On Tuesday, after a busy day at the Schools' Head, the juniors were off to Dorney, to the Junior Sculling Head. Yes, you did read that correctly, a head at Dorney.
First up were the J15 Squad. In challenging conditions, (standard Dorney cross winds) we boated two WJ15 4x+ and one J15 4x+. The two WJ15 4x+ put in some fantastic performances to come away with a highly creditable 4th place (3 secs off bronze) for the A boat, and a 3rd place (of all B boats). The J15 4x+ rowed well and came away with 16th.
Our J14 squad performed well, picking up a bronze in WJ14 8x+, which we believe to be the clubs first medal at this event. After a slight mechanical failure at the start, the crew had a good row, placing behind LEH and Nottingham & Union (who...
We had two crews racing at the Schools' Head on Monday afternoon. After two 2nd places last year, we were desperate to come away this year with a pink pennant. Sure enough the pink pennant was delivered by our WJ16 4+, who not only won their category, but also set a new course record in the process. After a few hair raising near misses in our brand new boat, the crew swept through their opposition picking up KRC's first pennant since 2011, where our WJ16 8+ similarly took the course record. This course record was impressively beaten on Monday.
Our J18 4+ had a rough ride up to the race, with injury of one of their key member hampering their preparation. Coming in 6th position, the boys will be looking now to build and improve upon these res...
On Sunday morning, two eights from Kingston Rowing Club set out on the tideway to race the most prestigious men's head race in the UK Rowing Calendar. After a difficult build up to the race with various injury and illness, the crews boated from Putney ready for a gruelling 19 mins of Tideway torture. The crews raced well, achieving our best results for quite some time, with the 1st 8+ placing 26th (improving 3 places on 2016) and the 2nd 8+ placing 71st (improving 64 places on 2016). Notable mentions must go also to Kingston RC member Matt Rowe who took the overall win while sitting in the bow seat of Brookes 1.
The 2018 Annual Club Dinner will be hosted at Kingston's new Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Skerne Road, KT2 5FJ on Saturday 3rd February. The dinner will cost £45 and tickets can be bought from: https://goo.gl/forms/PBQU720jD9AfKjw23
Sunday saw our annual Christmas Rum Punch regatta. First started by the Vamp, the race has been tradition at the club ever since. In the aftermath of the '12 Shots of Christmas' party in the night before, the strongest made it out of bed for some fun, side by side, 500m sprint racing. With the rum punch flowing, and mince pies for all, the event went down well, with 4 eights and 5 junior quads racing. It was fantastic to see the whole club mixing in together.
On Saturday 16th December, Kingston made their way down to the tideway for the last time in 2017, ready to battle their Remenham compatriots in the annual Remenham Challenge. In fairly flat conditions, just over 50 crews from the founding clubs and, for the first time, our good friends at Wadham College, Oxford. The club picked up a win in the WMas8+ category, and were more than 30 seconds (pre time adjustments) clear of their nearest competitors. Well done to Remenham for organising such a slick event!
KRC sent 15 crews to Walton Small Boats Head, from the Masters, Women's and Development Squads. The club came away with two wins, from our Masters Women's squads. Well done to Jacqueline Rudenko, Gurli Medcalf and Caroline Willett, who won WMasA1x & WMasC2x respectively.
Kingston sent one athlete to the British Rowing Indoor Championships. Mark Roberts represented KRC in the 30-39 category, and won by 3 seconds. In a very well paced piece, Mark led the field from the off, and placed 9th overall, beaten only by international standard athletes. Mark also beat 5 time Olympic Champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins.