14 November 2017
Tim Koch notes that the Wingfield Sculls Committee recently posted the following on Instagram:
The 177th Wingfield Sculls and the 11th Women’s Wingfields will be raced this Thursday, 16 November, over the Championship course from Putney to Chiswick Bridge.
The women’s race will commence at 10:15 am, where we will have a new champion. Only Victoria Thornley has challenged for the title previously, in 2013 & 2014. Coming off the back of a Silver Medal at the recent World Championships and the Olympics last year, she is eager to take the Wingfields title this time around. She is up against recent U23 World Champion and sister of our 2015 Champion, Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne, together with Francesca Rawlins and Suzi Perry – who are all very much at home on the Tideway.
The men’s race will commence at 11:30 am with Jamie Kirkwood looking to defend his title against a Tideway Scullers Armada involving previous challengers Sean Blake, up and coming Junior, Laurence Joss, Nathan O’Reilly, and 2015 U23 Silver Medalist, Richard Clarke.
The Wingfields began in 1830 when Henry Colsell Wingfield presented a pair of miniature silver sculls ‘to be held by the best’. The Women’s Wingfields is a revival of the Women’s Amateur Rowing Championship first raced in 1927 and reactivated under the Wingfield’s banner in 2007.
HTBS will be covering this historic event which also carries the grandiose titles of ‘The British Amateur Sculling Championship’ and ‘The Championship of the Thames’.