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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.

Adaptives at BRIC2015

BRIC2015We arrived on a bright crisp morning at the Olympic Velodrome along with hundreds of athletes and spectators. Registration was a very chaotic affair but eventually we were all signed in and made our way up to the spectator area for a coffee. Some of the early events had already started and it was a chance to see how it was laid out. Soon it was time to make our way to the bull pit and start a warm up for the first of the relay events, after the warm up we were called forward to take our place at the machine. We all took our positions with John up first, after the first 500 it was Hilary then Chris with Guy last. At the end of the race, despite being against able bodied teams, we had not finished last, an achievement in itself ! So we were pleased but knew more work was needed on the change overs.

Then a short rest for us all before being back on the floor for our individual 1k events, this was the big one. John finished in 8th, Chris in 9th only ½ a second apart, Hilary finished her category second and received a Silver medal!

After another ½hr rest we were back on again for the second round of the relay. This time the format was different, a six minute time limit with each member having to take at least one stroke, as adaptive rowers getting on and off is an issue. We came up with a plan, 1½ min each or as soon as our time was dropping, we finished just off the bottom but did not get through to the 3rd round, no surprise there!

Now we know the format we will work on our tactics for next year.

The event was well attended with 1300 athletes and 1000 spectators plus organisers, helpers and media.

A great experience and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, we all agreed that the icing on the cake was Hilary bringing home a Silver medal at the first BRIC.