Records fall at Henley in the Temple Challenge CupThe Freshmen of University of California, Berkeley, departed the script of warm-up to the Olympic stars by breaking records this morning in the Temple Challenge Cup, beating a strong Dutch crew in the process.They reached the Barrier in 1:46 and Fawley in 3:00 and finished in 6:21. Exactly an hour later another Dutch University crew, A.S.R Nereus, put spice into the future rounds of this fiercely-contested event by equalling the Californians’ time.For Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed, Britain’s world men’s pair silver medallists and Olympic men’s four champions, today marked a gentle start to their Henley campaign. They beat a Worcester Rowing Club pair comfortably in the Silver Goblets and Nickall’s Challenge. Alan Campbell, from the GB team, was similarly untroubled in the Diamond Challenge Sculls.Triggs Hodge and Reed’s most threatening opposition, from Greece and Italy, both looked impressive in defeating pairs from Molesey Boat Club – of which Triggs Hodge is Captain.The Upper Yarra Rowing Club eight in the Thames Challenge Cup also caught spectators’ attention. They swept their American opponents aside, setting a mark of 1:47 to the Barrier.Tomorrow’s racing includes a full programme of quarter-finals. The semi-finals are on Saturday and the Finals take place on Sunday starting at 11.30am.Tickets are available in the Regatta Enclosure priced from £15.00 for Friday and Sunday but Saturday is sold out.For further information contact the Henley Royal Regatta Press Office on (01491) 572 153 or (01491) 579387
SCHOOLS in and around Henley were closed today as teachers staged a mass walkout in a dispute over pension reforms.
AN Upper Thames RC crew’s hopes of success at Henley Royal Regatta were dashed as a result of today’s teachers’ strike.
SIR Steve Redgrave will take to the water at Henley Royal Regatta tomorrow (Friday).
Catch up with all the live results as they come in on the second day of the Henley Royal Regatta
ABOUT 100 people attended a “show off your bike day” for Velocette enthusiasts on Saturday.
A WOMAN has launched an UKP18,000 fund-raising campaign to buy a wheelchair for her disabled son.
AN Eighties pop star and an 11-year-old boy singer stole the show at Shiplake Carnival on Saturday.
A NEW sports pavilion has been unveiled by Kidmore End Parish Council.