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5th September 2014 - UK School Games -
A great result for Harrison Nichols taking Silver behind England teammate and occassional R&REC visitor Amil Sinclair and winning team gold with the England Team. Alex Edwards secured 9th place Individually and a team silver with the Welsh team.
1st September 2014 - Start of season British Senior Mens Rankings for current or former club fencers
1st Gareth Thomas (Tiger Swords), 6th - Harrison Nichols, 13th James Frewin, 18th Jason Scrimshaw (LTFC), 20th Chris Howser (OPS), 21st William Grealey (Phit), 26th Laurence Peplow (Guildford), 28th Tom Edwards, 30th Edgar Hornby, 32nd Taran Nicholls.
Amazing that a local club can help so many of the current top fencers reach their peak.
( ***) fences under that club, however trains/used to train at R&REC
Mayday weekend 2014 - British Youth Championships
Continued success for R&REC with a host of madeallists, full details on the club facebook page.
14th September 2013 - Sainsbury's UK School Games
A new seasn and at the first really top rated event of the season great results continue for fencers who attend R&REC. William Grealey became School Games Champion, to confirm his great ability, and Pentathlete, Francesca Summers, showed that as a fencer, she is one of the absolute top in the country, losing in the priority minute to end up with a hard fought for silver medal. Amazing results for two of the England team members, with the team going home with every Gold Medal on offer in the fencing catagory as well as most of the Individual Silvers - Domination!!!.
23rd June 2013 - England Youth Championships
More good results for local/club fencers at this championships
Under 11 Boys - Jacob Foulsham was the pick of the local fencers coming 6th at the event, with Ethan Kew 13th, Luka Peacefield 14th, and Aiden Jones 25th.
Under 13 Boys - Arthur Baltay scores an impressive 7th place with Luc Tran 25th.
Under 15 Boys - Luke Jones was our only entry coming in 32nd, beating a higher seeded fencer in the last 64 after a poor 1st round by his standards, however with another year in the age-group a stronger result will be expected next year.
Under 11 Girks - Megan Haine scores a solid 18th place for CLFS.
Under 13 Girls - Local success with 3 of the medallists current or former R&REC fencers. Sarah Spice (CLFS) wins the title, with Laura Sheffield (now Brixton) 2nd and Charlotte Summers 3rd. Ellie Parmers 10th place will stand her in a great position next year when she will still be in the age-group. Emily Elstub took 17th place.
Under 15 Girls - Clara Baltay secured 9th place which is a great result for her. Stephanie Elstub 29th and Hana Peacefield 40th finished off the club results.
Well done to all that took part.
4th, 5th & 6th May 2013 - British Youth Championship Finals - Sheffield
Another haul of medals, however no titles this year with Harrison Nichols and Will Grealey losing to eventual champion Tommy Curren-Jones in the Semi Final and Final respectively, both 15-14 to take home bronze and silver. Ellie Parmar took silver in the Under 12 Girls with Bronzes going to Charlotte Summers (Under 14 Girls) and Katy Griffin (Under 18 Girls).
All in all another great competition which keeps R&REC in the top group of clubs for youth fencing in the county. Other top 16 results included Charlotte Wardle 9th and Gemma Frewin 11th in Under 18 Girls, Sarah Spice 6th (Under 14 Girls) & Evelyn Frewin 12th (Under 12 Girls).
Well done to all of you that attended.
14th April 2013 - Leeds Open
Josh Stuart reached his first senior open final tableau at this event of 61 fencers. After solid if not spectacular first round Josh went into the DE as 22nd seed, however after 15-11, 15-12, 15-12 wins in his first 3 DEs Josh reached the quarter finals where he lost to Cambridge's Thomas Skingle 15-11. Included in his wins was a win against top 50 fencer Etienne De Burgh, which is very impressive. This will give Josh's senor naional ranking a big boost from his current ranking of 152 with possibly a 20 or 30 place rise.
1st April 2013 - Senior Rankings
The club now has five of our fencers in the top 13 of the senior mens rankings with Gareth Thomas (fenced for many years at club) 4th, James Frewin 6th, William Grealey 8th, Chris Howser 11th and Tom Edwards 13th and with Jon Willis retired, there is likely to be more rises over the next few months. Well done to them as well as the likes of Anthony Avis 30th, Harrison Nichols 45th and Tom Lowe 50th, who are all steadily moving up the GB ranking list.
31st March 2013 - Birmingham Open
Congratulations to William Grealey on a great 3rd place at this event. More importantly it raises William into the top 10 of the Senior British Rankings (8th) which is quite an accomplishment for Under 20 fencers. The next club result went to Tom Edwards in 17th.
24th March 2013 - Elite Epee Junior Series Event 4
Sarah Spice continues her great run of results in the series, winning the U13 Girls eent, beating former club fencer Laura Sheffield in the final. With Emily Elstub in 8th and Alys Edwards 13th in that event. In the series points race Sarah is joined by Charlotte Summers in the Grand Final. In the Under 11 Boys, both Luca Peacefield and Jacob Foulsham qualify for the Grand Final with 8th and 3rd place in event 4. Elizabeth Cooper gains a 5th place in the Under 11 Girls event to qualify for the G-Finals, with Arthur Baltay 3rd in Under 13 boys and Kerrie Johnson 9th in the under 16 event to also both reaching the G-Final. Well done to them all.
23rd March 2013 - Elite Epee Mens Event
In what could not have been a more local final, Gareth Thomas beat James Frewin to win the Elite Epee Spring Event, which was the highet ranking UK event of the season. Their result was follwed up with a good 13th place for Anthony Avis. Other R&REC fencers failed to reach the high standards to which they are used to with Chris Howser 18th, Tom Edwards 19th, William Grealey 20th.
21st March 2013 - Challenge Wratislava - Poland
The top GB result for any of the girls was won by Charlotte Summers in 5th place in the U13 Girls. Other club fencers include U13 Girls Laura Sheffield 11th, Under 11 Girls Isabella Summers 38th & Anna Sheffield 64th. In Under 15 event Helen Sheffield 24th, Steph Elstub 49th & Kerrie Johnson 66th.
20th Marh 2013 - Public Schools Fencing Championshps
Official results have not yet been published online, however well done to Sarah Spice in winning her event.
16th March 2013 - Invicta Open
More solid results for young fencers in this Senior Open Event. Harrison Nichols 5th, Tom Edwards 6th, and Anthony Avis 9th lead the way who are all still Cadet or Under 20 fencers.
23rd February 2013 - South East BYC Qualifier
R&REC continued with great results at the British Youth Champs qualifier with 12 club fencers securing their places in the finals.
U12 Boys - 2nd Luka Peacefield – Qualified, 3rd = Jacob Foulsham – Qualified, 3rd = Ethan Kew – Qualified, 12th Aidan Jones, 15th Adam Jones
U12 Girls - 1st Ellie Parmar – Qualified, 2nd Evelyn Frewin – Qualified, 9th Stephanie Taylor
U14 Boys - 3rd Luke Jones – Qualified, 5th Adam Taylor, 7th Arthur Baltay, 9th Luc Tran
U14 Girls - 3rd Hannah Peacefield – Qualified
U16 Girls - 3rd Clara Baltay – Qualified
U18 Boys - 1st Chris Rimmer – Qualified, 3rd Jamie Stuart – Qualified, 5th Alex Edwards
U18 Girls - 1st Gemma Frewin – Qualified, 3rd Charlotte Wardle – BYE
18th February 2013 - World & European Championships Selection
Congratulations to Harrison Nichols and Francesca Summers who have just had their selection as part of the British Cadet Team for the upcoming European Championships (in Budapest) and World Championships in Porec (Croatia). We all wish you great success at these events.
16th/17th February 2013 - Elite Epee Junior Series - Oundle
With the event split over 2 days, Saturday's outstanding result came from Luka Peacefield winning silver in the Under 11 Boys, Jacob Foulsham also had a great first round seeded 2nd going into the DE, however lost out in the quarter finals to place 5th. On the Sunday the Girls competed with great success, Elizabeth Cooper fenced really well in round 1 to be 2nd seed, however in the quarter finals failed to cope with one of Chris's girls from the Oundle club and placed 5th, with Anna Sheffield 8th. The current Under 13 Girls group is very strong, with Charlotte Summers winning, with Sarah Spice 2nd and Laura Sheffield 3rd.
Several club fencers are currently in great positions in the EEJS point race, which they need to stay/get into the top 8 to qualify for the Grand Finals in July, following Event 4 next month. These include Luka Peacefield 4th & Jacob Foulsham 10th in U11 Boys Points Race, Elizabeth Cooper 6th, Anna Sheffield 9th & Isabella 10th in U11 Girls, Charlotte Summers 1st, Laura Sheffield 2nd, Sarah Spice 3rd & Alys Edwards 9th in Under 13 Girls, as well as Kerrie Johnson 4th in the Under 16 Girls points race.
10th February 2013 - British Junior Championships
R&REC showed its strength in depth at this event with 5 out of the top 10 places. Harrison Nichols followed up his previous days result with another 3rd place, matched by William Grealey. With James Frewin 5th, Tom Edwards 8th, Laurence Peplow 10th, Alex Edwards 18th and John Allen 21st the club is very well represented at the top of the Junior mens standings. In the Junior Womens event Frankie Summers had a solid 1st round reaching the DE as 5th seed, however Danielle Lawson turned the tables from the day before beating Frankie in the last 16 with Frankie placing 9th, with Georgina Summer 17th and Kerrie Johnson 21st there is more to came at this age-group with all 3 having 3 or more years in the age-group.
9th February 2013 - British Cadet Championships
Another set of amazing results for R&REC fencers. Topping the lot was Francesca Summers winning the British Cadet womens title with a dominant 15-4 win over RGS Worcester's Danielle Lawson. Other results include Katy Griffin 8th, Hayley Misselbrook 13th, Kerrie Johnson 16th, Zoe Lowry 19th, Sarah Spice 20th, Laura Sheffield 28th. In the Mens Cadet event Harrison Nichols lead the way in 3rd place, taking bronze, losing 15-14 in the semi-final, with Jamie Stuart 10th and Alex Edwards 14th.
3rd February 2013 - Slough Open
Will Grealey continued in fine form coming 3rd at this event with Harrison Nichols following closely in 6th. Great results for both fencers who are really competing well at senior events, though still very young for Mens Epee.. Great results.
26th January 2013 - Surrey Youth Championships
For yet another year the club wins a haul of medals at The Surrey Youth Championships. Winners include, Under 12 Girls Ellie Parmar, Under 14 Girls Sarah Spice, Under 16 Girls Clara Baltay, Under 18 Girls Ellie Irwin and Under 18 Boys Harrison Nichols. A full listing of results can be found on the Surrey County Website..
26th January 2013 - Brixton LPJS
Stephanie and Emily Elstub were the only R&REC fencers attending the event due to it clashing with the Surrey Youth Championships, however in winning the Under 15 and Under 13 Girls events they showed the quality of the club's fencers. Well done to the two of them.
12th January 2013 - Aldershot Open
There was another really strong showing at this event, however the tableux created club vs club matches all through which meantsome club feners days were cut a little short.
Winner Chris Howser, 2nd Jason Scrimshaw (occassional visitor to club) with James Frewin 3rd and Tom Edwards losing to James in the last 8. Full report when results become available.
9th December 2012 - Plymouth LPJS
Well done to Luca Peacefield on his first medal winning perfornace coming 3rd in the U11 Boys event.. Congratulations and may this be the first of many.
25th November 2012 - Packwood LPJS Epee
Great results yet again with Isabella Summers (Under 9 girls), Ellie Parmar (U11 Girls) and Jamie Stuart (U17 Boys) all winning their events. Other results include Elizabeth Cooper 5th and Stephanie Taylor 14th in U11 Girls, Sarah Spice 2nd, Charlotte Summers 7th, Emily Elstub 9th, Maria Carr 19th in U13 Girls, Clara Baltay 3rd and Stephanie Elstub 6th in U15 Girls, Luka Peacefield 8th in U11 Boys, Luc Tran 6th, Adam Taylor 18th & Arthur Baltay 29th in 13 boys and Luc Hutter 2nd in Under 9 boys. Well done to all.
24th November 2012 - Miller Hallet Open
More great results for club fencers including the best ever senior result for William Grealey coming 2nd at one of the strongest events of the season. With Tom Edwards 8th, James Frewin 11th and Gareth Thomas 15th the event will be great for the rankings of club fencers.
18th November 2012 - Junior World Cup - Bratislava
Huge entry number for our club fencer to contend with, however Frankie Summers (52nd) in the girls and Jame Frewin (51st) in the boys both picked up World cup points as well as GB points to continue their push for GB teams for European and World Championships. Other R&REC results in the boys events, Tom Edwards 84th, William Grealey 169th. Mens entry of over 250, ladies entry of 200. Massive events in which only 4 GB fencers reached the top 64 between the two Epee events.
17/18th November 2012 - Wimbledon Team LPJS Event
Another great set of medals for the clubs young fencers, including a Gold medal performance for the U17 boys team
Four teams were entered on behalf of R&REC with the following results:
U11 Reigate & Redhill ‘Dragons’ - Bronze Medal
11th November 2012 - Bath LPJS
Ellie Parmar, Elizabeth Cooper, Jacob Foulsham
U11 Reigate & Redhill ‘Devils’ - 9th
Luca Peacefield, Aiden Jones, Adam Jones
U13 Reigate & Redhill – Bronze Medal
Luke Jones, Alys Edwards, Arthur Baltay
U17 Reigate & Redhill – Gold Medal
Jamie Stuart, Harrison Nichols, Chris Rimmer
Great wins for Jamie Stuart in the U17 Boys and Ellie Parmar in the Under 11 Girls. Still awaiting full results to be published..
3rd November 2012- BSC Surrey Event
Continued strong results for R&REC fencers with Daniel McGlade 2nd and Harrison Nichols 9th, to keep them clearly in Cadet International selection places.
28th October 2012 - Elite Epee Mens Open
Results this time for the senior men at the club with club founder, Chris Howser, surprising many with a 3rd place following up his top 8 placing at the British Championships. Greg Sinclair-Jones secured 8th, with James Frewin 11th, Tom Edwards 12th, Anthony Avis 15th, Harrison Nichols 23rd and Tom Lowe 29th gave club fencers a great set of results at the event, which wil help continue all of those fencers steady climb up the GB rankings.
27th/28th October 2012 - EEJS - Event 1
Another event and more great results for R&REC fencers. Top of the class has to goto Charlotte Summers with a dominent performance in the Under 13 girls beating fellow club fencer, Sarah Spice 15-7 in the final. In the same event Laura Sheffield 3rd, Emily Elstub 5th, Ellie Palmer 10th and Alys Edwards 12th shows great strength in depth at this age-group. In the under 11 boys Jacob Foulsham lead the club results in 5th with Luka Peacefield 8th and Aiden Jones 13th (who only lost 10-9 to the number 4 seed). The under 11 girls had Isabella Summers at her first EEJS event placing 14th and in the Under 13 Boys Arthur Baltay secured a great 2nd place, with Adam Jones 28th. In the older agegroup, Under 16s, Luke Jones secured 24th in the boys, with Kerrie Johnson 8th and Susannah Peppiatt 25th in the Girls event.
13th/14th October 2012 - BSC Newcastle Under 20 Event
Success seems to be flowing for club fencers with another great set of results. In the boys event, James Frewin wins, with Harrison Nichols 3rd, Tom Edwards 12th and Laurence Peplow 15th. In the Girls event on the Sunday Francesca Summers continued her great form taking 2nd place. Amazing results for Harrison and Francesca as both are still in the Under 17 age-group and are really fencing extremely well currently.
13th October 2012 - Sussex Open
Taran Nicholls takes a great 2nd place behind last weekend's British Champion, Dudley Tredger, with Aaron Gardner 7th and Tom Lowe 14th. Great result for young Jamie Stuart taking =19th and placing above some well known names in a field of 74. In the Ladies event Jenny Cusselle takes 5th place.
8th October 2012 - Senior British Club Team Championship
After an impressive start to their event with 45-33 wins over Reading FC and 45-18 over Truro the club were 2nd seeds going ino the knock out rounds. With a bye through the last 16 they faced a strong Wellington Swords team and going into the last match trailed 40-35. James Frewin fenced like a demon to bring the match back to 44-44, but just missed with his final attack and was caught by the counter for the team to get knocked out finishing in 5th place. The club also had fencers competing for other club teams and at one point in the quarter finals club fencers were fencing in every match with Gareth Thomas in the eventual Champion team (Haverstock), Chris Howser (OPS Epee Club) in the Bronze medal team and Alex Edwards in the Skipton team who ended up 6th. Slightly disappointing for the main R&REC team, however that is the way this sport goes I am afraid.
