The J13 and J15 squads raced at Thames Valley Park this year, based just outside of Reading, tucked in opposite the Redgrave-Pinsent Lake. With 3 octos racing, and even more small boats, it was one of the largest entries we've ever put in for these squads. For those who have never been, TVP is the same weekend as Marlow, and so attracts a large junior entry from J13-J15 from most of the top schools and clubs in the Thames area. Over 500m, upstream, its a proper splash and dash, but run to an excellent standard, with no umpires launches and all officiating taking place on towers placed along the course.
We picked up 2 wins, in the WJ15 2x (above) and WJ13 4x+. The WJ15 2x had a breezy ride into the final, dominating off the start in each race, and then won their final by just over a length to Maidenhead. The WJ13 4x+ had a similar route to the final, comfortably seeing off competition from Henley and Guildford RC. They won their final by a considerable margin. Special mentions must go to the J15 8x+ (yes you are reading that correctly) who lost by a small margin to Windsor Boys in the final, in a stonking time of 1:37 upstream. This boat was made up of 5 J15s and 3 J14s.