Scullers Head of the River Race. Saturday, 28th November, 2009.
Four of Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Clubs Veteran Scullers competed in the
Scullers Head of the River Race, on the Thames on Saturday (28th November). This
is a processional race for single sculls over the 4.25 mile championship course
from Mortlake to Putney. First sculled in 1954, this year’s race involved almost
500 scullers attracting entries from all over the United Kingdom and the world,
with standards ranging from internationals to novices.
The best result for the Ryde Scullers came from Ian Hayden competing in the
Veteran B category where he finished in an impressive second place and 65th
overall in a time of 22 minutes 12 seconds.
The other three Ryde Scullers were competing in the Veteran C category where the
best performance came from Nick Pike, who finished 4th in that status, 133rd
overall in a time of 22 minutes 51 seconds. Russell Page finished in 6th place
in the category, 164th overall in a time of 23 minutes 4 seconds with Mike
Jenner just behind him in 7th place, 176th overall with a time of 22 minutes 42
With all fours Scullers finishing in the top half of and one inside the top 100
this was an impressive set of results for the Ryde Scullers.
The best result from any Islander came from Ryde member Ashley Maitland, racing
for London Rowing Club in the IM1 category he finished 3rd in his status and
32nd overall in a time of 21 minutes 53 seconds.