7th October 2012 - Senior British Individual Championships
Great club results with Chris Howser 6th, Gareth Thomas 7th, James Frewin 8th and Tom Edwards 9th, and being the club with by far the most fencers in the top 10 of the mens event. Solid result also for Taran Nichols 24th, William Grealey 38th and Alex Edwards 54th to give a boost to their rankings..
22nd September 2012 - Manchester Cadet
Another strong day for club fencers with Katy Griffin and Harrison Nichols both securing 3rd places in the Girls and Boys events respectivly. With Dan McGlade 7th and Alex Edwards 8th in the boys and Georgina Summers 10th in the girls a good days work. Other placings Jamie Stuart 25th, Ryan Cooper 41st, Stephanie Elstub 20th, Laura Sheffield 23rd, Charlotte Summers 30th, Zoe Lowry 37th, Helen Sheffield 40th, Kerrie Johnson 41st, HAyley Misslebrook 44th, Marie Prichard 46th, Susannah Peppiatt 55th.
15th September 2012 - Bristol Open
In what has traditionally been one of the top events of the season again Garath Thomas lead the R&REC results coming in 3rd, with James Frewin 9th, William Grealey 12th, Tom Edwards 28th and Anthony Avis 31st reaching the Last 32. In the womens event only Rebecca Thomas and Frankie Summers reached the last 32 in 19th and 22nd respectively. Well done to all of your results.
2nd September 2012 - Essex Open
In the first senior event of the season the club again secured some great results. In the mens Garteth Thomas lead the way with a 6th place with Will Grealey 7th, Chris Howser 12th and Tom Edwards 13th. In the womens event Jenny Cusselle took 11th place and Kate Howser 14th.
1st/2nd September 2012 - Kidderminster BSC
The new season kicked off with the first of the Under 17/20 selection events with R&REC fencers gaining some great start of season results. In the boys event Laurence Peplow lead the R&REC fencers in 3rd, with Tom Edwards 5th, Will Grealey 6th and Dan McGlade 8th out of 67 entries. In the slightly larger girls event Fracesca Summers gained a great 3rd place out of 69 entries.
22nd July 2012 - Norfolk Open
Chris and Kate howser took silvers in the mens and ladies events in the last Open before the summer break to help nudge heir national rankings up before next year.
1st July 2012 - Cambridge Open Air
Chris Howser takes the mens event with Kate Howser 2nd in the Ladies event in the only 'outside' Open event of the season. Good fun event with Chris beating the in form Dudley Tredger (Crawley Swords) 15-14 in the final. Tim Harding secured 5th with Tom Lowe 7th for 3 out of the top 8 being fencers who fence at R&REC. Good fun event with 63 entries in the mens event..
30th June 2012 - Bill Hoskyns Open
Great results for club fencers with James Frewin 3rd in the mens event, Charlotte Summers 3rd in the Under 13 girls event, and Frankie Summers 6th in the Ladies event. Well done to them and all the other club fencers competing.
24th June 2012 - England Youth Championships
With many of our top athletes now out of the U15 age-group and many others at the Pentathlon Championships and slimmed down R&REC team attended the event. Ellie Parmar lead the results with 2nd in the U11 Girls and Ethan Kew (Reigate Priory) secured a gret top 8 position in the U11 Boys. Will plan to update full results when EF post them..
23rd,24th June 2012 - British Pentathlon Championships
Another strong set of results for Pentathletes who fence at R&REC. New British Champions include Tom Lees (Youth A Boys), Josh Miller (Youth C Boys), Isaac Miller (Youth D Boys) and Chalrotte Summers (youth D Girls). In addition there were numerous podium placs taken for the full event.
Fence event wins were secured by Tom Lees (YAB), Josh Miller (YCB), Georgina Summers (YBG) and Laura Sheffield (YDG).
10th June 2012- Bexley Open
Great result for young pentathletes with Saffron Salih taking 3rd and Kerrie Johnson 5th. In a strong mens field Tom Lowe and Greg Sinclair-Jones shared 3rd place, with occasional club fencer Alp Orge 5th and Taran Nicholls 6th.
27th May 2012 - Chichester Open
Tom Lowe gets the best result of his short senior career with 2nd place at this high class event. William Grealey coming 6th with Henrick Gustavi and Tom Edwards 15th and 16th respectively. New to R&REC, Nicola Hull puts in a solid performance to take 3rd in the womens event. Well done to all.
12th May 2012 - Warwick LPJS
We had a far smaller contingent at Warwick this year with many of our top fencers involved with exams, however Ellie Parmar continued her great form to win the Under 11 girls out of a strong field of 19 fencers. Great first competition outing for the next in the Summer's production line with Isabella Summers in 18th whilst being probably the youngest fencer taking part. The Under 13 final was so tight with R&REC's Laura Sheffield losing out 10-9 to Tia Simms-Lymn (Plymouth) i the final, with Charlotte Summers coming in 5th. The Under 17 boys had Jamie Stuart taking 2nd place, just outdone by Katy Griffin winning the girls U17 event. Well done to everyone..
6th May 2012- Brighton Open
Top result goes to Tom Edwards placing 3rd, with Josh Stuart a great 14th out of a field of 48.
5th, 6th,7th May 2012 - British Youth Championships
Harrison Nichols takes the Under 16 title to make 4 years on the trot that he has won the British Youth Championships in his age-group beating former R&REC fencer Harry Peck in the Final. Other Medallists include Charlotte Summers 2nd in U12 Girls, Katy Griffin 3rd in U16 Girls and William Grealey U18 Boys. Other top 8 finishes which give fencers byes to next year's event include Sarah Spice, Emily Elstub, Laura Sheffield, Alys Edwards, Charlotte Wardle and Anthony Avis. Well done to all of them and all the other fencers we had taking part.
4th to 6th May 2012 - Pentathlon National Selection Event 2
John Allen wins the Youth A Boys event after a strong fence where he placed 2nd with Tom Lees just behind him in 2nd place. In the Girls Event Frankie Summers wins the fence bu end up second overall which really pushes her claim for selection for International events this year.
21st, 22nd April 2012 - National Tetrathlon Championships
Results are continuing to impress with our pentathletes. National titles go to Josh Miller (Youth C Boys), Frankie Summers (YAG) and Charlotte Summers (YDG). Lots of other medallists as well. See www.pentathlongb.org for full results.
25th March 2012 - Elite Epee Mens Spring Event
Gareth Thomas continues his impressive run of results in 3rd place. With James Frewin 11th, Tom Edwards 21st, Taran Nicholls 22nd William Grealey 26th, Chris Howser 29th and Anthony Avis 32nd, this is a really high numbers of fencers in the later stages of one of the highest quality fields of the year.
24th March 2012 - Elite Epee Junior Series Grand Final
Well done to club fencers Ellie Parmar (U11 Girls) and Harrison Nichols (U16 Boys) on winning the Grand Final. Podium spots were also won by Evelyn Frewin, Sarah Spice, Charlotte Summers, Laura Sheffield, Alex Edwards, Jamie Stuart and Daniel McGlade. The club really dominated the U16 boys taking all the medal in that event.. Good job done..
18th March 2012 - Invicta Open
Stunning club results with Harrison Nichols winner ahead of James Frewin 2nd with Tom Edwards 5th and Taran Nicholls 9th.
11th March 2012 - SE BYC Qualifier
Lots of qualifiers for the British Youth Championships. Wins for Alys Edwards, Stephanie Elstub, Georgina Summers and Charlotte Summer in each of the girls events as well as Harrison Nichols in the U16 Boys. Other qualifiers include Sarah Spice, Laura Sheffield, Charlotte Summers, Emily Elstub, Kerrie Johnson, Helen Sheffield, Katy Griffin, Marie Pritchard, Susannah Peppiat, Gemma Frewin, Ellie Irwin, Arthur Baltay, Adam Whitelaw, Andrew Hughes, Luke Jones, Daniel McGlade, Jamie Stuart, William Grealey, Anthony Avis and Laurence Peplow. Good luck to them all at the BYC Finals over the May bank holiday
10-11th March 2012 - British School Team Championships
With a clash with the SE region BYC qualifier club entries were way down on past years, however team wins go to the U15 Girls from CLFS, U18 Boys from Reigate College. Well done.
18th February 2012 - Elite Epee Junior Series - Event 3
With a number of fencers not making this event R&REC fencers still secured some great results with a win for Ellie Parmar in U11 Girls and podium results for Luke Jones, Sarah Spice & Harrison Nichols
5th February 2012 - Slough Open
Harrison Nichols secures the best R&REC result with a stunning 6th place at this tough senior event. Very impressive for a fencer who still is in the Under 16 age-group at the BYCs.
7th January 2012 - Aldershot Open
Another great result for Gareth Thomas in 3rd with Taran Nicholls 12th.
18th December 2011 - Elite Epee Junior Series - Event 2
Club fencers took two of the 6 catagories with HArrison Nichols winning the Under 16 Boys and Charlotte Summers the Under 13 Girls. Other medal performances going to Evelyn Frewin 2nd U11 Girls and Sarah Spice 2nd, Laura Sheffield 3rd in U13 girls. Congratulations to all of the club fencers who took part.
11th December 2011 - LPJS Plymouth Epee
Well done to our sole representative, Ellie Parmar, at this event for winning the Under 11 Girls Catagory and so taking top spot in the LPJS Under 11 Girls end of year rankings. This is particulary impressive as she has only attended 4 events and has won or been runner-up in every one of them.
11th December 2011 - Senior British Championships
In what was otherwise a fairly dissapointing event for Club fencers, congratulations to Gareth Thomas on coming 7th in the mens event to continue his rise up the Senior rankings.
27th November 2011 - Surrey Intermediate Epee
Whilst still qualifying as an Under 16 fencers Jamie Stuart wins this event to take his first ever senior title beating fencers from Wimbledon, Epsom, RGS Guildford, Kings College School, Kingston and Escrime Academy. Well done Jamie, one entry for the club and one title won...
26th November 2011 - Miller Hallett/Milner Barry
Another set of strong results in the mens event with Gareth Thomas in 3rd, Tom Edwards 10th, James Frewin 18th, William Grealey 24th, Greg Sinclair-Jones 26th and Chris Howser 32nd. In the ladies Francesca Sumers was our only L32 result, in 20th.
19th/20th November 2011 - LPJS Wimbledon Team
Well done to the Under 11 team which was all girls in winning their age-group, claiming a 42-41 victory against the Brixton boys in the Final (Charlotte, Alys, Ellie and Laura). The U15 team also won with Jamie, Alex and Harrison. #rd place in the U17 event went to Josh, Chris, Charlotte and Jack.. Well done to you all on some great performances..
13th November 2011 - Aarhus International Satalite event
In an event which is just one level down from the World Cup, Gareth Thomas reached the final, losing on a final hit to Kirchen from Germany. Really good result at this level of event for Gareth.
13th November 2011 - Bath LPJS Event
Congratulations to Ellie Parmar winning the Under 11 girls and Josh Stuart the U17 Boys event. Other strong performances went to Jamie Stuart 2nd in U15 Boys and Luke Jones 14th in a very strong U13 boys event.
13th November - Welsh Open
Great result for Tom Edwards placing 7th in this, one of the traditionally strong events of the season. 9th in the mens going to Greg Sinclair-Jones and 21st to James Frewin. Top club results in the Ladies event went to Rebecca Thomas in 21st.
23rd Ocober 2011 - Elite Epee Senior Mens Event
In what could well be the highest ranking event of the last 12 months, great results for Gareth Thomas 5th and James Frewin 6th in making the quarter finals. Last 32s to Michal Janca and Tom Edwards...
22nd October 2011 - Elite Epee Junior Series - Event 1
Congratulations to Ellie Parmar on her first Gold in her fencing career in winning the Under 11 girls event. Silvers went to Charlotte Summers (Under 13 Girls) and Daniel McGlade (Under 16 Boys). Bronzes won by Elizabeth Cooper and Evelyn Frewin (Under 11 Girls), Luke Jones (U13 Boys), Emily Elstub & Sarah Spice (U13 Girls) and Harrison Nichols (U16 Boys). Special thanks goes to all those who helped out running the event on the day and the group of ex EEJS fencers who refereed at the event.
16th October 2011 - Bedford Open
With our top youngsters in Newcastle, it was up to the seniors to have a good day at the Bedford event. More great results for fencers who attend club, with Jason Scrimshaw 2nd, Gavin Moulton 3rd and Thomas Lowe 10th.
Post 15th October 2011 - British Rankings - Cadet (Under 17) and Junior (Under 20)
Club fencers block out 4th to 7th on the Boys Cadet Rankings with Harrison Nichols 4th, Laurence Peplow 5th, Willaim Grealey 6th and Anthony Avis 7th which fully cements them into the International selection spots. In the boys Under 20s James Frewin leads the rankings with Tom Edwards 5th which again should mean selection to upcoming Junior World Cup events..
Frankie Summers leads our Girls with a solid 3rd place in the Cadet Rankings to secure Internatioanl selection. With Georgina Summers 11th, Mariella MacKinlay 12th, Katy Griffin 13th, and Charlotte Wardle 14th, a number of others of our girls are around the selection mark for joining the squad. In the U20s Rebecca Thomas leads our Girls in 8th, with Frankie Summers in 10th.
Well done to you all.
15th October 2011 - BSC Newcastle Under 20
With 5 out of the top 9 at the boys event, R&REC is really showing its real strength in depth in these National Selection Circuit Events. Well done to 2nd James Frewin, 3rd Tom Edwards, 6th Harrison Nichols, 7th William Grealey and 9th Laurence Peplow. In the girls event will done to Frankie Summers coming 16th whilst still having 4 years left in the age-group.
2nd October 2011 - British Junior Championships
Congratulations to James Frewin and Rebecca Thomas on reaching the podium at this event, both coming home with bronzes which gives R&REC club fencers 4 medals over the two days. With Frankie Summers 6th in the girls and Tom Edwards 8th in the boys events, this continues the great performances from the Cadet champs yesterday. Other great results come from our other cadets in this event (3 or more years out of age-group), with last 32s for Laurence Peplow, Harrison Nichols, Anthony Avis, Daniel McGlade, Gemma Frewin, Mariella MacKinlay and Georgina Summers. Well done to all of those and all the other club fencers who too part this weekend, overall a great success. Between Cadet and Juniors many of our club fencers will have qualified for the upcoming International squads and we wish them every success at the upcoming events.
1st October 2011 - British Cadet Champs
William Grealey takes the boys title after a tight tussle with Abigdon's Heran Chan winning 15-14. With Anthony Avis 7th, Chris Rimmer 10th & Laurence Peplew 12th, making 25% of the top16 being fencers who train at R&REC. The girls pipped them on quantity in the last 16 with 5 club fencers securing a top 16 place. Top of the girls was Frankie summers in 3rd, with Katy Griffin 11th, Charlotte Wardle 14th, Stephanie Elstub 15th and Mariella MacKinlay 16th.
In total between the boys and girls events R&REC had 16 fencers in the last 32 of the two events which shows a real strength in depth that few clubs can even dream about, though it did lead to lots of club fencers hitting each other in the tableux which was unfortunate.
1st & 2nd October 2011 - British Cadet (U17) and Junior (U20) Championships.
Good luck to the many R&REC fencers attending the event. Results will appear here as soon as I can get them up.
25th September 2011 - Shropshire Open
Another week and another result for our young crop of outstanding epeeists. Well done to William Grealey on his runners-up spot at this senior open. With Willaim still being a cadet, this is a very good result, coming ahead of 49 other fencers and only losing in the fianl to Chris Greensides who was 3rd at last year's senior National championships.
Post 18th September 2011 - British Rankings - Cadet (Under 17) and Junior (Under 20)
Cadet Mens - Laurence Peplow 1st, Anthony Avis 3rd, Sam Bradley 5th (occasional club visitor), Harrison Nichols 6th, William Grealey 12th, Jamie Stuart 14th and Chris Rimmer 16th.
Cadet Girls - Frankie Summers 2nd, Georgie Summers 9th, Katy Griffin 10th, Mariella MacKinlay 13th, Ellie Irwin 14th.
Junior Mens - James Frewin 2nd, Tom Edwards 6th, Laurence Peplow 14th, Harrison Nichols 16th
Junior Ladies - Rebecca Thomas 9th.
All in all pretty impressive for a local, out-of-London club.. Well done to all.
18th September 2011 - Manchester Cadet
With 4 out of the top 9 places at the event, the Cadet Boys from R&REC had a great day out. The top placing went to Anthony Avis in 2nd, and then with Laurence Peplow 6th, Jamie Stuart in a great 8th and Chris Rimmer 9th, the club was well represented at the sharp end of the event.
