Six Upton Rowing Club crews secured two victories at Worcester Regatta. Olly Tomlinson and Janine Longbotham won the women’s masters C/D doubles in only their second regatta. There was a seven-second handicap against them which they overcame by about 500 metres of the 800m course. With about 100m left Tomlinson had an equipment failure and rowed without her seat to cross in a dramatic finish half-a-length ahead of Bewdley. Two crews tackled the Harry and Meghan mixed doubles with new pairing Sally Miles and James Oliver off to a bad start against Ross, having to wait at the start for an 18-second handicap. They closed the gap but lost by one length. In the final the mixed double of Stuart Edney and Debbie Thompson overcame the 18-second handicap and crossed four lengths ahead of Ross. Oliver performed well in a men’s single sculls semi-final against the eventual champion from Birmingham University to lose by just two lengths. Miles and Thompson raced in the women’s masters B double sculls final, missing out to a strong Gloucester crew by two-and-a-half lengths. Chris Horne and Lance Hollis shone in the men’s masters D/E double sculls but lost by two lengths to Worcester who then won the final.
At Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta in windy conditions, three Upton women’s crews competed on the multi-lane course ahead of the National Championships next month. The masters F pair of Maggie Jameson and Liz Killick finished a close second to York City. Upton’s F double of Linda Scott and Jo Hammett raced in two events but without any wins. The E quad of Hammett, Trish Scorer, Pippa Riddle and Scott took on Eton Excelsior and Star though again without success.
Julian and Tabitha Scrivener raced at Monmouth, overtaking Dart-Totnes at around 800m to win easily over the 1,500m course. Despite a good row, Archie Tyrell lost to City of Swansea in the J15 single sculls. Club captain Oliver fell to Sam Bannister of Cardiff University in the men’s single sculls. Miles and Thompson had three strong races against Bristol Ariel, Staines and Cardiff Met University in the women’s doubles heats to make the final. They then lost to a double from the Welsh Rowing Start Programme representing Cardiff University. Both crews raced in their masters categories with a convincing A singles win for Oliver over Reading. Miles and Thompson lost by a length having given a four-second handicap to Hereford in the women’s B/C doubles.