second race against Believe! by 2 1/2 lengths.

In the ¼ finals there were some cracking races as the crews battled it out on superb flat water in glorious sunshine. Toms Totty, an all female crew, saw off the Fairweather Rowers who had a few technical problems on the start. The Foosas were pipped by a 1/4 length by Who Dares Swims. The Royal Oak raced well to reach the semi finals. Howards Heroes won a superb race with Danesfield Vikings, both crews neck and neck to the line. Charlottes Cox rowed well to beat the Drifters. Its All Gravy missed out on the semis going down in a cracking race with Rowan's Rowers. The Marlovians were too strong for the Romads. Stroking Three Oars were likewise too strong for Marlow Buoys. The last quarter final produced another great race between Mach 4 Plus, an all female crew, and Here for the Beer. Mach 4 winning by 1 length.

The semi finals were three boat races with Toms Totty showing real technical ability to overcome the power of Rowan's Rowers. Howards Heroes had a sensational race with Carlottes Cox coming through by ¾ of a length, with Mach 4 in third. In the last semi final, the Marlovians had a dodgy start which saw them grazing the wall along the balustrade. Stroking Three Oars took out an early lead but expertly coxed by Laurie Tilbury the Marlovians began to pull back and their clean blade work saw them through to a 1 1/4 length win.

The final was a superb race with all three crews exhibiting a high degree of technical proficiency which was a credit to their cox/coaches. Toms Totty got off to a good start. Coxed by club captain Tom McGibbon, the crew of Amy Bunt, Sally Denholm, Caroline Buggins and Amber Pickering were two lengths off the start with Howard's Heroes getting left off the start. The Marlovians set off in 2nd place. As the crews came level with Higginson park Howards Heroes hit their stride with Cox Sally Reay driving on her crew of Ben Howard, Will Nelson, Pete Holder and Andy Chambers going flat out for the win. They pushed past the Marlovians and gradually wore down Toms Totty. On the line the swimmers from Berkhamsted, Howards Heroes, came through to win by 1/1/2 lengths from The Marlovians with Toms Totty a very creditable third.

A superb day was had by all competitors and supporters. The event was organised by the Marlow Rowing Club novices and run with a huge effort and enthusiasum by many club members. It is hoped that this will become an annual event which gives members of the local community a great opportunity to try out a great local sport. The club hopes that some of the participants might have caught the rowing bug, however even if they don’t choose to continue with the sport they will have great memories of the experience.




Marlow Veterans strike silver at Veteran's National Championships

Marlow Rowing Club's veteran squad, the "Marlow Old Men", returned from the Veteran's National Championships on Sunday with two sets of silver medals.

The younger veterans, competing in Veteran B (average age 36), were racing in both the coxed and coxless fours events and also in an eight. In the coxed four the crew of stroke Mark Henstridge, Simon Huntley, Neil McCulloch and Mike Spencer-Jones, steered by Kate Tucker, drew lane 5 in the 6 boat final between Wallingford RC and Tees RC. At halfway Marlow were 1.2 seconds down on the University of London Tyrian crew in lane 2 and 0.8 seconds ahead of the crew from Nottingham & Union in lane in lane 1. Despite pushing hard for the second 500m the positions remained the same, with Marlow finishing just under 3 seconds behind the UL Tyrian crew to collect silver. In the coxless four Mark Henstridge, Simon Huntley, Neil McCulloch and steersman Mike Spencer-Jones were drawn alongside local rivals Wallingford. A fast clean start saw the Marlow crew edge half a boat length up on the Wallingford crew at the 500m mark while only being half a length down on the leaders UL Tyrian. As the Tyrian crew pulled away over the final 500m, Marlow had to counter the pushes from the Wallingford crew and held on to finish second, 1/3 of a length up, and collect their second silver of the day. In the final of the Vet B eights the Marlow crew of stroke Iain Pressling, Mike Spencer-Jones, Neil McCulloch, Mark Davies, Mark Henstridge, Simon Huntley, Tony Ellis and Ed House, coxed by Kate, were again drawn alongside Wallingford. Off the start the Worcester crew in lane 1 quickley took the lead. Marlow and Wallingford battled side by side to half way before the extra power in the Wallingford boat began to show and they moved away to finish a length ahead. Marlow finished 3rd, 2/3 of a length ahead of the crew from Tees RC. The Veteran C group (avg age 43) were racing in the coxless four and coxless pair. In the four the crew of Tony Ellis, Mark Davies, John Yeatman and Gary Phillips had their best row to date, but could only manage fourth in the quicker of the two heats. The coxless pair of Tony Ellis and Gary Phillips faired better in their final. Lying 3rd in the pack at halfway they rowed stroke for stroke with the crew from Poole only to be passed by the UL Tyrian pair. At the line the clock gave Marlow 3rd place by less than 0.25 seconds. The Veteran D four (avg age 50) of Mark Billingham, Chris Lenton,Nick Gill and Ed House were also racing in both the coxed and coxless four. In the coxed boat they raced hard in their heat, but were unable to progress to the final. Racing coxless they had a straight final against a crew from Upper Thames RC. At the halfway point both crews were still overlapping, but the UTRC crew pulled away in the second half to just get clear water between the crews at the finish.