In the Girls event, Frankie Summers secured a great 3rd place, with Mariella MacKinlay 11th, Ellie Irwin 15th and Georgie Summers an impressive 16th.
17th September 2011- Bristol Open
The R&REC guys had great success at Bristol with 3 of of the top 6 placings. Jmes Frewin continues his rise up the rankings with a 3rd place with Gareth Thomas 5th and Greg Sinclair Jones,who is back at club after finishing uni in 6th.
17th September 2011 - Northamptonshire Epee Championships
Chris Howser retains his new home county championship, beating John Prime 15-9 in the final.
11th September 2011 - BSC Hampton U20
The season is now in full flow and with James Frewin 2nd, losing to World U20 champion in the final and Tom Edwards 3rd Under 20 our boys did extremely well in this event of nearly 100 entries. Of our Cadets Laurence Peplow came in 11th to secure top cadet with Harrison Nichols 14th. In the girls event Francesca Summers secured the clubs best result, coming in 10th and second Cadet, with Rebecca Thomas 12th. The club had 14 boys out of 97 and 11 out of 63 girls competing at this event so we are certainly turning up en-mass to these events. Well done to all who competed.
4th September 2011 - Essex Open
Gareth Tomas secures a great ranking boosting 2nd place, losing to World Junior Champion, Phil Marsh in the final. Harrison Nichols at only 15 continues his fine form to reach the quarter finals and with Jason Scrimshaw 11th and William Grealey 14th, Redhill & Reigate fencers take 1/4 of the top 16 spots. Well done and a great start to the season.
2nd, 3rd & 4th September 2011 - UK School Games
James Frewin wins double gold for England, winning the Individual and as part of the England Team. Tom Edwards just misses making an all R&REC final with a 15-14 defeat in the Semi-finals so taking a bronze. Tom also leads the Wales team to team Silver.
30th, 31st August and 1st September - Summer Training days
With over 30 fencers attending the training days, we had a really good set of sessions and everyone enjoyed themselves. Thanks to all the coaches involved and the fencers who behaved really well.
27th, 28th August 2011 - British Youth Pentathlon Champiosnips
Frankie Summers winning the Under 18 girls event with a near perfect fence, whilst only 15, is the outstanding achievement, however with Jo Choong winning the Under 16 boys event and several other athletes at the club coming away with medals, yet again the Pentathletes perform superbly at a National Championship.. Well done... Full results on Pentathlon GB website.
25th June 2011 - England Youth Championships
In a reapeat of 2010 R&REC fencers win 7 of the 24 available medals (almost 30%), however with 2 rather than last year's single title there is deffinate improvement still from what was an exceptional result. Well done to Charlotte and Fracesca Summers on winning the Girls Under 11 and Under 15 titles respectively. Other Medallists from the club include Ellie Parmer (Silver U11 Girls), Sarah Spice (Bronze U11 Girls), Stephanie Elstub (Bronze U13 Gilrs), Hugo Harris & Harrison Nichols (U15 Boys).
7th May 2011 - Warwick LPJS
After a busy few weeks we have another weekend of action and even more great club fencer performances. Wins going to Charlotte Summers in the U11 Girls and big sister Francesca in the U15s. 2nd places to Ellie Parmer in the U11 Girls, narrowly beaten by Charlotte in the final as well as Harrison Nichols in the U15 boys losing to former club fencer Harrison Peck in the final. Josh Stuart and Katy Griffin completed the medal haul with 3rd places in U17 boys and U15 Girls respectively. Well done to all those who attended.
1st, 2nd, 3rd May 2011 - British Youth Championships
Congratulations to our two National Champions, Harrison Nichols (U16 Boys) and James Frewin (U18 Boys), who both competed really well to win their events. Other club medal winners included silvers for Charlotte Summers (U12 Girls) and Luke Jones (U12 Boys) along with Bronzes for Laurence Peplow (U16 Boys) and Ellie Irwin (U16 Girls). The following additional fencers reached the quarter finals so will have a bye to next year's BYC finals (if eligable) - Charlotte Wardle (U16 Girls), Hugo Harris (U16 Boys) & Tom Edwards (U18 Boys).
16th April 2011 - British Tetrathlon Championships
Another great day for athletes who train at the club with overall British Championship wins for Georgina Summers (YC Girls), Henry Choong (YC Boys), Joe Choong (YB Boys) and John Allen YA Boys), so 4 of the 6 Youth titles available. Wins in the fencing events to John Allen, Jo Choong, Josh Miller (YC Boys), Frankie Summers (YB Girls) and Georgina Summers, giving 5 out of 6 wins in the individual discipline. Well done to you all.
16th April 2011 - Elite Epee Junior Series Grand Finals
Grand Final titles go to Harrison Nichols (U16 Boys) and Sarah Spice (U11 Girls) on a great finals day. Other strong club finishes going to Willaim Grealy 2nd and Laurence Peplow 3rd in U16 Boys, Alys Edwards 2nd and Emily Elstub 3rd in U11 Girls, Stephanie Elstub 2nd in the Under 13 Girls and Clara Hutter 3rd in U16 Girls.Well done to all that even qualified to this very high class series Final.
Apologies for the delay in new updates, hope to get up to date over the Easter break.
19th Febriary 2011 - BYC Qualifier - SE Region
After a tiring day at EE3, many of our fencers ventured out to the BYC qualifier and followed up yesterday with more great performances for both club and the fencers the club coaches coach elsewhere. Wins going to Luke Jones (U12 Boys) Charlotte Summers (U12 Girls), Cameron Pryor (U14 Boys), Clara Hutter (U16 Girls) and Tara Crank (U18 Girls). More importantly as well as the winners the following other fencers should have qualified for the BYC finals, Chris Rimmer, Jamie Stuart, Josh Stuart, Emily Elstub, Steph Elstub, Giselle McKinley, Gemma Frewin, Ellie Irwin and Katy Griffin, to which Harrison Nichols can be added with his Bye from wnning the BYCs last year and James Frewin who also had a bye. Well done to you all.
18th February 2011 - Elite Epee Junior Series 3
A very busy day and some great fencing across the whole event for club fencers. Events wins to Charlotte Summers (U11 Girls), Clara Hutter (U16 Girls) and William Grealey (U16 Boys). Podium places also to Emily Elstub, Alys Edwards, Laura Sheffield, Luke Jones, Steph Elstub, Giselle McKinley, Harrison Nichols and Anthony Avis. Congratulations to all who took part and I hope you enjoyed your day.
Apologies for the break in the news, I will update as soon as possible.
12th December 2010 - Elite Epee Junior Series Event 2
Another great days fencing for the 160+ who made in on the day. The event win for club fencers on the day went to Charlotte Summers in the U11 Girls. Podium places were also gained by Alys Edwards, Laura Sheffield, Stephanie Elstub, Chris Rimmer, Clara Hutter, Katy Griffin and Francesca Summers. Well done to you all.
A special thanks to all the referees, helpers and clearer uppers who make these events possible to run.
11th December 2010 - Milner Barry/Miller Hallett - London International
Well done to Jee Beer on taking 2nd place in the Milner Barry event which is probably the strongest UK event of the year and also to Rebecca Thomas in coming 14th. On the mens side the top club result went to Greg St. Clair-Jones in 18th place in what was an unusally poor set of results for the clubs male fencers.
21st November 2010 - Wimbledon Team LPJS Event
Well done to Redhill and Reigate Teams winning both the Under 17 and Under 15 events. In the Under 17s, Chris Rimmer, Josh Stuart were victorious, with Jamie Stuart, Alex Edwards and Harrison Nichols defeating another team of R&REC fencers, Leo Petty, Hugo Harris and Daniel McGlade in the Final. As a bonus in the U15s a CLFS team of Gemma Frewin, Katy Griffin, Mark Tuddenham and Ryan Cooper took 3rd place. Well done to all those who competed.
14th November 2010 - Bath LPJS Event
Congratulations to Charlotte Wardle for winning the Under 15 Girls event.
14th November 2010 - Welsh Open
Yet another sparkling performance for Rebecca Thomas in coming 7th at this, one of the strongest Ladies events of the season. Sophie Sinclair-Jones in 11th and Natasha Lewis-Oliver completed a great set of results for our girls.
13th November 2010 - Sealions Pentathlon - Whitgift School
Yet another set o impressive results for pentathletes training at R&REC with pent wins for Jenny Cusselle (Womens Junior), John Alen (Boys YB), Hayley Misslebrook (Girls YB), Jamie Butt (Boys YC), Georina Summers (Girls YC), and Georina Summers (Girls YE). Actual fencing events wins went to John Allen (YB&C boys) & Frankie Summer (YB&C Girls).
31st October 2010 - Coventry Open
Chris Howser secured 2nd place at this smaller open losing to Italy's Bombiani in the final 15-13.
24th Oct 2010- Elite Epee Senior Event - A superb 3rd Place for James Frewin at the Eite Epee Senior Event with Chris Howser 13th. In addition well done to youngsters Josh Stuart and Chris Rimmer who made it through to the Last 64 which takes some doing at this the second highest ranking Open of the season so far.
23rd October 2010 - Elite Epee Junior Series Event 1
Wins for R&REC's Alys Edwards and Hugo Haris in the Junior Series event 1 aloing with lots of podium places. Full results available at www.eliteepee.com.
17th October 2010 - Allstar Cup
Week in, week out the results flow for Gareth Thomas with runners-up spot at the Allstar Cup. James Frewin chips in with 6th and Tom Edwards 9th for the club to have 3 of the top 10 at the event.
2nd October 2010 - Sussex Open
Gareth Thomas continues his rich vein of success winning this event beating fellow R&REC fencer Taran Nicholls in the final.
2nd October 2010 - British Cadet Championships - Sheffield
Frankie Summers in 9th and Clara Hutter in 12th were the pick of the girls results, with Will Grealey 16th gaining then top club result in the boys. With many of these fencers still having a year of two in the age-group these were good if not spectaculor results for the club.
3rd October 2010 - British Junior Championships - Sheffield
Rebecca Thomas in 2nd and Sophie Sinclair-Jones 5th were great results in the Girls event, with James Frewin 5th in the Boys. Extra plaudits to William Grealey and Frankie Summers who both made top 16s and have 4 or more years left in the age-group, lots of possibilities for the future.
26th September 2010 - Shropshire Open
Charlotte Russell secures a fine 3rd place in what is her best open result to date. Well done.
19th September 2010 - Bristol Open
Family Thomas took club plaudits at the event with Rebecca coming 6th and Gareth 11th in this event which is arguably the toughest Open of the year.
18th September 2010 - Northamptonshire County Championships
Having moved to Northamptonshire just 8 days earlier, Chris Howser won his new home countiy's Epee championship beating John Prime 15-13 in the final.
18th September 2010 - Manchester Cadet
Harry Peck, Harrison Nichols and Joshua Stuart record their best results to date at Cadet level by taking 6th, 7th and 8th respectively in the boys event. The Girls also performed well with 9th, 11th and 14th taken by Charlotte Wardle, Ellie Irwin and Fransesca Summers respectively.
12th Sept 2010 - BSC Hampton Event
Good solid results for James Frewin 8th and Tom Edwards 10th in this Under 20 selection event. Great result also for Harrison Nichols taking 21st in his first event at this level. In the girls event Sophie Sinclair Jones secured 7th and Rebecca Thomas 8th respectively. Best results in the girls for our yonger fencers came for Francesca Summers taking 21st place.
5th September 2010 - Essex Open
Gareth Thomas continues to impress by taking 3rd place at the event to keep him flying high in the Senior Rankings.
Pentathlon Nationals 30th August 2010
Well done to John Allen for continuing the winning ways of R&REC at the Pentathlon Nationals over the years in taking Gold in the Mens Youth B event, including winning the fence with club fencer Hugo Fleming in a close 2nd overall. In the mens youth A event Alex Frazer came in 3rd with Josh Snow 4th. In the girls events Frankie Summers secured 2nd place with Georgina Summers 6th with a year left in the youth C age-group. Youth B saw Kate French record a creditable 4th with her older sister Kate taking 3rd in the Senior Ladies event.
Another great set of results for those who train at the club.
7th August 2010 - Summer details
The season is over and there is now a break from competition until September when everything re-starts
Club will run through the summer apart from 24th and 31st August when the hall is not available due to the floor being re-surfaced.
There are summer training days being held from 25th to 27th August at St Bedes School in Redhill. See the summer training days tab on the left from here for details.
Finally have a great summer...
Pentathlon Junior World Championships - 7th August 2010
A superb result for Kate French just missing out on an Individual medal coming 4th at thee championships, however winning gold in the team event so bringing a medal home. Well done Kate.
Cornwall LPJS Event 31st July 2010
Well done to James Russell on winning the Under 11 boys event down in Truro. In what seemed like a Plymouth club event from the number of their entries James fought though to the semi final which he won 10-0 before a closer final which he was losing 4-7 before a change of tactics took him to a 10-8 victory. Great result.
Senior National Fencing Championships 24th July 2010
On a weekend that did not go so well for our older contingent with Chris Howser getting our highest result with 14th, some of the youngsters performed well above their rankings with James Frewin who was a Cadet (Under 17) this year taking second seed after round 1 and finishing in 18th and Tom Edwards also a Cadet beating Neale Tannock in the last 64 to get a very impressive 32nd place. Other to 32 places went to Matt Dean 28th and Sophie Sinclair-Jones 20th in the womens event.
In the team event the younger team outshone the coaches team coming 5th out of 21 teams with the coaches team only getting 10th place. Well done to James Frewin, Tom Edwards and Paul Sanchez-Letham on that great result.
National Tetrathlon Championships 24th July 2010
Congratulations to Jenny Cusselle on becoming British Senior Champion for the first time. Another win went to club fencer Saffron Salih in the Youth C girls. Other results include Jacob Stapleton 4th in the Senior Mens event, John Allen 2nd and Joseph Choong 3rd & Tom Lees 4th in Youth B boys along with Franki Summers 3rd in Youth C Girls. Well done to those mentioned and all the other club fencers who competed at the event.
Norfolk Open 18th July 2010
Congratulations to Sophie St.Clair-Jones in winning the Ladies event with Natasha Lewis-Oliver back in form with a strong 3rd place showing with Tara Crank a very respectable 12th place. In the mens event James Frewin takes a great 3rd place with Matt Dean 5th.
Cambridge Open Air Open 11th July 2010
Redhill and Reigate fencers take both the mens and Ladies events with Tom Edwards winning the mens out of a field of 49 and Jenny Cusselle winning the ladies event including an impressive win over British ranked no 26 fencer, Eryn Spinlove, 12-10 in the Semi-Finals. This is another great step forward for both of these young fencers and shows how many of our young fencers from a couple of years ago who showed great potential are very much producing the goods now.
Bill Hoskyns Epee - 3rd July 2010
Congratulations to Garath Thomas on taking yet another Open title this season and to Taran Nicholls on another solid performance to take 3rd. Note also of 14 year old Harrison Nichols who in his first season of doing Open events secured a great 38th place out of a strong field of 81 beating many much more experienced fencers on the way.
England Youth Championships 19th June 2010
With R&REC fencers winning almost 30% of available medals available for Epee at the championships is a pretty amazing performance. Top honours goto Chris Rimmer who won the Under 15 Boys event after a 15-5 demolition of Matthew Duggen, the match that was finished in the first 3 minute period is viewable on YouTube at
The other medallists (all Bronze) were Luke Jones in the U11 Boys, Zoe Lowry in U13 Girls, Charlotte Wardle and Clara Hutter in U15 Girls and Harry Peck and William Grealey in U15 Boys.
Well done again to everyone who took part and tried there upmost to get great results. The number of medallists at events throghout the year for club fencers is due to the huge depth of talent that we posess and everyone involved helps with this.
Bexley Open 5th June 2010
Congarulations to Jenny Cusselle in winning the event on her come back from injury, beating Pinaar Orge in the final of the women's event this is a great way to re-start her fencing. In the mens event Taran Nichols finished 2nd losing in a close fight to Dudley Tredger, losing semi finalists in the mens event were Alp Orge and Jason Scrimshaw who also fence at R&REC. Nice days fencing and some solid results for club fencers.
British Youth Championship Finals 1st to 3rd May 2010
Great results for yet another year for R&REC fencers. Congratulations especially to Harrison Nichols in retaining his Under 14 boys title, Frankie Summers 2nd in U14 Girls and James Frewin and Tom Edwards taking bronze in U18 boys. Other results include Last 8s for Adam Whitelaw, Danial McGlade, Hugo Harris and Charlotte Wardle in their events and who also gain Byes to next years finals. Top 16s to Jonny Farmer, Harry Peck, Katy Griffin, Zoe Lowry, Clara Hutter and Ellie Irwin. As an extra bonus Harry Peck secured a top 8 in the U14 boys foil as well.
