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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

On Sunday the usually tranquil River Thames was transformed into a hotbed of competition as it became the setting for Wallingford Rowing Club’s annual Winter Head race. Held over a 4200m course between Cholsey and Wallingford, the event attracted over 300 crews from across the country, its largest ever entry.

Local clubs demonstrated their prowess with a number of wins. Wallingford celebrated success for its Women’s Novice Eight, while the club’s veteran rowers also had success in the Men’s Masters F/G 8+, Men’s Masters D 8+ and Women’s Masters C 8+. At the highest level, Wallingford also won the Women’s Elite 4-.

Wallingford Rowing Club Captain Caroline Greves said: “We were delighted to draw so many entries from clubs across the country – it goes to show that Wallingford Head remains one of the most highly regarded events in the winter club rowing calendar. Many thanks to all the local volunteers who contributed their time, energy and cake making skills to make the event possible.”

Often the tidal waters of the Thames in central London can look more like the North Sea than a river, so racing the Head of the River course is always a challenge. Nevertheless, members of Wallingford Rowing Club took full advantage of good conditions this weekend to produce great results against strong opposition.

In the Fours Head the Women's Elite Lightweight 4x of Brianna Stubbs, Kathryn Twyman, Minna Jones-Walters and Caroline Greves won their category with a convincing 18s margin over the next lightweight crew. There were also good performances from the WIM1 4x and WIM1 4-.

In the Veterans’ Head on Sunday the Wallingford C4x achieved first place, winning the event overall in a time of 17:40 and beating many younger crews convincingly. The club’s F4- crew also had a great result, winning their category by a margin of over 30s despite some tricky steering. The WIM3 4x, a mainly novice crew, put in a strong performance finishing 3rd in their category and the IM3 4+ came 8th out of a large field.

Winning crews Fours Head:
WELwt 4x
Brianna Stubbs, Kathryn Twyman, Minna Jones-Walters, Caroline Greves

Veterans' Fours Head:
MasC 4x and overall winners
Richard Smith, Mike Edge, Andy Hull, Pete King
MasF 4-
Sean Morris, Colin Cusack, Tom Bishop, Charles Parry


Long-time Wallingford club member Sean Morris put in another outstanding performance this weekend to win the Silverskiff for the third year in a row. Sean beat infamous international sculler Willi Cosco and was awarded a special trophy to recognise his achievement of three consecutive wins.




Supporters of Wallingford Rowing Club's Juniors chose to endure mud and rain on the river banks of Pangbourne last Saturday for Pangbourne's annual Junior Sculls over the 2750metre course. They were rewarded with witnessing some excellent racing and a high standard of rowing and sculling.

In division 1 the two boys' J16 coxless quads came in 1st and 2nd with a time difference between the two crews of just 0.23 of a second! The Walker sisters teamed up in the WJ2x scull and came in 2nd.

In division 2 the three girls' J15 coxed quads came in 2nd, 5th & 7th (the latter comprising of Freya Goddard, Honor James and Alice Meads in their debut race). WJ18 single scullers of Alice Walker (Silver) and Katie Metalli came in 2nd and 5th respectively, and J16 single scullers of Alex Lyons & Tim Waller were awarded Silver & Bronze medals respectively (again just 0.22 of a second between these two boys!).


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