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.