Well done to all that took part.
Warwick LPJS 24th April 2010
Yet another successful day for club fencers Tara Crank 2nd in U17 Girls with Charlotte Russell 3rd, Alys Edwards 3rd in U11 girls, Charlotte Wardle 3rd in U15 Girls, Daniel McGlades 2nd in U15 boys, Zoe Lowry 2nd in U13 girls and Tom Edwards 3rd in U17 boys. Well done to those and all those who competed.
Elite Epee Senior Mens event 18th April 2010
With 4 club fencers in the top 16 this turned out to be a great event for club fencers, Gareth Thomas in 2nd was the best of the group, with Chris Howser 10th, Tom Edwards 13th and James Frewin 14th. Well done to everyone.
Elite Epee Junior Series Finals 17th April 2010
Well done to all those who took part, especially Harrison Nichols in winning the Under 16 event and Cameron Prior winning the Under 13 Boys title.
World Youth Championships Baku - 7th April 2010
Congratulation to Gareth Thomas on a great 14th place at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. A well deserved result following all your hard training.
European Cadet Championships - 3rd March 2010
Though hampered by an injury to his ankle he got at the SE Regional qualifiers, James managed to beat the 2nd seed in the last 64 to gain a creditable last 32. Well done in even making it compete, let alone secure a solid result.
SE Regional AgeGroup Qualifiers
Well done to club fencers Tara Crank (U18 Girls), Freya Petty (U16 Girls), Katy Griffin (U14 Girls) , James Frewin (U18 Boys) and Harrison Nichols (U14 Boys) on winning 5 out of the 8 titles on offer at this event. Also congatulations to the too numerous to mention club fencers who have qualified with their result for the British Youth Championships which are being held in May in Sheffield.
Elite Epee Junior Series Event 3 - 20th February 2010
Well done to club fencers Luke Jones, William Grealy and Ellie Irwin on winning their catagories at Elite Epee Event 3. As always there were some really close matches and great excitement.
With all 3 events having taken place we have now totted up the points race and 29 out of the 48 Grand final qualifiers are either R&REC club fencers or fence at our local schools with club coaches. Well done to all the qualifiers and for those that have not made it this year, I look forward to seeing you back to try again next year.
Gareth Thomas Qualifies for Junior World Championships
Congratulations to Gareth Thomas on his selection to the World Junior (Under 20) Championships as part of the GB team. This event is being held in Azerbaijan from 2nd to 10th April. Good luck.
Slough Open 7th February 2010
Great result for Matthew Dean with a great 7th place out of an entry of 132 at this tough event which should propel him into about 33rd in the British Senior rankings. Also a good introduction to Senior opens for 13 year old Harrison Nichols placing 80th. It was a first taste of Open competitions for Clara Hutter who also made it through a round of DE to place 56th out of 90. Well done to all who took part.
James Frewin Qualifies for Cadet European Championships - 20th January 2010
Congratulations to James Frewin on his selection to the European Cadet (Under 17) Championships which is being held in the first week of March. Good Luck.
Essex Open - 24th January 2010
8th place for Chris Howser helps solidify his place in the GB top 20 for the rest of the season. Garath Thomas secures a solid 13th with his sister Rebecca 14th in the Ladies event. Well done to Ellie Irwin who managed to get through the first round in her first ever Open event, this is not often achieved for such a young fencer.
Cambridge Open / Dinant Cadet in Belgium 16th January 2010
Congratulations to Gareth Thomas in winning in Cambridge, another boost to his Senior Ranking, and a feat not often done, Tom Edwards wins abroad at the Dinant Cadet event in Belgium and gets a nmention on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/fencing/8472209.stm. Well done.
Senior South East Regional Championships 3rd January 2010
With the first event in the new year R&REC's Tom Edwards wins the SE regional championships from a field of 28. This is a great result especially as Tom is still a Cadet and a real breakthrough at Senior level. Other placings go to Chris Rimmer 10th, Jamie Stuart 15th and Josh Stuart 18th again all superb results for fencers of 15 or younger. In the Ladies event Tara Crank secures 5th place from a field of 10.
Elite Epee Junior Series 2 - 12th December 2009
Club winners in Under11 Boys, Luke Jones, Under 13 Boys, Adam Whitelaw and Under 16 Boys, Chris Rimmer to dominate the Boys events. Clara Hutter who also fences at the club won the U16 Girls event with Tia Simms-Lymn (Plymouth) and Sara Sanchez-Lethem (Brixton) winning the Under 11s and Under 13 Girls events. A raft of other great performances from club/local school fencers with many winning their first DE fights at this level. Well done to all those fencing.
A great deal of thanks has to also go to the referees Rebecca, Chiara, John, Rory, James A, James F, Tom, Tim and Taz who I worked extremely hard and would like to say we really appreciated your efforts. Having so many good referees really makes the difference between a so-so and really good event. Thanks to Suzi who was assessing the referees for reffereeing qualifications and Kate, Shirly, Allan and Julian for their effortsl, the set up team that came in the morning to help get the hall ready and finally to Bryan Lewis, who without his help within the school I doubt the Elite Epee Series would have been able to expand to the size it is at and is instramental in so many areas for the event.
Next event in February, see you there.
Hereford & Worcester Open - 5th December 2009
Well done to Greg Sinclair Jones on coming 13th in the mens event, beating Chris Howser in the Last 32 to record the top club result.
Surrey Youth Championships 29th November 2009
Another great event for fencers fencing at R&REC with winners Chris Rimmer (U16 Boys), Charlotte Wardle (U16 Girls), Tom Edwards (U18 Boys), Tara Crank (U18 Girls), Emily Elstub (U10 Girls), Stephanie Elstub (U12 Girls), Harrison Nichols (U14 Boys), Katy Griffin (U14 Girls) taking 8 out of the 10 titles on offer. With no entries in one of the other events(U10 Boys) and the winner of the other, Andrew Hughes (U12 Boys) possibly starting to come to R&REC shortly, it can only be deemed as a very good day for the fencers at the club. Well done to you all.
Miller-Hallett / Milner-Barry Cup 28th November 2009
Miller-Hallett - Another top result for Gareth Thomas securing 7th place as well as a great performance by Lloyd Jefferson in 10th.
Milner-Barry - Corinna Lawrence who we do not see very often took the title to re-take her Senior British Number 1 ranking with Sophie Sinclair-Jones 13th with a solid performance.
Welsh Open - 15th November 2009
Club result of the weekend went to Rebecca Thomas with a last 8 in what is one of the largest events of the season. Great result for such a young fencer..
Sealions Pentathlon - 7th November 2009
Well done to all the winners of their events with R&REC fencers taking many of the titles. The most dominating fencing performance came from Georgina Summers winning the combined Boys and Girls Youth D & E with 26 victories with only 4 defeats. This was 7 victories more than the 2nd place in the poule. Full results at www.mpagbse.co.uk .
Elite Epee Junior Series 2009-10, Event 1 - 24th October 2009
Well done to catagory winners Chris Rimmer in the boys Under 16 and Clara Hutter in the Girls Under 16 events. Full results at www.eliteepee.com.
Allstar Cup (Stratford) 11th October 2009
Amazing win for Gareth Thomas at one of the stronger opens of the year and his best senior result to date. Will really give his senior national ranking a boost. Top 16 spot also goes to Loyd Jefferson with Last 32s for Taran Nichols, James Frewin & Jason Scrimshaw.
World Senior Championships - Turkey 5th October 2009
R&REC's Corinna Lawrence was the only British ladies epeeist to make it through the first day, however lost out in the L64 match against her opponent from China. First senior World Championships and the experience gained will be very beneficial for the future for her. Well done.
British Under 20 Championships - 4th October 2009
James Frewin follows up his win in the cadets with a quarter-final showing in the Under 20s. An unfortunate draw caused him to meet clubmate Garath Thomas in the last 16 which James managed to win to finish 8th. Other solid results for Natasha Lewis-Oliver and Sophie Sinclair-Jones reaching the Last 16 in the girls event and lloyd Jefferson joining Gareth in the mens top 16.
British Cadet Championships - 3rd October 2009
Congratulations to James Frewin who became the British Under 17 (Cadet) champion up at the Engliah Insitute of Sport, Sheffield. Fencing brilliantly he beat pre-event favorite Philip Marsh 15-14 in a well controlled final, winning with a double to secure the title. A well deserved win, well done. Great results for many of our younger fencers which bode well for the next year or two.
Sussex Open - 3rd October 2009
Club fencers have a great day with Matthew Dodwell 2nd and Taran Nichols =3rd as well as several other fencers who come to club performing well.
British Pentathlon Championships 29th/30th August
Amazing results for Local pentathletes, pretty much all who train for their fencing at the club on a regular basisYouth A Girls: Kate French winner, Youth B Girls: Annie French and Lauren Mooney 2nd and 4th place respectively, Youth C Girls: Francesca Summers winner, Youth D Girls: Georgina Summers winner, Youth A Boys: Ollie Robinson 5th place, Youth B Boys: Sam Curry winner and Jacob Stapleton, John Allen and Tom Lees 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively, Youth C Boys: Hugo Fleming winner and Joseph Choong 5th place, Youth D Boys: Jamie Butt 2nd, Henry Choong 3rd and William Marston 6th.
The strength of their fencing was shown with club fencers winning the fence event or coming runner up in every age catagory. Winners were Girls Youth A - Kate French (15 wins, 5 losses), Girls Youth C - Francesca Summers (26 wins, 3 losses), Girls Youth D - Goergina Summers (17wins, 4 losses), Boys Youth B - Sam Currey (18 wins, 7 losses). In the catagories not won by club fencers in second place were Girls Youth B - Lauren Mooney (16 wins, 10 loses), Boys Youth A - Josh Snow (21 wins, 4 losses), Boys Youth C - Hugo Fleming (23 wins, 6 loses), Youth D Boys - Henry Choong (15 wins, 6 loses).
All in all a pretty amazing performance from everyone.
European Youth A Pentathlon Championships 9th Sept 2009
Kate French just misses out on a medal coming 4th, however wins the fence which placed her in a very strong position in the event. Well done.
Arrival of Isabella Howser 27th August 2009
Kate & Chris would like to introduce their baby daughter Isabella to the club. Isabella will be at club most weeks if you would like to say hello.
Llandovery LPJS Epee 22nd August 2009
Well done to Harry Peck - 3rd & Jamie Stuart 6th in U13 Boys, Joshua Stuart 3rd in U15 Boys, Charlotte Wardle 3rd & Charlotte Russell 6th U15 Girls. Special congratulations to Tara Crank - Champion in the U17 Girls event. Great start to the new season.
British Senior Championships 25th/26th July 2009
Another great National Championships showed fencers peaking for the showcase event of the year with Corrinna Lawrence winning the Ladies title for the first time after narrowly missing out in 2008, other results included Rebecca Thomas 19th, Sophie Sinclair-Jones 25th and Natasha Lewis-Oliver 61st. The Men's event however showed the depth of the club with Chris Howser on his comeback trail for the Commonwealth team attempt again, with only a couple of weeks training, securing a bronze medal, Taran Nicholls securing a breakthrough 7th place which will push him up into the top 20 of the senior rankings for the first time, Tim Buzwell 21st and Matthew Dean 25th making 4 out of the top 32 from the club. With Gareth Thomas 37th, Jason Scrimshaw 44th, Lloyd Jefferson 46th, Greg Sinclair-Jones 56th, James Frewin 58th and Aaron Gardner 62nd that made 10 out of the top 64 who fence at the club.
The team event on day 2 saw the Ladies team reaching a solid 6th place out of 14 in a slightly weakened team with Sophie Sinclair-Jones not available due to injury prevention, Rebecca Thomas off on holiday and Corinna fencing with her sister. The mens team started well with 3 comfortable wins over Stockport, Team Newcastle and Haverstock' Haverstrop teams in the first round securing 1st seeds into the last 16 knock-out stage. Their clash with Haverstock 'Fighting Cocks' resulted in another clear victory taking the team into the quarter-finals where they met a very hyped up Combined Services team. After a close start the combined services team pulled away and won leaving the R&REC team in a solid 5th place.
Norfolk Open 19th July 2009
Congratulations to Matt Dean on coming 2nd in the Mens event and Natasha Lewis-Oliver 6th in the Ladies event.
Lea Camin Cup (Bexley) 11th July 2009
Matthew Dodwell came third and another good day for Tom Edwards placing 6th in a strong field of 47.
Bill Hoskyns Open 5th July 2009
Sophie Sinclair-Jones continued her solid comeback from injury with 3rd in the Ladies event with lloyd Jefferson top placed from the club in 12th in the mens. In the Under 13 Young Hoskyns event Harry Peck won the boys with Daniel McGlade in 6th.
Surrey 1-Hit Epee 28th June 2009
Aaron Gardner who occessionally graces the club with his presence took the title with an impressive 23 out of 28 wins, teenage sensation Tom Edwards took 2nd with 21 wins after a placing barrage with Josh Stuart 6th in what is probably his strongest showing to date.
England Youth Championship 27th June 2009
Harrison Nichols added the Under 13 England title to his British Under 14 and Elite Epee Series Grand Final win to solidly place himself at the top of the pecking order in the age-group. With Daniel McGlade winning Bronze and Hugo Harris as well at Leo Petty in the top 8 the club dominates this age-group. Francesca Summers fought through a foot injury to win silver in the Under 13 Girls with Stephanie Elstub and Benjimin Marrington-Reeve securing 3rd places in the two U11 classes. A very well run event and great results again for the clubs fencers.
Chichester Open - 24th May 2009
Congratulations to Sophie Sinclair-Jones on winning the Ladies Epee Event on her return from almost 12 months of injury. A great performance as there were some very strong fencers in the event including recent British Number 1 Jo Maynard.
The Mens event secured other great results for fencers who come to the club, with Jason Scrimshaw 5th and Taran Nichols 8th.
British School Team Championships -2nd & 3rd June 2009
Another great performance from local schools and teams including local club fencers
U18 Girls - St Bedes - Champions
U15 Girls - Woldingham - 3rd
U13 Girls - City of London Freemens A - Champions , CLFS B team 3rd, Reigate School 4th
U11 Girls - City of London Freemens A - Champions, Reigate Priory 2nd, CLFS B 4th
U18 Boys - Caterham A - 8th, Caterham B 7th
U15 Boys - Whitgift 2nd, Reigate School & St Bedes School A =3rd, St Bedes B 6th
U13 Boys - Eltham College & Reigate School =3rd, St Bedes School A 7th, Whitgift 8th
U11 Boys - Sandcross School & Reigate PrioryA =3rd, Reigate Priory B 6th, Reigate Priory C 7th
Well done to all the teams involved.
Warwick LPJS 25th April 2009
Great win for Harrison Nichols in the U13 Boys with clubmates, Leo Petty and Hugo Harris reaching the semi finals (=3rd), Harry Peck 7th & Daniel McGlade coming 8th. With 5 out of 8 in the Fianl 8 tableux and an entry of 39 this results shows the talent the club has at this age-group and they are going from strength to strength. Another great result goes to Frankie Summers in the U13 Girls event coming 2nd. There were a number of other top 8 fencers from the club in various events and I would like to congratulate all of you.
Wellington LPJS Event - 19th April 2009
Francesca Summers does a weekend double and follows Saturday's win in the Elite Epee Final with victory in the U13 Girls catagory in Wellington. Tom Edwards wins the U17 Boys catagory.
Elite Epee Junior Series - Grand Final - 18th April 2009
Congratulations for all those taking part, especially our local champions who won 4 out of the 6 catagories
U11 Girls - Stephanie Elstub - City of London Feemen's School
U13 Boys - Harrison Nichols - Redhill & Reigate Epee Club
U13 Girls - Francesca Summers - Redhill & Reigate Epee Club
U16 Boys - James Frewin - Redhill & Reigate Epee Club / CLFS
Birmingham Open - 12th April 2009
In what was otherwise a dissapointing event for club fencers, Taran Nichols secures his best open result of his fencing career placing 6th in a very strong event which attracted a large group of International fencers from Italy, Germany & Holland to name just a few. This will give Taran a huge push up the senior national rankings.
Spring Pentathlon 28th March 2009
Top spot in the fence was shared 3 ways with sisters Francesca and Georgina Summers in equal top spot. In the overall events several were won by athletes who fence at club including Youth D Girls Georgina Summers, Youth C Girls Frankie Summers with Saffron Salih 2nd, Youth A Kate French and Youth B Boys Sam Curry.
Public School Championships 24th March 2009
James Frewin fencing for City of London Freemens wins the Junior Boys, Natasha Lewis Oliver 2nd in Senior Girls and Clara Hutter 3rd in Mount Hayes Girls. A great event for the school and club.
