News 2011

17th December 2011 - Junior of the Year 2011

This year the trophy was awarded to Josh Foulkes, for his successes, determination and motivation during the past year.  Well done Josh.

Junior Of The Year 2011 
Josh, the trophy and junior coach Jon Beagley

17th December 2011 - Christmas Pudding Races


The now annual Weybridge RC Christmas Pudding Races was held this year on a warm  and sunny (Compared with last year’s) Saturday morning which was well supported by members from all sections of the club.  Racing in the touring  boats filled with randomly selected crews saw over 60 members compete for a selection of fine Christmas Puddings.  The course of 500m saw some good racing with most heats being very well matched.   Thank you to all you made this happen, the crews and especially the catering team for the supply of hot and tasty food and drinks throughout the morning.


Christmas Pudding Races 2011

19th November 2011 - Kingston Head of the River

A very good day at Kingston Small Boats.  Perfect conditions with confirmed wins for the WJ16 4+ crew of Emelia, Elena, Beth and Megan (c) Flo in what was their first competative outing in a sweep boat.  Also an 18 sec win over a Hampton crew (proudly described by a Hampton parent as 'their strongest J15 2x crew') for Ben and Alex Pope.  Our J15 4x+ (12/25)and WJ14 4x+(6/9) crews aquitted themselves well too, so well done all, and thanks to the mums and dads who supported. cc

Kingston Head Nov 11

19th November - GB Trials at Boston

Josh and Zac are off to Boston for GB Trials.  It's a long time since anyone from Weybridge went up for Trials, so we wish them the very best of luck.  They have been coached by Katy who is going up to Boston with them.  Their boats will travel up courtesy of St. Georges College boat club.  They came 67 and 69 out of 152 at trials, so hopefully they will make the 'cut'. Trials is very tough, and the effort to do it should not be underestimated by anyone. cc

14th November 2011 - Junior Christmas Party

The Junior Christmas Party will be on Thursday 22nd December.  Organisers Emelia Cole and Elena Foulkes are busy sorting things out.  There will be jolly games, music, great food by Caroline, and a spiffing time will be had by all, don't y' know. Be there or be in the river! cc

12th November 2011 - Henley Long Distance Sculls

Henley sculls was very successful with all juniors racing very well and representing the club excellently in both performance and attitude!  No crashing, falling in or crazy steering! 

Win for J18 2x Zac and Josh - also 2nd fastest double overall

2nd for J15 2x Ben and Alex P - first race together and only 6 seconds off winners

3rd for WJ15 4x+ - 12 seconds behind winners, but beat Henley who were also national finalists last summer

Joint 3rd for WJ14 4x+

4th for J15 4x+ also their first race together and for 2 of the crew (James and Luke) their first race ever!

4th for J15 1x Ben after already racing the double

8th/33 for Zac in J18 1x after having 15 min rest after the double

10th/33 for Josh   "         "

Good performance from 2nd J15 double in first race together, WJ16 double and remaining singles James B, Joe K, Emilia, Elena, Megan and Beth

Not bad at all, thanks to parents for delivering juniors on time and supporting all day!


Henley Long Distant Sculls November 2011


1st November 2011 - Sponsored row update

It looks like the 'not -the-Boston-Marathon' sponsored row raised it's target of £2,600 so very, very well done.  The actual amount attributed was £2,720.60, but included in this figure are some general donations by generous members using the 'gift-it' website.  cc


28th October 2011 - D14 course

A small but useful band of youngsters enjoyed another WRC junior beginner course.  Thanks to all the helpers who on some day outnumbered the participants!  

D14 Oct 2011

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22nd October 2011 - Silver Sculls

A scorching day weather-wise for this super event.  Emelia won her WJ15 1x with Elena and Megan in hot pursuit. An excellent effort for boys in all J15 doubles, with Alex Pope and Filippo doing a great job in the leading boat.  They only missed out to Walton by 9 seconds.  Lots of other good efforts by crews, some who had only just started their rowing adventures (e.g. WJ14 4x+ most of whom only started to row in the summer).  Well done all, and grateful thanks to all parents and juniors who helped out.  cc


2nd October 2011

The first Club timed piece for a long time arranged by Katy in her new role as Head Coach.  Unfortunately Cath was let down by a couple of her novices and by the time we realised it all the Juniors had boated, otherwise we might well have nominated a couple to assist, so only Ashley represented the seniors.  Some excellent times over (nearly) the Silver Sculls course.  Thanks to all coaches and Richard who made it possible.  Hopefully a bigger club turnout next time.  cc


