Alan Campbell who sculled over to win the 2012 Wingfield Sculls. This picture is of him passing the finish post in the 2010 race.
Tim Koch writes from London,
The 172nd Wingfield Sculls, previewed on HTBS on 29 October, was held on a windy and choppy Thames on 1 November. Unfortunately, the expected race between the Olympic Champion, Mahe Drysdale, and the Olympic Bronze Medalist, Alan Campbell, and the defending Wingfields Champion, Alan Freeman-Pask, did not take place as Drysdale and Freeman-Pask withdrew due to injury leaving Campbell to scull over for the title in a time of 24 minutes. The disappointed winner was quoted on the British Rowing website as saying ‘I know what’s it like – last year I suffered from an injury and it’s not a race you can take lightly. Physically it’s very tough’. He had beaten Drysdale when they met in the 2009 race.
2012 Women’s Wingfields winner Beth Rodford sculling in the 2010 race. She is watched by the senior surviving Wingfields Champion, Doug Melvin who won in 1955 and 1958.
All four competitors made it to the start of the Women’s Race which turned out to be a hard fought event in tough conditions. Beth Rodford raced and lost in 2010 and 2011 but this year finally won in 23′ 32”. She wrote on Twitter: ‘Wind & wash = survival rowing! Good race though’. Rodford was followed by Debbie Flood, 23′ 43”, Imogen Walsh, 24′ 02” and Jess Eddie 25′ 30”.
The prizes were presented by Mahe Drysdale and the umpire, Sophie Hosking (2008 and 2009 Wingfields Champion and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist).