THE British Masters Championships again showed the strength and depth of Wallingford Rowing Club, who claimed four gold medals at Nottingham, writes John Wiggins.

Their efforts were curtailed by strengthening winds that caused cancellation midway through Sunday.

But it was not before Wallingford had won the women’s D (aged 50+) quads, eight and non-championship coxed four, plus the men’s D coxless four.

They also took the men’s H double (with Quintin RC), with a further three silver and one bronze medals to their credit.

Abingdon RC won gold in a composite mixed double scull (with Falcon RC) and the men’s F four, while Bev Ashton picked up silver in the B singles.

City of Oxford RC claimed a gold in the D/F pairs and silver in the mixed C double.

The wind was also a problem for Hinksey Sculling School, who organised the Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta.

Four-lane racing proved to be unworkable whereas processional time trials at least provided competition if not the excitement.

Headington’s youngsters won a gold (WJ13 quads), four silver and three bronze, while the Dragon School took home a gold (WJ12 doubles) and a silver. Radley College won gold in J14 quads and hosts, Hinksey a silver in WJ13 quads.

Radley were also in action at the Reading Amateur Regatta, where they won the IM1 eights before splitting the crew to win IM1 and IM2 fours.

Wallingford won the junior boys quads and City of Oxford the WIM2 fours as well as the J13 single and double.

At Marlow Town Regatta, Radley triumphed in the J14s octuple and quad, while the older boys won the IM3 eights and novice fours.

Magdalen College School picked up four trophies with success for their J14 boys and older scullers in singles and quads.

Falcon and Wallingford collected a win apiece, while City of Oxford had victories for their junior girls (J14 and J15 doubles and J16 quad) and their Masters C four.

Abingdon RC also had success for their female athletes in J15 as well as their novice quads and Masters C fours – all coxed by the Mentzel family, Kevin and daughters Pippa and Hetty.

Abingdon School won five finals at the Star Regatta in Bedford.