{joomplu:797}On Saturday (8th August 2009) Marlow Rowing Club had nine winning crews at Maidenhead Regatta, taking away the Victor Ludorum prize for the most successful visiting club.


Success was spread fairly evenly around the club with winners in the under 16 quad (J16.4x) and Veteran D (average age 50-54) men's 8, novice adult women, novice adult men and senior mens and women's squads. Two German students, from Ulmer Ruder Club Donau E.V,  who have been staying and rowing at the club during the summer were in the winning crews. The winning crews in full were:


Category Crew Photos and Notes

WN2x (Women's Double Sculls,

Novice Category)

Anna Brazinova (stroke), Hannah Cumming (bow) {joomplu:793} (on their way to the start): Anna and Hannah are members of the successful Women's development squad. The squad is recruiting for more members in September.

IM2.4x- (Men's Quadruple Sculls,

Intermedate 2 category)

Dan Clarke, Stuart Heap, Nick Crease, Jack Hockley {joomplu:789}A very experienced crew of ex-junior squad athletes, many of the crew also won in the 8.

W.IM2.2- (Women's Pairs,

Intermedate 2 Category)

Tamsin Knill (stroke), Dani Phillips (bow) {joomplu:828}Tamsin and Dani are experienced members of the senior women's squad. Tamsin's brother Crispin was in the winning 8. They beat a crew from Magdalen College.

IM1.4+ (Men's Coxed Fours,

Intermedate 1 Category)

Ed Phillips, Stewart Radford, Adrian Plagiau-Sweetland, Matt Clarke, cox Ed Davis {joomplu:739}Some of senior men's squad, boosted by student Adrian back for the holidays and taking advantage of our junior squad cox Ed who had to carry 10kg of weights to make the minimum weight.

N.2x (Men's Double Sculls,

Novice Category)

Matt Spittle (stroke), Richard Goatman (bow) {joomplu:806} Matt and Richard are members of the men's development squad with Matt starting rowing as part of last year's FirstRow Challenge event at Marlow.

VD.8+ (Veteran Men's coxed Eights,

Category D)

Pete Stasiuk (stroke), Ed House, Jonathan Walne, Rob Robertson, Kelvin Read, Vince Wood, Ray Bedder, Ian Chamberlin. Cox - Mike Landers. {joomplu:833}

WN.1x (Women's Single Sculls,

Novice Category)

Dawn Thompson {joomplu:797}Dawn is a member of the successful women's development squad. She has only been rowing for a year and has already won in rowing and sculling races and competetd at Henley Women's Regatta and the National Championships.

IM3.8+ (Men's coxed Eights,

Intermedate 3 Category)

Clive Loveday, Nick Crease, Julian Swoboda (URCD), Constantin Grimminger (URCD), Jack Hockley, Adam Roels, Toby Bownass, Crispin Knill, cox Matilda Horn {joomplu:826}{joomplu:852} A crew with our visiting Germans, and some expert ex-junior squad members.

J16.4x- (Junior coxless Quadruple Sculls,

under 16 (J16) division)

Naeem Iqbal, Toby Bownass, Adam Roels, Julian Swoboda (URCD) {joomplu:757}{joomplu:842}


A note on categories: the categories run Elite> Senior> Intermedate 1> Intermediate 2> Intermediate 3> Novice and are designed to allow competitors to race against people of approximately the same ability. Veterans and Juniors are categoried by age, not ability. Vet categories run from A (youngest) upwards. Juniors are listed as e.g. J16 for the under 16s. Not all Categories are raced in all competitions, for example, the winning crew in Intermedate 1 coxed fours had entered Intermedate 2 and were bumped up.


The regatta this year was back in Maidenhead, having been on Dorney Lake for two years following poor river conditions.


Note to press: high quality versions of photos available on request to Ed Phillips

Bucks Free Press article