2015 Franckeiss Cup: Race Report for the Annual Runners Rowing Race
Sunday 6th December 2015 at The Skiff Club, Teddington
This year’s entries were from six clubs:-
26.2, Hercules Wimbledon, Ranelagh, Stragglers, Thames Hare and Hounds and Walton AC
What was remarkable is the way in which competitors who had never been in a skiff until a couple of weeks before, had after a very short training proved themselves to be worthy opposition and sometimes winners over more experienced crews. Ranelagh in particular was on a wing and a prayer, as 75% of their crews had never been in a skiff until a short training session the day before. Those losing by small margins set themselves to win next year, vowing vengeance!
The Men’s Doubles
The final was won by the Thames Hare and Hounds crew, who thus wrested the Franckeiss Cup from Hercules Wimbledon who had won the cup in the previous two years, this time represented by CD Riches and Mark White.
H&H Chris Daniels, Andrew Arbour, cox Genna Palmer Time 2.39 Distance 3 lengths
In the previous heats, the Ranelagh crew of Tom Mollett and Paul Gregory, cox Fran Kenden lost out to the HW crew in a close race, and the Stragglers crew of Hubert Cibis and Dominic North had a problem with a stretcher (foot board) coming loose and finishing well behind TH&H in the next heat.
The Mixed Doubles
A very exciting race as HW crew’s challenge saw them in the final yards overtake the veteran Walton AC crew of Kevin Sheppard and Lisa Adams, setting the fastest time of the day.
Hercules Wimbledon – Tim Lynch, Ana Mijic, cox Fran Kenden Time 2.32 Distance 1 length
The Ladies’ Doubles
This was a straight final with two ladies crews from 26.2, and one Ranelagh crew – racing three abreast and was fought out right to the finish. It is rare to see three skiffs finishing so closely. At the end, there was just over two lengths between the three crews, which was won by 26.2 in first and second places.
26.2 Kate Hancock, Janneke Zoeteman, cox John Previte Time 2.54 Distance ½ length