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Penarth, for those who don’t know, is on the coast of south Wales. It’s a lovely town much like Wallingford, but instead of a river they have the sea!

Penarth Rowing Club holds an 800m course sea regatta every year, and this year a crew of Wallingford rowers (James Wright, Rob Hines, Richard Thwaites, Chris Mawdsley, and cox Emilie Perry of the Senior Men’s squad) were invited to take part in this event after James and Rob had competed in a 2x at Llandaff back in July.

On the day, we all wandered down to have a look at what we were up against: from the pier it looked quite choppy - funnily enough compared to the Thames - but thankfully as the day progressed, the sun came out and the water was calm.

We raced the Open Men’s 4+ category, and raced the first heat against 2 other crews (Penarth A and Monmouth) and won by a full length. We went onto race the final alongside Llandaff an hour later, winning by half a length. We picked up some lovely pots and overall had a fantastic time, apart from James who was the only one to forget his Wallingford Pirate socks…

We also discovered that actually coastal rowing is not always fixed seat! We hope to see many more Wallingford crews going down there next year from all of the squads; it really is a fantastic experience. Well done crew!

ISIS Sculls is serious fun. At last Saturday’s event a modest but representative set of WRC members took part with engaging success. Wednesday Morning Rowers provided a W.MasC.Nov.4x+.  Donnington Bridge is the Critics Gallery.  As they swept by to be winners in their category, an unknown coach remarked   ”They don’t look like Novices”. Lisa Wardle was in the engine room, with son Louis as cox. All the rowers are parents, parental discipline was firm, both ways. From the same squad,  MasH.Nov.1x , Colin Edgar, knocked a minute off his time last year.   MasH.Nov  rowers are rare as kingfishers  on our part of the Thames, but it still might be seen as a win..  The MasF/G. 2x, Ted Garlick and Ken Houston quickly/gleefully overtook the Falcon boat which won last year and then became winners  in their category.  A nice sunny  day after fog and what rowing is about.

There were wins in the WJ16 4x and WJ14 2x. The WJ164x final was an all Wallingford affair with a close finish showing the strength of our squad. The WJ14 double started rowing at Wallingford only this season so some promising talent emerging there.

The mens junior quad lost in the semi-final against the eventual winners. Georgia-Mae Frye gave a good account of herself in the final of the Womens J15 single sculls, with a race to the line against the National Schools Regatta winner.

Wallingford "Summer of Gold" continues with great wins at Henley Women's Regatta.

Louise Hart won the Senior Lightweight single title for the second consecutive year and Brianna Stubbs won the Elite Lightweight single.

The Elite Lightweight double of Gemma Hall and Minna Jones-Walters just missed out in the final in a very close race with a the UL/Molesey crew, both established international scullers.

Lizzie Polgreen's composite senior double and the club coxed four of Tori Bellamy, Kat Butler, Jen Cullom and Katie Metalli reached the semi-finals after gruelling time trials and tough racing.

The Elite Lightweight pair of Sam Hammond and Cynthia Eccles lost out to a strong Mortlake crew, having showed the versatility of WRC girls by entering the only lightweight sweep event.

Our Junior girls had a strong showing in the J16 quads with one qualifying (Jossy Shannon, Alice Meads, Georgia-Mae Frye, Amy Bird)  and the other just missing out as the fastest non-qualifier (Poppy Dawe, Georgia Swiatanowska, Ani Cook, Lucy Bird). 

And finally, well done to Emily Booker and Gabby Michotte who raced in the qualifiers and early side- by-side racing. 

We would like to give a massive thank you to Ben and Mike for all their support, time and effort for HWR! 

Mike, as a volunteer coach, has kindly given up many, very early, mornings, evenings and weekends coaching the four on and off the water. 

Ben, as always, has gone way over and above his normal hours ensuring every boat is optimised and every crews training is accommodated. They have both gone above and beyond and it is greatly appreciated......THANK YOU!!'

A fantastic weekend for Wallingford Rowing club at the Masters Championships. The club crews are national champions in 8 categories: WC8, WD4x, WD4-, WNovC1x, WCNov4x, WA2x, MxD8 and DNov1x. There was also silver medals won for D4- and DNov1x.

The club picked-up the Victor Ludorum prize!

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