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Juniors win Gold at JIRR 2017

Thames London Junior Rowing Team

Guildford Rowing Club Juniors have taken Gold at a national rowing event .

The J14 coxed quad of Eddie Vaughan, Richard Loch, Joe Bryant, Josh Ingram and Conrad Wells (cox) were at Nottingham Holme Pierrepont for the 2017 Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on Saturday, April 22nd.

 They had seen off strong competition at Hampton on April 2nd to be selected to represent Thames London region.

 Conditions on the day were perfect, with little wind and blue skies. The boys, wearing Thames London’s purple instead of GRC’s customary green and yellow, took a commanding lead in their heat and qualified for the ‘A’ Final, with the best time of all eleven competing crews.

 In the ‘A’ Final the six fastest teams competed in a side-by-side race. Guildford found themselves up against particularly strong crews from Trentham and  City of Bristol, who had beaten them to Gold and Silver at the Oarsport Sculling head in March. There was no room for complacency.

The very close and exciting race saw Guildford and Bristol lead from the start. It was neck and neck for the full length of the 1500m course. In a nail-biting finish the GRC crew gave it everything they had and won by a canvas, shaving nearly 10 seconds off their previous best time.

 Thames London went on to win Victor Ludorum as the most successful region of the competition.

 Head Junior Coach Richard Turpin said “This was a big moment for Guildford Rowing Club. Not only did they win a gold medal in a prestigious national event, but they were part of a regional team that won the over-all gold for most successful region.”

Club Captain Rachel Spruce said ” I couldn’t be prouder of what our Juniors and their dedicated coaching team have accomplished. To not only qualify for this national event for the first time in the club’s history, but to then go on and win it is an incredible achievement for all involved.”

Emma Dodd

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Abingdon – five out of six!

Abingdon Head was hot on Sunday. The weather was more like summer than spring, with endless sunshine, a light stream and a tail wind which brought out the best for Guildford with five wins from six entries.

The event lacks some of the usual Junior numbers due to Easter Holidays but there was a good turn out of club crews from across the country. With up to 90 crews in each of four divisions racing over 2000 metres, a good warm up for the Regatta season ahead.

There were particularly good results for the women: the Senior Quad of Annika, Jackie, Jaime and Lenka set off at a brisk 33 to win their category in a time 17 seconds faster than the next women’s quad and placed them 24th overall, close to the fastest women’s crew of the day, an 8+ from Worcester.

Jackie and Lenka had planned to double up as a Masters B 2x but Lenka pulled a muscle in the closing stretch of the Quad race. When Jackie went to race control to scratch, she found Helen “in office” helping out her old club with the organisation; a quick substitution, some borrowed kit and the “scratch” pairing won with a comfortable margin of 28 seconds in the fastest Senior women’s 2x time of the day. Further testimony to the benefits of rowing as a squad and good reward for perseverance with common technique on the water and training in the gym.

The Men’s squad were not to be outdone. Rob Hall partnered with Jeff Watling of Southsea to record another Masters G/H 2x win, this time by just 1 second over their Southampton rivals BTC; while Mark and Richard made it another win for ‘Roger’ in Masters D 2x. The Quad of Dominic, Jake, Chris and Colin have only been on the water once together but they rowed together well and took ‘Helene’ to a win in their Men’s 4x category.

Well done all, next event for the Seniors: Marlow Spring on May 1st when we look forward to a good all-club day.
Peter Scott

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Juniors Qualify for JIRR Finals in Nottingham

Guildford Rowing Club’s junior squad have hit a new high this week. Their J14 coxed quad, Eddie Vaughan, Richard Loch, Joe Bryant, Josh Ingham and cox, Conrad Wells, took part in the JIRR regional trials at Millennium Boathouse, Hampton yesterday. The boys beat Walton Rowing Club in a timed trial cover 1500m but an impressive 8.5 seconds and have qualified to represent Thames London region at the Junior Inter-Regional Finals in Nottingham on April 22nd.
Junior Head Coach, Richard Turpin, said “This is a tremendous result for Guildford Rowing Club as a whole. The boys rowed superbly. We need to bear in mind that all the clubs we row against train on the Thames, which make our achievement even more impressive. This is a testament to the extraordinary level of commitment given to the junior club by all the coaches and young people, who train on both land and the river. ”
The boys were entered for the JIRR trials after winning bronze at the Oarsport Junior Head at Dorney Lake on March 25th, where they competed against 63 teams from all over the UK.
Club Captain Rachel Spruce said “We are so proud of our J14’s. All their hard work and training, and that of their coaches, has really paid off.”
In Nottingham the crew will be competing against boys from 11 other regions of Britain.
Guildford Rowing Club, whose members include Paralympian Gold winner Rachel Morris, is currently raising funds for an exciting re-development which will make the club more accessible for adaptive rowers and enhance the club’s central ethos of making rowing available to all.