England Trip to Poland 26th March
In what is an extremely tough event several club fencers attended as part of the England team. Top 16 spots were taken by Benjimen Marington-Reeve and Francesca Summers, however the star result came from Harrison Nichols finishing 3rd in an extremely strong event with 150 odd entries. Well done on this achievement.
Surrey Youth Championships 8th March 2009
Another event with solid results for club fencers - U12 Boys Benjimin Marrington-Reeve 2nd, U10 Girls Alys Edwards 2nd, U14 Boys Hugo Harris 2nd, Hugo Fleming & Harrison Nichols =3rd, U14 Girls 1st Clara Hutter, 2nd Charlotte Wardle, 3rd = Katy Griffin & Hayley Misslebrook, U16 Boys Tom Edwards 1st, U18 Girls Jemima Dickinson 2nd.
Elite Epee Event 3 - 21st February 2009
Full results available at www.eliteepee.com.
Junior Commonwealth Championships - Malaysia 18th Feb 2009
Corinna Lawrence swept to Commonwealth Gold to complete a full set of International Medals for the season. With Gold at the Commonwealths, Silver at the Youth Olympics in Australia and Bronze at the European Juniors this has been a really successful International season for Corinna. Next stop is the World Youth Championsips in Belfast over the Easter Holidays.
Surrey Championships (Senior) 15th February 2009
Victory in the Individual went to club coach Taran Nichols winning his first Surrey County senior title defeating Stef Munn (who has also been fencing recently at the club) in the Final. A very young team of Taran (19), Tom Edwards (15) and Josh Stuart (14) also took the team title which is an amazing results considering Tom & Josh's lack of experience at senior level. Well done.
British Youth Championships - Stoke - 24th/25th January 2009.
Great success for club fencers with Harrison Nichols winning the Under 14 boys after an epic 15-14 overtime win against Sam Bradley. With Rebcca Thomas 2nd in the U18 Girls, James Frewin 3rd in U16 Boys and Clara Hutter 3rd in U14 Girls it was a great set of results for R&REC. Conratulations to the medal winners as well as everyone else from the club who made the trip and competed to their best on the day.
European Under 20 Champioships - Amsterdam 6th November 2008
Corinna Lawrence secures the best ever result at the junior European championships by a British woman with a brilliant Bronze medal. With two fights going to the final hit in the direct elimination she showed great composure to secure her first major (European/World) championships medal.
South East Section BYC Qualifier 2nd November 2008
Over 20 club and local school fencers have qualified for the British Youth Championships, event winners included Clara Hutter, Hugo Harris and Sophie Sinclair-Jones along with many others winning medals in their events.. Another great result and we look forward to contining that success into the finals in January.
Elite Epee Junior Series Event 1 - 25th October 2008
Congratulations to all the club fencers who took part in the event with many of you getting very good results. Top of the podium for club fencers were U13 Girls -Francesca Summers, U16 Girls - Freya Petty and U16 Boys - Tom Edwards. Full results can be found on www.eliteepee.com.
National Junior Championships 5th October 2008
Our most recent addition to the R&REC team, Corrinna Lawrence was runner-up in the Ladies Under 20 British Championship with Rebecca Thomas a stunning 5th (as she still have 4 years in the age-group). In the mens event Gareth Thomas placed 3rd, with Lloyd Jefferson 8th. R&REC were the only club with 2 fencers represented in both the Ladies and Mens quarter finals at this championship which shows how well the club is progressing. In the Cadet Event (Under 17) the previous day Rebecca came 12th in the Girls, with James Frewin 12th & Tom Edwards 40th in the Boys event.
Sussex Open 4th October 2008
Club fencer Jason Scrimshaw took the title in a field of 60 at the Portslade Leisure Centre.
Modern Pentathlon British Championships 31/08/2008.
Double success for club fencers with the Hugo Fleming winning the Youth C agegroup for boys and Francesca Summers taking the Youth D Girls title. Other results for club fencers include Tom Lees finishing 2nd behind Hugo in the Youth C event, Katy Rushmer 4th in the Youth D girls & Georgina Summers 9th in the same event. Josh Snow secured 2nd place in the Youth B boys. Our older youth pentathletes missed out on the event due to the Balkens international clashing with the event and some athletes opting for a weekend off prior to the World Junior Championships. Paper Report Surrey Mirror 11th Sept -
UK School Games 30/08/2008
In probably the most prestigous junior event of the year Redhill & Reigate Epee Club fencers took Gold and Silver in the girls event. After making their way to the final Sophie Sinclair-Jones narrowly beat Rebecca Thomas 12-11 in extra time to secure the title. Well done, full report to come.
Senior British Championships 12/13-7/08
Yet again some great National results. Lloyd Jefferson, gave his ranking a great boost reaching the top 16, with Gareth Thomas 19th tese are great results for fencers still in their teens and will give them a great boost for their Under 20 ranking this coming season.
Club Coach Kate Gardner (Howser) fenced to her best ever Senior national result, coming 3rd in a very tough event. This result takes her back up to 3rd on the British National Rankings for Ladies Foil.
Gareth and Lloyd fenced in Team Young Guns with fellow Under 20 Chris Harding (I believe) and managed a very creditable 5th place out of 23 beating many much more experienced teams on the way. Great result guys. The clubs Ladies team's chances were severely damaged with an injury to Sophie Sinclair-Jones in the first round of the individual which resulted in a weakened team which came a solid 12th out of 17 teams.
England Youth Championships 5/7/08
Chris Rimmer and Hugo Fleming both secured great 3rd places in the Under 13 boys event with Ellie Irwin 3rd in the Under 13 Girls and Chiara McDermott also 3rd in the Under 15 event. Other results inluded U11 Boys Oscar Lockey 5th, Benjemin Marrington-Reeve 7th, Frankie Penfold 13th, U11 Girls Georgie Summers 7th, Sasha Hossain 9th, Vicky Collins 12, Francesca Dobbe 13th, Zoe Lowry 13th, Kate Irwin 14th, U13 Boys James Thompson 10th, Harrison Nichols 16th, Under 13 Girls Charlotte Wardle 6th, Francesca Summers 7th, U15 boys Tom Edwards 8th, James Frewin 9th, Joshua Stuart 16th and Catherine Leatherbarrow 12th. Well done to you all.
Report Surrey Mirror 7th Aug 08 -
Yorkshire LPJS - 31-6-08
Congratulations to Charlotte Wardle in winning the LPJS event in Yorshire to continue a great season for her.
British School Teams, National Tetrathlon, Surrey Championships & BYCs - Report 3-3-08
Local fencers have been gaining great success over the last few weekends at National and County Championships both for fencing and multi-discipline events.
On the weekend of 9th/10th February a number of fencers who train at Redhill & Reigate Epee Club (R&REC) competed at the British Tetrathon Championships. This event consists of disciplines of Fencing, Pistol Shooting, Swimming & Running and was held at Bath University.
Josh Snow and Hugo Fleming secured wins in the Boys Youth B (Under 16) and Boys Youth C (Under 14) events respectively. Runner-up spots went to Jack Legon (Youth A Boys, U18), Tom Lees (Boys Youth C), Nicola Lydall (Youth Women U20) and Annie French (Youth C Girls) with Kate French taking Bronze in the Youth A Girls event. These results were helped by great results in the fencing discipline.
Many of these fencers have represented Great Britain at International Junior and World Cup events and many are Olympic hopefuls for the London Games.
The following weekend fencers took part at the Senior Surrey Championships and R&REC again gained great results. Taran Nichols (who has recently been selected in the GBR Under 20 squad for World Cup events) reached the Final, losing to the much more experienced Tim Buzwell (Wimbledon) in a close match. With Matthew Dean 5th and Robert Allen 7th the club had three Under 20 fencers in the top 8 of this Senior County event.. In the team event Matthew Dean, Taran and Ben Measures took the title for the club.
Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent was the venue for the British Youth Fencing Championships on 17th February. In the largest championships to date local fencers again performed admirably with many gaining great results.
Gareth Thomas (17), who has recently just been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Under 20 Championships in Italy in April, took the Under 18 title totally outclassing Daniel Wood (North West) in the final.
Other top 10 results for local fencers also included Harrison Nicholls (Oxted School & R&REC) 6th in the Under 12 Boys, Olga White (Reigate Priory) 9th in the Under 12 Girls, Chiara McDermott (R&REC) 3rd in Under 14 Girls, Clara Hutter (City of London Freeman’s School (Ashtead) & R&REC) 10th (U14 Girls), James Frewin (CLFS & R&REC) 10th in Under 16 Boys and Rebecca Thomas (R&REC) 5th in Under 16 Girls.
Last Sunday (2nd March) saw over 100 local fencers taking part in the British School Team Championships which were held at Whitgift School, South Croydon. Over 30 teams entered from local school in an event with over 130 team entries in total.
The Under 11 Girls event (Yrs 5 & 6) produced a clean sweep of podium place for local schools with City of London Freemans A team talking the title with Reigate Priory A runners-up and CLFS B and Holland Junior (nr Oxted) taking =3rd place. The Boys Under 11 saw Reigate Priory A team reach the final, losing eventually to Sussex House (London).
In the Under 13 events (yr 7 & 8) Reigate School gained superb results with Rebecca Davies, Allesandra Fioravanti, Rebecca Sloane & Alicia Wade taking the Girls title with City of London Freemans 2nd. In the Boys event Reigate’s A team fenced out of their skins beating Sussex House in the Semi Finals by a single hit before losing to Dulwich college in the Final. Oxted school secured 3rd place in their first year of having a team at the event.
Woldingham Girls School won their first National School Team medals at fencing coming 2nd place in the Under 15 Girls event, they were a single point away from taking the title however lost 45-44 to Bishop Challoner school in the crucial match. In the Boys event St Bedes A team took 3rd place in the Boys event losing to eventual winners Royal Grammer School Newcastle.
St Bedes and Caterham qualified for the Final in the Under 18 Girls event with St Bedes showing slightly more composure to take the title in a close match. Amy Silcock, who was part of the team who won last years U15 event, captained the team and was joined by Anna Masters and Alicia Davies to secure the title.
Finally Redhill & Reigate Epee Club fencers Rebecca Davies and Sophie Sinclair-Jones flew out to Rovigo in Italy to represent Great Britain in the European Cadet (Under 17) Fencing Championships at the weekend. With their event taking place on Thursday 6th March we hope that they have a great event and come back with results their training & effort deserve.
Elite Epee Event 3 report - 27th January 2008
Last weekend over 100 fencers from around the country descended on St Bedes school for the 3rd of the Elite Epee Series events and produced fencing of an extremely high standard. The series designed to encourage local fencers to take part in competitions has turned into probably the most competitive and popular Epee series in the country.
With 3 age-groups and separate boys & girls events running the event in a single day was a challenge, however with help from older fencers from the Redhill & Reigate Epee club (R&REC) the day ran smoothly and with very few problems. Many thanks must go to the staff and caretakers at St Bedes School for letting us use their facilities and for their help on the day which was very much appreciated.
In the Under 11 boys the semi-finals saw number 1 seed Cieron Tatlow (Holland Junior school, nr Oxted) beating Nicholas Hamilton (Escrime Acadamy, Brixton) and Alexandre Denuit (Escrime Acadamy) defeating Jonathan Bruce (Reigate Priory). The final was tough with Alexandre showing slightly more finesse to beat Cieron in a very close match.
In the Girls U11 Sara Sanchez-Letham (Brixton Fencing Club) won her 3rd successive Elite Epee Series event beating Emma Dulac (Escrime Acadamy) with the score 10-6. Losing out in the semi-finals were Bb Prendiville (Escrinme Acadamy) and Zoe Lowry (City of London Freemans School, Ashted).
In the biggest event of the day (32 fencers), Hugo Harris (KCS Wimbledon) took the Under 13 boys title beating Tommy Curran-Jones (Brixton) in the final. Equal 3rd were Sam Bradley (Espada, Bournmouth) and Ned Tidmarsh (Brixton).
Eastbourne fencer Angela Cutler won the Under 13 girls event beating Clara Hutter (CLFS & R&REC) in the final. Following hard fought semi-finals 3rd places went to Rebecca Mayle (Reading) and Charlotte Wardle (R&REC).
The top results came in the Under 16 boys and Girls Events for local fencers with James Frewin and Chiara McDermott (Redhill & Reigate Epee Club), who have both won all the series events to date, beating Matio Dworkin Active III (Essex) and Tessa Abbott (CLFS) respectively. Semi-Final losers Jack McGlade (KCS Wimbledon), Paul Sanchez-Lethan (Brixton), Catherine Leatherbarrow (Woldingham School) and Freya Petty (London Thames FC) had to settle for 3rd place finishes.
The next Series event will be the Final event in which only the top 10 fencers from each event will be invited to attend. This event is being held at Caterham school on 19th April to decide the overall series Champions and will be one of the toughest events on the years fencing calendar.
Local fencers who have qualified for the finals include:
Holland Junior School (nr Oxted) - Cieron Tatlow, Stuart Rapson, Freya Edwards & Katie Parker
Reigate Priory School – Jonathan Bruce, William Wright, James Martin, Oscar Lockey, Amy White, Kathryn Martin & Anna Pullinger
Sandcross School (Reigate) – Alex Chowne & Victoria Collins
City London Freemans (Ashted) – Zoe Lowrey, Stephanie Elstub, Ellie Irwin, Clara Hutter, Louisa Sparks, Anna Sparks and Tessa Abbott.
St Bedes School, Redhill – Joseph Kiberu, James Logan, Tom Edwards, Jordon Colman & Tatiana Christmas
Reigate School – Chris Rimmer & Josh Stuart
Woldingham School – Isabelle Walsh, Catherine Leatherbarrow, Francesca Maule & Laura Endicote
Redhill & Reigate Epee Club – Harrison Nichols, Hugo Fleming, Charlotte Wardle, Lucinda Ashdowne, Francesca Summers, Dora Pitch-Soden & Chiara McDermott
Autumn 2007 - to 4th Nov 2007
The club's fencers have continued their success both locally and on the national level over the last couple of months. At the Cadet and Junior National championships in October Sophie Sinclair Jones came 5th in the Girls Cadet Championships as well as 9th in the Juniors and Gareth Thomas was runner-up in the Boys Junior (U20) section a great results as he still has 2 more years in the age-group..
At the Woldingham Elite Epee Event (27th Oct) club fencers won 4 of the 6 events and had fencers taking the runner-up spot in the other 2. Winners were Cieron Tatlow (Under 11 Boys), Ellie Irwin (U13 Girls), James Frewin (U16 Boys) & Chiara McDermott (U16 Girls). Full results can be found at www.eliteepee.com
Elite Epee Series Event 1 Under 11 Boys Champion - Cieron Tatlow
The South East regional age-group championships again saw a good entry from the club as well as a great deal of success. Louisa Sparks became the Under 12 champion, with Abigale Lister 2nd and Marie Prichard and Olga White =3rd; all qualifying for the National finals. In the Under 12 boys, after a hard final Harrison Nichols took 2nd place behind KCS Wimbledons Hugo Harris. In the Under 14 Girls, Chiara McDermott took the title with Fraya Petty =3rd. The U14 boys saw Chris Rimmer take gold after a tight final match against KCS Wimbledon's Jack McGlade. The U16 Girls was won by Rebecca Thomas with Sophie Miles 3rd, the U16 boys James Frewin 2nd and Tom Edwards 3rd. The Under 18 boys was won by Rebecca's brother, Gareth with Robert Conrad-Allen 2nd with the U18 Girls won by Natasha Lewis-Oliver with Ellie Hudson and Grace Rowland =3rd. All in all a fairly impressive club perfoarmance with 24 of the 40 odd fencers qualifying for the National Championships in the Epee fencing at the club.
Surrey Youth Games 2007
Mole Valley won both the girls and boys events at the first fencing championships at the Surrey Youth Games. The girls team which consisted of Jesicaa Ventham, Charlotte Wardle and Juliet Arial, all who fence at R&REC, ran away with the tiltle without a loss, winning 45-26 in the final against the Tandridge Borough team.
The boys team of R&REC fencers James Thompson, Daniel Beech and James Frewin came back from a 7 hit deficit going into the last match with James Frewin drawing the match back up to 44-44 at the end of time. With James getting priority in the final minute he managed to hold out to at win on priority against the Reigate & Banstead team which consisted of Jack Fenton, Chris Rimmer and Tom Edwards who are also fencers at the club.
Easter 2007 Fencing Days
Chris will be running training days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the second week of Easter school holidays (10th to 12th April). Details and application form attached.
