STAGING Sparkling performances in the sunshine during time trials - British Rowing

Sparkling performances in the sunshine during time trials

Familiar faces and aspiring Olympic debutants were among the pacesetters as the GB Rowing Team Olympic-season trials began on a glorious Spring morning in Caversham.


Alan Campbell went fastest in the men's single scull time trial © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images

Vicky Thornley, winner of the Trials in the past two seasons, got the time trials under way and promptly set the standard in the women’s single scull with a time of 7:14.79.

Impressing behind her were three young rowers – Holly Nixon, Jess Leyden and Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne – while Katie Greves, whose pairs partner Zoe Lee had to pull out through injury, was fifth-fastest on the 1,900m course.


London 2012 bronze-medalist Alan Campbell, an eight-times winner of the Trials, laid down the marker in what promises to be a hotly-contested men’s single competition with the quickest time of 6:37.96.

Angus Groom, winner of the December assessment, Jonny Walton and Sam Townsend all posted times within two seconds of Campbell, with John Collins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambert and Jack Beaumont also in the mix.

Vicky Thornley © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images
Charlotte Taylor © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images

Last year’s lightweight women’s single contest was fiercely fought between Charlotte Taylor, Imogen Walsh and Olympic champion Kat Copeland.

And those three look set to challenge for top spot again this year, with Taylor just getting the better of Walsh and Copeland in the time trials. Ellie Piggott, Brianna Stubbs and Emily Craig – all silver-medalists in the lightweight quad at last year’s World Championships – made up the top six.

Will Fletcher, winner of the December Assessment, again set the pace in the lightweight men’s single to come home in 6:55.50.

Sam Mottram, who made his senior debut at the 2015 World Championships, was second fastest, just ahead of Zak Lee-Green and two-times Trials winner Jamie Kirkwood.

Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images
Will Fletcher © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images

The lightweight men’s pair competition is a four-way tussle, with today’s time trial determining the lanes for tomorrow’s final.

Olympic silver-medalist Chris Bartley and Mark Aldred went fastest in 6:25.41, with Sam Scrimgeour and Jono Clegg in second.

Leading the way in the women’s pair were Olympic, World and European Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who set a quick time of 6:53.23.

The chasing pack was led by four-time Olympian Frances Houghton, who has switched from sculling to sweep for these trials, and Olivia Carnegie-Brown.

GB Rowing Team Start graduate Karen Bennett and Melanie Wilson were third, just ahead of Jess Eddie and Polly Swann.

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images
Constantine Louloudis and Pete Reed © Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images

Eight reigning World Champions are contesting a stacked men’s pair competition and they provided four of the top five placings in the final time trial of the morning.

Double Olympic champion Pete Reed and Constantine Louloudis were quickest in 6:11.90, with Alex Gregory and Moe Sbihi – winners of the last two GB Trials – just beating men’s four World bronze-medalists Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes to second spot.

London 2012 bronze-medalists George Nash and Will Satch were fourth, with Matt Gotrel and Paul Bennett fifth.

The action heats up this afternoon with lane racing in the semi-finals – they start at 3.07pm BST.

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Race Results


(raced over 1900m)





1. Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers’ School) 6:37.96

2. Angus Groom (Leander Club) 6:38.71

3. Jonny Walton (Leander Club) 6:39.30

4. Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC) 6:39.53

5. John Collins (Leander Club) 6:41.32

6. Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC) 6:43.87

7. Peter Lambert (Leander Club) 6:44.78

8. Jack Beaumont (Leander Club) 6:45.28

9. Nick Middleton (Leander Club) 6:49.35

10. Rowan Law (Leander Club) 7:00.27

11. Jon Stimpson (Nottingham RC) 7:00.73

12. Frazier Christie (Leander Club) 7:01.26

13. Harry Leask (Leander Club) 7:02.57

14. George Stewart (Molesey BC) 7:07.19

15. Sam Twine (Reading Univ Boat Club) 7:08.43




1. Pete Reed (Leander Club) / Constantine Louloudis (Oxford Univ Boat Club) 6:11.90

2. Alex Gregory (Leander Club) / Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC) 6:15.45

3. Alan Sinclair (Leander Club) / Stewart Innes (Leander Club) 6:15.83

4. George Nash (Molesey BC) / Will Satch (Leander Club) 6:16.17

5. Matthew Gotrel (Leander Club) / Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC) 6:17.03

6. Tom Ransley (Leander Club) / Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) 6:17.69

7. Matt Langridge (Leander Club) / Andrew T Hodge (Molesey BC) 6:19.65

8. Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC) / Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) 6:19.78

9. Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC) / Callum McBrierty (Leander Club) 6:21.37

10. George Rossiter (Leander Club) / Barnaby Stentiford (Leander Club) 6:23.23

11. Chris Boddy (Leander Club) / Thomas Ford (Leander Club) 6:26.11

12. William Warr (Leander Club) / Matt Rossiter (Leander Club) 6:26.14

13. Timothy Clarke (Leander Club) / Phil Congdon (Leander Club) 6:28.56

14. James Rudkin (Newcastle Univ BC) / Lewis McCue (Robert Gordon Univ BC) 6:28.71

15. Adam Neil (Leander Club) / Cameron Buchan (Leander Club) 6:34.20

16. Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) / Matthew Aldridge (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) 6:38.18

17. Luke Moon (Molesey BC) / Chris Heywood (Molesey BC) 6:38.59

DNS Michael Glover (Oxford Brookes University BC) / Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes University BC)




1. Victoria Thornley (Leander Club) 7:14.79

2. Holly Nixon (Leander Club) 7:19.46

3. Jess Leyden (Leander Club) 7:26.04

4. Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Reading Univ BC) 7:26.19

5. Katie Greves (Leander Club) 7:28.62

6. Tina Stiller (Tees RC) 7:30.31

7. Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club) 7:31.15

8. Emily Carmichael (Leander Club) 7:38.49

9. Georgia Francis (Imperial College BC) 7:41.23

10. Sam Courty (Reading RC) 7:43.69




1. Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC) / Heather Stanning (Army RC) 6:53.23

2. Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club) / Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) 7:04.45

3. Karen Bennett (Leander Club) / Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC) 7:06.29

4. Jessica Eddie (London RC) / Polly Swann (Leander Club) 7:07.51

5. Ro Bradbury (Leander Club) / Louisa Reeve (Leander Club) 7:09.62

6. Fiona Gammond (Leander Club) / Holly Norton (Leander Club) 7:12.92

7. Vicki Meyer-Laker (Leander Club) / Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial) 7:12.96

8. Caragh McMurtry (Southampton Coalporters) / Rebecca Chin (Agecroft RC) 7:26.46

9. Beth Bryan (Tees RC) / Jo Wratten (Tees RC) 7:28.13




1. Will Fletcher (Leander Club) 6:55.50

2. Samuel Mottram (Leander Club) 7:00.31

3. Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC) 7:01.37

4. Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club) 7:01.46

5. Jonathan Jackson (Leander Club) 7:02.85

6. Sam Tuck (Molesey BC) 7:03.00

7. John Hale (Imperial College BC) 7:04.44




1. Chris Bartley (Leander Club) / Mark Aldred (London RC) 6:25.41

2. Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC) / Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club) 6:27.11

3. Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) / Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) 6:28.12

4. Charles Waite-Roberts (Leander Club) / Jamie Copus (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) 6:31.69




1. Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC) 7:28.59

2. Imogen Walsh (London RC) 7:30.08

3. Kat Copeland (Tees RC) 7:31.72

4. Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC) 7:37.47

5. Brianna Stubbs (Wallingford RC) 7:38.64

6. Emily Craig (Univ of London BC) 7:40.08

7. Fran Rawlins (Leander Club) 7:46.88

8. Ellie Lewis (Agecroft RC) 7:51.97

9. Maddie Arlett (Edinburgh Univ BC) 7:55.36

10. Robyn Hart-Winks (Edinburgh Univ Boat Club) 7:56.98


Crew List


(As at Monday 21 March) Pairs listed from bow to stroke.