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Club News November 2016

November 2016

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of autumn. It’s a season of change both on and off the water, with lots of new club members across the squads and a chance to make new plans for the coming season.

Racing

In case you missed it, we have a fantastic regatta win to report, with Rachel Morris winning Paralympic Gold in the Arms & Shoulders Women’s Single Scull with a fantastic and breath-taking surge for the line at the Lagoa de Freitas in Rio be Janeiro. Those of us watching at the club went through the full spectrum of emotions as Rachel moved from 4th position at the half-way mark to storm through to 2nd with 250m, to then go on to win in a new Paralympic Best time.

 

As captain, I couldn’t be prouder of Rachel and her incredible performance and we’re having a celebration at the club on Sunday (6th November) now that the whirlwind of returning home has settled down a little. Please do let Paul (Chairman) know if you would like to join us ([email protected])

Our full list of race results across the club continues to be updated on the Club website – we had some great results across the squads at Weybridge Silver Sculls the weekend before last, so do make time to have a look: http://guildfordrowingclub.org.uk/events/guildford-rowing-club-event-results/

Phil the Bag & Fundraising

Thanks to Carolyn Turner and Catherine Houston for their support in organising this fundraising initiative and to everyone who donated bags of clothes. Every little helps now that we have been granted planning permission for the redevelopment.

Safety thoughts

As the nights draw in and the weather starts to throw more at us, we all need to take extra care both on and off the water. With rain comes red boards and it is important that all coaches, captains, coxes and steerers familiarise themselves with the red board procedure and safety rules as we all get out of practice over a benign summer.

We’ll also be organising a programme of safety events for coaches and rowers alike, including capsize drills, first aid courses and red-board refreshers. Please keep an eye out for information on these.

Club improvements & maintenance

You may have noticed the new edging to the landing stage, which was sorely needed after a few decades of wear and tear. While we are obviously hoping to rebuild in the near future, there are some maintenance issues that just can’t wait for safety reasons or to reduce other costs, such as boat damage; the landing stage was one of these. Thanks to our Chairman, Paul Woowat for arranging this.

Your Committee

We realise that sometimes the committee can seem a bit of a faceless entity, especially when we’re all so busy with our different squads and sessions. So, we are putting together committee profiles for the noticeboard and I’ll try to include one each month in the Newsletter. To kick everything off, here’s a bit about me:

I joined GRC in 2007 when I started studying at what was then the College of Law. I learned to row as a student and continued after graduating with a local town club. While at GRC, I’ve been Social Secretary and Women’s Captain, a rower, sculler, coach and occasional cox. Off the water, I work as a solicitor, am married to Ian (occasional Men’s squadder) and have a nearly two-year old daughter, Leonie. When not rowing (there is such a thing!) I enjoy baking, gardening and watching terrible tv.

There’ll be a new committee member profiled next month, or maybe two to catch us up a bit before the year is out.

I look forward to seeing lots of you on the river.

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Club News 2016 September 2016

Hello all

I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer – there’s been a lot going on at the club over the last two months and now we’re back with the new season.

Racing

Our full list of race results continues to be updated on the Club website – do have a look as we have quite an impressive list of wins from the summer regattas: http://guildfordrowingclub.org.uk/events/guildford-rowing-club-event-results/

Special congratulations to the Junior Squad who have won no less than three Victor Ludorum trophies again this regatta season, at the Ball Cup (South), Kingston and Staines.  Well done and many thanks to all involved.

And a special message of congratulations also to Justin Wells and Colin MacCombe from the Senior Men’s Squad who won at Maidenhead Regatta to lose their novice status.

Road to Rio

Coming up this week we have our very own Rachel Morris, Club Water Safety Officer, racing in the Paralympic Regatta in Rio de Janeiro.  We will be watching the Finals on Sunday 11th September at the club from 12.30pm, so please do come and join us – the bar will be open.

Summer Party

Thanks to all those involved who help us have a great day down the river, with even the weather cooperating.  Look out for our upcoming events, dates and details to follow over the coming weeks.

New Club Members

As is traditional at this time of year we are running beginners’ courses for both adults and juniors and we have also had an influx of new members over the summer, especially following the success of Team GB at the Olympic Regatta in August.  So, welcome to all our new members and please be patient with us while we try to remember all your names!