The next main event for the Marlow Old Men is the Henley Veteran's Regatta on the 9th and 10th of July

Sean Farrelly, 15th Jun 04



Marlow Town Water Festival a Great Success


In bright sunshine and with cheering crowds enjoying a great summers day out Marlow Town Regatta was a storming success.

There were a number of home wins with over 300 crews competing in events from 8am to 6.30pm. Marlows juniors excelled with an early win in the Junior 14 boys octuple sculls. Stroked by Jack Hockley and containing a composite crew from Marlow RC and Claires Court School the crew took the scalp of national silver medallists Latymer school.

Great Marlow school pupils Rachael Finnis and Sarah Briggs won their first ever event in the J13 Double sculls. Both girls are part of the Marlow RC cadet squad and saw off a competitive field dominating the heats and the final from the front. A close final saw the Marlow girls hold their nerve to beat maidenhead and tideway scullers RC. 10 min later Marlow added a further win when Rachael Stallwood and Nicola Dinsey won the J 15 double sculls. For Nicola this was the finish of a busy day which saw her reach the womens J15 quad sculls final with Rachael, Kelly Weston and Rhiannon Wheatly were they just lost to a strong crew from Evesham and beat Sir William borlaise. In the J16 quads Nicola again made the final but again had to settle for second this time behind local rivals Sir William borlaise.

The Junior 18 qirls quads saw Marlow racing Canford school. The first race was a dead heat and the two crews had to re-row. In the second race it was again close with Marlow having top settle for second place.

In the only mens senior eights race of the regatta. Marlow A had a storming race coming home a length ahead of a strong and spirited Harrow school crew with marlow B taking 3rd place. Marlow grabbed a length by the church and held off a series of Harrow pushes as the line approached.

In the Mens novice single sculls Rob Downie of Marlow dominated the event. He won his heat with some ease and then held on to his lead in the final from fellow marlow sculler Nick Hoare. Rob will now move up a level to race senior 4 but hes an athlete with real potential and should be very competitive.

Chris Lenton continued his successful winning season with an easy win in Vet D single sculls. In one of the last races of the day Steph Mottram showed her class by winning the J16 girls single sculls coming past the grand stand with a comfortable lead Maidenhead Rc had a good day with 5 wins particularly in J11,12, 13 girls single sculls. Evesham won 6 events and were particularly strong in the junior girls quads events and boys single sculls were Phoursa and Walker had good wins in j14 and 15. The Victur Ludorum Trophey for the most successful participating club went to Latymer school. They won the Brampton House Tray and a cash prize sponsored by Regatta Committee member Danny Churchill. Latymer won 8 events including J15 and 14 quads, J16, J18 and novice double sculls.

An excellent day was had by spectators and competitors alike. With the usual carnival atmosphere adding to the event as the day wore on.

On the Sunday the Dragon boats and cutter racing took over and was again blessed with bright sunshine and good crowds. There were 27 dragon boat crews competing from 10am to 6 pm. There was some superb and very close racing from the enthusiastic crews. The waterman's cutters also competed on Sunday these are 6 oared craft which are traditional Thames cutters. A number of crews competed, including an technically excellent American womens crew, for the Shannon Alder Trophy which was won in this the first year of the event by the River Thames Society.

Again the Sunday provided excellent racing and topped off what had been a fine weekend of river racing for the athletes, the spectators and the town.

