Upton boat club saw a much overdue reunion for 19 rowers from squads coached by Rob Gibson over a period of 20 years. Two viiis boated with crews selected to be of matched total mass and Ian and Linda from the home club kindly took charge of the coxing seats. The crews contained Henley winners (and losers !) and representatives of Wales, England and Great Britain along with at least 20 national Gold medals and crew members from some of the best university and club crews in the country. The two matched crews produced some highly spirited and competitive rowing before retiring to a very pleasant Sunday lunch at Ye Old Anchor Inn. Many thanks to all at the club for making us all so welcome, you may well see us all again.
Author: James Oliver
Upton held their annual beginners’ regatta with entries from the region’s clubs. The home crews did well having only started the learn to row course in May. The Upton C crew of Rob Haynes, Sherian Salter, Jayne Leighton and Harriet C ourt, coxed by Thompson, beat Gloucester and Bridgnorth B before falling to Oxford Academical B in the semi-finals. The Upton B crew of Sara Beadon, Kate Lang, Laura Sadler and Amy Parton, coxed by Steve Cox, lost in their heat to Bridgnorth A who were the eventual regatta winners. In the plate event they defeated Stourport and Bewdley/Upton but lost to Ross in the final. The Upton A crew of Jon Robinson, Nikola Pearson, Sue Pain and Jonh Kevany, coxed by Linda Scott, fell in their heat to Stourport and were beaten by Stratford in the plate. Upton’s Mark and Debra Doherty and cox Clive Allport teamed up with Bewdley but lost to Oxford Academical A and then Upton B in the plate.
Chester Scrivener made his debut as a cox.
Upton were well represented at Worcester Regatta. The women’s masters F double of Jo Hammett and Linda Scott beat North Staffordshire, Derwent and then Minerva Bath in the final. Ed Pountney defeated Worcester and Bristol Ariel in the singles before going down to AB Severn in the final. He also joined an East India Club rower in losing to Birmingham in the double. Women’s master B/C doubles Sally Miles and Debbie Thompson saw off Bristol Ariel but went down in the final to Ironbridge.
Archie Tyrell, in the boys’ J16 single sculls, beat Worcester before losing the final to Burton Leander. Lucy Tyrell went out of the girls’ J14 single sculls to Burton Leander and Alice Jeffrey fell to Hollowell Scullers. The women’s masters E quad of Scott, Trish Scorer, Pippa Riddle and Hammett were defeated by Minerva Bath. In the mixed masters E doubles, Andrew Scott and Sue Macgregor were also beaten by Minerva Bath. The mixed masters B double of Stuart Edney and Thompson suffered defeat to Warwick.
Willow Haynes recorded the first home-grown junior victory for Upton. She won the J12 single sculls at Warwick Regatta after beating club-mate Hugh Edney in the final two races following a win over Derwent. It was tricky to steer on the narrow, bendy course. Alice Jeffrey had a close win over Bewl Bridge in her women’s single sculls heat before losing to a strong sculler from Warwick in the semi-finals. Stuart Edney and Debbie Thompson beat Warwick in the mixed double sculls but had a steering issue in the final and ended up in the reeds early on, giving Derby the chance to win. Sue MacGregor lost out to Warwick in her debut women’s primary single sculls race. The women’s masters B double of Sally Miles and Thompson recovered a three-second handicap and won easily with Avon County hitting the bank. Archie Tyrell lost to Wycliffe in the J15 single sculls and the girls’ J16 double of Daisy Haynes and Annie Darwent faced the adults, beating Warwick in the heats but losing to the same club in the semi-finals.
At the City of Oxford Royal Regatta, Upton’s mixed masters D double of Julian and Tabitha Scrivener beat Oxford City over the one-kilometre course and then took the final against Walton. They raced over the 500m sprint course the next day, losing in the open mixed doubles final to City of Oxford after seeing off Wallingford. The Scriveners then lost to Bewl Bridge in the mixed masters final following a win over Warwick. Upton also took a coxed eight and two coxed quads with some Leicester members to Tewkesbury and back for a recreational row.
Julian Scrivener was on form with two victories as Upton won four events at Stourport Regatta. He faced regular rival Duncan Gwilliam from the home club in the masters E single sculls and won by just one foot after fighting back in a close finish. Joined by wife Tabitha in the mixed double sculls, Scrivener led throughout to beat a Stourport combination by one-and-three-quarter lengths. Upton double scull Linda Scott and Jo Hammett had a comfortable win over Evesham in the women’s masters E/F event. A men’s masters D coxless fours could not overcome an experienced combination from Pengwern, Shrewsbury.
At the sprint regatta the following day, Sally Miles and Debbie Thompson brought a fourth win in the women’s masters A/B double sculls. They dispatched Worcester in the semis and made it 2-1 in meetings with Liverpool Victoria by winning the final by four lengths. The Scriveners raced again in the mixed masters D double sculls but lost to Derwent by only one foot. James Oliver was in the masters A single sculls and masters A/B double sculls with Chris Evanson but despite strong rows lost to crews from Monmouth and Birmingham respectively.