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Wallingford travelled to Nottingham to compete in the British Rowing Championship. The club had a win at the event with Dan Wilkinson and Tom Brock racing their semi finals to take first place in the final B of the Open Junior 15 Double Sculls.


Ellie Piggott and Lottie Burgess represented Great Britain in the women’s lightweight double sculls at the Under 23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. In their first race they put in a strong finish to pass Spain in the last 100m, and finish second behind the Dutch double.

This qualified them for the A/B semi-finals, but in a closely fought race the Wallingford duo finished fourth, just missing out on a place in the A final despite having the 5th fastest time across the semis. They went on to win the B final convincingly to finish 7th overall.


Wallingford’s women’s masters B8+ finished their very successful season by winning gold at Henley Masters Regatta. The medal completed a triple crown of victories for the crew following wins at the British Rowing Masters Championships and the Veterans’ Head of the River earlier in the season. 

Having made it through their first round heat convincingly, the Wallingford 8+ met Nottingham RC in the final – the same crew they had beaten by just three feet at the Masters Championships. Wallingford showed the hard work which they had put in since the championships, leading from the start. They were never challenged for the lead and crossed the line a length and a quarter in front of their Nottingham rivals.   

Alongside the women’s B8+, Wallingford was also well represented at the regatta across all of the masters’ age categories. Whilst there were no other wins, there were four other Wallingford finalists, all of whom acquitted themselves well and were unlucky to lose out on gold. In the G1x Charles Parry, came through an all Wallingford semi-final against Sean Morris but lost to strong competition from Quintin BC in the final. In the C2x Wallingford Composite, Mike Edge and former Wallingford member, Bill Chambers (who recently relocated abroad) were reunited. They made it through a strong field to reach the final, eventually losing by a length to a fast crew from Warwick BC. In the F/H8+ final, the Wallingford crew were unable to capitalise on their start advantage on handicapping and were eventually chased down by a much younger crew from Durham ARC.  In the G/H2- final Ted Garlick and Ken Houston had a solid row but could not make up on the 11 second start advantage given to their opponents from Minerva Bath on age handicapping.

All in all, it was another very successful weekend for Wallingford’s veteran squad.

Winning crew
W.Mas.B8+ Sharon O’Loughlin, Julia Wilks, Emily Booker, Becky Waller, Anna Storrs, Sally Axon, Lizzie Ingram, Caroline Benham, Lamorna Newcombe (cox)


The weather might not have been ideal but Wallingford certainly can’t complain about the results following Women’s Henley. The club ended the regatta with five winning crews, the most from any one club, and an extraordinarily high success rate with seven out of nine crews either winning or making the final in their event.

Wallingford had one junior crew entered, with Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale, Leanne Reeves and Alice Walker competing in the junior 16 coxless quad. There were 15 crews entered in their category, including one from the USA, but the girls battled through the heats and went on to beat Eton Excelsior by a quarter of a length in the final, after being behind only 10 strokes from the line. Their Henley victory comes also after winning gold at National Junior Sculling Head and The National Schools’ Regatta.

The four senior wins of the event came from crews coached by Ben Reed. Wallingford demonstrated its strength in lightweight women’s rowing with a convincing win in the elite lightweight quad over University of London. Crew members Lottie Burgess, Ellie Piggott, Brianna Stubbs and Caroline Greves then split into two doubles to face each other in the elite lightweight doubles event. A comfortable win in the semi-finals led to an all Wallingford final, with Lottie Burgess and Ellie Piggott taking the title by just two thirds of a length. This was not the only all Wallingford final, however, as Wallingford scullers Chris Heemskerk and Anna Reid dominated the senior singles event. Despite uncertainty over whether she would be able to race due to a hip stress fracture, Anna Reid emerged victorious in the final. The fifth win of the day came from another lightweight crew with Minna Jones-Walters and Clare Major taking the senior lightweight double title by a comfortable margin in a packed event.

Appalling weather conditions in the early stages of the regatta caused some disruption and time trials were held to ensure that the events with the largest entries went ahead.  The Wallingford senior 4+ had a strong row and was disappointed not to proceed further after conditions worsened significantly during the course of their time trial.

Overall though, it was a weekend for Wallingford to remember with an outstanding set of final results.

Winning crews
W.Elwt.4x- Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs, Lottie Burgess, Ellie Piggott
W.Elwt.2x Ellie Piggott, Lottie Burgess
W.Senlwt.2x Clare Major, Minna Jones-Walter
W.Sen.1x Anna Reid
W.J16.4x- Hannah Whelan, Freya Dale, Leanne Reeves, Alice Walker


This weekend saw the Metropolitan Regatta taking place with some outstanding results from Wallingford. Wallingford had four wins on Saturday including Jack Thompson, Gavin Sheehan, Cameron Smith and Nic Crease who put in a great performance to win the IM2 coxless four category. Wallingford's Anna Reid also had a successful day on Saturday winning the women's senior singles but it was Caroline Greves and Brianna Stubbs who took the double victory of the day, doubling up to win both the women's elite and women's senior doubles by 12'' and 10'' respectively. Their success continued on Sunday when the two went on to win the women's elite lightweight double by 34'' and the women's senior double by 27''. Other Wallingford crews also performed well including Wallingford's Minna Jones-Walters who came second on Sunday in the women's IM3 singles, and a women's IM1 double who narrowly missed out on qualifying for their final.

Winning crews

IM2.4- Jack Thompson, Gavin Sheehan, Cameron Smith, Nic Crease
W.ELI.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs
W.SEN.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs
W.SEN.1x Anna Reid

W.Lwt.ELI.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs
W.SEN.2x Caroline Greves, Brianna Stubbs


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