ABINGDON School made their mark at the Reading Small Boats Head, writes John Wiggins.

The shining lights were Connor Brown and Matthew Wiblin, who came in ahead of St Edward’s and Radley College to win the J18 pairs.

The Teddies pair of Campbell Nelson and Max Thompson had some consolation, however, with victory in the open event, while Radley starred in the fours.

In winning the intermediate event, Radley’s top boat of Archie McChesney, Max Dunlap, Max Senior, Ned Rae Smith and cox, Harrison Kane recorded the fastest time of the day.

Wins also came for Radley in the J17 fours (Rory Gearing, Felix Reynish, Felix Rawlinson, Will Nelson, cox Ted Williams) and in the beginners double sculls with Gearing and Max Cragoe.

Hinksey Sculling School came away empty-handed, but with four runners-up finishes.

Abingdon Rowing Club’s masters, Andrew Troup, Tim Baker, Gerard Simmonds, Simon Keogh and cox Karen Baker won the E coxed fours.

They also secured runner-up places in the pairs, courtesy of Gerard Simmonds and Chris Thomson (D section), as well as Simon Keogh and Simon Dawes (E).

Falcon Rowing Club raced at the Bedford Fours and Small Boats Head and justified their choice with three wins.

They dominated the open doubles, winning the class 1 event through Seb Siswick and Lorcan Nee and class 2 race with Alex Morrison and Patrick Harrington.

Siswick then picked up his second trophy of the day in the J16 single sculls, while the women’s quad missed success by a mere three seconds.