Henley Rowing Club had a remarkable weekend of rowing at Heads race competitions in London and at Dorney lake to finish the heads racing season.
At the Women’s Head of the River held on the Tideway on Saturday the girls had two entries. The 1st eight had a stand out row winning the School/Junior Pennant for the first time and placed 14th in country beating many university in a time of 19:44.4. The second eight followed with an equally impressive row placing fourth out of the junior eights and 44th overall.
Monday brought the juniors back to the Tideway for the Schools’ Head of the River. The girls claimed three wins with two new course records. The Girls Ch 8+ was the first Henley boat down the course, a strong row saw them take the win by 11 seconds beating Headington School and the record by 10 seconds in a time of 18:18.0. Next came the Girls J16 8+, a powerful second half allowed them to take the victory by 9 seconds beating Surbiton High School and the record by 39 seconds in a time of 19:02.2. The Girls Sch/Jun 4+ made impressive steps on through the second half of the race giving them the two seconds they needed to win. The Girls J15 8+ also put in a great performance to come second. The Henley Junior Boys’ J16 4x- also took the win at the Schools’ Head in a time of 18:14.3 beating Tideway Scullers School by 0.7 seconds.
At the OARSport Junior Sculling Head held at Dorney on Tuesday, the junior girls came away with an almost clean sweep of the girls sculling events with first places in six events (WJ18 4x, WJ18 4x “B”, WJ18 4x “C”, WJ17 4x, WJ16 4x and WJ15 4x) and second places in two events (WJ15 8x and WJ14 4x). After the successes at WeHORR and SHORR, Matthew Pinsent took to Twitter to congratulate the girls adding “that is a gauntlet of some size gone down there!” Georgie Robinson Ranger one of the crew to take the Schools’/Junior Pennant at WeHORR, the Girls Championship Eight at SHORR in a new record time and the WJ18 4x- took to Twitter to say it was the best way to end the head season! These results show the exceptional quality and depth of the girls’ squads and bodes well for the summer regatta season to come.
Miriam Luke, President, HRC said, “Congratulations to all the crews and coaches for the outstanding performances at WEHoRR, Schools Head and the Sculling Head. All the hard work in the gym and out on the water through this very cold winter has been rewarded. A phenomenal achievement for a local club. We are very proud.”