Welcome to the Broxbourne Rowing Club website! We are friendly rowing club with a fine fleet of boats, a fully equipped gym, and a modern, spacious club house with a bar. We row pretty much undisturbed on a delightful stretch of the river Lea. We compete vigorously and successfully in local and national races and welcome all including senior, masters, beginners, juniors and recreational rowers.

If you haven't rowed before, the sport provides full-body outdoor fitness, stimulates your senses and challenges you physically. There are few things as exhilarating as rowing at full pressure in a well synchronised crew. We run regular Learn to Row courses for juniors and adults to set you on your way.

If you are a more experienced rower, you will find a racing crew to meet your aspirations, whether you want to compete at Henley, in the masters world championships, or national and provincial races. Some prefer to enjoy recreational rowing and our touring boats travel far and wide on long weekends away, or compete in pageant-spectaculars like the Great River Race.

We also welcome aspiring and experienced coaches and coxes. These vital members of the club have the opportunity to make a real difference to the crew. Inexperienced or new coxes will receive support, training and coaching and are unlikely to be short of crews to practice with!

If you are interested please get in touch with the club.

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Kingston Small Boats Head 2017 – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | November 5, 2017

Kingston Small Boats Head.

Low winds and warm weather made for good racing conditions this weekend. Kingston is a 5km head race with a long bend and a couple of bridges to push off of.

This year we had entered:

Div1

IM2.2- Ryan Cheale / Phil Robinson
IM2.1x Russ Theobald
MasC.1x Russ Bielby

Div2
IM1.1x Ryan Cheale
IM3.1x Phil Robinson
IM3.4x Peter Maynes / Adam Brown / Dan Richardson / Russ Theobald

We had two wins:

IM2.2- Ryan Cheale / Phil Robinson

and

MasC.1x Russ Bielby

A constructive weekend with our scullers learning a lot in prep for Scullers Head.

A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal 2017

Posted by Ryan Cheale | October 30, 2017

A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal

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The touring boats are usually stable coxed quads. These are easier to control in locks and can squeeze through narrower gaps than rowing boats. Pedants may want the tours to be re-named “Sculling Tours”.

Daily routine. You get up very early. You regret staying up so late in the bar the night before (optional). Dozens of hungry rowers eat lots of breakfast before anyone else in the hotel is awake. You go to the loo, look for the things you will need during the day, think about spending the day in an open boat and go to the loo again. Coaches take us to the where the boats were stored overnight. Everybody helps everyone else to carry heavy touring boats to the river. This may involve lifting them over fences, going through holes in hedges and carrying up or down flights of steps. Eventually it is your turn to launch and you start paddling. After about an hour and a half you start looking for cafes, pubs, loos or even hedges that are accessible from the river. There is a planned stop for lunch, which may be sandwiches, then more paddling and looking for accessible amenities. At the overnight boat storage place everyone helps lift boats out of the river and over any obstacles. You might fall asleep on the coach that takes us back to the hotel. Re-hydrate in the bar, shower, change clothes, eat dinner, listen to announcements about the following day and make facetious remarks about the plan. Go to the bar to chat and stay there until late.

The organizers must have endless patience and limitless optimism. A strong sense of humour is very important. Peter Barker was an excellent organizer. He and his helpers had every detail of the tour covered. He was perfectly happy replying to the banter that met his announcements and his sense of humour never failed him.

The limerick competition. Saturday evening is always dress smartly evening and this year there was a limerick competition. It closely resembled I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, with Peter Barker playing the part of Humphrey Lyttleton, making up the rules as he went along. Broxbourne won (hooray!) with a rhyme composed by Jane, Rose and Jane and delivered with suitable majesty by Chris Lawn.

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The Tourers are very cheerful and very helpful. If anyone has a birthday – one year it was the coach driver – they like to sing the traditional song at the tops of their voices. They don’t like to paddle past cafes or pubs without stopping.

The Lancaster Canal has no locks, so there was no sitting and waiting. It used to run from Preston to Kendal, following the contours of the Lancashire hills. In fact it curls around some very tiny hills. It is a very scenic canal. Sometimes you go between steep banks with overhanging trees. Sometimes you are level with pastureland and can look past grazing cattle to stone built hill farms. There are places where you can see the land falling away to Morecambe Bay. It runs over

several inconspicuous aqueducts and at Lancaster you paddle across a big spectacular aqueduct over the River Lune. (We all got out of our boats to take photos.)

There are a lot of bridges over the canal. We rowed 38 miles during the tour and went under bridges 18 to 138. So if you do the arithmetic you will find that there are – er – quite a lot of bridges per mile. Most of them are attractive stone arches. The space taken up by the tow-path makes them slightly narrower than the bridge at the end of The Cut. At the command “Make the boat narrow!” you swing the scull handles behind you and if the boat has enough momentum it glides through. At the northern and southern ends of the navigable stretch, the reeds are encroaching into the channel. This gives you opportunities to practice the Make the Boat Narrow drill.

