Yesterday saw Upton’s women’s crews winning three more events at Gloucester. In Women’s Masters A/B double sculls, Sally and Debs were drawn against a strong Gloucester crew who had beaten them by some distance at Llandaff last month, but this time it was a different story. Upton took the early lead and seemed to have the race under control, but Gloucester mounted a fierce attack in the closing stages and Sally and Debs had to fight hard to hold on, crossing the line with a victory by just three feet. This took them to the final where they met a lively crew from Cotswold Rowing Club but gradually opened up a lead to win by a length and three quarters.
The women’s Masters E quadruple scull of Linda, Pippa, Trish and Jo were drawn against a crew from City of Swansea and put in a strong performance that resulted in a win by two lengths. Even more convincing was the win by Liz and Maggie in Women’s Masters F coxless pairs who rowed steadily away from their opposition from Dart Totnes to win by four lengths.
In the mixed Masters A/B double sculls, Stuart and Debs had come along expecting a showdown in the final with Gloucester. Upton had won the British Championship title in the Masters B event earlier this year while Gloucester had won the Masters A event. But in fact, Gloucester were narrowly beaten in their semi final by a powerful crew from Exeter and failed to make the final. This turned out to be another very close race, but the Exeter crew held on to take the title by a narrow margin.
In Masters C/D quadruple sculls, Stuart, Adam, Rich and Jon were drawn against a Runcorn crew which had been recording a number of wins throughout the season. Runcorn, as the older crew, were given a 4 second handicap start and although the Upton crew gradually closed the deficit throughout the race they finished 3/4 of a length behind. Runcorn went on to win the final comfortably.
In single sculls events, both James and Dee came up against tough opposition in their first races and didn’t manage to progress. (Images 2827 and 2742).
At Ross, Linda and Jo won W Mas F 2x , beating Dart Totnes by one length and bringing the club’s haul of wins for the weekend to four. Dee got to the final of W Mas C 1x, but then lost to a sculler from Runcorn, and James lost in a straight final of Mas A 1x to a sculler from Monmouth.