Regatta Stream Stories

Trophies

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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The Reading Grand Challenge Cup

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Eights

The Guinness Cup

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Coxed Fours

The Stanmore Challenge Bowl

The Stanmore Challenge Bowl was anonymously presented to the Regatta Committee in 1950 for competition among Senior Fours of the Stewards Cup Class.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Coxless Fours

The Reading Challenge Vase

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 Fours.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Quadruple Sculls

The Dymore Brown Challenge Cup

A race for pairs was introduced in 1935 and in the following year Mr. And Mrs. Dymore Brown presented the Dymore Brown Challenge Cup



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Coxless Pairs

The Harrison Jones Challenge Trophy

The trophy for double sculls was presented in memory of Sydney Harrison-Jones in 1932.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Double Sculls

The Charles Dodd Challenge Cup

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open single Sculls

Austin Balsom Challenge Cup

Mr Francis A. Balsom presented the Austin Balsom Challenge Cup in 1950 for Thames Class Eights.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Eights

The J.P. Turrill Challenge Cup

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 1974



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Coxed Fours

The Sandeman Challenge Cup

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 1881.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Coxless Fours

The Logan Dahne Cup

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Quadruple Sculls

The Haslam Trophy

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Coxless Pairs

The Newman Memorial Trophy

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Double Sculls

The Miller Cup

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Single Sculls

The University Of Reading Challenge Trophy

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Junior 18 Eights

The Lipscombe Cup

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 event.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Junior 18 Coxed Fours

The Reading Challenge Bowl

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Junior 18 Coxless Fours

Colonel Field Challenge Trophy for public school fours

This trophy was originally presented by the committee for Public School Fours, probably in 1908.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Junior 18 Quadruple Sculls.

Royal Military College Challenge Cup for junior eights

This cup was originally presented to the regatta in 1923 for Junior Eights.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Junior 18 Eights.

The Tonbridge Cup

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Junior 18 Coxed Fours

Janet D. Snow Trophy

The Janet D. Snow Trophy was first presented in 1977 in memory of Mrs. Janet Snow for Senior B Eights.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Junior 18 Coxless Fours

The Royal Military Academy Challenge Cup

This trophy was presented to the Regatta by the R.M.A. Sandhurst in June 1971.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Junior 18 Quadruple Sculls

The Vulcan Challenge Shield

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.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Open Junior 16 Quadruple Sculls.

The James E. Mallard Cup

No information on this cup is available



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’s Junior 16 Coxed fours

The Botley & Lewis Challenge Cup

The Botley & Lewis Challenge Cup for Junior Scullers was presented to the Regatta Committee by the Reading Silversmiths, Messrs. Botley & Lewis in 1924.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to Womens’sJunior 16 Quadruple Sculls

The Radley Cup

This cup, bearing an 1898 hallmark, was presented to the Reading Junior Regatta. In 2009 the cup was made the Victor Ludorum trophy for the most successful club in the Mini-Regatta raced over 500 m.



In 2018 this trophy is allocated to the most successful club in the Junior 13 & 14 events.

Saunders Challenge Cup

This Cup was presented by Edward Francis Saunders Esq in 1913. In 2009 the cup was made the Victor Ludorum trophy for the most successful club over the weekend in races over 1500 and 1100 m.



In 2018 this trophy continues to be allocated to the most successful club over the weekend, excluding the Junior 13 & 14 events on the sunday (for which the Radley Cup is awarded).