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  Marlow Regatta    
  at Dorney Lake   
  2014 Results   
Event NoTrophy WinnersTime 
1GRAND CHALLENGE CUPELI 8oLeander Club05:33.0 
3FRASER BOWLIM1 8oOxford Brookes University BC05:47.6 
4CLAYTON CHALLENGE CUPIM2 8oOxford Brookes University BC05:54.9 
5CPUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE VASEIM3 8o (Sch)Kings College School BC06:03.9 
6GERRY LAKE CHALLENGE CUPJ16 8oEton College BC06:12.1 
7PHILLIPS ROSE BOWLJ15A 8oEton College BC06:16.7 
8THE ENVIROS TROPHYJ15B 8oBedford School BC06:43.2 
9GILES EVERY CHALLENGE CUPJ14 8x Radley College BC06:29.1 
10BORGNIS CHALLENGE CUPELI 4+Newcastle University BC06:05.0 
11CHARLES ROWE MEMORIAL CUPSEN 4+Newcastle University BC06:15.1 
12JUBILEE CUPIM1 4+Reading University BC06:25.4 
13THE JOHN WEBB SALVERIM2 4+Reading University BC06:27.5 
15TOWN CUPSEN 4-Upper Thames RC 06:15.5 
17CHILTERN SALVERIM2 4-Radley College BC06:40.9 
18WILLOTT-TAYLOR TROPHYELI 4xSir Wm Borlase's Grammar Sch BC06:05.0 
19THE HUGH MADDOCK TROPHYSEN 4xEdinburgh University BC06:02.1 
20PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE CUPSch/Jun 4xNorthwich RC06:04.2 
25WETHERED SCULLING CHALLENGE CUPELI 1xUniversity of London BC (M Bedford)n.t.t. 
26BOOKER CUPLwt 1xBexhill RC (M.Mitchell)07:12.1 


Quality Crews at Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake

The quality of crews at the Regatta was very high this year. Several of the winners went on to do well at Henley Royal Regatta. Among these were:-

  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School BC.

Won Elite Quad Sculls at Marlow and the Fawley Cup at Henley Royal Regatta

  • Newcastle University BC

Won Elite Coxed Fours at Marlow and the Prince Albert Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Upper Thames RC

Came 2nd to Newcastle University (see above) at Marlow but won the Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley.

  • Upper Thames RC

Won Senior Coxless fours at Marlow and won Wyfold Cup a Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Leander Club

Won Grand Eights at Marlow, but lost in the Final of the Ladies Plate at Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Sport Imperial BC

Came 3rd in Senior Eights at Marlow and lost the Final of Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Leander Club

 Won Elite Double Sculls at Marlow. These two scullers were part of the crew who won the Prince of Wales Cup for Quad Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

In addition, many of the above, and other competitors at the Regatta, have gone on to represent Great Britain at International level in the World Under 23 Championships and European Universities Games. Other competitors have gained their England vests at the Home Countries International Regatta, Anglo-French Match, Coupe-de-la Jeunesse and the Commonwealth Regatta. 

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Regattas in Marlow

Marlow will stage three rowing Regattas in 2015:-

  • Marlow Spring Regatta on Bank Holiday Monday – May 4th.
  • Marlow Town Regatta on Saturday June 13th.
  • Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake on Saturday June 20th.

The Spring and Town Regattas are held on the river, and principally attract the very young (up to age 16) and the older  (termed Masters) competitors, since the course is less than 1,000m in length.

Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake is rowed on the 2,000m multi-lane course, now famous as the Olympic venue, where Team GB did so well in 2012. The Regatta attracts most of the top crews in the country, plus some from abroad, in the age range 16 to 30, who are aiming at racing at Henley Royal Regatta.

Marlow is proud that it caters for all categories of the sport, from those just starting out, to those who are aiming at international recognition.

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23rd June report from British Rowing

A new format brought some nail-biting, high-quality racing at a blazingly sunny Marlow Regatta on Saturday. The usual system of heats, repechages and finals was replaced with a morning time trial for all events, followed by a seeded afternoon final for every one of the 380 entrants, with approximately 1,900 athletes.

With a few days to go until Henley Royal Regatta, the country’s top men’s crews took opportunities either to make sure they pre-qualified or to polish their preparations for the biggest domestic event of the summer.

In a light tail wind, Leander Club were recorded as the quickest crew of the day, winning the elite eights in 5 minutes 32 seconds - although there were complaints about the veracity of some timings - and they will hope their form carries into the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at Henley Royal.

Griffen BC – the old boys’ club of Abingdon School – were second, demonstrating their credentials to defend their Thames Challenge Cup title in a fortnight’s time. Thames RC – another of the favourites for that event – were absent on Saturday but Mercantile RC of Australia started their UK trip with victory in senior eights, just ahead of Molesey and Sport Imperial.

Several of the top school crews, including Abingdon and St Edward’s, were missing but Radley College impressed to finish third in IM1 eights. King’s Chester and St Paul’s led home the B final of that event.

Newcastle University look strong for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup after winning Marlow’s elite coxed fours. Upper Thames RC, two seconds behind them, will be eyeing the Britannia Challenge Cup.

Leander’s crew for Henley’s Visitors’ Challenge Cup won elite fours, with Wyfolds rivals Molesey and Rob Roy a length apart in third and fourth respectively.

Unlike previous years, though, the close racing was not restricted to A finals. In the B final for IM3 school eights - the penultimate race of the day –– just five seconds separated all seven crews, with four crossing the line 0.8 seconds apart.

The event’s new format brought some teething troubles for organisers in implementing the changes, including problems with timing, and technology issues. Some crews complained at having to wait over six hours between their time trial and final.

Regatta chairman Peter Blaseby issued a statement afterwards saying: “We regret that, in some cases due to infrastructure issues, we did not achieve the standards for competitors and spectators that we had aimed for.”

Among changes the regatta committee will consider for next year are a series of waves of time trials followed by side-by-side races, to avoid complaints from spectators that the regatta only came alive once the finals began in early afternoon.

“We learned quite a bit in the heat of battle,” entries secretary Mike Spencer-Jones admitted. 

“One of the main areas to improve is communication – we didn’t publish times quickly and when there were problems with timing we didn’t communicate that well.”

View full results here:

By Martin Gough

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Thank you to everyone who came to our regatta yesterday and we regret that, in some cases due to infrastructure issues, we did not achieve the standards for competitors and spectators that we had aimed for. The racing format was a first for a large British domestic regatta, offering a Time Trial and Final for all crews. We will carry out a thorough review of how that was planned and implemented.

Some coaches expressed concerns about the possibility of time trial times affecting the decision by Henley Stewards on crews being asked to qualify. All I can report is that the times of crews racing in both the side-by-side races and the time trials have been passed to them for their own assessment.

I invite you to email me at with your comments which will be taken into account when our committee meets in early July.

We look forward to seeing you all again next June and hope that you understand that we are all volunteers whose aim is to run a safe and fair regatta. If we fail in some areas we regret that this may have spoilt your own enjoyment this year.

Peter Blaseby


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The 165th Marlow Regatta will take place on Saturday 19th June 2021 at Dorney Lake, Eton.