Category: Racing

Henley Boat Races 2- reserve race



report by Christina Turner:

On Sunday 26th of March 2017 the 2nd lightweight women’s reserve race proceeded under difficult conditions. The weather had threatened to prevent the pairs race during the week, however both crews bravely took to the water to showcase the work and training they had put in over the previous 6 months. The Oxford crew began strong, taking two lengths off the start, however due an unfortunate line taken by the Cambridge pair, Oxford was knocked off their rhythm.  Oxford quickly recovered, although Cambridge had now established a powerful stride and began to pull away from the Oxford pair. Cambridge extended their lead to two lengths by Remenham club. The Oxford pair put in a valiant effort with a push at the barrier, however it was just too late. Cambridge won the 2017 reserves race with a result of easily in 8:05.  Both crews dealt with tricky conditions well and we congratulate Cambridge on their performance. We look forward to the 2018 Henley reserves race!

crew: Maline Meiske and Christina Turner


2016 Trial VIIIs

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On Sunday 11th December, OUWLRC had their Trial Eights race at Henley. This race was the final event of what had been a packed and productive winter season. The athletes have competed in a variety of regattas in the last few months. OUWLRC had two crews racing at Fours Head, which was for many their first head race or a longer course. The squad also went to Brit Champs and Wallingford Head. With each race, massive technical progress was made as well as giving athletes and coxes more racing experience, to be able to overcome whatever challenges the elements or other crews may pose.

The season’s final race came round all too quickly. The squad were really put through their paces in the training leading up to Trial Eights, arriving at the start line that Sunday afternoon after a week of erg tests, triple outings and seat racing. But as we sat there at front stops, we knew we could put our trust in all the training we had done. It had been a season of massive technical and physical gains – the cox had only to put their hand down and we were ready to make this our best race.

The crews off the start were pretty much level, the two French strokes equally keen for a good beginning to their race. The river conditions were good and so both boats benefitted from clean water to maximise their progress. Liberté however soon pulled away from Egalité. Egalité remained strong, not letting Liberté become too comfortable with their lead. Gradually throughout the race however, Liberté increased their lead and passed the finishing line roughly 13/4 lengths ahead. As both crews arrived back at the boat house however, a sense of success was shared by the entire squad. Every athlete had worked super hard over this season and the results were self-evident: we had rowed better and we had done it together.


It has been an absolutely fantastic first part of season. As always there are improvements to be made, whether that’s in technique or erg scores, but I think this is more cause for excitement than anything else. With training camp ahead of us and then only a couple of weeks until The Boat Race, we go into the New Year with a sense of anticipation for all the further gains it should bring. Thank you to Chris, Clive, Jill and Andrew for your coaching and advice. Thank you also to committee members working behind the scenes to make the team run smoothly, to our President Alba Pellaroque for creating such a good squad atmosphere and holding us all together, and to each member for their enthusiasm and commitment to making OUWLRC such a fun and successful club.

By Jade Bogart

EUSA 2016

After a fighting performance and bronze medal this May at BUCS, the club qualified a lw4x for the European University Sports Association Rowing Championships this summer. The club are pleased to announce that the four athletes racing in this event will be Dani Edmunds, Laure Bonfils, Jowita Mieskowska and Anna Robotham. The girls, along with head coach Chris, will be flying out to Zagreb, Croatia on the 10th of July, and will be competing from the 12th-14th. We wish them all the best in the championships.

Sunny training at DOrney Lake

Sunny training at Dorney Lake

Henley Women’s Regatta 2016

Henley Women’s Regatta always provides an excellent opportunity for the top development squad athletes to race for the club in the intermediate academic 8+. This year we had 8 very talented development squad rowers coxed by Ellie Shearer, our 2016 Tethys’ cox. The eight put in a strong performance in the time trial, but due to the very high standard of the competition this year they sadly did not qualify. However, their talent and progress was excellent and we very much hope that they will return to trial next year. Many thanks to Jill and Anna Corderoy for their coaching and support of the development squad 8.

