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Thames Rising

Winning Henley while working the nine to five? Ben Lewis makes it three in a row for Thames RC.


“Rowing is simple, you row long and you row hard”, says Thames Rowing Club Head Coach Ben Lewis who, with his no-nonsense philosophy, has overseen the club’s remarkable rise from perennial bridesmaids to three Henley Royal Regatta wins in the last three years. The latest of which being especially sweet as his second-string crew dispatched all other entries from both Britain and abroad to arrive at a Thames ‘A’ versus Thames ‘B’ final.

Winning just one event at Henley is notoriously tricky; a rat race based largely on right place, right time, and hopefully the right conditions.

The churn rate at the top is high; one year’s club champions can be the next year’s first-round fodder as personnel come and go. “Road bikes, dating apps and work pressures are club rowing’s biggest squeeze on talent right now”, believes Lewis. “Just getting the guys through the door and hanging on to them is tough enough.” So what’s his secret?

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