Fundraising

We are continuing our fundraising initiatives and have raised £1,000 over the summer thanks to Fiona Land (Flo) and Peter Scott running sculling courses and coming up this month we have “Phil the Bag” taking place again on the weekend of the 24th/25th September.  Please do support these initiatives and if you have any ideas for further fundraising please do contact Carolyn Turner ([email protected]).

I look forward to seeing lots of you back around the river after the summer break.

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Maidenhead Regatta

Probably our last regatta of the year Guildford men pick up 3 regatta wins.

Most notably Justin Wells and Colin MacCoombe win their novice double convincingly whilst the masters F four Bill Mansfield Paul Woowat Steve Wright & Richard Coldrick win a double coxed and coxless 4 together with Aimee Marshall super cox. The coxless four avenging the Staines defeat to Twickenham and last year’s defeat at Maidenhead to Walbrook, making it an honourable draw in terms of friendly rivalry.

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Congratulations to GRC Juniors

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUNIOR SQUAD

Who recorded 31 of the 46 Club regatta wins over the season.

Our juniors were also credited with three Victor Ludorums – winning at Ball Cup South, Kingston Borough and Staines They thank all members of the coaching team and parent helpers who all help make it happen

 

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Nottingham Masters

 

Annika & Jackie win Gold at Nottingham Masters

Having missed this event last year, but been Gold and Silver medalists the previous year’s, the crew were excited to race against some crews they hadn’t come up against so far this year. A larger field this year, Guildford won their heat which set them up in a good lane for the final. A strong row meant they pushed through their competition and pulled out a comfortable lead by the finish.

Women’s Masters B 2x. 1st out of 8

Crew; Jackie Johnson, Annika Gleichmann

Other results:

  • Masters G/H 4x-; 3rdout of 4

o Crew; Robert Hall, Jeff Watling, Nigel Hopkins (Eton Excelsior), Richard Coldrick

o Comment; After 4 outings the crew lost to two experienced crews who had medalled in previous championships .

  • Masters H/J; 2ndout of 4

o Crew; Robert Hall , Jeff Watling

o Comment; Having failed to catch the J crew (80 to 85 years old) who had a 22 second handicap Jeff and Robert arrived at the podium expecting a silver medal. They were surprised that the organisers had decided to award two gold medals one for H and one for J

  • Masters F 4-; 3rdout of 4
  • Masters F 4+; 5thout of 10

o Crew; Mark Starling; Richard Warne; Robert Hall; Jeff Watling

o Comment; Having medalled in the last two national championships the crew found that the event had moved on with three new crews who had just reach the 60 average. These crews medalled leaving last years gold medallists Durham in 4th place and Guildford in 5th.

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Marlow Town 2016

The day was set fair with 7.00 loading and excited chatting about the day ahead. The trailer was loaded and away by 8.00 – thanks to Peter for towing there and helping with unloading.

Marlow T 2016 Group2

First up was the W.Nov.4x-. Guildford, on the Bucks Station sculled well into second place, beaten by Kingston Grammar School but ahead of Maidenhead. Well done to Eleanor, Rachel Townsend, Claudine and Aimee – who steered the crew well.

Next up was W.Mas.C/E.4x-. Maidenhead were given a big handicap advantage, but Guildford, again on the Bucks Station led Marlow from the start. For their first race, this crew were settled into the race and need only to race together more with focus on ratio to do great things too. Well sculled by Emma, Sue, Kathryn and Rachel Tasker who steered this crew very well. Well done indeed to all.

Eleanor, Rachel, Claudine and Aimee then took to the water in W.Nov.4+. with Brian coxing. On the Berks Station this time, they rowed very well against LYR Tradesmen and pushed them hard down the course. Another very valuable race experience for this crew.

Marlow T 2016 Joe2

Joe Johnson then took on two Marlow scullers in Ada(Handicap)1x. Joe, who has sculled well at Phyllis Court and at Heron Lake to set up this time handicap system beat both of the Marlow scullers on their home water to take the medal. This event worked well as part of the main regatta and was a pleasure to see. On the Bucks Station, Joe led from start to finish.

Marlow T 2016 Gill

Gill was racing last in W.Mas.C/E.1x. Taking on a very accomplished Falcon RC sculler, Gill sculled very well throughout the race. The support for this last race was full on. Gill was cheered all along the course and showed why she is the deserving winner of the Women’s Cup. Sculling this event was also very valuable race experience.

Thanks to Bill Austen who volunteered to come out for the return towing – giving his time so willingly, the Club was also well supported by Lauren and Sam. Finally, we have moved adaptive rowing forwards again and British Rowing will know that the Marlow Town Regatta was enhanced by a very special race that day. Thanks to Carolyn, Chris and Rob at our end; and Bruce and Sally at Marlow, the sport has gained…..

Steve Wright.

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