Dani Edmunds also competed in the senior lw1x, qualifying after a successful time trial. However, she was drawn against a very strong athlete from Tideway Scullers in the first round and, after a shaky start, was unable to make up the lost distance despite a fighting performance, sadly not making it through to Saturday. Thanks to Chris and Clive for their coaching and support of Dani in this event.


BUCS 2016

This year we had a very large number of athletes competing in BUCS regatta at Nottingham from the 30th April – 2nd May in both sweep and sculling events.

On the Saturday, the club had three boats in the finals. Jenny Tran and Anna Robotham did excellently in the lw2x, finishing in 6th place in a very high standard final after a very strong day of rowing in their time trial, semi, and final. Fred Winter also made the final in the intermediate 2- with OUWBC’s Elettra Ardissino, finishing in 5th after a very good row. The highlight of the day was a silver in the lw8+, a combination of this year’s blue boat and Tethys’ crews, who put in a great fight, coming second to a very strong Exeter crew.


On the Sunday the conditions were somewhat traumatic, especially in a lw1x! Dani Edmunds, Anna Robotham and Jowita Mieskowska put in solid performances in the lwt1x time trials and some very brave rows in the waves and wind in the semi-finals. Fred Winter had a successful day, making it to the final of the intermediate 1x. The club also had two 4-s competing, but due to an equipment failure, the A crew were eliminated after the time trial. However, the B crew went on to put in an excellent performance in the final, taking bronze behind CUWBC lightweights and Exeter, showing great determination in their battle with Bristol for third place.


On the Monday, conditions continued to be sub-par. However, there was a brief patch of relatively still water at the time of the lw4x finals. The B crew ended in a gutsy 5th, and the A crew took bronze behind strong crews from Exeter and Reading. Due to this result, the club managed to qualify a lw4x for the European University Sports Association rowing championships this summer in Zagreb, Croatia, along with Reading and Exeter.


The quad with their Bronze medals


Many thanks to Jill, Andrew, Chris and Clive for all their coaching and support of the athletes during the regatta.

GB TRIALS (31st October – 1st November 2015)

This year, for a second year running, on Halloween weekend OUWLRC sent athletes to GB Rowing Team’s 1st Assessment in Boston, Lincs. Jowita Mieszkowska and Dani Edmunds, in their first set of GB trials and both having learnt to scull that summer, competed on the first day in the 2k. Both pulled PB’s despite the addition of illness, static ergs and unfamiliar frag factor. Anna Corderoy accompanied the athletes trialling as a cox. On the second day both girls set their sights to the 5k single time trial. Dani made a huge improvement from day one coming 9th in a very strong U23 field whilst Jowita finished 22nd. Considering their lack of experience the results are promising. All three have learnt a huge amount from racing and are now preparing for Trial 8s and the next GB Assessment in February.


BRIT CHAMPS (17th October 2015)

This year OUWLRC had four athletes participating in the women’s 2x category at the British Senior Championships in Nottingham on the 17th October. Participation in this event is compulsory for those aiming to partake in national trials, making it an excellent opportunity to race against the best athletes in the country. The day’s racing consisted of three events: a 1900m time trial, a six-lane side-by-side 2k semi-final followed by a final of the same format. Both doubles performed well in the time trial. OLW A, composed of Hannah Farley (Blue Boat 2015) and Sarah Lucas (CUWBC lwt Blue Boat 2015), ranked 26 out of all 53 open-weight and lightweight women’s crews, and OLW B, made of Dani Edmunds (Blue Boat 2015) and Jowita Mieszkowska (Spare Pair 2015) were just a second behind, ranking 27th. This placed both boats in the E-F semi-finals. Hannah and Sarah went on to win this race, qualifying for the E finals, whereas Dani and Jowita ended up 4th, placing them in the F finals. Although exhausted after two tough races, both crews put out a fighting performance in the finals, with OLW A finishing 4th in the E final, and OLW B 5th in the F final. Although the athletes admitted that racing three times in a day was very physically demanding, all agreed that it provided highly valuable racing experience, contributing towards their preparation for future races with the club and, ultimately, the Henley Boat Race in March. Competing in a very tough field consisting of many national team athletes, the results of the OUWLRC girls, some who had been sculling for less than a year, were very promising.

