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Chris Anness wins Doggett's Coat and Badge

Congratulations to Chris Anness on a fine win in Friday's Race for Doggett's Coat and Badge. This was the 298th running of this oldest of all sporting events, and Chris came home two lengths ahead of fellow LRC member Merlin Dwan.


Wins for LRC in the Wyfold Challenge Cup and Queen Mother Challenge Cup at Henley

Congratulations to Mark AldredAlex CawthorneRich Dunley and Marco Espin for their hard earned, well deserved, win at Henley Royal Regatta in the Wyfold Challenge Cup and Bill Lucas for his fantastic win in the Queen Mother Challenge Cup


Nottingham City Regatta

Ever in search of a vicious head wind to race into, the LRC contingent headed to Nottingham (21/5) for Nottingham City Regatta. 

With a number of the larger boats failing to impress, (with the exception of the Bell, Gilfillian, Grant, Thomas, Jackson 4+) it was down to the numerous pairs, doubles and singles to win the (ever-so-desirable) ceramic pots. And they did.

E 2- was a hard fought, painfully close, race between Aldred/Dunley (Dundred), Cawthorne/Espin (Cawspin), ending in a win for Dundred, by 0.5 of a second, in a time of 08:06.6

IM1 2- bore witness to the heavyweight contenders, who battled down the course, taking it in turns to lead the race, with the win finally being secured by Goof and Chris in 08.18.7

IM2 2- saw entries from St Edward's School, Cardiff, Marlow and London. The LRC pair, of George Hobson and Henry Bennett toyed (albeit not deliberately) with their opposition, and were 10s up on the Cardiff pair at 1,000m but as they crossed the line there was only 1s between them. 08.41.3 the final time.

IM1 2x proved a synch for Dominic Wilson and Stuart Heap who won convincingly in a time of 08.26.8, beating Cardiff and Champions of the Thames.

It was a good day at the races for the single scullers, with Pete Stuart, Charlie Jarvis, Mark Bavington, Chris Guest and Steven Artist braving it, alone, in the tough conditions.

Pete Stuart won IM1.1x, beating the rest of the field by 8 seconds, in 08.53.9,

IM2.1x. Was also won comfortably by Pete Stuart. We asked Pete for a quote but he wasn't available to comment,we later found the following message written in pebbles under his boat – so yeah, I won, pretty tired now.

IM3.1x was something of a London derby, with Charlie, Bav and Steven 'The' Artist, battling it out. Sadly no ceramics for LRC in this race, but good to see all three London scullers making it through their heats to the final.

Nov.1x Another appearance from The Artist, who finished third.

Now, back on the tideway, the squad are preparing for the Metropolitan Regatta. 


LRC retain the Vernon Trophy at the Head of the River Race

A mixed result for the club at the 2011 Head of the River Race . A solid performance from LRC 1 saw the crew finish 8th retaining the Vernon Trophy (for the fastest Tideway Club) and coming under 30 seconds behind overall winners Leander. This was a particularly good achievement this year with the crew containing five club level rowers, as opposed to last year’s three.

Unfortunately results for the rest of the squad were somewhat disappointing, with LRC 2 finishing just outside the top 50 meaning there is still some hard work to do on training camp!


London I


(Winners of the Vernon Trophy) 

 J. Terrell (cox), M. Aldred, S. Feeney, J. Lindsay-Fynn, R Williams, T. Grant, M. Espin, A. Cawthorne, R.Dunley (bow)

London II



London III



London IV



London V



London VI





Boustead Cup

On Sunday 6 March LRC regained the Boustead trophy albeit in unusual and perhaps controversial, circumstances. For the first time in the race’s history Thames RC forfeited the race, declining to field a Boustead race crew, however the second and third boat races went ahead as usual. Thames had requested a change of date the morning before the race due to injuries in their 1st VIII. Unfortunately due to the restrictions placed on clubs by the PLA in issuing the notice to mariners, and the expense in financial and volunteer terms it was not possible to change the date of the fixture at short notice.

The Boustead cup (1st VIII) saw London race alone over the course.

The 2nd VIII were up against a strong Thames crew and despite some strong pushes did not manage to re-capture ground lost early on in the race, resulting in a decisive victory for Thames B.

The 3rd VIII put up a strong performance and despite a clash at the start managed to get an early lead, holding a dominating rhythm throughout the race resulting in an impressive win of almost a minute for London.

Club Captain and four man of LRC’s 1st VIII, Steve O'Connor said

It was a disappointment for both us as a Club and particularly the 1st VIII crew. As a crew we had been training hard with our sights set on winning the trophy back after loosing it to Thames last year. We were expecting a good race and so were disappointed at not being able to prove our speed.

Despite my personal disappointment I was proud to see our 2nd and 3rd crews take on the challenge of their races. I would also like to thank the Umpires, launch drivers, safety officials and the PLA for their ongoing support in making the fixture possible. The fixture takes a lot of behind the scenes organisation and I am sure all who rowed in the event were grateful for their time and effort despite the disappointment of the main event.

Pictures of the race (thanks to Iain Wier) can be found here: