Wallingford Long Distance Sculls

On the 24th September, OUWBC sent eight scullers to Wallingford Long Distance Sculls. This annual event takes place on our home stretch of the Thames, over 4.25km. It is raced against the stream in head race format. The race takes place through some of Wallingford’s most notorious bends – the S bends. To prepare for this challenge all scullers practiced their line in training; and on the day there was a strong tailwind helping scullers.

OUWBC entered 3 elite scullers, 3 Im1 scullers and an elite double. In some serious competition, one of the newcomers to our squad, Chloe Laverack, was victorious in the Im1 category. The elite scullers were narrowly beaten by a sculler from Imperial College, and the elite double were the sole entry in their category.

Chloe said: “the conditions made for a fast race, with a tailwind; the only part that affected was lining up at the start, which turned into sculls all bunched up trying not to drift into the bank and each other. The course itself was gorgeous but to a newcomer like myself, it was also a bit unpredictable especially along the bank when a bush or a tree branch jutted out. Overall I thought it was a very enjoyable course and regatta!”

This was a good way to start the season with some experience on our home course, getting us ready for the team racing competitions ahead this season. Thanks to Wallingford Rowing Club for organising such a successful event!

The elite scullers Harriet Austin and Emily Cameron racing towards the finish line.