Sean Farrelly, 14th Jun 04





Marlow juniors have good day at Bedford Regatta

Marlow Juniors had a good day at Bedford regatta at the weekend. In bright sunshine the Marlow crews had a busy day racing over the 1200m course. The junior Novice fours had 6 races in the day and fully deserved to win the novice plate event. Having lost in the first round to local club Bedford the crew progressed into the plate event. The crew of Ed Griffith Tom Rendell, Dan Wicks all Royal grammer School High Wycombe and Tom Picton from Dr Challenors were coxed by Mike Mottram. They crew progressed throughbthe plate event with wins over 2 Oxford Collage crews and local rivals Harrow school in the final. The Marlow boys also combined with Harrow school to beat Radley School before loosing to Clare Collage Cambridge by a length.

Coach Dave Rendell was delighted with his crews efforts “their first race was a t 8.30am and their last at 6.30pm if ever there was a crew that deserved their win for effort it was this one”.

The junior girls also had a good day, two new combinations were tried out. In the junior 15 girls quads Rachael Stallwood, Nicola Dinsey, Kelley Weston and coxen Rhiannon Wheatley all Great Marlow school were joined by Danielle Peck Sir William Borlaise. They had an excellent race against an experienced Bedford School crew and just lost by ¾ of a length. In the Junior 14 quad sculls Danielle Peck was joined by Sophie Steventon from Great Marlow school, Abby Fox and Sophie Payne from Wycome High School. This was their first regatta together and they started in fine style beating Bedford High School B crew by 3 lengths in the semi final they disposed of local favourites Bedford High School A crew and then had a superb final against St Edwards School. St Edwards just holding off Marlow in the final few strokes.

Coach Bret King was delighted with both crews both of which will be representing Marlow at the national school championships at the end of this month. All are products of the clubs Project Oarsome scheme a collaboration with John Hambdon and Great Marlow School and the clubs cadet programme for 12-14 year olds which attracts young athletes from throughout the area.

Sean Farrelly, 18th May 04



Great Britain Women's Show Olympic Form


Marlow great Britain duo of Katherine Grainger and Cath Bishop showed they were in form and on track for Athens with a strong performance at the first world cup event of the season in Poznan in Poland. The Marlow pair who are the current world champions had a positive weekend taking the silver medal in the final just behind a strong Rumanian combination Andrunache and Viorica.

The final saw Derlien and Goldback from Germany take an early lead with Rumania and Great Britain less than a second down at half way. The Germans held on through to 300m to go when the pace hotted up and pushed form Rumania and Great Britain took them through in to first and second. With the line approaching the Marlow pair were moving through the Rumanians but just ran out of lake. The Marlow pair coming home second 1.2 seconds behind Rumania. At this time last year they were a lot further behind which indicates that preparations for Athens are on course. A lot can happen in the next few months but Cath and Katherine have their eyes firmly on the medal rostrum.

Also competing in Poznan was former Marlow athlete Andrew Hodge in the Great Britain eight. World bronze medallists last year they were 5th and disappointed in Poznan. However the eights group is strong and will now doubt improve as the season progresses.

Sean Farrelly, 12th May 04



Marlow Women in Good Form at Ghent International Regatta

The Marlow women had an encouraging weekend at Ghent regatta. A new look quad consisting of Clare Hayley, Kim Wilson, Helen Seldon, Louise Ainley were encouraged to make the final after only 2 weeks together Ghent attracts top crews from across Europe and the Marlow girls came through their first round to make the final beating a top Upper Thames crew in the process. In the final the two German crews and the Belgian crew finished a couple of lengths up and Marlow narrowly lost fourth place to Tideway Scullers last years Henley Winners by 1 second. On the Sunday Clare and Kim competed in the double sculls event. They had an excellent heat beating several top UK crews including Upper Thames to make the final. Unfortunately the final of the double sculls was after the next round of the quad and doubling up took its toll on an unwell Kim and the crew didn’t rely do themselves justice in the final. The quad again performed well beating top British and Scottish crews but just missed making the final. The results were encouraging particularly in relation to the domestic opposition they will face this season

The junior boys squad also gained a lot of valuable experience from the trip. Crispin Knill producing one of the outstanding results in Junior 16 single sculls to be 7th out of 46 and the second UK sculler in his event. Mat Best who at 15 was racing above his age group was an encouraging 16th. The Junior 18 quad of Heap, Hewitt, Plat and Warboys were 10th out of 19 and the 3rd fastest UK crew. In junior 18 single sculls Nic Fox was 9th out of 54 athletes who entered and the second fastest UK sculler.