1st October 2011

What a scorching day.  And the weather was pretty hot, too.  First time WRC coaches have felt able to enter the prestigious Wallingford LDS and results pleasing.  No wins but good efforts and no 'dogs' - all middling positions.  Some surprisingly useful video footage was dissected and analysed frame-by-frame on Sunday with a lot learned. Well done all, and thanks for the parental support.  Photos by Graham Jenkins ...  cc 


26th September 2011

If you've read 'Alf' in this month's Rowing and Regatta mag, you might be interested to know that one of those mentioned in the last section of Alf's jottings was ex-Weybridge member James Capel.  Alf talks about how the winning GB crew rescued the National Anthem from the jaws of defeat by singing it when the PA system at the Coupe de la Jeunesse gave up the ghost.  cc


18th September 2011 

Undaunted by Friday's news, the coaching team set about arranging a new event inside a day.  The 'not-the-Boston-Marathon' event was run on Sunday covering the same distance (from Weybridge to Richmond and back) as would have been covered at Boston, satisfying sponsors and athletes alike.  Following a great social gathering at the Foulkes' house on Saturday (to replace the meal planned in Lincoln) all turned up bright-eyed on Sunday and set off for Richmond.  Negotiating locks at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington proved no problem and the crews reached Richmond about 11:30, turning just before the weir  and heading upstream on the 25k run back home.  Having kept together at all the locks on the way down, the girls were a little later to reach Teddington lock and had to wait for another lock cycle, a pattern which continued all the way home.  At 2:20 the first of the boats returned; they were all back by 3 o/c.

For posterity the results were as follows (net rowing times - exclude lock transits which varied greatly):
J18 coxless quad 'All the Wey' - James Ballard, George Appleby, Zac Cole, George Scofield (3:27)
J17 mixed double 'Wey to Go' - Katie Denham, Josh Foulkes (3:46)
WJ15 coxless quad 'Another Wey' - Elena Foulkes, Beth Jenkins, Emeilia Cole, Megan Pickering (4:02)
J15 coxed quad 'Wey Hey' - Joe Marchington, Filippo Carruzzo, Robert Steel, Ben Brisco (c) Flo T (4:22)
Comparing these to the Boston 2010 result, we'd have likely had a 2nd fastest overall (J18's) with a record time for the mixed double.

A brilliant day for the Weybridge Junior Squad which finished with tea in the Clubhouse for all concerned.  Very many thanks to the support team, many of whom cycled all the way.  We must have rowed or cycled over 600 kilometers in aggregate.  Thanks also to the timekeepers at each lock, and the lock keepers who helped us through the process and to those who catered on Saturday.  Special thanks to Nick who produced the time and distance sheets.  CC

Not The Boston Marathon

16th September 2011
Not a good way to start the morning.  Email from Boston Rowing Club to say that due to weed problems in the river, they were cancelling the Boston Rowing Marathon.   Will arrange something for our intrepid band of junior rowers.  Watch this space.  CC

15th September 2011


A few members of our squad, enjoying the Thursday social after training supper.



Photo - Nick Coxhead



15th - 19th August 2011 - D13 Beginners Course

D13 August 2011

The junior section have just completed their latest Learn To Row Course, introducing 15 juniors to the sport of Rowing at Weybridge Rowing Club.  The sun shone and the water was warm, enabling 5 sunny mornings of rowing and fun to take place.  With the course comprising of Ergos, Singles, Doubles, Quads and Octuples, and the capsize test, fun was had by all.  The week finished off with a mini regatta, ergo challenges, quiz and single skills tests. The race along the club stretch had the  the new crews racing quads for their very first race.  Thanks to everyone who made this course happen, especially Katy, Clive, Roy, Graham, Nick, Lynette, John T and all the junior members who helped cox and row during the week including Beth, Megan, Emelia, Katy, Ben, Rob, Joe, James S, Zac. - NC


17th August 2011 - Community Matters


At an awards ceremony held in Proctor and Gamble's Weybridge headquarters, Weybridge Rowing Club junior section were awarded a bronze prize, worth £750, in recognition of their achievements.  WRCjnr's Clive Capel, Katy Denham and Zac Cole accepted the prize on behalf of WRCjnr.  P&G awarded over £30,000 to 8 deserving groups including sport clubs, scout troops and schools.  CC  

31st July - Coupe de la Jeuness


The GB rowing team put up a great performance at the European Junior Rowing Championships at the Ottensheim rowing lake, near Linz, Austria over the weekend.  The Girls won the Girls trophy, the boys came second to Italy in their trophy with Italy taking the overall Coupe with GB a close second.  Ex-Weybridge rower James Capel had four races and, with his crew, took silver in the JM4+ with a gold to finish the day on Saturday in their VIII; they started Sunday with a gold in the JM4+ and finished off the event with another gold in the VIII.  Well done to the whole GB team, including Oli Knight and Harry Loneragan from Walton who also won medals for their country. CC

24th July - Coupe de la Jeuness


Ex Weybridge Rower James Capel is at Caversham, the base for British Rowing, continuing his training for the European Junior Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria this coming weekend. CC

23-24 July - St. Neots Regatta

St Neots Regatta

A busy and good hearted time had by all over two days of hard racing.  Congratulations to the WJ14 4x+ crew who have won their first regatta and to Josh who won in J16 1x. 