There is a tow-path along the whole length of the canal, so with a bit of effort you can always scramble out of your boat to find amenities.

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Strategy. There is no point in being first to the finish during a tour. The coach won’t take you back to the hotel until the last boat has arrived and the last crew to arrive will have the most people available to help them lift and carry. And riverside cafes and pubs should not be deprived of income.

The Natives were nearly always friendly. We got lots of smiles and waves and encouragement. The powerboat drivers, with only two exceptions, were all very considerate.

We met Rosie Sanderson who rowed at Broxbourne before moving to Settle.

The following are my favourite comments from people that I didn’t know.

When I asked the coach driver if it was going to stay dry he demonstrated a Lancastrian’s philosophical attitude to rain and said “Hmm, possibly.” (It didn’t rain.)

A small lady called Beryl, who is probably even older than me, held out her hand to help me bridge the gap between the boat and the bank. I asked her if she was strong enough and she said “Oh I’m strong, don’t you worry about me love!”

A man with a Scottish accent watched us and said “I’m not seeing perfect harmony here!” Was he a rowing expert who could see some (modest cough) minute imperfections in our timing? Or was he just winding us up? We’ll never know.

Thank you Jane for doing all the trailer towing and for recognizing that when I offered to drive I didn’t really want to.

— Chris Moody

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Pairs Head 2017 – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | October 15, 2017

Pairs Head 2017 is one of the first major heads to be running under the new point system BROE2. It is a 4.8km head race on the Thames running from Chiswick bridge to about 250m down-tide of Hammersmith Bridge. It is an important benchmark event and we entered three crews that were drawn into:

Op 2x Championship Ryan Cheale / Josh Davies Crew 5
Op 2- Intermediate Matt Fidler / Ben Hughes Crew 33
Op 2- Club Phil Robinson / Russ Theobald Crew 68

Conditions were ideal for a non-tideway club. The course started out at Chiswick bridge going through a cross-tail from the SW direction. As crews came round to Barnes bridge this turned the wind into a slight tail. Finally, back round Hammersmith the course was a cross-tail again. The low wind coupled with high banks meant flat water for the majority of the course. When your crews only practice on flat conditions with only the ducks disturbing the water this was more than ideal.

9th Overall Ryan Cheale / Josh Davies 13:33.85
130th Overall Phil Robinson / Russ Theobald 14:53.22
171st Overall Matt Fidler / Ben Hughes 15:08.98

Provisional results:

A good spread of results with the pairs being within 15s of one another. Broxbourne produced the fastest non thames mens crew this weekend which quite the achievement.

We will next be racing at Kingston Small Boats Head, see you there!

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Reading Small Boats Head 2017 – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | October 9, 2017

Arguably the first ‘proper’ head race of the season starts over in Reading. A 3800m downstream course full of all the wonders that head racing brings. As we remain focused on small boats we sent a small selection of athletes to compete.

Intermediate 2- – Mike Marsh / Ben Hughes
Beginner 1x – Rob Mayes
Beginner 1x – Matt Fidler

Intermediate 2-
Our father-to-be Mike Marsh represents with Ben Hughes in Divison 2 in the Intermediate Pairs. The pairing has been training hard out in the pitch black and their Sunday evenings. Sadly upon rowing up to the start line the pair found that their opposition had scratched – they raced down the course anyway but had difficulty taking slow crews at non-passing points and those who weren’t yielding to a faster crew. Final time: 14:27.06

Beginner 1x
Two of our novice scullers set out to see what true sculling is all about. A lonely self-motivated pain train. A good result from Rob Mayes clocking 15:25.87. The highlight was Matt Fidler winning the category in a time of 15:00.30 – a good race!

One happy chappy:
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This is the first race attended by the Senior Men this season and we’ve walked away with a first win. Saturday 14th is Pairs Head where we have three entries:

Championship 2x: Ryan Cheale / Josh Davies (UEA)
Intermediate 2-: Matt Fidler / Ben Hughes
Club 2- : Phil Robinson / Russ Theobald

Great day at Milton Keynes – Well done everyone

Posted by Amanda Jones | September 24, 2017

The club took two trailers of boats and a wide range of rowers to Milton Keynes regatta on Saturday, juniors, seniors and masters we had a great day’s racing with 10 wins from 26 crews, including several that ended in Broxbourne vs Broxbourne finals. Unfortunately we were not able to retain the Challenge Cup for most wins, as Peterborough managed one more than us and Milton Keynes equalled our total, though both of them them entered many more crews than us. Alex kindly took lots of photos and videos some of which are on our Facebook page have a look and here is one of some of our juniors.
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