Father and Son Anchor Marlow Novices to First Win

Marlow men's novice eight had their first win at Coate Water Park Regatta on Saturday. Coached by Mike Landers, the crew of Cox Carla Boddy, stroke Jonathan Warne, Bob Thompson, Graham Hyman, Mark Wells, Alex Lovisetto, Chris Tipney, Ray Swordy and Dan Tipney beat off opposition from club crews and Oxford colleges to gain their first win.

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The crew comprises mature athletes who have taken up the sport recently and were helped on the day by Dan Tipney, at 15 one of the clubs up and coming junior athletes. Alex Lovisetto also brought his strength and experience to the crew as a member of the club's senior squad.. Chris Tipney only took up the sport 3 months ago after his sons Dan and older brother Ben (a GB Junior International) persuaded him to have a go.
On the day, the crew raced with real commitment to gain their novice win. In the first round they chased down college crews from Hertford College and Magdalen College, Oxford. The Marlow crew put in a big push in the last 250 meters to come through in the middle lane and win by half a length. In the final they faced Exeter Rowing Club. Driven on by Karla Boddy, Jonathen Warne powered them along at 36 strokes per minute and was ably backed up by his crew. Marlow took ¾ of a length lead coming into the last 200meters, at which point Exeter threw everything they had at Marlow and began to pull them back as the line approached. Both crews crossed the line having given their all and had to wait for 10 minutes in their boats before the announcer gave Marlow the verdict - by ½ a length. Bob Thompson at 7 reckoned it was a lot closer then that!

Marlow also had a win for Helen Brewer of Altwood School in Maidenhead who won the final of the Junior 15 single sculls against club mate Jenny Forrester of Reading Abby School. Both girls had excellent first round wins, dominating the opposition. The final was a tough battle, which Forrester led until the later stages, when a push by Brewer was enough to take her through to a narrow victory.

The women's novice four of Maddie Downey, Mell Waterworth, Mandy Parr, Nikki Davies and cox Elaine Caldwell had an excellent day and showed a real turn of pace to take second overall in a field of 20 boats. They dominated their first round and, in the semi-final, their final drive for the line was too much for Reading RC who cracked under the pressure. The final was also a close affair, though a mistake on the start allowed local rivals Maidenhead to slip clear. The Marlow crew fought back, but just ran out of river to lose by half a length against a worthy winner. No doubt the two crews will meet up again later in the season.