Many thanks to the coaches, particularly Katy for organising and coaching for this event, Jon for his support and  Nick, who has hauled the trailer to and from Nottingham and St. Neots in Clive's absence.  CC

St Neots Regatta

15th - 17th July - Nat Champs Report


Nat Champs July 2011

Weybridge rowing club juniors loaded boats on Thursday 14th July in high spirits and travelled up to the national water sports centre in Nottingham for their first major regatta on the 2000m lake. The inexperienced but hard working junior team included boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17. The National event was the culmination of a hard and successful years training and racing at local events. All the boats going had emerged from the selection procedure as being fast enough to be competitive despite limited experience and the juniors were very excited to be attending such a prestigious event.

The first to race were the boys J16 (year eleven) singles in the time trial which would decide the fastest twelve scullers from twenty five entries. Both competed gamely with Josh Foulkes managing to make the top twelve and the semi finals

despite only learning to row last October! In the semi final Josh lost some time at the start due to inexperience but his endurance and determination showed as he powered past two of the opposition to get fourth place, just missing out on a final spot. James Ballard put in a good effort in the time trial but unfortunately did not proceed further in the  competition. Josh Foulkes then teamed up with J17 Zac Cole to compete up an age group in J18 pairs. This was the boy’s first race in a pair but they have shown their strength and speed in training. The boys prepared well and were very nervous before the race, knowing the opposition would be good. They started well and were in third place with 500m gone but slowed through the middle of the race after a minor injury flared up in Zach’s arm, the pair finished fourth just missing out on progressing further. However the crews that beat Weybridge beat some of the opposition by much bigger margins so the pair were certain that should they have raced in a different heat the result may have been different and they could have progressed further. 

The next Weybridge junior in action was Katy Denham in the equivalent girl’s event. Katy also learnt to row just last October but her times during training and success at local events had shown she was a serious contender in this event. She fought her way through each round and qualified for the last final spot where she put up a brave fight to keep in close to the top three for most of the race, finishing in a brilliant fourth place by beating two girls that had beaten her previously in the competition. The final demonstrated just how hard Katy has worked over the year and how much the experienced has helped her learn how to race in big regattas.

The boys J14 (year nine) double of Fillippo Carrozzo and Ben Brisco were up next and excelled themselves to qualify third in their heat which allowed them to progress to the next round. In the next race the boys put up a valiant fight but

were beaten by much bigger and more experienced crews to miss out on the final.

The girls J14 quad of Beth Jenkins, Megan Pickering, Emilia Cole, Elena Foulkes and cox Joe Marchington were outstanding in this competition. They went to the event having been beaten all year by local rivals Staines, who were successful in the finals at another national event earlier in the year. So the Weybridge girls felt confident they could progress to the semi finals, which they did in third place thirty five seconds behind Runcorn and thirteen seconds behind Henley. The Weybridge crew was pleased but felt they could do better and after a discussion of the race and a change in tactics the girls attacked the second race with fervour. The girls were six seconds slower than Staines in the first round so knew they had to improve to get through to the final. In an exciting race Weybridge and Staines were level at the 500m marker, Weybridge then put in a huge amount of energy and effort to pull away to a slight lead by halfway which they extended in the second half responding well to calls from their cox Joe. Weybridge crossed

the line with delight at their performance having also closed the gap to the Henley crew. 

On Saturday the crew prepared well for their final, knowing it would be a tough race and all the other crews had beaten them in previous rounds. The plan was to put everything into the first half in the hope it would put off some other crews, Weybridge put the plan into action effectively and got to  500m in 5th place just half a second ahead of Henley and one second behind Runcorn who battled with Weybridge all the way through the race with Weybridge even managing to take half a length lead at one point. Weybridge finished exhausted but overjoyed with a close fifth place a conclusive nine seconds ahead of Henley.