Dani Edmunds, Jowita Mieszkowska and Hannah Farley

Dani Edmunds, Jowita Mieszkowska and Hannah Farley

Pairs Head (10th October 2015)

This year, the first race of the season for OUWLRC was Pairs Head of the river, taking place on the 10th October. It was a great opportunity for the new triallists and returners alike to get in some early race experience, and this year the club had a record number of experiences scullers, allowing us to enter six doubles in three different categories. The event was a large success for the club, with two wins. Hannah Farley and Sarah Lucas put in an extremely strong performance, winning the elite lightweight 2x category, and ranking the 4th fastest women’s boat of the day. Dani Edmunds and Jowita Mieszkowska were also successful, wining the lightweight IM3 2x category. Friederike Winter and Anna Robotham competed in the open weight IM2 category, coming 6th. However, this was a very strong category, and if they had entered IM1 their time would have placed them 2nd. Zoe Triston and Nina Dalton, Katarzyna Habu and Nicola Olderoyd, and president Lucy Roberts and Amanda Thomas all raced well in the IM3 2x category, with impressive times. The day was successful, providing the athletes with valuable racing experience, and with two wins, the club was very pleased with the result.


Hannah Farley and Sarah Lucas



Dani Edmunds and Jowita Mieszkowska


Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta 2015

The final (somewhat delayed) post for the 2014-2015 season – several members of the squad travelled to Henley for the Town and Visitors’ Regatta on the 1st August. As the final official outing of the season, it was a last chance for scullers to demonstrate their speed over the 800m course.

The morning’s racing saw our fleet of 1x scullers take to the water. Hannah Farley finished a promising first season with the club with a victory in the IM1 1x. Friederike Winter, Dani Edmunds and Kat Bilicka all raced in the IM3 1x, with Dani coming 2nd in the final. In the afternoon Kat teamed up with her crew from Linacre in a composite featuring some familiar faces from OUWLRC’s summer development squad to win IM3 women’s 8+, beating local rivals CORC and Green Templeton in the final. Dani and Hannah paired up in the IM1 2x, winning the event, whilst Friederike performed well to end her first day of racing in a 1x by coming 2nd in the women’s Novice 1x.

An enjoyable day of racing was had by all, and thanks to Chris and the coaching team for their support throughout summer racing. We look forward to welcoming new faces to the squad and continuing to develop the depth of the sculling programme in the coming season – anyone interested in trialling with OUWLRC for the 2016 Lightweight Women’s Boat Race should contact our President (Lucy Roberts, or our Head Coach, Chris O’Hara (

Molesey Amateur Regatta 2015

Molesey Regatta took place on the 18th July, with great weather matched by enjoyable racing.

In the morning division, Jowita Mieskowska did well to win her first race in a 1x, and then continued this streak when her competitor capsized in the next round. The other OUWLRC entry in this event was Hannah Farley, who had wins over Wallingford RC and Walbrook in the first two rounds. Jowita and Hannah met in the semi-final, with Hannah coming away victorious by 5 lengths. Hannah then faced a sculler from LEHBC in the final, winning easily to lose her novice status and gain two points in the process due to the number of entries. Alba Pellaroque and Dani Edmunds sculled well in IM3 2x, progressing through two rounds before winning the event by 1 1/4 lengths in the final against scullers from Twickenham Rowing Club.

The afternoon division saw Jowita, Dani and Hannah all racing in IM3 1x. Jowita lost in the first round against a sculler from Mortlake Anglian and Alpha, whilst Hannah won against Hannah Roberts, incoming CUWBC president, by 2 1/2 lengths. Dani had been given a bye for the first round and so met Hannah in the semi-finals, with Hannah winning by 3 lengths. The IM3 final was a victory for Oxford over another MAA sculler by  3 1/2 lengths.


Dani and Alba with their medals after winning IM3 2x