Oarsport Junior Sculling Head
Sally Reay: The club were once again successful at the Scullery, fielding a total of 9 crews and picking up 5 medals. Top of the bunch were the womens J17 quad of Heidi Long, Erica Holmes, Molly Harding and Rosalind Wilson who collected gold medals, completing the two leg course in 13 mins 16 seconds, an emphatic 44 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals. Not to be outdone, the mens J17 quad also came out ahead of their 16 strong field, and Jason Burnap, Ted Treasure, James Moran and Alex Haynes all went home with gold medals. Our J15 octuples also out in strong performances with the girls picking up silver and the boys bronze, and the girls J14 coxed quad added another silver to the tally. Despite a 2 hour delayed start due to fog, conditions were fine and the many Marlow supporters and helpers had a good day.
Sally Reay: Despite fears of unmanageable volumes of land water, conditions for the womens head were near perfect with the tailwind contributing to some record times. Having got a taste for success at the scullery the previous day, the girls J17 quad were joined by four more squad members and raced the 6.8km from Chiswick to Putney in a very respectable time of 19:45.19 finishing 31st overall but not quite managing to take the school/junior pennant from a strong Lady Eleanor Holles crew. Our senior women finished 59th out of the 241 crews racing, not quite where they had hoped but hopefully enough to retain a high start position for next year. Top performance of the day though was from Katherine Grainger, racing as Marlow in an all star masters B composite crew who breezed over the course in 19:02.42, finishing tenth and collecting the masters pennant too.
Congratulations to all our crews.
All results for the year can be downloaded here. These does not include all the excellent GB Junior Trials results which included Alex Haynes in 1st place, Rosalind Wilson 2nd, Molly Harding 5th, Heidi Long 7th, Erica Holmes 13th and in U16s Saskia 2nd & Suzie 6th. Very impressive all round.
Sally Reay: At the time of writing there are still red boards on our stretch of the river (now yellow below the lock - Ed) but with flow levels decreasing we are all hoping to get out on the water in the very near future. Please not that you may NOT boat from either Longridge or Bisham while the red boards are showing - no exceptions. As it's been such a long time since we have been on the river it's worth reminding club members to take care when boating - the landing stages are still very slippery. Maintain a good lookout for debris in the river and remember things have probably shifted on the riverbank since you last went out! There are fallen trees and various bits of flotsam where you are not expecting them. Sunken objects are a particular danger and may be causing unusual currents so be wary on your first trip. Remember any damage to club boats must be reported by leaving John a note on his workbench. If you can't get in touch with John then tell a coach or committee member - remember it is your responsibility: if you don't report it we won't fix it!
Ed: Just a reminder to those who use Twitter that we have (an intermittently updated) MRC Safety twitter feed and that you can email John via email@example.com if needed.
President's Fundraising Dinner and Auction
The Paralympic Flame came through Marlow and there was a handover from one MRC Gold Medallist to another as Naomi Riches passed the flame to Katherine Grainer.
If you have your boat racked on a club rack remember that the club rack fee includes an Environment Agency licence; you don't need to purchase one direct. You must insure your boat as it is a condition of the Environment Agency licence. You can either go to an outside insurance company, or add your boat to the club policy, which will usually be cheaper. Email Mike Landers if you are interested.
Our temporary base in Computer House has been getting pretty messy. We do have an external cleaner, but there is only so much they can do. It is the member's responsibility to clean up after themselves so please look after your club.