Ibby Lee – a new member of the club – did us proud at the recent Ladies Championships in Manchester. Just a week after a sterling performance on the Jesters Tour to Edinburgh, she competed at the very highest level in the Ladies game.
She reached the quarter-finals of the singles – only losing to a girl who was playing well enough to go on to win the doubles title the following day – and got as far as the semis of the doubles, where sadly injury prevented her and her partner Anna Laakkonen from progressing any further.
Also falling at the same stage was ex-Executioner and defending champion Alex Steel. However, she and partner Maddy Raynor were only knocked out in a match that was described as ‘worthy of a final’ and in which they lost in three tight games to the eventual champions.
As ever, plenty of Executioners braved the long journey and cold weather for a long weekend of warm hospitality in Edinburgh on the annual Jesters Tour to the Scottish capital. The trip itself was organised by Ben Hale, and he was accompanied by Guy Matthews, Tom Webster, Ibby Lee, Jon Peterson and James Birch. And, among the opposition they faced were ex-Executioners Malcolm Borthwick and Jez Sinton.
There’s a full report of the weekend on the RFA website, but suffice to say, the club’s reputation was done no harm – which is quite an achievement when you think about it. Despite this being a Jesters tour, there were two ‘Executioners’ matches, in which the club was represented by Ibby, Tom, Jon and exiled (in Kent) Executioner Rupert Mathieu.
The results saw a win over Cambridge University and a loss at the hands of the Wessex Club, but everyone played their heart out and enjoyed the tremendous hospitality shown by the various schools and clubs in Scotland.
After a well-earned Christmas break, the club’s regular Wednesday night sessions will start again on January 9th. With the Jesters’ Tour and even our first fixture of the season in the near future – not to mention the Club Championship – there’s much for our players to prepare for. So, we hope to see plenty of you back on court working off the extra pounds that Santa brought…
Club members had their traditionally successful tilt at the President’s Cup this year – with an Executioner in every one of the four finals.
Pride of place went to Charles Compton, who won the Love Mug with Gwydion Wiseman – mere days after completing a 6000-mile round-Britain walk.
Meanwhile, Dick Warner, Ben Hale and Guy Matthews all reached finals, but all three ended up on the losing side – Dick in the main final, Guy in the Love Mug and Ben in the Mates Plate. However, Dick had the consolation of winning a new trophy: the Vice President’s Trophy. We’d love to tell you what he did to deserve this, but the inscription is in Latin and none of us can work out a sensible translation!
St. Paul’s has confirmed the dates when the school’s Sports Centre will be closed over the Xmas holidays. This means we also know when the Fives courts will be available to us.
The club’s final session of 2018 will be on Wednesday December 12th, while the first session of 2019 will be on Wednesday January 9th.
After 6100 miles of walking round Britain, Charles Compton returned to London today – and was greeted by several fellow Executioners.
It was on January 2nd that he set off from Tower Bridge and, 11 months later – on the very day he had planned a year ago – he crossed the same bridge to complete his walk around the entire coast of Britain.
Naturally, he was greeted by several club members – including Guy Matthews, Ben Hale, Jon Peterson and Andy Pringle, as well as ex-Executioner Rupert Mathieu – who celebrated in the traditional fashion: hitting the bar!
The club is in awe of Charles’ achievement and urges all its members to contribute to his fund-raising – by clicking on this link.
The next step for Charles? A proper physical challenge: the President’s Cup!
Club member Charles Compton has been walking around the coast of Britain since January 2nd and will be returning to London on Friday November 30th. We now have details of the events that will celebrate his return and, as promised, we’re forwarding them on to you all in the hope that some of you can join us in celebrating his momentous achievement.
So, copied from Facebook, this is what has been planned by his brother – and you can join the events at any stage by following one of the three options:
CHARLES’ WALK RETURNS
FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
1. JOIN THE WALK
Join Charles for the final 1.5 miles of the walk.
Location – Prospect Of Whitby
57 Wapping Wall, St Katharine’s, Wapping, E1W 3SH
2. THE FINISH LINE
See Charles in from such a phenomenal accomplishment.
Location – Tower Bridge, South side, London SE1 2UP
3. THE PUB
For the sensible ones joining for food and drinks.
Location – Draft House
206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, Bermondsey, SE1 2UP
FOR UPDATES ON THE DAY PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTA PAGE @CHARLES_WALK