The weekend was a huge success thanks to the competitors who represented the club excellently in behaviour and performance, the parents who supported the racing the weekends racing with vigour and enthusiasm, and provided

nutritional supplies, and of course the coaches for trailer towing and advice throughout the weekend. Plans for the juniors next year start with Boston rowing marathon (52km) at the end of September to raise money for the club and

charity, so if you see some tired looking teenagers training on the river in September wearing Weybridge blue give them some support! 

Katy Knowles 17-7-11

9th July - European Rowing Championships

Ex Weybridge rower, now also officially ex St. Georges, James Capel has been selected to represent GB in Eights and coxed Fours in Linz at the end of July. CC

1st July - National Rowing Championships of Great Britain

Crews announced for Nat Champs.  
WJ14 4x+ - Beth, Megan, Emelia, Elena (c) Joe
J14 2x - Filippo & Ben
J17 2- - Josh & Zac
WJ16 1x - Katy D
Katy Knowles and Nick will be the coaches at Nottingham.   CC

29th June - Henley

Some 11 ex-Weybridge people at Henley this year:
James Capel, Charlie Capel, Liam Maloney, James Piercy - St. Georges
Tom Oades, Alex Keenes, Jack Shephard, Jon Harman - Molesey
Elliot Tarrant - Walton
Mat Tarrant - Oxford Brookes
Alex Tarrant - Loughborough?
Check results on    CC

13th June - Guest editor
Read Josh Foulkes' atricle on the guest editor page.  CC

11th June - Marlow Town Regatta

Your correspondent being laid low with a shoulder problem reports were phoned in regularly by JB.  4 Finals gained in the morning with a win for the boys J18 4- and Ben and Robert in J14 2x, and game efforts from all others.  In the afternoon, more tries but a win for Katy and Becky in WJ16 2x.  Well done to all who attended, and especially those who won!  Special mention for the support team who gave the participants lots of help despite being short-handed.   CC

Marlow Town 11th June 2011

5th June 2011 - Weybridge Ladies Regatta

Congratulations to Filippo and Ben who won the J14 2x event in a race against schoolmates from Walton.  These two are a very promising combination.  CC

30th May - 3rd June - D12 Beginners Course

Another very sucessful junior rowing course took place at Weybridge Rowing Club during the 1/2 term week.   The sun shone and everyone enjoyed the morning activities.   The group progressed well, with every participant getting into fine racing sculls by the end of the week.   Thanks go to all the junior helpers and especially Roy and Graham for their continued support throughout the whole course.  NC

D12 Course June 2011

21st May - Walton and Weybridge Regatta

An exciting, long and promising day by all involved.   The boys and girls J14 quads both did well in getting through three tough heats only to be pipped  in the finals.  NC

Walton and Weybridge Regatta

18th May - Head Coach's article

Jon has written an article for the website.  See it here. CC

17th May - National Schools Regatta, Nottingham

Zac is entered in the National Schools Regatta at Holme Pierrpoint, Nottingham on Saturday 28th May.  He's doing a J17 1x.  Your reporter will be there to see him to the winning line!  CC

8th May - Ball Cup, Dorney

Wow, what a cracking result for Weybridge.  GOLD in WJ14x+, GOLD in J16 4x-, GOLD in J15 2x, GOLD in J18 2x, GOLD in 1st 4+ (the Ball Cup itself), SILVER in WJ16 2x and BRONZE in J18 4x-.  Five wins, one second and one third.  Also some great performances from the likes of Ben B and Filippo who were denied an almost certain medal place by an administrative mess on the part of the organisers.  Those who didn't attain a medal came close, and often in finals too.  Megan and Elena were unlucky in a WJ14 2x when another boat shot across their bows and put them off their stroke.   Unfortunately Filippo and Ben suffered another disappointment in that the J14 4x+ event they had waited around all day, and Ed, Robert and Alice went to Dorney to row in, was cancelled due to the whole event over-running on time.  However, very well done to all.  Katy reported comments from others along the lines of 'what happened to Weybridge'!  Looking ahead we have national events in our sights.  Appreciated the Captain coming along to see us.  Keep up that training guys!  CC  
2nd May - Marlow Regatta - first one of the year

A great sunny day by the pretty river at Marlow today.  Encouraging performances from all, and a couple of real close calls - one for us, one not.  Ballard was beaten after a very strong performance when a gust of wind (at an already very windy event) blew his stroke rigger under the waves and he lost time only metres from the finish.  On the other hand we had four wins today - the Vets won with Liz and Rachel in their 2x, and the 'old boys' in their trusty VIII coxed by WRCjnr's Flo Tilling.  For WRCjnr, Zac won in his single and the boys novice 4+, coached by Katy, coxed by Becks and comprising  James H, Josh, Zac & George A and, also won after a very thrilling race, enhanced by them beating Windsor Boys School by only half a canvas. Other contenders including a couple of WJ16 boats, a WJ14 4x+ and Ben and Filippo in their double (to name only a few) all put in excellent performances.  Our first regatta - 6 finals converting 4 into wins was pretty reasonable, and although not everything went our way, we think it's a good start to the season.  We hope to do more events as a Club, with mixed sections. CC

