WALLINGFORD and Abingdon rowers enjoyed success at the Henley Masters Regatta, writes JOHN WIGGINS.

The two clubs combined in the women’s B pair, where Emily Booker and Kate Garrow won by a foot.

Wallingford’s Andy Hull lost his final by the same narrow margin in the C single.

Another composite was the familiar pairing of Wallingford past, Tom Bishop, and present, Charles Parry, to win the H double scull.

They combined further with Dart Totnes ARC to win the H quad event.

It was purely Wallingford in the D doubles with Steve Pearson and Pete King, plus Alice Brown and Julia Wilks in the E doubles.

Abingdon RC also had a hand in the winning C quad sculls with Denis Engelke at stroke, alongside rowers from City of Oxford and Falcon.

Elsewhere, former Abingdon schoolboys were prominent for Great Britain at the Rowing World Cup in Switzerland,

At the third and final World Cup Regatta on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, they featured in several new combinations.

Jamie Copus (Oxford Brookes) was back in the double scull, which finished fourth in the semi-final of the tightly-contested event. They were also fourth in the B final.

Another Abingdonian, George Rossiter, was part of a new coxless four which excelled to reach the A final, where they finished tantalisingly in fourth place.

Wallingford’s Gemma Hall also just missed out on a medal in the final of the lightweight quad sculls, edged into fourth by 0.3 seconds.

Lightweight Ellie Piggott, also from Wallingford, again missed valuable race experience as her Olympic class double scull crew withdrew due to injury, though hopes remain high she will contest the European Championships next month.

The former Abingdon School duo of Ollie Cook and Matt Rossiter returned from injury in the pair, finishing 5th in the A final.