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After the overwhelming results at the schools Head it was a shot of reality at Wallingford regatta for the Hampton Crews. The first Regatta of the summer showed that Hampton are not going to have it all their own way in the sprint racing. All the crews, bar one, made it through to the finals with many second and third places but no victories.
This will be a good shot in the arm needed to ensure the crews approach the National Schools Regatta with their eyes open and hungry for victory. The crews now know they have to raise their game and cannot go to Nottingham with any complacency from the Head season.
The 1st VIII were down three of their top rowers with two, Benstead and Douglass, racing for GB at Munich junior international regatta and Lloyd out with a wrist injury. Without these three the 1st VIII struggled in IM1 Eights where they made the final but finished last behind Abingdon, St Pauls and Eton. The 1st VIII will be stronger with the returning boys and know they have good competition to race at the National Schools Regatta in three weeks’ time.
The 2nd VIII raced in IM2 Eights and had to settle for fifth in their heat so did not progress to the final. There were only three 2nd eights in the event amongst the other school’s 1st eights with Eton putting in the quickest time followed by Hampton and then St Pauls’.
The 3rd VIII raced in J18B Eights and produced some excellent races to progress into the final where they came second behind the 1st Eight of Reading Blue Coat School and ahead of all the other schools’ 1st and 2nd eights.
The J16 1st VIII had a rough morning racing in two coxed fours, both crews started well and made the final. The quicker coxed four were sitting in 3rd place at half way when they hit the lane buoys and caught a crab which put them at the back, they struggled to recover and never found a good rhythm after the incident and finished in last place with the 2nd Hampton coxed four just ahead of them in 5th place. After a slightly disappointing morning the boys wanted to put in a good race in their eight. They had a great heat and had a tremendous battle with Eton with only a second between them down all the way down the two kilometre course. On this occasion the Hampton Eight finished first, but in the final Eton had their revenge and won J16 Eights with Hampton second ahead of Reading Blue Coat School, Abingdon, St Pauls’ and Bedford Modern.
The J16 2nd VIII had to race in the J16A Eights and found the pace a bit too fast and did not progress past the heat.
The J15 1st VIII had a good regatta; they won their heat beating London Oratory School by just 0.37 of a second. In the final a very strong Westminster eight won with London Oratory School just beating Hampton into third.
In J15B Eights both the Hampton 2nd VIII and 3rd VIII made the final, a great result for the 3rd VIII. In the final won by Kingston Grammar with their 1st Eight.The Hampton 2nd VIII came third just 0.74 of a second behind Eton’s J15 2nd VIII, with the J15 3rd VIII finishing a very creditable fifth.
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Medals all round at National School Regatta >> report
Four Hampton Rowers represent GB at the Munich Regatta >> report
Wallingford Regatta >> report
Schools Head of River >> report
Hampton Fours & Eights Head >> report
Hampton Small Boats Head >> report
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