Reports and results from Henley will be added to the bottom this page at the end of each Summer Term.

History of results at Henley Royal Regatta (HRR)

Since 1919, Shrewsbury has won more events at Henley Royal Regatta than any other school both in the UK and overseas with a total of 14 wins.

Since 1987, Shrewsbury has reached the Saturday Semi Final of The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup on four occasions: 1994, 1997, 2006 and 2008. The 2007 Shrewsbury School First VIII won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at HRR becoming the fastest UK and international school VIII (competitors included national schools champions from USA, Canada and Australia).

The 1976, 1982 and 2006 First VIIIs were the National Schools Champions of Great Britain, winning the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Cup at the National Schools Regatta. The 2008 First VIII was also National Schools Champions of Great Britain, winning the Championship Eights event at the Eton Schools Regatta, after the National Schools Regatta was cancelled due to bad weather.

Ladies' Challenge Plate
The School first entered the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1912. In 1919 the regatta was named the Henley Peace Regatta and various Cups were loaned to the Regatta to mark the occasion. The Ladies’ Challenge Plate was not available and instead Shrewsbury entered for the Elsenham Cup, which was presented by Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart. The qualification was the similar to the Ladies’ Challenge Plate, being open to schools and universities. As the event is open to both schools and universities it is a great accomplishment for a school to reach the final or win. Other than Eton College Shrewsbury is the only school to have won the event more than once. In the 1931 final, the Shrewsbury School First VIII lost by just one third of a length to Jesus College, Cambridge.   

1919            Elsenham Cup Winner            
1924            Ladies’ Challenge Plate Winner
1931            Ladies’ Challenge Plate Finalist
1932            Ladies’ Challenge Plate Winner

The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup
This was instituted for eights in 1946 for public schools in the United Kingdom and opened to overseas entries in 1964.

1947            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Finalist
1955            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner
1957            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Finalist
1960            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner
1961            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner
2007            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner

Special Race for Schools
This event was introduced in 1974  for school VIIIs and held on the Saturday and Sunday of Henley due to problems with the A level exam timetable. Of the 16 occasions the event was run Shrewsbury won 7 times and lost in the final 4 times.

The Cup was later renamed the Fawley Challenge Cup for Quadruple Sculls.

1974            Finalist
1975            Winner
1976            Winner
1978            Finalist
1980            Winner
1981            Winner
1982            Winner
1983            Finalist
1984            Winner
1985            Winner
1986            Finalist (1988 was the last year for the Special Race for Schools)

Reports and results from Henley will be added here at the end of each Summer Term, for as long as our First VIII remain there. Please use the links on the right to see earlier Henley coverage (going back to 2008).

Reports from Henley (going back to 2008)


Tuesday 23 June 2015

  • Senior Girls' Quad qualify for Henley Royal Regatta
    Many congratulations to the Senior Girls' Quad, who have made history by becoming Shrewsbury first ever girls' crew to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta.

    They raced against Henley Rowing Club in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup on Thursday 2nd July. Although they were beaten in the race, they can take great pride in all that they have achieved this season and the fact that they are now competing at the same level as the boys' 1st VIII.

    The Senior Girls’ Quad departed for Henley-on-Thames on Thursday 18th June with two days of preparation on the Henley course ahead, before the start of the Henley Women's Regatta where they would contest the Junior Quad.

    The crew of Laetitia Tay, Sian Hinton, Claudia Kimpton-Smith and Abi Reynolds turned heads as they completed their training paddles on the famous course and received support from both senior crews and umpires as they completed their final preparations. 

    On Saturday morning the Shrewsbury Quad contested the time trial from which 19 entrants would be reduced to 16. The Shrewsbury Quad was the second crew to time trial down the course and they did so sending a message of strength and intention which saw them easily qualify for the following rounds.

    At midday the Quad contested their first round against a composite crew from Doncaster, Bradford and Lincoln Rowing Clubs. The Shrewsbury quad stormed down the first five hundred meters of the course, putting themselves in a strong position and enabling them to lower the rate and control the remainder of the race and secure an ‘easily’ verdict.

    As the Quad boated for their second round against Staines Rowing Club the heavens opened, drenching the course in a heavy rain storm. The Shrewsbury girls were not deterred by the soggy conditions and once again put on a display of strong oarswoman-ship, leading the race the from start to finish and winning with a lead of three and a half lengths.

    The win against Staines saw the Shrewsbury Quad take their place in the semi-final against Surbiton High School, bronze medalists from National Schools. The girls knew this would be their toughest race of the weekend and rose to the challenge, charging out of the stake boats level with Surbiton. At the barrier Surbiton took a length on the Shrewsbury Quad and despite holding them at this length throughout the race, they were not able to take back the distance and lost to Surbiton by one length and one third.

    Despite missing out on a place in the final, the girls can take pride in having been in such close contention with the crew that went on to win the event.

    Having gone on to qualify for Henley Royal Regatta, the girls now look forward to racing against Henley Rowing Club on Thursday 2nd July in the Diamond Jubilee Cup.

    The boys' 1st VIII raced against Hampton School in the heats of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup on Wednesday 1st July; they were beaten by three-quarters of a length.

    Tess Fitton