The weekend gave the Marlow athletes a chance to gain some international experience and to test themselves against some of the best club athletes in Europe. The junior are now gearing up for the National schools championships and the seniors test themselves against top domestic opposition at the metropolitan regatta held at Dorney over two days at the end of this month.

Sean Farrelly, 12th May 04



Marlow Juniors awarded the title of 'Team of the Year'
Following the success the Junior section at Marlow had last year they have been awarded the title of 'Team of the Year' in the Wycombe and District Sport Association awards. The presentation will be taking place on Friday 7th May at the awards evening.


7 April 2003


Marlow's Senior Women's squad underlined their quality with four wins at Abingdon Head of the River Race at the weekend. Despite the bright sunshine and good water conditions, the twisting Abingdon course offers plenty of steering challenges. All the Marlow crews coped well and produced some of the best performances.
There were wins in the Senior 2 Double Sculls for Jo Chesney and Helen Seldon in a time of 10min 12 seconds and in the Senior 3 Double Sculls for Kat Ramsay and Catrin Williams-Jones. Both crews are new combinations and produced strong performances on the day. Emily Booker was in good form in the single sculls and won the Senior 1 event by a clear 15 second margin in 10min 48 seconds.
Marlow's fourth win came in the Senior 3 Quad Sculls stroked by Lorna Ferguson. The boat included Helen Seldon, Jo Chesney and Kat Ramsay.
There was also an excellent second place for Dani Phillips and Rebecca Skinner in Novice Double sculls.
This strong performance sets the squad up well before they go on their Easter training camp in Hazewinkle in Belgium.
The next event for Marlow crews will be Marlow Spring Regatta on May Bank Holiday Monday.

Sean Farrelly

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4 April 2003



Mark Henstridge, 6 man in the Marlow Vet C crew, joined fellow former students from Oxford University in the annual Old Boys' Veteran Boat Race last Thursday and assisted them in beating the old enemy from Cambridge in a battle on the Thames from Putney to Hammersmith.
In testing conditions the Oxford crew took the lead early on and never looked back, winning in a time of 8m 14.8 seconds.

Oxford Mile 4:18.7, Harrods 6:36.0, finish 8:14.8
Cambridge Mile 4:24.0, Harrods 6:43.6, finish 8:22.3

Crew Lists






Neil West (41)

Jerry Dale (54)


Peter Jacobs (40)

Mark Henstridge (38)


Pete Summers (53)

Andrew Gordon-Brown (35)


John Pritchard (45)

Tom Cadoux-Hudson (44)


Mike Hart (51)

Stephen Plunkett (49)


Guy Pooley (37)

Hugh Corroon (36)


Stephen Peel (37)

Tom Barry (44)


Iain Pritchard (46)

Donald Macdonald (47)


Andy Probert

Nicola Oddie


Johnny Moulsdale (46)

Nick Holland (43)


Chris Dalley

Nick Bevan


Mike Spencer-Jones

24 March 2003


Marlow Rowing Club entered 4 eights into the Kingston Head of the River race on Saturday 22nd March. Racing over the 5000m course from Hampton Court downstream to Kingston, the Marlow crews were up against 150 other entries
Starting off 31st , the Marlow A crew racing in the Veteran B category (average age 36), had a tough job on their hands with the Radley College BC 1st eight starting directly behind them. With the failure of the cox's microphone hampering their progress, the A crew battled hard to hold off the school boys beyond the halfway mark, pulling away from other crews behind them. With cox Ashley going hoarse shouting to urge them on, it took the Radley crew a long time to move past. Marlow then increased the tempo towards the end to finish 29th overall as the fastest Veteran eight in the time of 17m3.3s.
Marlow B, competing in the Veteran C category (avg age 43) started off 57th with Walbrook/Ryl. Canoe RC C crew just ahead of them and a fast Veteran D crew from Bewl Bridge behind. After gaining on the crew ahead, they had just managed to get an overlap when they entered one of two no-overtaking zones past the islands. A clash resulted as the Walbrook crew steered in front of them, causing them to stop momentarily. This didn't prevent them from finishing strongly in 47th place in a time of 17:39.3, a rise of 10 places and 2nd in the Veteran C category by only 17s.
Marlow C, a mixture of veteran and senior oarsmen, competed in the Senior 3 category. Starting 40th with some fast crews behind them, they raced well to finish 78th in 18m46s.
The Marlow/Warwick crew, a new combination only recently brought together, raced in the Veteran E category (avg age 55) and beat several crews in younger veteran categories to finish 87th in 19:20.3

