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The Pairs Head of the River took place this weekend. Hundreds of coxless pairs and double sculls took to the course, racing 4k from Chiswick to Hammersmith Bridge. Wallingford had nine crews entered and, although many good results, came away with two great wins. Sean Morris and Colin Cusack won the masters category F/G/H coxless pairs in a very respectable time. Wallingford also finished first and third in the womens elite double sculls with Lottie Burgess and Brianna Stubbs taking first place in the category. It was a good day's racing for the club, helped by the supporters who made their way down to London to cheer the crews on. 

Winning crews

MasF/G/H.2- Sean Morris, Colin Cusack
W.ELI.2x Lottie Burgess, Brianna Stubbs

Reading Small Boats Head took place this weekend and Wallingford Rowing Club finished the day with wins in both a junior and veteran category. Freya Dale and Alice Walker won womens junior 17 doubles by a good 26 seconds while Charles Parry took first place in the masters category G single sculls. Apart from winning, another highlight of the day was for the junior girls who met 2012 Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning at the event.

Winning crews

Mas.G.1x Charles Parry

W.J17A.2x Freya Dale, Alice Walker

With just under 500 entries, the ever popular Wallingford SiS Long Distance Sculls kicked off the head season for many rowers. The morning head wind died down and the sun shone throughout the day. There was some great racing and the hosts left with six wins themselves, the most of any club. Wallingford’s masters men brought home the largest collection of wins with Mike Edge winning masters category D singles for the fourth year in a row and Andy Hull winning masters B singles for the second year running. Sean Morris won the masters F in his single and Ted Garlick and Ken Houston beat the competition to take first place in masters G doubles category. Wallingford’s women were also well represented on the winner’s podium with Brianna Stubbs taking first place in the women’s senior singles and Katrina Garnett winning the women’s novice singles.

Winning crews
Mas.B.1x Andy Hull
Mas.D.1x Mike Edge
Mas.F.1x Sean Morris
Mas.G.2x Ken Houston, Ted Garlick
W.Sen.1x Brianna Stubbs
W.Nov.1x Katrina Garnett


Ellie Piggott and Lottie Burgess had an incredibly successful weekend, winning the women's lightweight doubles at the World University Rowing Championships in Kazan, Russia. They flew out on the Wednesday and, after a long 12 hour journey, finally arrived in Kazan. All the accommodation and facilities there had been built especially for the World University Games in 2013 and so they along with the other athletes were the first to try them out. Their first race was the heat on Friday, which they won ahead of France and Poland. Their time was within half a second of Russia, the winner of the other heat, so although confident they were going into the final, they knew that it would be a tough race. Strong winds on Sunday made for tough conditions on the water, but given all the bad weather we've had in England this summer they were well-prepared! In the final they had a good start and led the race from the early stages, with a 0.5 second lead over the field after 500 metres. Ellie and Lottie extended this lead at each marker, but it was a closely fought race. They took gold in a time of 7:16, with Russia two seconds behind in silver, and France in third. The whole British team did well, with all four boats reaching their respective A finals, and the men's eight winning a silver medal. 

Winning Crew
W.lwt.2x Ellie Piggott, Lottie Burgess



The annual Oxford City Royal Regatta took place over the weekend. Held locally to Wallingford on the Isis in Oxford, Wallingford Rowing Club was represented in several categories and didn’t leave empty handed. Crews raced through their heats to battle it out in the finals with Wallingford totalling four crews through to their finals and a further four making it through and winning their category. There was one win on Saturday for the womens junior 16 double where Leanne Reeves and Hannah Whelan took first place by two and half lengths. The majority of wins came from Sunday’s racing including from brothers Jamie and George Axon who joined forces to compete in the intermediate 2 doubles and won by two lengths. Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan took first place in the womens junior 16 double also winning by two lengths. Lucy Walker and Ellie Thompson took home a pot when they won the womens junior 14 double. 

Winning crews

W.J16.2x Leanne Reeves, Hannah Whelan

IM2.2x Jamie Axon, George Axon
W.J16.2x Freya Dale, Hannah Whelan
W.J14.2x Lucy Walker, Ellie Thompson


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