All winners of events, or bands within the more popular events, will be presented with medals. Most of Saturday’s events over the 1500 m Championship Course are associated with trophies, seven of which date back to the late nineteenth century. Where there is more than one band in an event then the trophy is associated with the top band.
The following photo gallery holds pictures and information on the trophies of the Reading Amateur Regatta.
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Saunders Challenge Cup - Most Successful Club - Senior & Masters
This cup was presented by Edward Francis Saunders Esq in 1913. In 2009 this cup was made a Victor Ludorum trophy.
It will be awarded to the most successful club in Senior and Masters events over the weekend.
The Radley Cup - Most Successful Club - Schools & Junior
This cup, bearing an 1898 hallmark, was presented to the Reading Junior Regatta. In 2009 this cup was made a Victor Ludorum trophy.
It will be awarded to the most successful club in Schools and Junior events over the weekend
The Reading Grand Challenge Cup - Op 8+
The Reading Grand Challenge cup for Senior Eights was presented to the committee by the then
governor of Reading Jail, Captain Carleton V. Blyth, when the Regatta was revived in 1877.
Although there was a Grand Challenge event in the regatta programme at various times in the following years, it did not prosper until its reintroduction in 1950. The Reading Grand Challenge Cup then returned to its rightful position and Mr Francis A. Balsom presented the Austin Balsom Challenge Cup for Thames Class Eights.
This trophy is allocated to Open Eights
The Guinness Cup - Op 4+
A race for Senior Coxed Fours was introduced by the Regatta Committee in 1959 in order to assist
the A.R.A. to improve standards of British Rowing in the international field. The Guinness cup was presented in 1964 by Messrs.
Arthur Guinness,Son and Co. (Park Royal) ltd.
This trophy is allocated to Open Coxed Fours
The Stanmore Challenge Bowl - Op 4-
The Stanmore Challenge Bowl was anonymously presented to the Regatta Committee in 1950 for
competition among Senior Fours of the Stewards Cup Class.
This trophy is allocated to Open Coxless Fours
The Reading Challenge Vase - Op 4x
The Reading Challenge Vase was presented to the Regatta by the late George Palmer Esq., M.P. in 1879
for Coxed Fours. In 1881 it was changed so that coxless fours could compete for the trophy, later this became the Wyford Class
This trophy is allocated to Open Quadruple Sculls
The Dymore Brown Challenge Cup - Op 2-
A race for pairs was introduced in 1935 and in the following year Mr. And Mrs. Dymore Brown
presented the Dymore Brown Challenge Cup
This trophy is allocated to Open Coxless Pairs
The Harrison Jones Challenge Trophy - Op 2x
The trophy for double sculls was presented in memory of Sydney Harrison-Jones in 1932.
This trophy is allocated to Open Double Sculls
The Charles Dodd Challenge Cup - Op 1x
The Charles Dodd Challenge Cup for Senior Sculls was presented by Mr Charles Dodd, the then President, to commemorate his 40 years association with the regatta.
This trophy is allocated to Open single Sculls
Austin Balsom Challenge Cup - W 8+
Mr Francis A. Balsom presented the Austin Balsom Challenge Cup in 1950 for Thames Class Eights.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Eights
The J.P. Turrill Challenge Cup - W 4+
The J.P. Turrill Challenge Cup was presented to the Committee in May 1974 by the Turrill Family in
memory of Col. J.P. Turrill of Reading Rowing Club. It was first awarded for the Senior B Coxed Fours at the Senior Regatta in
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Coxed Fours
The Sandeman Challenge Cup - W 4-
The Sandeman Challenge Cup was presented by the late Mr. A.G. Sandeman to the Regatta in 1880.