Surrey Novice & Intermediate Champs 25th March 2007
At all levels R&REC seem to be succeeding with a great set of results from Junior fencers, many fencing at their first senior event. Sophie Miles fenced out of her skin to pick up 2nd in the Novice (less than 3 years fencing) Ladies Epee in her first ever Senior Event, losing in the Final to Eileen Buist (mother of England Team member David) out of a field of 14; Sophie has another year in the Novice catagory and at only 13 years old, will be shooting for the title next year for sure. Matthew Amlot narrowly missed Gold losing 15-14 to Woking's Daniel Morse in the Mens Novice Epee, however in the Intermediate Event (for over 3 years fencing, but non county champions) held later in the day won through to become Surrey Intermediate Champion, at only 16 this is a great acheivment. In the Ladies Intermediate Event Katie Ford came 3rd following a 6th place in the Novice event to show great improvement over the day.
National School Teamd Championships - 4th March 2007
Local school once again excelled at the British School Team Championships, held at Upper Hayford (Nr Oxford) last weekend. With a total of 87 teams competing at the event in 4 age-groups the results were especially impressive.
Following a slow first round where they registered a defeat against Oakfield School (Fetcham), Reigate Priory went one better than last year’s runners-up spot to win Gold in the Under 11 Boys event with Joseph Meakin, Francis Waterton and Robert Scott in this year’s team. With Joseph and Francis having only started fencing in September, this was a surprise result, however fight by fight the whole team grew to a formidable squad beating the much more experienced Oakfield School in the Final by a near 20 point margin. Micklefield reached the Semi-Finals losing narrowly to Oakfield.
In the Under 11 Girls, City of London Freeman’s School (Ashtead) won through to repeat their Gold winning exploits of 2006, Ellie Irwin, Clara Hutter and Louisa Sparks who had a experience advantage over all the other teams won all 4 of their matches to take the title. A great result for Sandcross School (Reigate) saw them beating Holland School (nr Oxted) 45-44 to take 2nd with Holland 3rd. With all three Sandcross Girls, Vicky Collins, Bethany Wells and Megan Bailey being Year 5’s, they will still be in this age-group next year and are setting new standards for the future.
In the Semi-Finals of the Boys U13 event Reigate School ‘A’ were matched against St Bedes ‘A’; following a close encounter Reigate won through to face St Anne’s from Dunfermline who had defeated Reigate School ‘B’ in the other Semi. The Dunfermline team proved to strong in the Final, however will Reigate’s team consisting of all Yr 7s, Luke Puddy, Chris Rimmer and Josh Stuart have next year in the same age-group to go for the title.
Haybridge School from Stourbridge in Worcestershire won the Under 13 Girls event by a single point margin against City of London Freeman’s School. The Colf team of Jessica Ventham, Lauren Rofe and Juliet Ariel fenced magnificently but were finally defeated by Haybridge’s Amy Radford who recently placed 2nd at the British Under 14 Championships.
St Bede’s School won the Under 15 girls event with Amy Silcock, Frances Coles, Jennifer Peach and Katie Ford collecting the title on their first ever team event. The improvement this group has shown since starting fencing at the school in September is spectacular and with more experience even better things could happen in the future.
Well done to all the local schools at the event, the continued improvement of fencing at these schools is all down to the pupils who work so hard to learn and improve as well as the parents and schools who support the kids so wholeheartedly. With so many great local results the upcoming Surrey Youth Games (in June) where fencing is included for the first time should be a great event.
Press Report 17-18/Feb 2007- National Success for Local Fencing Talent
Redhill & Reigate Epee club are continuing to produce some of the best junior fencers in the country and showed again last weekend that after only 4 years of the club existing that they are undoubtedly the best producer of young Epee talent in the country. Fencers from the club are also top competitors in Pentathlon with fencing being one of their strongest disciplines.
Three overall title winners at the National Tetrathlon Champs (Fence, Pistol Shoot, Swim & Run) last weekend started the weekend well, with Jack Legon (Youth A Boys), James Myatt (Youth B Boys) and Kate French (Youth B Girls) taking their titles in great style. With other great results including Nicola Lydall 2nd (Junior Ladies) & Josh Snow 3rd (Y B Boys) the club has top ranked competitors in several categories. Solid performances in the fencing event by all the winners gave them the edge over their rivals and ensured clear leads over their opponents prior to the final run discipline.
On the same weekend at the British Youth Epee Champs, the club collected a haul of 3 silvers and 4 bronzes along with several other finalists (top 8 placings). Seven podium finishes was actually more than any other region as a whole and more than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. The South East topped the medals table with 10 medals, almost 1/3rd of those available including Gold for LTFC’s Victoria Mcauley who narrowly beat R&REC’s Sophie Sinclair-Jones in the Under 16 Girls Gold medal match on the final hit in extra time.
The club’s medalists were in the Under 12 Girls event, Ellie Irwin 2nd, Charlotte Wardle =3rd – Under 12 Boys, William Grealey 2nd, Hugo Fleming =3rd, Harrison Nichols =3rd, Under 16 Girls Sophie Sinclair-Jones 2nd & Rebecca Thomas =3rd. Other finallists included Clara Hutter, Lauren Rofe and Aaron Gardner. Who knows how many other finalists we could have had if the two events had not been organized for the same weekend.
With so many medalists at this event it was a shame that the club won no Epee titles to add to the National Cadet (under 17) Epee Championships won by Gareth Thomas back in October. It does give the club a clear target for next year’s event and we will have to work really hard to improve on this year’s results.
In addition to these successes; the previous weekend senior fencers at the club competed at the Surrey Championships. Club coach, Chris Howser won the Men’s title and Natasha Lewis-Oliver the Ladies which shows that the club is producing winners at all ages.
With many club fencers competing at the British School Team Championships next weekend the club has yet another chance to have many of its fencers competing at the highest levels.
17th/18th Feb 2007 - British Youth Epee Champs & British Tetrathlon Championships
Three overall title winners at the National Tetrathlon Champs (Fence, Pistol Shoot, Swim & Run), Jack Legon (Youth A Boys), James Myatt (Youth B Boys) and Kate French (Youth B Girls), plus a number of other great results including Nicola Lydall 2nd (Junior Ladies) & Josh Snow 3rd (Y B Boys) was the first prong of a double weekend of competitions this weekend. Solid performances inthe fencing event by all the winners gave them the edge over their rivals and ensured clear leads over their opponents prior to the final run discipline.
At the British Youth Epee Champs the club collected a haul of 3 silvers and 4 bronzes along with several other finalists (top 8). Seven podium finishes was actually more than any other complete region and more than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Combined. Medallists U12 Girls Ellie Irwin 2nd, Charlotte Wardle 3rd - U12 Boys William Grealey 2nd, Hugo Fleming 3rd, Harrison Nichols 3rd, U16 Girls Sophie Sinclair-Jones 2nd, Rebecca Thomas 3rd. Other finallists included Clara Hutter, Lauren Rofe and Aaron Gardner.
Well done to those mentioned above as well as everyone else who competed representing the club with great spirit and skill.
Feb 2007 Half-Term Fencing Days
Chris will be running training days on Monday and Tuesday of half-term with Guest Coach Lukasz Szymanski (Kate Gardner's Coach). Details and application form attached.
Please Note Monday is now Full, a few spaces are available on the Tuesday.
Woldingham Challenge Event - Girls Epee
Three of the four events won by club fencers (one one not won did not have any R&REC entries). Well done to victors Natasha Lewis-Oliver, Charlotte Wardle and Francesca Dobbe. Full results at www.eliteepee.com .
Welsh Open 11/12-11-06
Club coach Kate Gardner reached another semi final at a major open to place 3rd in the ladies foil. In the Ladies Epee Nicola Lydall secured her first quarter-final birth at a major Open with wins over British Number 13 Helen Holloway and British No 6 Katherine Fearis before losing narrowly to Libby Payne ranked number 16. With Nicola still being a Junior (Under 20) and only being ranked 58th currently in the Senior rankings this will probably jump her up into the top 30 next month. Well done to all our other fencers who got last 64s and 32s at the event.
SE Regional Epee Championships 12-11-06
Another set of geat results reinforces R&REC's status as the top Epee club in the SE of England with the clubs fencers winning four South-East titles at the weekend (no other club got more than one). This is dispite three of last years champions from the club having a event clash with the Welsh Open (qualifier for Cadet(under 17) and Junior (U20) world championships) and not being able to compete.
The titles were won by Charlotte Wardle (Girls U12), Jessica Ventham (Girls U14), Kate French (Girls U16) & Harrison Nichols (Boys U12), well done to you all.
Podium places were also secured by Lucie Ashdowne (=3rd U12 Girls), Clara Hutter (=3rd U12 Girls), Lauren Rofe (2nd U14 Girls), Dora Pitch Soden (=3rd U14 Girls), Grace Rowland (2nd U18 Girls), William Grealey (2nd U12 Boys), Harrison Standish (=3rd U12 Boys), James Frewin (2nd U14 Boys), Matthew Amlot (3rd U16 Boys).
Well done to everyone who competed, full results for the event can be found in JPEG format below.
Under 14, Under 16 & Under 18 boys
Under 12 & Under 14 Girls
Under 16 & Under 18 Girls
National Cadet & Under 20 Championships 7/8-10-06
Gareth Thomas wins his first National title with a great win in the Cadet (Under 17) Epee; following a long day of fencing Gareth won the gold in the final against Wellington Swords, Chris Hay. Other great placings went to Lloyd Jefferson 3rd and Natasha Lewis-Oliver 3rd in the girls event. In the Under 20 event the following day, Gareth Thomas and Matthew Dean reached the Quarter-Finals to place 6th & 8th respectively with Lloyd Jefferson 9th & Conrad Cotton-Barratt 11th. Great results for all of them, especially as they still have at least one year left at these age-groups.
Manchester Cadet and Sussex Open 30-09-06
Fencers at the club at the Manchester Cadet (under 17) Tournament and the Sussex Open in Brighton. Gareth Thomas was the pick of our fencers in Manchester winning the event from a field of 50 with Conrad Cotton-Barrett having been beaten by Gareth in the Semi-final and placed 3rd. These results will boost both Gareth and Conrad’s chances of competing at the Cadet World Championships next year.
At the Sussex Open Matt Dean (17 years old) placed 10th out of 91 to score some well deserved Senior Ranking points and great credit goes to James Frewin (only 13), who on his first senior open event placed a very impressive 69th, while being half the size of pretty much any other competitor. In the Ladies event Sarah Langridge placed 6th; with Nicola Lydall 11th out of a field of 34 fencers, more great results.
With the British Junior (Under 20) and Cadet (under 17) Championships taking place this coming weekend we hope there will be more good news for next weeks paper.
Surrey Youth Championships 24-09-06
Fencers from Redhill & Reigate Epee club followed last years impressive haul of 6 Golds with an unbeleivable clean-sweep of 8 golds winning every Epee event on offer. Winners - U12 Girls -Charlotte Wardle, U12 Boys - Hugo Fleming, U14 Girls - Jessica Ventham, U14 Boys - James Frewin, U16 Girls - Rebecca Thomas, U16 Boys - Matthew Amnot, U18 Girls - Natasha Lewis-Oliver, U18 Boys - Taran Nichols. In addition to the Golds the club took a haul of other top 3 placings with Silvers going to Clara Hutter, Harrison Nichols, Eleanor Hudson & Aaron Gardner and Bronzes going to Ellie Irwin, Lucinda Ashdowne, Oliver Ashdowne, Lauren Rofe, Grace Rowland & Matthew Dean.
Full results here
All in all a great club effort, now dominating the County Epee Scene at Age-group as well as Senior level, let it continue...
Commonwealth Championships - Belfast Sept 2006
Kate Gardner secures Northern Irelands first medal of the championships with a hard fought Bronze, her first Commonwealth Individual medal. Chris Howser wins Silver with the England Mens Epee Event behind Canada.
Senior National Championships 07-06
With Chris Howser & Kate Allenby, both of the clubs National Champions from last year, as well as Sarah Langridge 3rd last year, not competing in the Individual Events it was left to the teams for the club to make waves. With weakened teams the club acheived a solid top 8 result in the mens event with Chris Howser, Neale Thomas and Bryan Lewis. A young ladies team (average age of 17) and junior mens team (ave 16) both narrowly failed to progress through the opening rounds after some close and high class matches.
Brixton LPJS Event
Eleanor Hudson wins Under 17 Girls event. Chris Rimmer (Sandcross) overcame a poor first round to battle his way to the Last 8, great result; with Luke Brunswick (Oakfield) and Luke Puddy (Sandcross) both making the top 16. Other results still to come.
Fencers from local schools gained great success last weekend. On this occasion the event was the IAPS (Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools) National Under 14 Championships with schools from around the country sending their best fencers to the event in Canterbury.
Fencers representing City of London Freemen’s School scored the major results with James Frewin winning the boys Epee event following a tight final which included fencers from Sussex House (London), Millfield, Lanesborough (Guildford) and Feltonfleet (Cobham) Schools out of a total field of 24 fencers.
In the Girls Epee CLFS had 3 pupils reaching the final 6 with Millfield Prep supplying the other 3 finalists. Jessica Ventham showed great fight and accuracy to dominate the final, winning matches against her team-mates Lauren Rofe and Tessa Abbott before demolishing the Millfield Girls to take the title in style. With Lauren 3rd and Tessa 4th CLFS has shown that it is clearly the top school for Epee at this age-group.
With fencers from Cottesmore (Pease Pottage), Hazlewood (Limpsfield) and Feltonfleet also fencing, the local area was well represented with Harrison Standish from Cottesmore and Christopher Marriott (Hazlewood) reaching the semi final with Hugo Fleming (Feltonfleet) reaching the final. Hugo’s result is especially impressive as he is only 10 years of age and has 3 more years in this age-group.
With James and Hugo as well as Jessica, Lauren and Tessa fencing at the Redhill & Reigate Epee Club the added opportunities to train are really showing.
Redhill & Reigate Epee Club will be starting beginner courses next week, visit www.redhillandreigateepeeclub.com for course details
British Under 12 Championships
Youth fencing took another major step forward with the running of the first ever British Championships for Under 12 Epee. The event, held on 14th May at the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead, Surrey, attracted 120 entries making it probably the largest ever Epee event for this age-group. With the Under 12 age-group being absorbed into the BYCs next season this will be the only year a separate event will be run so this was a special occasion.
The facilities at the event were great with a spacious hall, viewing gallery, cordoned off viewing area in the hall and 8 metallic pistes. The event attracted fencers from all around the country; however the majority of the entrants came from the Surrey/South London area.
The boys event, with 84 fencers, started on 12 pistes and immediately the quality of the event was clear with close and skilful fencing taking place all around the hall.
The Brixton club showed their potential taking the top 2 seeds, Paul Sanchez-Letham & Jahmal Barnes, after the first round with Harrogate fencer Jordan Chang 3rd and Hugo Fleming of Redhill & Reigate Epee Club 4th. The knock out rounds saw a few surprises with Nicholas Ma Siy (Cottesmore School) knocking out Jordan Chang & Adam Foster knocking out top seed and Brixton club-mate Sanchez-Letham in the last 16. Matthew Duggan (Cressy) was the biggest surprise of the DE overcoming a poor first round (38th seed) to make the semi-final and join James Snowden (Lanesborough School), Tomas Curran Jones (Brixton) and Jahmal Barnes to fight for the medals. The semi-finals saw the two Brixton fencers triumph. This left a final in which the experience of Barnes showed with him pulling clear to take the title and become the first ever winner of the British Under 12 title and hold aloft the trophy donated and presented by Maggie Lloyd-Jones.
The girls event had a more modest, but still large, entry of 36 which was split into poules of 6. The first round saw Freya Petty (KCS), Amy Radford (West Midlands), Stephanie Collister & Ellie Irwin (City Of London Freemen’s) take the top 4 seeds respectively. The direct elimination matches were closely fought with many fights going to the line, however generally going to seeding early on, Rebecca Mayle (Reading) however improved on her mid table seeding to reach the semi-finals with Amy Radford, Stephanie Collister and Freya Petty. The semi-finals saw Radford and Mayle triumph to set up a Reading vs West Midlands final which saw Radford win the title in her final year in the age-group.
The event has helped identify huge potential for the future with many under 10 fencers competing and gaining good results including Olivia Saitch (St Johns School, Redhill) 15th in the girls event and Harrison Nichols (Holland Junior School, nr Oxted) 26th in the boys leading the under 10s. Maybe a National Under 10 event will be needed next season?
Thanks must go to the helpers and referees at the event with many local juniors spending a day helping out and supporting their future opposition. The event ran fairly smoothly with the event starting at a sensible 10.30 and finishing just after 6pm.