* denotes U23




Tom Barras (Leander Club/Staines/07.01.94)* MED – withdrawn

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.83)

Frazier Christie (Leander Club/Bath/11.01.93)

John Collins (Leander Club/Whitton/24.01.89)

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)

Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)

Rowan Law (Leander Club/Nottingham/01.12.96)*

Harry Leask (Leander Club/Edinburgh/16.10.95)*

Nick Middleton (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/12.08.88)

George Stewart (Molesey BC/Esher/14.04.95)*

Jon Stimpson (Nottingham RC/Gex, France/18.07.90)

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)

Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)

Sam Twine (Reading Univ BC/Tavistock/06.01.94)*

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)


Chris Boddy (Leander Club/Thornaby-on-Tees/16.11.87)/Thomas Ford (Leander Club/Holmes Chapel/03.10.92)

Timothy Clarke (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/07.04.91)/Phil Congdon (Leander Club/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.89)

Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.90)/Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)

Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lane End/03.04.94)*/Matthew Aldridge (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Christchurch/11.03.96)*

Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)/Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)

Michael Glover (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Burnham/03.06.95)* /Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Withiel/13.05.95)*

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)/Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)

Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)/Andrew T Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden/03.03.79)

Luke Moon (Molesey BC/Deal/25.03.93)/Chris Heywood (Molesey BC/Ascot/29.05.94)*

George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)/Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)

Adam Neill (Leander Club/Peterborough/29.05.90)/Cameron Buchan (Leander Club/Dunipace/03.12.92)

Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)/Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)

Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)/Constantine Louloudis (Oxford Univ BC/London/15.09.91)

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)

George Rossiter (Leander Club/Newbury/09.03.92)/Barnaby Stentiford (Leander Club/Ippleden/06.02.91)

James Rudkin (Newcastle Univ BC/Northampton/07.07.94)*/Lewis McCue (Robert Gordon Uni/Aberdeen/26.12.94)*

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.85)/Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)

William Warr (Leander Club/Tunbridge Wells/12.03.92)/Matt Rossiter (Leander Club/Newbury/25.09.89)



Emily Carmichael (Leander Club/Cheltenham/29.05.92)

Sam Courty (Reading RC/Alnwick/07.01.93)

Debbie Flood (Leander Club/Guiseley/27.02.80) MED – withdrawn

Georgia Francis (Imperial College BC/Newbury/18.08.94)*

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75) (injured) MED  – withdrawn

Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Garboldisham/09.06.84)

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)

Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Reading Univ BC/Hereford/01.10.94)*

Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)

Holly Nixon (Leander Club/Enniskillen/07.12.93

Tina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)

Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)

Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ BC/Edinburgh/10.06.93) MED – withdrawn.


Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)/ Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)

Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)/Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)

Beth Bryan (Tees RC/Stockton-on-Tees/23.04.93)/Jo Wratten (Tees RC/Middlesbrough/23.03.92)

Rebecca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)/Caragh McMurtry (Southampton Coalporters/Southampton/22.08.91)

Jess Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)/Polly Swann (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.06.88)

Fiona Gammond (Leander Club/Bicester/19.10.92)/Holly Norton (Leander Club/Johannesburg, SA/01.01.93)

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)/ Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)

Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85) MED – Withdrawn

Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.09.80)/Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Henley-on-Thames/28.03.91)

Vicki Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)/Donna Etiebet (Imperial College BC/London/29.04.86)




Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85) (injured) MED – Withdrawn

Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)

John Hale (Imperial College BC/Cambridge/28.02.88)

Jonathan Jackson (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/02.06.95)*

Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club/Newcastle/30.08.89)

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/06.02.91)

Samuel Mottram (Leander Club/Stoke Mandeville/14.11.94)*

Sam Tuck (Molesey BC/Peterborough/26.07.93)


Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Wrexham/02.02.84)/Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18/04.87)

Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)*/Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ/Coleraine/14.03.90)

Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)/Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)

Charles Waite-Roberts (Leander Club/Basingstoke/06.11.92)/Jamie Copus (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/30.01.93)



Maddie Arlett (Edinburgh Univ BC/Selkirk/07.06.94)*

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Stockton-on-Tees/01.12.90)

Emily Craig (Univ of London BC/Mark Cross/30.11.92)

Gemma Hall (Wallingford RC/Wargrave/10.04.92) MED – withdrawn

Robyn Hart-Winks (Edinburgh Univ BC/Kirriemuir/07.10.93)

Ellie Lewis (Agecroft RC/Marlow/14.04.94)

Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Bedford/16.05.91)

Fran Rawlins (Leander Club/Uckfield/08.07.86)

Brianna Stubbs (Wallingford RC/Poole/13.07.91)

Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)



Henry Fieldman (Molesey BC/Barnes/25.11.88)

Phelan Hill (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)


Zoe De Toledo (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)

Matilda Horn (Univ of London BC/Windsor/16.08.92)


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