Following a successful albeit windy and wavy day at Chiswick Regatta in the eight, six of the senior women took on Wallingford Regatta in two challenge pairs and a club coxless four.
In the pairs Joely and Nicole took on a strong heat, which included the eventual winners, ending with a battle against a Christchurch crew who pipped them to the line. In the other heat Kathryn and Mel reunited in their pairs head combination and held the field to halfway finishing third to qualify for the final. The final was a tight race with all six crews within a length of each other at halfway. The Putney Town duo had a strong race and ended up fighting a Reading crew who took 5th ahead of them by three hundredths of a second, determined by a slow-motion replay in the finishing tower.
The afternoon saw Kathryn and Mel join with Cat G and Cat D to race in the club coxless four. The crew raced well in the heat coming a comfortable second and qualifying into the final. In the final race of the day for Putney, the crew were in the pack at halfway but the tired legs started to show in the second half with little left to respond to opposition pushes eventually coming 5th.
It was an early start for the Senior Men, with the Club 4- the first event of the day. After illness in the squad crew of Chris, Kurt, Guy and Joe. The guys attacked the race well holding onto a Vesta crew for the first half but couldn’t quite keep in contact with the more experienced crews.
With Henley ambitions the other crews stepped up to race the Challenge events. The eight had a tough heat in an outside lane alongside Thames and St. Pauls, and were left isolated through the middle of the race. Whilst the result wasn’t quite as hoped it was a good experience and we were pleased to see the time was right in the mix with the crews in the Club category.
The Challenge coxless four picked up where they left off last year with a strong start to the season. The crew paced themselves well off the start allowing them to move up through the field in th second half of the race. Finishing in fourth place having made up a length deficit on Cambridge 99 in the last 500m to finish less than a second behind. With five heats in the category the crew showed they are firmly in the pack heading forward.