Sponsors Brewin Dolphin Securities and Lawson Loft Conversions are thanked for their support of the event, this lead to top 4 prizes of Epees, Masks, 800N plastrons and fencing bags; with 5th to 8th winning bodywires to add to their kit; as well as referees & helpers receiving cheques to cover their expenses. Leon Paul Equipment’s support was much appreciated with them supplying 6 metallic pistes, towers lights etc and running a stall. A mention is also needed for Graham Forster at Allstar/Uhlmann for their free loan of an additional 2 sectional pistes which meant that all DE fights took place on metallic pistes.
Finally I would like to thank David Hayward (Headmaster) and all the other school staff at City of London Freemen’s school for helping us hold a very successful event at their school. We hope that we will be able to run future events at the venue which is large and spacious with great facilities for fencers and spectators alike.
National School Team Championships 4th March 2006
Fencers from the club and schools coached by Chris Howser fenced for their schools and continued the clubs/Surrey's junior successes. Nathalie George, Georgina Wood and Jemima Dickinson suceeded in taking the Under 14 Girls title for Reigate Grammer School. City of London Freemans (Ashtead) won the Under 12 Girls with Oakfield (Fetcham), St Johns Year 6's (Redhill) 3rd and St John's Year 5s in 4th, all of these teams are coached by Chris. In the boys Under 12 Reigate Priory's, Micheal George, Daniel Sterry and Joshua Stuart fenced out of their skins narrowly losing to Sussex House (London) in the final. Bronze medals were won by Oakfield's, Tom Evans, Jack Atree and Rhys Newcombe (Fetcham) beating Cottesmore School on the final hit 45-44. With 13 teams in the Boys Under 12 event and 7 of the top 8 coached by Chris this is a great result and shows that local fencing can only get even better in the future once these youngsters get older.
National Age Group Championships 19th Feb 2006
A great set of results all round with James Frewin 3rd in the Under 14 Boys; Lloyd Jefferson 2nd in Under 16 Boys with Gareth Thomas 5th and Conrad Cotton-Barrett 8th;Aaron Gardner 7th in Under 18 Boys. In the Girls events Rebecca Thomas 3rd in Under 14 Girls with Natasha Lewis-Oliver 21st in the Under 16s following a week of serious illness. With many of the clubs strong fencers competing at the National Tet championships which clashed with this event (including last years National under 18 girls champion Nicola Lydall along with Surrey Champions Josh Snow & Jack Legon)), to get 6 fencers into the final 8 is great going from our junior fencers. Well done to all.
Ashton Leon Paul Series Event 19th Feb 2006
Hugo Fleming, who was too young to compete at the National Tet championships took Under 11 gold, for his first Leon Paul Series title, great going Hugo.
National Tetrathlon Championships - 19/20th Feb 2006
Jack Legon (Youth B) and Josh Snow (Youth C) win national titles with Nicola Lydall (Youth A) 4th, Charlotte Whitlock 7th, Kate French (Youth B) 3rd, Jenny Cuselle 6th, Jaime Binder (Youth C) 4th. All had great fences with Josh and Jack winning their fences and everyone else in the top 5 at that event. Well done to all.
Surrey Championships - 13th Feb 2006
Chris Howser wins Surrey Mens title for the third year running, Nicola Lydall and Rachel Measures = 3rd in Ladies. Tiger Swords wins mens team title with 2 regular R&R team members and a 3rd member who also occasionally comes to the club, with R&R A Team runners up on the final point after knocking out the R&REC Random team in semi final. Ladies team runner up to Guildford A who again had regular R&REC fencers within their team. More detailed report to follow in due course.
Club Challenge Night
Well done to all those who entered the challenge. All fenced really well and Chris will be aching for the next week or two. Proceeds will go towards buying more breeches for the club.
Chris went undefeated for over 20 matches and then was beaten by Bryan Lewis in the second to last match. Well done to Bryan for picking your moment well and breaking Chris's winning streak and thank you for donating your winnings back into the breeches fund.
Whitgift LPJS Event - 10th December 2005
Another great day for the clubs fencers with a number of encouraging results in all agegroups including William Grealey winning the Under 12 Boys Epee with Hugo Fleming 3rd and Danniel Beech and Luke Puddy getting last 8s. Full results available at www.leonpaul.com (junior series tab).
Brixton LPJS Event - 4th December 2005
James Frewin continued his winning ways with a dominant performance in this event. Having won all his fights in the first round and gaining No 1 seed he got a bye through the Last 32, won his direct elimination fights 10-1, 10-2, 10-3 to reach the final. In the final (to 15 hits) he had a tougher time of it in the first period trailing 10-8, however after a tactical change he scored the next seven hits to take the title 15-10.
Chris Howser also had a number of his school fencers in the Under 11 event (32 entries) with Harrison Standish (Cottesmore) an excellent 3rd, Luke Puddy (Sandcross) 11th, Nicholas Ma Siy (Cottesmore) 15th and Jordan Standish (Cottesmore) 21st. Aleka Gurel (Cottesmore) won her first fight in the Under 13 event and showed that she also got great potential for the future. The Cottesmore pupils results are expecially impressive as they have only fenced at the school since September, with only 10 fencing sessions experience.
SE Regional Championships 6th November 2005
Fencers from Redhill and Reigate Epee Club narrowly missed completing a clean sweep of Epee Titles at the South East Region Championships last weekend.
In the Under 14 Girls Event Rebecca Thomas lead the run of success with a 100% win record to take the title in style. In the Under 16 Girls event Natasha Lewis-Oliver succeeded in beating a strong field including last year’s Under 14 National Champion, Sarah Milner to add the Regional crown to her Surrey title. In the Under 18 girls, the club missed, National Under 18 champion, Nicola Lydall who could not make the event due to Pentathlon commitments, however Charlotte Whitlock narrowly missed out on the title finishing 3rd in the event.
The club dominated the Boy’s events with James Frewin, Gareth Thomes and Aaron Gardner taking the Under 14, 16 and under18 titles respectively, sweeping opponents from Kent, Middlesex, Sussex and the rest of Surrey away in style. The three of them dominated their events to take the titles with great performances, generally only having difficulties when fencing team-mates from the club.
With the regional events counting as the qualifier for the British Youth Championships in January 2006 the club will be represented by a superb group of youth fencers at the National Championships yet again. Not only did the winners qualify, another four club fencers qualifying for the National Championships with the chance to lift another National Title for the club following Nicola’s success and coach, Chris Howser’s senior National Title in July.
Surrey Youth Championships 25th September 2005
Redhill & Reigate Epee Club, and the schools which Club Coaches, Chris Howser and Neale Thomas teach fencing at, are set to dominate Epee for many years to come locally following another great set of results at the Surrey Youth Championships. Chris and Neale coach 5 of the 8 winners of the Epee events who all fence with the club and they also had fencers in the top 3 of all the 8 Epee Events.
Winners included Jessica Ventham (also City of London Freemans School) Under 12 Girls Epee, Rebecca Thomas - Under 14 Girls Epee, Natasha Lewis-Oliver (City of London Freemans School) - Under 16 Girls Epee, Josh Snow - Boys Under 14 Epee and Jack Legon - Boys Under 16 Epee. Best placed fencers for the other events were, in the Under 12 Boys - Steven Pilley (City of London Freemans School) 2nd, Under 18 Boys –Aaron Gardner 2nd and Under 18 Girls Charlotte Whitlock in 3rd place.
The competition had over 160 entries and was arguably the strongest on record, especially in the younger age-groups. Fencers also entered from local state schools including Sandcross School, Reigate with Luke Puddy coming a creditable14th in the Boys Under 12 and Kirstin Walling in Girls Under 12 placing 8th from St Johns School Redhill.
With several more events taking place between now and Christmas times are busy for fencers locally and with all of these athletes reaching their late teens and early 20’s in 2012 these could well be the athletes we will be supporting in the London Olympic Games.
Pentathlon Nationals Report
17/18th July 2005
Pentathletes from the South-East region, most who are coached fencing by Redhill & Reigate Epee Club Coaches continued the clubs supurb run of National Championships results last weekend at the Pentathlon National Championships which were held at Millfield School, Somerset.
Pentathlon, which consists of 5 sports, namely, Show Jumping, Pistol Shooting, Fencing (Epee), Swimming and Running is one of the countries top Olympic events with a Gold and 2 Bronzes won at the Sydney and Athens games. Young competitors at this event could well be up for team places for London 2012 if they keep producing such good results.
In the Senior Ladies event club fencers Sarah Langridge and Emily Bright came 2nd and 3rd respectively to follow up the previous weekends team semi-final at the fencing National Championships. John Dorian came 2nd in the Youth ‘A’ Boys (Under 18) following solid results in all 5 events.
The first title for a club fencer was won by Nicola Lydall in the Youth ‘A’ Girls event following wins in both the shooting and riding. This backed up with 2nd in the fence shows that the skill events are so important to win at pentathlon. In addition to a national title in pentathlon, Nicola is also the Under 18 Fencing (Epee) National Champion.
Andrew Ghagan and Jack Legon finished 2nd and 3rd in the Youth ‘C’ Boys event, Jack with another year at this age-group will be favourite for next years championships if he keeps improving as he has been. Kate French showed her usual great performances all round whilst finishing runner-up in the Youth ‘C’ event (U14).
James Myatt took gold in the Youth ‘C’ Boys event following a win in the shoot and a solid 5th in the fence. James showed increasing confidence throughout the event and won ahead of athletes currently on national funding, which James must now deserve. Mark Inkester won both fence and run, however without a riding certificate was unable to compete in the ride. Next year Mark should be able to compete in the ride and everyone will be watching for a spectacular score if all goes to plan.
Annie French showed that it is not only her sister with the talent with a very encouraging runner-up place in the Youth ‘D’ Girls event winning the ride and fencing her heart out for 3rd in that event. In the youngest age-group youth ‘E’, Ross Bowers won for the south-east, being the only competitor to compete in all 5 events. Hugo Fleming placed 2nd whilst not riding, the odds were against him with Ross having scored 1160 in the ride, however by winning all the 4 events he competed in Hugo cut the deficit to 300 points and next year will be a force to be reckoned with in his age-group.
Fencing Nationals Report
10/11th July 2005
Chris Howser, who coaches fencing at a number of local schools, including Reigate Priory, Sandcross School and St John’s School, became National Champion at the Senior National Fencing Championships last Saturday.
With an entry of 159 which included all of the 20 top ranked Epee fencers in Great Britain, this is the best result Chris has achieved in 25 years of fencing. Chris won the final in a very tight 15-14 defeat of, Sussex House’s (London), Tristan Lane who is currently ranked 3rd in Great Britain and the result should help Chris jump up the rankings from his current 7th place.
The weekend was also extremely successfully generally for the Redhill and Reigate Epee club, based at the Royal Alexander & Albert School in Reigate, where Chris is the senior coach. Sarah Langridge achieved an excellent, though slightly unexpected 3rd place in the Ladies Epee Event, and Kate Gardner 6th in Ladies Foil would have been better had it not been for some controversial refereeing decisions.
R&REC also fielded teams in both the Mens and Ladies team event. Both teams far exceeded their expected results, surpassing last year’s quarter final result with 3rd places in both events. Teams comprised of Emily Bright, Sarah Langridge & Kate Gardner (Ladies Epee), Ben Measures, Neale Thomas & Chris Howser (Mens Epee).
Breaking News 10th July 2005 - Senior British Nationals
Sarah Langridge 3rd Ladies Epee
Kate Gardner 6th Ladies Foil
Chris Howser - Champion Mens Epee
Ladies Team Epee (Emily Bright, Sarah Langridge, Kate Gardner) 3rd
Mens Team Epee (Ben Measures, Neale Thomas, Chris Howser) 3rd
Haverstock 11 and Under Epee Champiuonships & Surrey 1 Hit.
22 June 2005
Last weekend saw fencers from Redhill & Reigate Epee club competing at some of the last events before the, end of season, National Championships which are being held in a couple of weeks.
James Frewin competed at the Haverstock 11 and under championships, held in Islington, London. With 30 entries this turned out to be one of the biggest events, nationally, of the year for this age-group. James steamed through the early rounds with great style and technique without any losses. In the knock-out stages James again showed dominance over his opponents with the closest score in any match being 10-6 in the final. James is one of over a dozen fencers under 12 years old who train at the club and this group are showing great potential for the future.
At the Surrey One-Hit Epee Open event (with 33 entries), fencers who attend the club again performed admirably. In the Men’s event, Tim Buzwell won with a 26-6 win loss record, with Jes Smith runner-up 24-8 and Ben Measures =4th with 21-11. The Ladies Results were also excellent with Nicola Lydall winning with 22 wins and Rachel Measures 4th with 16 wins.
National Under 18 Championships and National Tetrathlon Championships
26,27 Feb 2005
Juniors from Redhill & Reigate Epee Club have triumphed at National Championships two weekends running. At the British Youth Fencing Championships Nicola Lydall battled through the early rounds of the Girls under 18s Epee, to set up a quarter-final with Louise Highton, No 4 in the British under 20 rankings. In a close match Nicola won 15-13 to set up a semi-final with Sally Kemp from the South-West region. Nicola sped to a lead of 4 hits and several double hits later scored the final hit to reach the final with a 15-13 score. In the final Nicola, who is a Pentathlete and only has time to fence once a week, faced Rhiannon Lawrence also from the South-West, ranked No 2 in the Under 20s and 11th in the British senior rankings. Again Nicola started strongly, forcing her way to a lead of 4 hits. Trading points Nicola kept her lead through to the minute break, leading 14-10 after 3 minutes. With Rhiannon re-invigorated following the break, the lead was closed with Rhiannon scoring two single hits. Finally Nicola got her point on for a double and a 15-13 score-line to take her first National Fencing Title and the first national title for a R&REC fencer.
At last weekends National Tetrathlon Championships, which is comprises of pistol shooting, swimming, fencing & running, many fencers who attend R&REC competed at the event held at Bath University. In the Boys Youth C (Under 14) event, Mark Inkester won 3 of the 4 events, including the fence, to take the overall title, with Joshua Snow runner-up in the fence and overall. In the Girls Youth C, Kate French and Jenny Cusselle placed 1st and 2nd overall respectively, aided by strong fencing performances.
In the Youth B (U16) Boys event, Jack Legon, who has another year in the age-group, competed strongly to end up 2nd place overall, with Andrew Ghagan an excellent 3rd.
With John Dorian and Montana Jones both runner-up in the Youth A (U18) events for boys and girls respectively our older athletes competed excellently, Nicola Lydall, was 2nd going into the run, however sickness from the previous week caused her to pull out just before the half way point of the final eventb.
In the Juniors (U20), Helen Pinkess produced her best fence ever to record a 720 score in one of her weaker events and finally place 5th overall. This was a great result for Helen and shows great potential for the future.
Sarah Langridge felt her fence did not go well, however recorded a respectable 70% winning average and 1000 points to help her towards 2nd place overall. In the Men’s event, Chris Howser, fencing coach at R&REC and for the SE Region Pentathlon squad, competed at a Tetrathlon event for the first time in over 16 years and managed to record a personal best score in the shoot, a solid fence (70% wins, 1000 points) and his best ever 200 metre swim in a 50 metre pool. Unfortunately Chris has not trained for many years and the 3000m run was not his best event, eventually coming in last in the run, however with 5 athletes not completing the run, in the bitter cold, this ended up lifting Chris to 9th overall.
Surrey Epee Championships
13th Feb 2005
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club completed a near clean sweep of Epee titles at the Surrey Championships last Sunday. With the strongest entry for years, with 26 entries, of which at least 10 could easily have won the event, the Men’s Epee was a challenge with R&Rs, Ben Measures finally battling 15-14 past the highly experienced and 5 time former winner, Howard West of London Thames Club to reach the final. On the other side of the knock out, Chris Howser squeezed through, also with a 15-14 scoreline, past 1992 Commonwealth Medallist, Dudley Tredger from the Streatham Club in the Semi Final to set up an all R&REC Final. After setting out and getting an early 3 point lead, Chris traded points with Ben, eventually winning 15-13 after a very competitive match.
In the Ladies Event, R&R’s Rachel Measures and 16 year old Nicola Lydall both competed very strongly to reach the Semi Finals. With Rachel victorious in her semi, Nicola strove to join her, however Elaine Buzwell, fencing for Wimbledon, who also trains at R&REC, was not to be beaten, winning 15-12. In the final, Elaine, who has just been selected to fence for Scotland in the 5 Nations Championships next month, took an early advantage with her strong parries over the physically slighter Rachel and held the lead to take the title by a couple of hits.
The mixed team event started at 2pm with R&REC supplying 6 of the 14 teams including 2 all ladies teams. The ‘A’ team of Bryan Lewis, Ben Measures and Chris Howser successfully negotiated their first group stage winning both of their 2 matches clearly. The Club’s ‘B’ team of Vilya Harvey, Keith Rowles and Mark Myers narrowly failed to beat Streatham ‘B’, which included Dudley Tredger, so winning 2 of 3 matches. The ‘F’ team of Kate Gardner, Rachel Rowles and Rachel Measures also lost one match, against the strong Wimbledon squad, finally placing as the top all Ladies team.
