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.

Well done to everyone who participated in the mini-head.   A a big thank you to our coxes Ian, Peter and Freya and timekeepers Jeremy, Sandra, Bruce and Marc.

Here are the results:

Crew Boat Boat Type Time Basic Ranking Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
James, Dan, Andrew, Stuart, Keith, Chris H, Steve, Matt, Peter B Ok Dave M D 8+ 00:18:40 1 00:17:53 3
Jules, Tabs New Boat Mx D 2x 00:19:28 2 00:16:00 1
Deirdre, Sue, Pippa, Paula, Debs, Jo, Liz, Maggie, Freya Torquing Heads W D 8+ 00:20:06 3 00:17:30 2
Linda, Olly, John D, Malcolm Kay Mx F 4x 00:22:56 4 00:19:22 5
Annie, Daisy Baz W J16 2x 00:23:22 5 00:19:08 4
Peter S, Bob, John A, Richard W, Ian Steve Cox M E 4+ 00:28:09 6 00:24:48 6

Last night, Peter Barker was awarded 2017 British Rowing Volunteer of the Year at the annual British Rowing volunteer and coach awards dinner at Henley upon Thames.

This is a fantastic yet thoroughly deserved achievement which rewards all of the hard work that Peter has provided to both our club and to British Rowing.

We hope everyone will continue to support Peter and all of the other volunteers that help run this great club.

Upton RC Committee

Winners of the 2017 British Rowing national Volunteer of the Year awards announced



Well done to Peter for winning the British Rowing West Midlands Volunteer of the Year! (and for being the Poster boy on the British Rowing article)

Peter will be presented with his award at a special dinner on Saturday when British Rowing will also announce the winner of the National Volunteer of the Year.

British Rowing’s 2017 Volunteer and Coach of the Year Award winners announced

Well done to everyone who participated in the mini-head. Our biggest turnout so far, this year. Thanks also to our starters Peter and Richard and our finishers Bruce and Marc.

Here are the results:

Crew Boat Boat Type Time Basic Ranking Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Jules Own Boat M E 1x 00:18:42 2 00:14:34 1
Adam, Rich, Charles, Jon Gabby M B 4x 00:17:10 1 00:16:20 2
Deirdre, Sue, Tabs, Pippa, Liz, Maggie, Debbie, Alice, Johnny Torquing Heads W D 8+ 00:19:03 3 00:16:35 3
Paula, Cara, Sandra, Helen Kay W E 4x 00:20:40 5 00:17:02 4
Steve, Dan, Maurice, Fergus, Rob Jumbo M D 4+ 00:19:24 4 00:17:22 5
Andrew, George Miss Erica M G 2x 00:21:49 8 00:17:45 6
Chris, Lance C'est La Vie M E 2x 00:20:58 7 00:17:48 7
James, John Red Mist M C 2x 00:20:41 6 00:18:10 8
Peter, Colin, Malcolm, Clive, Karen Eve M H 4+ 00:22:39 9 00:18:34 9
Richard, Allan Royal Beth M D 2x 00:22:59 10 00:19:50 10
Chris, Olly, Janine, Mandie, Ian Stephen Of London Mx C 4x+ 00:24:18 11 00:21:17 11
John, Peter, Bob, Richard, Linda Steve Cox M E 4+ 00:26:22 12 00:23:14 12