11-15th April - at the Club

Our 11th Junior beginner course is under wey.  Nice sunny two days, so far. CC

9th April - Abingdon Head

Well done to Alice S and Katy D who raced with Molly and Shannon in a Staines/Weybridge composite boat.  They came second against some strong oppo. (reported) CC

2nd April - Head of the River Race

Great conditions for the HORR 2011 saw the first Weybridge Junior/Senior crew for years have a crack at this prestigious race.  We finished 43rd out of 65 Novice crews so we kept ourselves 'honest' and gained lots of experience.  Well done to all, and thanks to a number of people within the club for assistance and support.  CC

27th March - Kingston Head

Three crews took part in this event, the longest race in which we normally participate. Our Staines/Weybridge composite featuring Flo and Katy D did really well, and would have easily won their entry had they been able to row in the WJ16 category in div 2.  Unfortunately they couldn't and so came second in a WJ18 event.  The WJ14 girls came 3rd.  The boys didn't do so well, not helped by a last minute substitution caused by an injury to Tom.  All completed the course in good spirit.  Well done.  CC

18th March - Oarsport Nat Jnr Sculling Championships, Dorney

We had the best end of a day that started with very damp weather at Dorney, but which dried out when we came out to play!  The girls went first and despite a damaged finger mid race came in 19th place of 24 rowers. They were beaten by local rivals St. Georges College by less than 4 seconds.  The boys went next and came in 35th of an enormous field of nearly 50 entrants albeit that Ben Brisco sustained an injury to his thumb.  Well done to all, and thanks to the parents who supported and helped.  CC

17th March - Schools Head of the River

WRCJnr's first venture onto the tideway with a Junior 4+ for about 30 years.  Good conditions saw our novice crew of Zac, Josh, George and Ballard (c) Mark come in a creditable 15/26, beating Emanuel, George Watson, Charterhouse and Guildford (the same lads they row with in the composite).  They started at 225 and finished at 186/271 so did very well in their first outing.  They took 20:37 to cover the course; the winners (Abingdon) took 16:53 and the slowest (Norwich) 24:40.  CC

5th March - Burway Head

A good day's rowing saw a number of WRCJnr crews on the water.  Whilst the Weybridge Vets won their event, we only managed a second place in the WJ16 4x composite with Staines.  The Wey/GUI boys composite were beaten only by two Eton crews and a University crew - but we beat a number of notables including Burway (with three ex-Weybridge people in it) and a Walton crew.  So great stuff all round ... CC

4th March - National Indoor Rowing Championships - NJIRC

A decent number of members of the Junior squad passed Weybridge's own tests to be allowed to enter the NIJRC today.  Great efforts from all against some very, very strong opposition from hundreds of young people.  Particularly well done to Jessica Frazer who came away with a SILVER MEDAL in the year 8 girls competition.  In year 9 girls, out of 126 competitors Weybridge Juniors came 13, 17, 19 & 24 with only 28m between them.  In the yr9 boys, of 143 competitors our top two were 32 & 36.  Katy Denham came 5th in her group (albeit competing for her school, not us) and Zac did a new PB time under 7 minutes in his 2k. The yr 11 boys also did well with top 20 places.  Great support for all Weybridge participants from team mates.  CC

13th February 2011 - The Hyne Cup

A number of Weybridge crews entered this private match event, traditionally between the 'gentlemen' of Walton and the 'artisans' of Weybridge.  It has been widened to include other local clubs, so today there was representation from St. Georges College and Weybridge Ladies, as well as Cranmore and Charterhouse (who row from Walton).  There were only a couple of events where there was any element of competition so unfortunately there were no wins for Weybridge this time, but it's a fun event in which the whole club can get involved. Pleasingly we managed to field a completely novice scratch VIII which included three Junior Squad members and there were other spirited performances from all crews.  Well done to the whole club.

12 February 2011 - Weybridge Winter Head

The rescheduled Winter Head took place today in good conditions with 9 WRCJnr crews.  We had wins for the Wey/Gui composite VIII & George and Toby in J15 2x.  Other crews won in a class of, er, one or made sure that competitors ahead of them got to the finish line safely.  Overall there were 5 competitive wins for Weybridge or where Weybridge crews were involved.  A couple of our junior crews saw their first action at this event and put up a good fight. CC