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.