Top Tipney Success in Ghent & Munich

Marlow Rowing Club travelled to Ghent, Belgium for the first major club regatta of the season. The temperature was high, as was the standard, with crews from all over the UK and much of Europe - the largest ever entry for Ghent Regatta.
Marlow's up and coming star, Dan Tipney, returned champion in the Junior 16 Single Sculls, outclassing the field of over 30 entries from across the UK, Belgium, France and Germany to win by over 5 seconds. He then went on to pick up Silver with his new doubles partner from Henley in the Junior 16 Double Sculls, only beaten by giants from Germany! On Saturday, Dan achieved 10th place in Junior Single Sculls in a field of 43 entries – highly creditable for someone who has just turned 15!
02ghentm4_Marlow's other medallists came from the Senior Men's Coxed Four of Steve Power, Richard Aplin, Andy Grant, Jim Cotter and cox Kate Tucker. They beat tough opposition in their heat to progress to the final and pick up Bronze. This was the first regatta for this new crew and a great result to build upon.
Richard Aplin and Andy Grant also competed in the pairs event on Sunday and raced a high class field. The men's eight did well to come third in their heat on Saturday against top UK clubs, and showed their potential in Sunday's heat to be up on Oxford Brookes and Upper Thames over the first half of the race, but didn't manage to held their form in the later stages – no doubt there is much more to come from this crew.
02ghentw4allinonesThe women's coxless four have moved on well recently and made the final on both days, beating crews who got the better of them at Spring Ghent over Easter. Sunday's heat proved to be an exciting battle between Marlow and the Welsh crew, Rebecca, with our stroke Jo Chesney lifting the pace and drawing away, together with Helen Seldon, Caroline Hillaby and Toni Trueman to gain their place in the final.
Caroline and Toni had already battled in one of the first races of the day in the women's pairs against Scottish Rowing, being just pipped for the final in the last 250 metres. Julie McCulloch and Emily Booker raced hard in their heat of the double sculls and also in the singles on Saturday. Sunday showed their potential, when together with Avon County, they came second in their heat of Open Women's Coxless Fours and just missed a place in the final.
This was a great weekend of top racing from the Club and shows that there is potential for great success in the coming season.
Also racing at the weekend was Marlow's Ben Tipney, older brother of Dan, who represented Great Britain in the Junior Quadruple Sculls in Munich at the first major International Regatta of the season. Ben achieved a fantastic third place and a fifth place, with partner Colin Smith, in the Double Sculls.
This was Ben's first major international; he now looks set to race across Europe this summer before, hopefully, gaining selection to the Junior World Championships in August.

Charlotte Hill

Weathering the Winter Waters

River conditions are certainly putting rowers, coaches, safety officer …captain(!)....under pressure this year as there seems no end to the heavenly downpouring. Saturated ground in the surrouding area means a long dry spell appears the only way we're going to be able to row after a wet week. Even the Chairman now has a pump running permanently in his underground office, to keep him from having to paddle through the notorious caverns of 30 Wycombe Road.02flood1
Spirits remain high though - there's no end to the attempts to get crews out on our stretch of river.  The Sunday morning timed pieces - when possible - are turning into a weekly club event, with results being given out during cosy breakfasts in the Bar. The stream of people turning up and wanting to row/learn to row/scull /pick up a guy/gall… continues briskly. No doubt Chequers is gaining business from the endless stream of chaps and chappesses enquiring as to the social events of the evening when leaving the clubhouse.
A variety of rowers and scullers have been keeping MRC at the dizzy heights of the rowing league with wins by the Tipney brothers, Paul Thomas and the Women's Squad at some of the few events able to take place - Peterborough and Stourport to name the most recent. Fingers crossed there will be more racing soon, although at time of writing Wallingford Head has been cancelled.
Here's to the Spring when water conditions return to normal and the overflowing river reduces to its normal size. Now's the time to keep putting the hard work in to bank it up for the Summer. Anyone wanting encouragement on their erg tests - just ask!!

