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Charles Happel impresses as Stratford Boat Club rowers put in top performances at Henley Long Distance Sculls



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CHARLES Happel’s fine display was one of a series of impressive performances by Stratford Boat Club’s young rowers at the Henley Long Distance Sculls.

Stratford’s masters women enjoying their moment of glory.
Stratford’s masters women enjoying their moment of glory.

J16 Happel produced an excellent display over the 3,000m course, finishing fourth in 15:17.7, just 40 seconds behind the third-placed boat from Claires Court Schools.

The WJ16 coxless quad of Amalia Richardson, Harriett Noyes, Maddie Hall and Kate Richardson who demonstrated yet again that they are developing and improving by finishing in 14:20.3, only seven seconds behind the successful Wycliffe crew.

J16 coach Steve Marsden said: “The girls should be truly proud of themselves.” WJ16 single scullers of Uche Nwachukwa and Grace Beason completed the course in 18:12.2 and 19:06.2 respectively.

Stratford WJ double powering down the Henley course.
Stratford WJ double powering down the Henley course.

Freya Watts, Fleur Griffiths, Amelie Sartain and Harriet Holmes finished eighth while the other WJ17/18 performance squad coxless quad of Honour Keil, Ruby Howells, Bella Chapelhow and Lucy Browne finished 11th.

The boys’ double of Tomi Wilcock and Will Beattie also competed in the morning, coming home sixth.

Martha Usselmann and Amelie Sartain raced the girls’ double, achieving an 11th-placed finish. Meanwhile, J17/18 squad member Toby Sartain came home 41st in a strong field and racing up an age group.

Stratford masters women quad boiling the water.
Stratford masters women quad boiling the water.

For the J15 squad, this was their first 3km head race and coach Hugo Happel was pleased with how the rowers faired.

“To come to Henley and beat established local crews in this fashion says a lot about the J15’s sheer grit and determination.”

The masters women also put in a good start to the season. The Masters C 4x- came away with a victory over Ross and held off the ex-Olympians for 800m between the island and upper Thames.

Meanwhile, in only their second race as a partnership, the women’s masters E double of Gina Fusco-House and Christine Goodwin secured a well-deserved second place.

Stratford’s masters double of Gina Fusco-House (bow) and Christine Goodwin (stroke) enjoying sweet success.
Stratford’s masters double of Gina Fusco-House (bow) and Christine Goodwin (stroke) enjoying sweet success.


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