It was given for competition for Fours from clubs between Oxford and Staines, but was transferred to an Eights event in
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Coxless Fours
The Logan Dahne Cup - W 4x
Dr. S.F. Logan Dahne, President of the Regatta,
on the occasion of his retirement when he left Reading in 1966 to return to his native Wales, presented the Logan Dahne Cup for Junior-Senior Coxed Fours, a new event introduced that year by the Committee.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Quadruple Sculls
The Haslam Trophy - W 2-
The J. Haslam Trophy for Novice Eights was presented in memory of J. Haslam, the Reading auctioneer. The original cup was lost in 1966 and a replacement trophy was obtained to fit onto the original plinth.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Coxless Pairs
The Newman Memorial Trophy - W 2x
The Newman Memorial Trophy was presented to the Regatta Committee in 1966 on the dissolution of the
Reading Tradesmen's Regatta Committee. For many years Mr. Newman was the Boatman to the Reading Tradesmen's Rowing Club. It was
first offered for competition among Novice Fours (lightweight) in 1967.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Double Sculls
The Miller Cup - W 1x
In 1924 a race for Junior Senior Scullers was instituted and in 1931, the late Mr. A.W. Miller
presented the Miller Cup to the Committee.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Single Sculls
The University Of Reading Challenge Trophy - Op J 8+
Members of the University of Reading presented the University of Reading Challenge Trophy for public school fours in 1927. On the formation of the Junior Regatta in 1953, the trophy was transferred to Public School Eights (Princess Elizabeth Cup Class) but to widen the entry in 1956, it was made open only to Public School Eights not competing at Henley Royal Regatta.
This trophy is allocated to Open Schools & Junior Eights
The Lipscombe Cup - Op J 4+
In 1954 Mr. N.H. Lipscombe, for many years Secretary of the Regatta Committee and successively
Chairman of the Clinker Boat Regatta Committee and of the Reading Amateur Regatta Committee, presented the Lipscombe
Challenge Cup for competition amongst local schools. It was awarded to the winners of the Junior School (Colts) Four
This trophy is allocated to Open Schools and Junior Coxed Fours
The Reading Challenge Bowl - Op J 4-
The Reading Challenge Bowl was presented to the Regatta by Arthur Hill Esq in 1879; initially for competition among scullers then as a challenge bowl for Junior Fours from 1892.
This trophy is allocated to Open Schools & Junior Coxless Fours
Colonel Field Challenge Trophy for public school fours - Op J 4x
This trophy was originally presented by the committee for Public School Fours, probably in 1908.
This trophy is allocated to Open Schools & Junior Quadruple Sculls.
Royal Military College Challenge Cup for junior eights - W J 8+
This cup was originally presented to the regatta in 1923 for Junior Eights.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Schools & Junior Eights.
The Tonbridge Cup - W J 4+
In June 1972 the Tonbridge School presented the Tonbridge Cup to the Regatta. It was allocated to
the winners of the Junior 15 Coxed Four event.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Schools & Junior Coxed Fours
Janet D. Snow Trophy - W J 4-
The Janet D. Snow Trophy was first presented in 1977 in memory of Mrs. Janet Snow for Senior B
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Schools & Junior Coxless Fours
The Royal Military Academy Challenge Cup - W J 4x
This trophy was presented to the Regatta by the R.M.A. Sandhurst in June 1971.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Schools & Junior Quadruple Sculls
Junior 16 Trophies
The Jane Club (UK) Trophy - J16 4+
This trophy was donated to the Regatta by the Jane Club (UK) in 2019 to balance the trophy allocation between open and female junior events. It is awarded to the winner of the open Schools and Junior 16 Coxed Fours event. Jane Club (UK) is based on the OXON bank of the Regatta course.
This trophy is allocated to open Schools & Junior 16 Coxed Fours.
The Vulcan Challenge Shield - J16 4x
The shield was presented by members of the Reading Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1896 and was awarded to the winner of the Maiden and subsequently Novice Sculls event.
This trophy is allocated to Open Schools & Junior 16 Quadruple Sculls.
The James E. Mallard Cup - W J16 4+
No information on this cup is available
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Schools & Junior 16 Coxed fours
The Botley & Lewis Challenge Cup - W J16 4x
The Botley & Lewis Challenge Cup for Junior Scullers was presented to the Regatta Committee by
the Reading Silversmiths, Messrs. Botley & Lewis in 1924.
This trophy is allocated to Womens’s Schools & Junior 16 Quadruple Sculls