Charlotte Hill

December Developments

02seniors1Well, I feel I should be saying that life has been very boring recently with the minimum of rowing actually taking place at Marlow, but somehow, that hasn't been the case - although some groups seem to be going mad faster than others. The Senior Men's Squad are certainly losing their marbles with Chris Richards running a male version of aerobics last Saturday – unity in timing with the stunning Aerobics coach ('cotton bud' microphone accessories included) was hard to spot - fantastic entertainment though! The Tideway is starting to beckon for the real rowers however and they are most likely to be there this weekend.
The Senior Women have started venturing to Eton in small boats as the enthusiasm for training at Bisham runs thin – from the coaches anyway! The Novice Women are also off there in crews, eager to practise their rowing technique for real, instead of having a scary Captain nagging in their ear whilst on the ergo. I have to say, I saw some impressive work going on last night with more 2K tests - great to see big chunks being knocked off previous scores.02jungirls1
The Novice/Veteran Men have been taking advantage of the tank in Oxford, so no doubt improving power and creating standing tidal waves to the echo of Col Sanders' (Mike Landers to most) orders! Jane Mannerings has also been helping keep the Vets in shape with circuits each Wednesday evening – come and join in if you're feeling brave.
The Tipneys have again been making waves, with Ben and Dan both going to Junior Trials last month in Boston. Ben came 2nd out of 200 in J18, and Dan was 7th in J16. Dan went on to win a bronze medal at the Indoor Rowing Championships and Ben has been invited to the junior training camp before Christmas.
02jungirls2The Cadets group has now been revamped and is proving popular with the new intake, although much of their work has had to be land based. They are being helped by the Women's Squad who are taking a turn at each week Those who have outgrown Cadets and moved into the Development group are in desperate need of a keen enthusiastic coach, to give a couple of hours a week to build this group – they are currently training on Sunday's between 11.30 and 1.30pm.
The RGS rowing is now fully underway with year groups set up - coaches include Peter Blaseby, John Cole and Dave Rendall, along with help from one of the Men's Squad and the original group of RGS boys, who have been the instigators to getting the School started again at the club.
For now just remember 'patience is a virtue' and fingers crossed that we'll be back on the water before Christmas.

What are the pictures all about?
Reminders of racing when the water wasn't flying about in lumps - from last Summer's Molesey Regatta.
To cheer us all up!

Charlotte Hill

02lottie180x158Well, it's better than The Captain's Cabin. . . . . . . . !!

This is the Captain's page - to keep us all up to date with rowing and racing at Marlow, significant calendar events, gripes, moans, requests for help - and as a discussion forum on any or all of these points. If you want to reply or comment upon anything going on in Charlotte's area of responsibility, please e-mail her, or the Webmaster , and we'll give it an airing.

Here's her first article:

Autumn Inspiration

Since the Open Day in September, Marlow Rowing Club has seen a new lease of life, with many more people interested in learning to row. As Captain, I have been meeting those of all ages who enjoyed their initiation to rowing during our Open Day: people who used to row and have come back to revive old memories; those who watched the great success of Team GB in Sydney and were inspired, and ex-rowers who had taken time out and are now keen to get back into the sport to see what they can achieve.02twonovicewomen400
Steve's immense accomplishments over the past 20 years of rowing at top level seem to have stirred people's emotions in ways hard to describe. At the club, we have been boosted because this is where Steve began his rowing career. There are people around who had previously thought their sporting lives were done and dusted; they are reappearing at MRC with renewed enthusiasm. Those in the novice groups are already training 4 or 5 times a week, keen to get on the river and join in with the senior groups. In addition, I am trying to find enough boats for both the Men's and Women's Veteran groups who are growing and keen to be out in quads and fours.
Huge numbers trooped over to Dorney Lake on Saturday for the Supersprints, which proved to be well worthwhile (providing you got there before the gates closed due to excess numbers). There have been yet more rave reviews in the sports sections of the broadsheets, and we are looking forward to welcoming Steve and the team back officially to Marlow on Saturday with the procession through the town.
Here's to the start of an inspiring winter season. 'Happy training' to all athletes and thanks for all the help put in by club members to make events such as the Olympic Party, Rowers Revenge Triathlon and Open Day such a success.

Charlotte Hill