With only 4 teams of the 14 promoted to the next round only undefeated teams made it through. In the semi’s R&REC ‘A’ team cut through the Streatham ‘B’ team to join Guildford in the Final. Following a close match throughout, Chris stepped out for the final, 3 minute match with a 37-35 advantage over Guildford’s, Neale Thomas who is a Commonwealth medallist for Wales. After 2 minutes and 41 seconds Neale clawed back to level the scores 40-40, but with time running out Chris scored a crucial hit to take the lead again. With only seconds to go, Neale had to go all out attack and Chris could finally take full advantage of his counter attacking style, getting two more hits to finish with a 43-40 lead and retain the team title at the end of the time period.
Results to Jan 2005____________________________________________
Apologies for the lack of updates on the site, the club has had considerable success over the recent few months. Some events will have been missed, if so let me know & I will add them. Details in approx date order:
Ladies Foil - Kate Gardner - Champion
Ladies Epee - Sarah Langridge – Champion, Nicola Lydall - 8th
Men’s Epee - Ben Measures – 3rd
Surrey Age-Group Championships
U12 Girls Epee – Georgina Mitchell – Champion, Zoe Griffin – 6th
U12 Boys Epee – Jonathon Lewis-Oliver – 2nd, Alex Gregory - =3rd, James Frewin - =3rd, Christopher Thompson – 8th
U14 Girls Epee – Nathelie George – 4th, Tessa Abbott – 5th
U14 Boys Epee – Mark Inkester – Champion, Freddie Gover 8th
U16 Girls Epee – Natasha Lewis-Oliver – Champion
U18 Girls Epee – Nicola Lydall – Champion
U18 Boys Epee – John Dorian 3rd
South East Region Age-group Championships
U14 Girls Epee – Nathelie George 6th
U14 Boys Epee – Freddie Gover – 5th
U16 Girls Epee – Natasha Lewis-Oliver – Champion
U18 Girls Epee – Nicola Lydall – 2nd
National Under 20 Championships
Ladies Epee - Rachel Rowles - 7th
Ladies Foil – Kate Gardner – 2nd
Men’s Epee – Chris Howser – 5th
English Age-group Championships
Boys U16 Epee – Gareth Thomas – 5th
Girls U18 Epee – Nicola Lydall – 3rd
Ladies Foil – Kate Gardner – 3rd
Ladies Epee – Rachel Measures – 9th
Ladies Epee – Sarah Landridge – 3rd
Men’s Epee – Ben Measures – 3rd
Hereford & Worcester Open
Ladies Foil – Kate Gardner – Champion
Men’s Foil – Mike Questier – Champion
Men’s Epee – Chris Howser – 3rd
Sir William Perkins Epee Open
Men’s Epee – Vilya Harvey – 6th
Men’s Foil – Mike Questier – 2nd
Northern Ireland Open
Ladies Foil – Kate Gardner – Champion
Another fencing season and another set of encouraging results for R&REC fencers. With 149 fencers in the Men's Event, Chris Howser came 10th, Henrik Gustavii 26th, Mark Myers 59th, Ben Measures 77th and Richard Defargo 93rd on his first Open Competition. This is probably the first event that the club has had 3 men gaining national ranking points at a single Competition.
In the Ladies, Rachel Measures had a storming first round to be seeded 6th out of an entry of 70, however met fellow club fencer and pentathlete Sarah Langridge as her first knock-out opponent and ended up 36th with Sarah 32nd. Rachel Rowles also made the top 50 coming 48th.
European Youth B Triathlon Championships
Nicola Lydall came 4th in the triathlon (run, swim, shoot) which is an excellent result and the best GB result. As a team the British girls won gold and a relay silver... Well Done!!
British Youth Pentathlon Championships
Another Pentathlon event and another set of impressive results in the fencing event for SE fencers, many who fence regularly at R&REC.
In Boys Youth D&E - Max Crawley-Moore 1st, Freddie Gover 2nd, Joshua Snow 7th (out of 12)
Girls Youth D&E - Nathalie George =2nd, Paige Dummer 11th, Georgina Wood 15th, Annie French a gallant 23rd (of 23)
Mixed Youth C - Kate French =1st, Natasha Lewis-Oliver =9th, Jenny Cusselle =9th, Rose Fenton 15th, Charlotte Edmonds 19th, Grace Rowland =27th (of 30)
Girls Youth A&B - Nicola Lydall =1st, Charlotte Whitlock =9th, Helen Pinkess =9th (of 26)
Boys Youth A&B - John Dorian =1st, (awaiting full results)
These are great results for all, especially with 4 fencers taking top positions out of the 5 events the SE entered athletes. Well done. Special mentions go to Nathalie George and Freddie Gover (both 2nd) who have both only fenced just over a year and have in this event both showed everyone that they can really produce the results that there potential was hinting at.
Apologies for anyone that has been missed in the above results...
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British National Championships
Last weekend Redhill & Reigate Epee Club fencers competed at the National Championships, held at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton and came away with a number of great results.
The club has only existed for 18 months so it is impressive that it supplied the 3rd largest number of entries to the Epee events and the largest number by any club outside London.
In the Men’s Epee, Coach, Chris Howser battled through the rounds, including a win over the British Ranked No. 1 fencer to reach the final. This was somewhat unexpected as Chris has not actually trained for several seasons and this caught up with him as unfortunately he ran out of steam by the time of the final, losing 15-8 to Surrey team-mate and British Number 2, Tom Cadman, who has occasionally also attended R&REC.
Other R&REC results included Mark Myers 25th, Ben Measures 65th, Nathan Smithfied 143rd and Barnaby King 148th out of over 150 fencers. Nathan and Barnaby were competing in their first major event having only started fencing a few months earlier and caused much more experienced fencers a fair bit of trouble.
In the Ladies events, Coach, Kate Gardner, came a superb 7th in the Foil, showing a style and grace that is lacking in many lady foilists. In the Epee, a club squad made up almost entirely of junior fencers fenced far above their usual standard with Nicola Lydall coming 39th, Rachel Rowles 42nd, Julia Lydall 51st, Rose Fenton, 70th and Laura Dodd who has only recently completed a beginner course coming 76th.
In the team events on Sunday the Ladies team of Nicola Lydall, Rachel Rowles and Rachel Measures narrowly failed to beat eventual Champions, London Thames in the Quarter Finals to Finish 5th out of 12 teams. This was an amazing result as none of the team had ever fenced at this level before. In the Men’s Event, Chris Howser, Ben Measures and Bryan Lewis fought their way to also reach the Quarter Finals, losing to the London Thames ‘A’ team who fielded a team of fencers ranked 3rd, 11th and 16th on the national rankings. Kate Gardner joined up with Salle Boston to reach the final of the Ladies Foil, finally being defeated by a very strong Salle Paul team.
Overall this was an amazing set of results and with so many junior fencers at the club the future bodes well for fencing locally. If you are interested in learning to fence, the club runs regular beginner courses for adults in the evening, as well as kids beginner courses over the holidays. For more information about the club please visit www.redhillandreigateepeeclub.com.
British National Championships
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club again shows its position as one of the biggest clubs in the Country by supplying the 3rd largest number of entries to the National Championships (Epee events) only exceeded by London Clubs, LTFC and Haverstock. Considering a large proportion of the club's members are Under the 13 year old age minimum and the club only started in 2003 this is a great feat. In a couple of years the club should be nearing the top in terms of national entry levels and results the rate that it is improving currently. Good Luck to All.
Surrey One Hit Epee
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club and other fencers coached by Chris Howser and Kate Gardner supplied 12 of the 34 entries for the Surrey 1 hit event. With many of the R&REC entries having recently taken beginner courses the final results were excellent. Richard Defago cause upset after upset, including beating his coach Chris Howser to finish midway through the field even though he had only fenced for less than 6 months. Nathan, David, Laura and Barney all caused chaos through the day, beating many more experienced fencers and attracting great reviews from fencers/observers from other clubs. Rose (Under 14 agegroup still) narrowly missed out on 3rd place on the Ladies event, losing out to fellow, but older pentathlete, Helen Pinkess following a barrage (fight-off).
In the end Richard's win over Chris was the deciding factor in Chris finishing 2nd, one hit behind 7-time winner Howard West (who Chris beat in 5 seconds earlier in the day) from the London Thames Fencing Club. Well done to all those who took part and thanks to Surrey/SE Captain, Andy Reynolds, who organised the event.
Surrey won the Excaliber Trophy for the 7th year in a row to continue their reign as the strongest fencing county in Great Britain. Kate Gardner, Andy Reynolds (team captain) and Chris Howser competed in the two day event with Kate and Chris in the top three Individuals in their respective events.
European Youth Pentathlon Championships Mafra
Nicola Lydall completed a great competition with over 70% wins in the fence as a backbone to her 9th place in the individual event, with 2 years left in the Youth A age-group the future looks good for even better results in future. In the Team relay Nicola again completed a great fence to help the team to an overall silver medal.
The South-East Region won the Winton Cup yet again with Club Coach, Kate Gardner on the Team. The Winton cup is a National Event where regional teams compete in 3 man teams for each of the 6 Weapons to identify the strongest fencing region in the country.
National Age Group Championships Report
More great results for those who come to the club. In the Under 14 Girls, Rose Fenton 5th, in the U16s Nicola Lydell 10th and in the U18s Julia Lydell 8th.
In the boys events, Tom Rowles 6th in the Under 14s and John Dorian took bronze in the Under 16 event.
Well done to all of you.
Surrey Epee Report
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club took the individual and team titles at the Surrey Epee Championships, held at Epsom College last weekend. With the club only starting in February 2003, this was the first opportunity the club had to make its mark on the county scene and it did so in style.
In the individual event, Club Coach, Chris Howser stormed to victory beating last year’s champion Howard West in the semi-finals 15-6. Chris started the fight with 6 straight hits to his opponent’s wrist and then closed out the match in what could only be described as efficiently. In the final Chris’s opponent, Welsh International and Commonwealth medalist Neil Thomas of Guildford Club, put up more of a fight. After Chris built up a clear lead to go 14-7 up, Neil responded with 3 straight hits which caused a stir in the crowd before Chris finished off his opponent with a direct counter-attack to his opponent’s chest to take the title.
In the team event, the Redhill and Reigate Team started as third seeds and the team consisted of, former international pentathlete, Ben Measure, Bryan Lewis who represented Great Britain and England as a fencing international in the 1970’s and Chris Howser. Following clear first round wins over Streatham C and Wimbledon, Redhill and Reigate met Guildford. The Guildford team had started the event as second seeds, following a close start Redhill and Reigate pulled away following spirited battling by Ben and very accurate hits from Bryan and Chris carried on with a bit lesss energy than earlier in the day to finish off the match.
In the final Redhill and Reigate were pitched against London Thames Fencing Club, who had won the event in 2002 and 2003 and have won the National Team Title in recent years. Again the match started closely with only a few hits deviding the teams. Going into the final match, Ben and Bryan had given Chris a 4 hit lead to defend at 39-35. The opponent, Turkish International, Alp Orge is an unortadox fencer who regularily surprises opponents with hits others would not contemplate. Chris had 2 minutes to ensure that the lead was not lost, eventually with a few seconds to go Alp’s last gasp attempts to close the gap were unsuccesfull and the score at final time was 44-40 to Redhill and Reigate Epee Club.
With the club winning the event in its first year of existance, it has set a target for new club in the future, as it is a feat that has not occurred in the last 30 years. The clubs other team ‘Redhill & Reigate Epee Club Juniors’ fenced supurbly, Natasha Lewis-Oliver, Rose Fenton and Charles Barker all under 14 fencers were the youngest in the event by a good few years and held there own well, causing grief to many of their opponents. The experienced gained from fencing senior events will help them hone their skills for the future, the rest of Surrey and the country should watch their backs as the club’s younger members are on a mission and they have the talent to do great things in the future.
Kate Gardner takes yet another title.
Club coach Kate Gardner travelled to Belfast for the Northern Ireland Open and annialated the opposition winning the ladies foil final 15-3 to follow up other wins this year at the Sussex and Derry Opens.
SE Indoor Triathlon
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club regulars took the top 4 places in the fence at the event. Click for the fencing results. Click for overall results.
Coaches show how it should be done!
Coaches from Redhill and Reigate Epee Club and Clapham’s 126 Club, took three of the four Titles at last weekend’s Sussex Open Fencing Tournament, which was held just outside Brighton, at the Portslade Leisure Centre.
Chris Howser (Redhill and Reigate Epee Club’s Senior Coach) won the Men’s Epee event with a 15-11 final victory over London Thames Fencing Club’s, Matthew Dodwell on Saturday. The event that included two fencers ranked in the British top 10, Simon Austin (8th) and Philippe Barbasiewicz (5th) had 70 fencers competing for the title. This is now Chris’s 3rd Open Event Title in 2003 and bodes well for the rest of the season.
Jo Maynard, British Number 3 and Coach of the 126 Club, who has Chris as one of her Coaches in turn, won the Ladies Epee title with a victory in the final over Cathrine Gamblin of, North London’s, Haverstock Club. Jo, who has taken over Coaching Epee at Westminster School from Chris since he returned to full time work in the city, showed great skill is dispatching Gamblin who is 6th on the British Rankings.
In the Ladies Foil event, on Saturday, Redhill and Reigate’s other Coach, Kate Gardner, swept away the opposition with a fluent and impressive demolition of, Morley Blades Club’s, Dawn Townsend 15-2 in the final. This followed a 15-3 victory over Salle Boston’s, Lucy Orhinal in the semi-finals. In a competition where Kate showed her true class, she only conceded 3 hits whilst racking up 30 hits in the first round of the day. As the competition proceeded, 15-7 was her closest direct elimination match all day.
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club fencer Georgina Usher continued her great start to the season with a win at the Bristol Open out of a field of 82. Georgina has now had three wins in a row by winning the National Championship, Essex Open and Bristol Open titles since July. With this great streak Georgina should also regain her British Number 1 ranking.
Kate Gardner, who coaches at the club, also had a great result, reaching the quarter-final of the Ladies Foil out of a field of 56.
Redhill and Reigate Epee Club has been running for less than a year and currently has fencers attending aged from 8 to 60+. Attendances for the last few weeks have been in excess of twenty. This makes the club one of the biggest Epee Clubs in the South East of England.
On the first weekend of the new fencing season, Redhill and Reigate Epee Club members came away from the Essex Open, held in Colchester, with a win and a number of other impressive results. Georgina Usher, the current British National Champion won the Ladies Epee Event to continue her domination of the weapon. Rachel Rowels also had a great result reaching the top 32 in this Open Event which will boost her Junior (U20) ranking.
With club coach Chris Howser struck down with flu, it was left to Tom Cadman 3rd, Alastair Gerrard 9th, Tristan Lane 10th, Dudley Dredger 23rd and Mark Myers 58th, all recent fencers at the club, to compete in the Men’s Epee event which had over 130 entries. Mark’s result is especially impressive, as he has only been fencing for one year and should jump up about 70 places on the National Rankings from his current 190th place.
With the Bristol, Leicester and Sussex Opens in the next six weeks, club fencers are going to be very busy indeed. In addition to fencing events, we also have a number of Modern Pentathletes, who will be competing in October at the Sealions Pentathlon, in Kent, who are now back in full training.
The last two weeks have seen a quality of fencing at the club, previously unseen. The list of fencers attending include Tristan Lane (National Mens Epee Champion), Georgina Usher (National Ladies Epee Champion), Tom Cadman (Current British No. 4, former No. 1), Dudley Tredger (Former British No. 2) as well as Coaches, Chris Howser (Former British No 1), Steve Paul (Former British No. 1) and Kate Gardner (Current British No. 4 (Foil)).
We have also welcomed a new group of fencers who will be completing their beginner course this Saturday and have now started coming to the Tuesday sessions.
Congratulations to a number of Redhill and Reigate Epee Club fencers at their various National Championships.
At the Senior National Fencing Championships at RAF Cosford on the 12th July, Georgina Usher won the Ladies National Epee to continue her dominance in the Ladies Epee event. In the Men's Epee Tristan Lane won the title and Alistair Gerrard was runner-up in the youngest final for a decade.
At the National Age Group Pentathlon Championships held at Millfield School on the weekend of the 17th/18th July, Freddie Gover, in his first National Pentathlon Championship, won the D age-group fence with Max Crawley-Moore coming a close second. Congratulations are also extended to Georgina Wood and Nathalie George for great performances in their first national events.
Good luck to all of you at your forthcoming events.