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Club News May 2016

Hello all

So here we are, my first newsletter as Captain.  It’s taken me a little while to get this under way, so I apologize if anyone has missed any recent news – I’ll do my best to catch you up.

Summer party

We’re planning this for the afternoon and evening of Saturday 25th June.  As always, this is a great event to enjoy our beautiful surroundings and find out whether you recognise everyone out of rowing kit.  Keep an eye out for further details.

Plant & cake sale – 4th & 5th June

Get your apron on, dust off your garden trowel and come and support our fundraising efforts on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June.  You can donate some cake or plants, volunteer your time, buy some goodies or all of the above.  Please email Carolyn if you can help ([email protected])

Committee & admin

We’ve had a few changes since last year, as set out in Rachel T’s email introducing herself as membership secretary.  In addition, Robert Hall is our new entries secretary for the seniors – and we also have a new regatta account for senior race fees.  Seniors – please make sure that you pay all race fees to this account from now on.

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The season has now turned and we’re getting well under way with some side-by-side regatta racing, with some great results already rolling in.  It’s been brilliant to spend time on the bank with so many different squads recently, although the logistics involved in getting so many people racing at the same time is quite incredible.  So, thanks must go to all who give their time behind the scenes, arranging entries, towing trailers and otherwise supporting our racing crews.

Robert and Paul have been working on a new results section on the website, so have a look at our recent wins here:

Boat love

As we all come out of hibernation and pile on to the river in the light evenings and warmer weather, our boats get used more intensively.  This can also lead to more wear and tear so it’s a great chance to give the boats an extra clean out inside, check hatch covers or scrub the slides – please take five minutes after your outing to give your boat some TLC.

I think that will do for now, if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see in these newsletters, please do let me know.

Rachel Spruce

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Club News March 2016

Sunday 6th. March was a great success at Heron Lake. The Adaptive Regatta was fun and the rowing was enjoyed by many – trialling the time handicaps helped to create seven close races for the afternoon. The lake proved itself to be entirely suitable for a multi club event. Looking ahead then, April 3rd is the target date for this – supported and promoted by British Rowing.

Friday 11th. March was an exceptional day for the Junior Squad. At the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships the following results were confirmed alongside other very commendable results.

  • Charlotte Chapman – Individual Gold.
  • Lawrence, Adam, Peter and James – Team Relay Gold. 2K time…6.29.
  • Katherine Stenning (Guildford High School) – Individual Silver
  • Charlotte Adcock – Individual 4th.

Such an inspiring report to receive – and proof of the benefit of the training programme through a Heads Racing Season dogged by cancelled events (including Kingston) due to river conditions.



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Vesta Vets Head to the River 2016

Guildford entered a composite boat with two members from Eton Excelsior Nigel Hopkins and Richard Fulton.

Without any prior training together as a crew and using an alternative borrowed boat the crew enjoyed an excellent row on the tideway in ideal conditions, recording a respectable finish time of 21:24:08 (+1.20) – 7th out of 16 in the F category. Thanks go to Walbrook Rowing Club for the use of the boat and Thames Tradesman RC for hosting.


Crew: Jeff Watling, Robert Hall, Ben Schmittzehe, Nigel Hopkins, Paul Woowat, Richard Fulton, Steve Wright, Richard Coldrick, cox: Becky Tsao

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The National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships

GRC came home with two 2 first places and therefore 2 national titles. All of the juniors participating in the event did exceptionally well.

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Charlotte Chapman won the individual WJ15 race, improving on her silver medal at the South of England competition.

The J14 boys relay team of Peter Denton, Adam Gorecki, James Casemore and Lawrence Turner won the sprint relay, equalling their first place finish at SEIRC.

Katherine Stenning won a silver medal in the individual WJ15 race.

Lottie Adcock and Annabel Barker Lomax both performed very well in their individual races.

See PDF report: GRC NJIRC

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South of England indoor rowing

GRC juniors came out in force to compete in the regional championships on 24th Jan 2016

GRC juniors

The younger rowers performed really well in individual and team events.

Teamwork and fierce competition in the relay resulted in:

Joe, Josh and Eddie 5th

Ben C, Ben N and Jonah 11th

Keziah, Abbie and Emily W 6th

Emily S, Jess and Adelaide 15th

The older rowers then took up the baton and produced some outstanding results.

Individual achievements:

WJ15 SILVER: Charlotte, 1metre away from gold

WJ16 BRONZE: Steph and Molly equal with Lottie 1 second behind

GRC coach Flo

COACH GOLD: Flo, setting a new competition record

Relay achievements

J14      GOLD: Adam, James, Peter and Lawrence

WJ15 SILVER: Charlotte, Millie, Molly and Katherine

J15      SILVER: Eden, James, Will and Nathan

WJ16 BRONZE: Lottie, Steph, Stazia and Molly

WJ17 GOLD: Honor, Anna, Beth and Freddie

Thanks to Danny and Flo and congratulations to everyone for their outstanding contributions.

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British Indoor Championships

GRC made its presence felt at the British Indoor Rowing Championships on 12th December and brought home 10 medals, with 3 British titles.

Each of the 6 adaptive rowers present came home with a medal.

The relay team brought home gold and were crowned British Champions. There were also medals collected in the 1km individual events :Martin Tye won gold ,Hilary Birkinshaw silver and then Joe Johnson and Rupert Effenberg won gold and silver in the junior adaptive category.

These excellent results were followed by great performances from the juniors. Stephanie Banks and Kyle Perrins won silver and bronze in the 500m sprints and many others achieved personal bests.


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Emily Run’s the London Marathon


Emily who is part of the senior women’s squad ran in the London marathon on Sunday 26th April.

She took part to raise money for the Alzheimer’s society, a charity that means so much to Emily and her family after her Dad sadly passed away last year after suffering with Alzheimer’s.
Emily had originally expected to raise £2500 for the charity but has more than doubled that amount coming close to nearly £6000. Thank you too all the club members who donated so generously and showed such kind support.

Guildford rowing club could not be more proud of Emily who finished the marathon is a time of 4 hours and 26 minutes and with a smile on her face.

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Kingston Head 21st March

quadKingThe senior women’s quad raced at Kingston 5k race on Saturday 21st March. Annika, Lauren, Emily and Jackie were up against some tough competition with many university crews and the likes of Vesta and Maidenhead rowing club in their categories. Despite the weather conditions and a very strong head wind the women accomplished excellent results. In the women’s IM1 category they finished 4th fastest quad out of 7 crews, beating Vesta, Putney town and Reading University. In Women’s IM2 category finished as 2nd fastest quad out of 7, beating Vesta, Worcester university, Reading university, Putney town and Kingston rowing club.

The senior ladies success is a true reflection of the brilliant coaching from Peter Scott and all their hard work in training. Well done and looking forward to the regatta season ahead.