ROWING - Stratford Boat Club's junior and masters crews impress at Henley Women's Regatta and Ironbridge - The Stratford Observer

ROWING - Stratford Boat Club's junior and masters crews impress at Henley Women's Regatta and Ironbridge

Aaron Sutcliffe 2nd Jul, 2024 Updated: 9th Jul, 2024   0

STRATFORD-upon-Avon Boat Club’s junior scullers impressed competing at the Henley Women’s Regatta.

A J16 composite crew of Gracie Janes (AB), Pheobe Asquith (AB), Alexandra Francis (SuABC) and Daisy O’Reilly (CBR) saw AB Severn, Stratford and City of Bristol join forces.

And the crew emerged as a force to be reckoned with, rowing in perfect harmony and displayed excellent synergy and tenacity to secure a place in the finals of the quadruple sculls.

Their journey through the regatta, from strong time trials to the nail-biting final, highlights the crew’s potential and also sets a promising stage for their individual pursuits at the GB versus France trials.

Stratford’s J16 coach, Colin Bell, said: “Their achievement, within such a brief period of collaboration, is indeed a remarkable feat in the world of competitive rowing.”

Stratford’s J18 squad entered Maddie Hall, Molly Vondrak, Uch Nwachukwu, Kate Richardson and coxswain Imogen Hill in the The Groton School Challenge Cup for coxed fours.




Some 22 crews took part in the time trial with the fastest 16 gaining entry to the heats. The Stratford girls went out hard and looked sharp as they attacked the relatively short 1,400m course and produced a quick time to qualify for the heats.

Drawn against Tyne Rowing Club, who finished fourth at the National Schools’ Regatta, Stratford led off the start and stayed within a length of their opponents until halfway before Tyne eventually pulled away in the second half of the race to win by three lengths.


Stratford’s J18 coach, Sam Hill said: “The girls put in a great performance, they rowed with great skill and thoroughly enjoyed the event. It has been a fitting finale to their regatta season.”

Elsewhere, Stratford’s masters were in action at the Ironbridge Rowing Club Regatta as Suzie Radley and Amanda Bowden won their semi-final before also triumphing in the final despite their opponents starting with a handicap head start.

Fellow masters athlete Heather Hayton lost in the final few strokes of her race.

Stratford’s masters vice-captain, Bowden said: “The lovely green pots are actually models of Ironbridge power station cooling towers which used to tower over the course but were finally brought down last year. A collector’s item.”

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