The return of the men

The return of the men

Wyfold Challenge Cup, 2003

Wyfold Challenge Cup, 2003

Over the past 25 years, Thames has returned to prominence in men’s rowing. Steady improvement from the late 1990s onwards culminated in an emphatic and highly emotional win in the Wyfold Challenge Cup for club coxless fours at Henley Royal Regatta in 2003 – the first Thames win at Henley in 47 years, and 133 years after Thames first came to prominence by winning the very same trophy.

Finals appearances in the Wyfold and the Britannia Challenge Cup followed in 2005 and the club took another Wyfold win in 2006.

From 2010, the focus moved to the quest to win the Thames Challenge Cup for club eights. It was back in 1934 that Thames last won the event, and both 1988 and 2001 had seen the club lose in the final. The frustration was to continue, with losses in the semi-finals in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and in the final in 2012.

Finally in 2015, coach Ben Lewis (in his second year at the club) took the men through a superb season. At the Head of the River Race, the first eight won the Vernon Trophy, for the fastest Tideway club, for the first time since the 1960s. The club also won the Intermediate 3 and Novice pennants.

At Henley, TRC qualified a record four eights for the Thames Cup – but importantly the first of these won the event, beating Rudern, Tennis und Hockey Club Bayer Leverkusen, Germany in the final.

Significantly, the majority of this crew had been in losing crews in previous years – the difference being Ben Lewis’s ability to get them training and performing at a higher level.

Following the Thames Cup win, TRC is focused on achieving further success in the Henley club events, but also on the greater challenge of stepping up to the intermediate events.

Thames Challenge Cup, 2015

Thames Challenge Cup, 2015

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