Marlow Crews:
Marlow A - Gary Phillips, Neal Skipper, Mike Spencer-Jones, John Yeatman, Marc Furlonger, Neil McCulloch, Simon Huntley, Iain Pressling and cox Ashley Dean

Marlow B - Ed House, Tony Ellis, Peter Wolton, James Tong, Ian Packer, Mark Henstridge, Mark Billingham, Richard Coles and cox Lauren Saul

Marlow C – Mike Landers, Rob Thompson, Dave Faulkner ,Sean Farrelly, Kelvin Reid, Vince Wood, Bob Thompson, Nick Hoare and Cox Elaine Caldwell

Marlow/Warwick Vet E Included 3 Warwick athletes Barry Meatyard, Tim Walmesley and Martin Le Toq, along with Graham Armstrong, Ian Chamberlin, Ray Swordy , Chris Tipney, Chris Adams and Coxen Sue Walters from Marlow.


Mike Spencer-Jones

17 March 2003


The Women's Eights Head took place on 15 March, and Marlow Rowing club members had another outstanding day. National squad athletes were in the winning Great Britain composite crew, and other club athletes performed well, finishing 24th and 111th out of over 260 crews from throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
The event, which is raced over a 4¼ mile course - the reverse of the historic Oxford/Cambridge Boast race course, is the major long-distance race of the winter season. Over 2,000 athletes take part and test themselves against this classic racing distance. For the athletes it is one of the ultimate tests of strength, endurance and teamwork; for the coxes the skill is to pick the best racing line, to stay in the fickle Thames stream and to manoeuvre and overtake.
Great Britain Squad athletes Katherine Grainger, Cath Bishop and Sarah Winkless all represented Marlow in a national squad composite boat which started 149th as a new entry and carved through the field to finish clear in first place. They moved away from their nearest challenger Leander Club, which also contained a selection of top squad athletes. The composite crew finish in 19 min 36 sec, a full 28 sec clear of their nearest rival.
Marlow A went off at 27 in the start order, chasing City of Oxford RC. Poor marshalling meant that City of Oxford got a 30 second start rather than the normal 10, and Marlow were forced to race in a vacuum over the course. However they put in a strong performance led by the very experienced stern pair of Scottish International Lorna Ferguson and Jo Chesney. Cox Ella Waddingham did an excellent job of keeping them in the fastest water and at the finish they had pushed on to finish 24th over all. They had gained on City of Oxford and finished just behind Upper Thames RC in 21 minutes 25 seconds The Marlow crew were a very highly creditable 4th in the Senior 1 category. The crew was Cox Ella Waddingham Str Lorna Ferguson, 7 Jo Chesney, 6 Caroline Hillaby, 5 Helen Seldon, 4 Julie McCulloch, 3 Katharine Ramsay, 2 Maddy Downey, Bow Vickie Sims.
The club second boat started at 111 and contained a very inexperienced crew largely made up of last year's novice squad and new recruits to the club. They had a good race, overtaking 5 crews including Kings College London, Warwick University and Strathclyde University. For most of the crew this was their first Women's Head race. Their most experienced athletes Sally Reay and Catrin Williams-Jones at Stroke and 7 ably led the crew. The crew was Cox Charlie Horner, Str Sally Reay, 7 Catrin Williams Jones, 6 Mandie Parr, 5 Louise Ainley, 4 Rebecca Skinner, 3 Lisa Knill, 2 Sophie Lutter, Bow Dani Phillips.
The results set the club up for a successful season, which will see them, competing in the top domestic regattas throughout the summer and looking to continue their run of medals at Women's Henley and the National Championships.

10 March 2003


Marlow Rowing Club's Emily Booker won the Women's Senior 1 Coxed Fours at Worcester Head of the River on Saturday. She was racing in a Marlow RC/Black Prince composite crew.
All four members of the crew are former Cambridge students, and all four have represented Cambridge University in the Women's Boat Race. The boat was stroked by Angela Tyrrell, with Emily Booker at 3, Sarah Cochrane at 2 and Anna McCreadle at Bow.
Over a 6km course the composite crew quickly pulled away from Senior 1 crews from Bewdley and
Hereford; indeed they gained on Birmingham University's Women's Eight!
Their finish time of 24 min 8 sec saw off their rivals by 30 sec.

3 February 2003