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Mark Woodcock
This year's Pangbourne Junior Sculls was held on Saturday 11 November at Beale Park. This long standing event in the British junior rowing calendar met with a damp, overcast day but thankfully free of the strong winds forecast, and in as slow stream conditions as for a summer regatta.
Thanks to some great support from parents and cooperation from our visiting schools and clubs, the day, comprising two divisions, went very smoothly with some 330 crews successfully negotiating the course and recording a time.
We spread our own Pangbourne scullers across as many events as we could. While this meant we didn’t win any of them outright, it was pleasing to pick up eight sets of medals. Without mentioning all our competitors and performances, for the senior girls, Charlotte Bateman and Sophie Seager were third in their double scull, with Lottie Moody and Frankie Allen just three seconds behind them in fifth place. However, marginally faster than both were our Under 16 double of Merle Bothur and Theresa Roth. Charlotte and Lottie then tied for second place in Sch/Jnr B single sculls, with Sophie a few seconds quicker in finishing under a second off third place in Sch/Jnr A single sculls. 
The senior boys raced in three quads and a double, with both the top quad, comprising Jack Rogers, Barney Symons, John Pan and stroked by Tim Wiethoff, and double, comprising Ed Digby and Philip Garnier, finishing second. Equally pleasing were fifth place and eighth place respectively for the other two quads, the latter containing three students who only began rowing this term. Ed then took third place in Sch/Jnr A singles, with Philip a few seconds back in fourth place, and Barney and Jack second and third places respectively in Sch/Jnr B singles. Tim missed out on the medals in Under 16 singles, although would have won comfortably had he been entered for Sch/Jnr B.
Thanks are due to all our helpers and officials and particularly to Anna Towers, our entries secretary and mother of Luke Towers, who won a World Silver medal in Rio while Captain of Boats two years ago. Also, to our boatman, David Cox, who worked tirelessly along with Tina Thomas, senior girls’ coach, to ensure that all the pontoons were secured amid a myriad of other jobs in the week beforehand to help the event run safely. Finally, to Alison Knowles for her hard work and coordination of the various groups involved, who combined to make this the best PJS yet by all accounts.
Reporting by Director of Rowing Mark Woodcock
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