ROWING: Wallingford hit rivals for six

Herald Series: Wallingford's J16 quad celebrate victory at the National School Regatta Wallingford's J16 quad celebrate victory at the National School Regatta

Wallingford were the big winners at the Metropolitan Regatta held on the Olympic course at Dorney, going home with six trophies.

The club also enjoyed success at the National Schools Regatta at Nottingham.

Five of the wins at Dorney were achieved by Wallingford’s women scullers.

Remarkably, Caroline Greves and Brianna Stubbs collected four successes in various classes of double sculls.

Headington School’s girls and Abingdon’s boys starred at Nottingham, winning their respective blue riband events – the women’s and men’s championship eights.

For Abingdon, it was the second step towards the treble of the Schools Head, the National Schools and Henley.

Leading from the start in their final, they were pressurised most by second-placed Hampton and bronze medal-winning Radley College.

St Edward’s, Oxford finished sixth.

Abingdon achieved a another gold, courtesy of the efforts of their second eight.

Headington’s girls, the defending National Schools champions, were brought to a peak at the right time by coach, Ryan Demaine, and stormed to victory.

They broke clear of Schools Head winners Lady Eleanor Holles for a clear-water win.

Headington’s other crews shone with golds for their J16 eight and J14 quad and four other silver and bronze medals.

The two other local golds came from Wallingford and Hinksey Sculling School, Oxford.

Wallingford’s J16 quad secured victory in a record time Hinksey, masterminded by John Broadhurst, collected the Mariners Cup by winning the boys J15 coxed fours, while their J14 girls took bronze.

It was the club’s first national medal for a girls’ crew in their 14-year history.

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