Update - September 2000

The mens squad has got off to a strong start, being back in training from 15th September.
The squad is currently some 25 strong and growing, catering for all levels of experience, both rowing and sculling.
The clubhouse is thriving with activity throughout the week, with circuit training underway to re-energise the team and build strong team spirit. Some members of the group have been in competitions already - Paul Thomas entered Wallingford Head and won the Senior 1 category.
The whole group also strongly supported the Marlow Rowing Triathlon this weekend.
In view of the strength of the squad growth, the coaching team has been strengthened and the group now has no less than 5 coaches to give input to the athletes.
All the signs are that it is going to be another great year; come and see for yourself!

Marlow Men's Squad Preparations for the New Season

Following the election of our new Captain of Boats, Charlotte Hill, the club has lost no time in setting up its plans for the squad for the forthcoming season.
Following last years' strong group, which is looking to grow again this year, the number of coaches looking after the men will be increased.
The training programme (which has been updated to reflect feedback from last year's performances) has been produced and will be ready for all athletes at the beginning of the season.
This season's training will be restarting on the weekend of the 16th/17th September. One of the things we will be doing during the first three weeks is an assessment of everyone's technique. This will enable every athlete to have individual feedback on his strengths and opportunities for improvement to give him some focus for training sessions.
The other feature of this season's training is that we will have more emphasis on physiological testing (Conconi etc) in order to track the effectiveness of the programme on individuals.
The group, which will be overseen by Paul Franklin will have coaches with the following focus:-


Sculling Group                                       Paul Franklin

w Senior Sweep Oar Group                      Paul Cox and Alan Hooker

w Development Sweep Oar Group          Mike Landers

Having said this, we want a feeling of "one big team" so while these may be the guys looking after each part of the group, athletes will find themselves being coached by more than one coach.

July 2000


Following a (very) short breather after the main Henley Royal Regatta event, the squad is continuing to work on with training and competition.
Mark Ruinet in his heavyweight single, Paul Thomas in the lightweight single and Iain Pressling and Neil McCulloch in the lightweight pair entered for Nat Champs at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. The weather on Saturday was average - cold and windy as it often is - but the cross/tail component made conditions fast. All boats made it through the Saturday to give strong performances on the Sunday, which ended with better weather and a near straight tailwind giving very fast conditions.
The rest of the group, having expanded considerably, with several new members and student members returning for the summer, took to the water at Molesey Regatta and won the Senior 3 Eights.
Now that the Nationals are over, the squad will be racing at several of the main weekends in the rest of the summer season.
See us there!


June 2000

The Marlow men's squad is ready for one of its best Henley entries yet. All the coaching groups entered have now qualified for the regatta. The squad is currently running with 3 coaching groups:

  • a sculling group looked after by Paul Franklin
  • the Wyfolds Four (also competing in pairs) coached by Sean Farrelly and
  • the Eight being coached by Mike Landers and Charlotte Hill.

The squad has qualified entries in the Diamond Sculls, the Double Sculls, the Wyfolds and the Thames Cup – one more event than last year. The club pre-qualified in the Thames Cup Eights event and the Wyfold Fours event. At the qualifiers, Mark Ruinet in the Diamonds and Miles Sharp and Paul Thomas in the Doubles demonstrated further progress by coming through to the main event next Thursday.
Earlier on in the season the group has raced at Ghent, Bedford, Metropolitan, Peterborough, Docklands and Marlow Regattas.
Although the weather was poor during April and May, the squad has made good use of the excellent facilities at the Eton Rowing Lake. Indoor tuning on the 01_mark_r_and_paulclub's Rowperfect equipment has also been turned to advantage.
So far we have seen improvements in performances as we go through the season. The squad attended a big weekend of racing at Peterborough 1000m Regatta on Saturday and Docklands Regatta on Sunday. The squad was represented in most events, both sweep oared and sculling.
Mark Ruinet showed good form in confidently winning the Senior 3 Single Sculls at Peterborough and again winning with Paul Thomas a fiercely competitive final of the Senior 2 Double Sculls, snatching the lead from Oxford and District Sculling Association in the last 100 metres.



All the squad boats were finalists at the Docklands Sunday. Mark Ruinet showed his promise over the 2000m racing distance with a Silver medal in Senior 2 Sculls, having moved up through the field after a difficult start in the choppy water. The eight also received a Silver medal in the Senior 3 Eights, a close second after a closely fought battle with Oxford Brookes.
01_men_s3_docksThe squad moved on again at Marlow. Mark Ruinet upped his game in Senior 1 Singles, winning his heat well within his capabilities, and came second in the three lane final, coming through James Walker of Leander in the second half and moving up on Smith of Leander as they reached the line. Miles Sharpe and Paul Thomas finalled in Elite Double Sculls after a fierce heat. The eight finalled in Senior 2 Eights and also did well in the Sprint Eights events.


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