Updated: May 28, 2019
Chris got in touch with me when he saw the new website, and having heard a little about his time at Hereford Rowing Club, I thought I would share for for old times sake. Chris is 72 years young, and started rowing almost 60 years ago. What great "Then and Now photos".
In Chris' words.....
I didn't have a very remarkable rowing career but I enjoyed every minute of my time at HRC (except for the training)??????
I Started rowing at Whitecross school when Johnnie Hartland came to the school. Won 4 times in 2 years whilst at School - Hereford City Regatta, Llandaff & at Hereford Schools Regatta. I remember once at Derby Regatta us 14/15 year old's racing a Derby School 4 who stripped off their GB tracksuits on the start. They were 18/19 years old at this Public school. In 1962 whilst at Whitecross during the summer holidays I rowed for HRC & at Stourport Regatta won what was then 'Maiden Fours'.
After school I rowed for HRC in two stints 1964 - 1968 & again in the 70's (mostly in 4's). I won about a further 9/10 times (can't remember exactly) but some of the wins were at Bewdley, Bristol Avon, Burton-on-Trent, Penarth, Ross (stroking an 8),Stratford-upon-Avon & at the Tideway Sculling Regatta (cutting attached).
In my last year at HRC I spent most of that time racing in a pair with Mick Jones only to come up against Lambert & Johnson from Worcester either in early rounds, semis & 1 final - where we lost every time to them. Thankfully they came to HRC to help win us the Britannia Cup.
I Rowed in the Head of the River a few times. Best result I believe (the only time I got into the 1st eight) was 50th.
Head of the River crew (161) which was either the 2nd or 2rd crew that year. Bow - Paul Morris 2 - Tony Hickling 3 - Martin Bailey 4 - Malcolm Starting 5 - John Matthews 6 - Pete Knight 7 - Hugh Davis Stroke - Chris Henry Cox - Ellis ********
Head of the River 1st crew (believe we came 50th).
Bow - Mick Palfrey 2 - Chris Henry 3 - Richard Attwood 4 - Don Hailey 5 - Ron Watkins 6 - Mike Griffiths 7 - John Matthews Stroke - John Wood Cox - ********
Any other past or present members like to share their stories.....
Drop the Captain@herefordrc.co.uk a line - it's great to hear from you all.