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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Win at Bled – World Rowing Masters Regatta

Posted by Amanda Jones | September 7, 2017

Well done to the G4- great win for Andy Kelly, Tony Stokes, Klaus Riekemann (Minerva) and Phil Lumley, congratulations, all the training was worth while.
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A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal

Posted by Amanda Jones | September 6, 2017

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 s 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 organisers must have endless patience and limitless optimism. A strong sense of humour is very important. Peter Barker was an excellent organiser. 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.

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 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.

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
August 2017

And the winning limerick…

A flotilla of boats from the Lea
Mistakenly rowed out to sea
They realised quite soon
They’d turned down the Lune
But made it to Morecambe for tea.

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Peterborough City Summer Regatta – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | August 14, 2017

The 12th August 2017 is the ever popular (and rapidly increasing in standard) final multi-lane regatta of the season. The race is held on Peterborough City Rowing Club’s 1km lake over 4 dedicated racing lanes.

We were drawn into the following:

Saturday:

Tier1.1x – Ryan Cheale
Tier1.1x – Matt Day
Tier1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
Tier2.1x – Russ Theobald
Tier2.4+ – Mike Marsh / Ben Hughes / Rob Mayes / Russ Theobald + KT(C)
Tier3.2- – Mike Marsh / Ben Hughes

Sunday:
Tier1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
Tier2.2- – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale

Tier1.1x
Two strong entries from Broxbourne into the Tier1.1x (Essentially Senior/Elite on the old system) from myself and Matt Day. We knew it would be a fast paced heat. We went out of the blocks hard and fast. At 250m it was relatively even footing, 500m I was leading the field with Matt in 2nd, 750m I increased my lead and sadly Matt began losing footing and dropped to third.

Final verdict of the heat

1st – BRX – Cheale – 03:35.0
2nd – Derby – Ley – 03:39.0
3rd – BRX – Day – 03:45.6
4th – PTRC – Diserens – 03:51.6

At this point, I had the second fastest heat time with Dave Bell of Moseley boat club in first with a very fast 3:31.5.
The final place me in lane 2 next to Ley and Bell. I went out reasonably settled and sat with Byford of Birmingham. Byford began to pull away in the first 250-500m but I responded and began pulling him back. Disaster struck when I hit a buoy and lost grip of my oar and lost a significant amount of speed and Ley pulled two lengths at the time of hitting – stopping – contemplating life – going again. However, I rowed back through him. Final verdict – 3rd.

Tier1.2x

Another convincing win for the double.

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Tier2.1x

Russ Theobald is a new addition to the squad, an ex-junior from yesteryear. Russ was drawn into ‘Tier2’ single sculls with 11 others which meant the heat required a first place or 2nd to go through to the repechage final. At the 500m mark russ looked clean and relaxed, although described it afterwards as ‘having a heart attack’. Russ came in 2nd place in the heat meaning he would have to row in the repechage to get into the final.

The final was ahead of time with 6mins ahead of schedule – the umpire suggested the race start early as they were all attached but one compeititor decided to contest that and make everyone wait.. Russ went out the blocks fast but fell into second which he then took the right decision of winding down and reserving himself for the coxed four event. Well raced and a good experience in racing the single scull.

Tier2.4+

The coxed four had a few minor practices before their debut at peterborough. Drawn into ‘Tier2.4+’ they were pumped to race. Sadly they were outclassed on the field this time and came in 4th position. This hasn’t put them down as they now know the level of the field and have already began upping their training to improve upon their times. A shame about the result but a fantastic job and going up and representing the Broxbourne Men.

Tier3.2-

Out in the pair is a new combination of Mike Marsh and Ben Hughes – The ranking point system put them into ‘Tier3’. Both experienced oarsmen from Broxbourne Rowing Club and have both competed in the Thames Cup Challenge Cup in 2015. Both Mike and Ben have been away from the sport for some time so what better experience could they have than being lumped into one of the hardest boats?
They looked strong at the start but steering wasn’t on point this time and meant they wiggled down the course. They didn’t quite get the result they wanted but it will merely drive them on to achieve. Good job guys!

Tier1.2x

Sunday was the 500m version of the regatta. A completely different type of race than Matt and I are used to. We felt confident in our short sprinting abilities but Rob Roy Boat Club got the jump on us at the start. We kept the rate high but they inched ut to a length lead, by halfway we had began taking back the distance but they had done the damage already for such a rapid final. We came in at a healthy second and not disappointed with our performance.

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Tier2.2-
Matt Day and I tried out a pair for a bit of fun and to shake things up. We opted for a rather imbalanced set up with myself at bow steering and matt stroking it. In the heat, we got off the line fast and by halfway lead the race by a length. We then took a sharp turn into lane 4 (thankfully it was empty) due to some errors (or trying out the slalom course) and lost a lot of our lead – irritatingly we came in second but got into the final.

We made some minor adjustments to the boat for the final – we were sat in lane 4. We got off faster than the field again but slowly go reeled in by CNN/Cambridge composite. We then had a bit of a fight with them and ended up losing by 0.6s! Not disappointed given that was our 3rd pair session in a very long time. A good race and our times were faster than all but one of the Tier1.2- boats!

Well rounded performance from all. We’ll next be at Reading Small Boats Head!

Photos from:
http://www.benrodfordphotography.co.uk/

Result Sheets:
Sunday Results
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Sudbury Regatta – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | August 11, 2017

Saturday 5th August.

Sudbury Regatta is a 650m side-by-side event held on the River Stour in, Sudbury.

This year we entered the following:

IM1.1x – Ryan Cheale
IM1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
IM1.2- – Matt Fidler / Ben Hughes
IM3.2x – Rob Mayes / Russ Theobald
ELI.8+ – Moseley/TSS/BRX(Ryan Cheale)

IM1.1x
This event was a straight final and sadly the opponent didn’t show – Rowed Over.

IM1.2x
This event was a straight final. The IM1.2x combo was up against a Huntingdon double combination. We set out rapidly and put open water between us and the Huntingdon crew and took a comfortable win.
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IM1.2-
Matt Fidler and Ben Hughes represented the squad in the IM1.2- against the Lea rowing club. With little preparation, the boys went out and pushed hard. At the 350m marker, they looked as if they were holding on strong but, the advantage of the corner moved into the Lea’s favour and they, sadly, pulled ahead. A strong effort by the both of them.

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IM3.2x
The IM3.2x entry of Rob Mayes and Russ Theobald is a new combination. Rob Mayes has recently taken up the two oared (sculling) form of rowing and Russ, a returning member is relatively experienced. Both went hard out of the blocks but with an exceptionally difficult corner for the inexperienced crew they didn’t quite match up to their opposition. Sadly they were knocked out in the first round by the Lea but, this is merely the start for both of these.

ELI.8+
I participated in an Elite 8+ Molesey/TSS/Broxbourne composite boat with ex Broxbourne members Adam Ridler and Robin Mould. This is the pinnacle event at Sudbury – The elite sprint 8s. A 350m rapid race. A scratch, but an incredibly experienced crew. We first went up against the Lea and put a length between us within the first 15 strokes. This put us straight into the final against Cambridge ninety-nine.
We decided regardless of any potential lead we could make we would not be winding down on this one. We went out and held rate 48 for the whole 350m and left CNN in our wake by 3 lengths. A nice end to the day and another pot.

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The senior men had a good representation at Sudbury and left the men yearning for more. This weekend we are competing at Peterborough Regatta in a variety of boats.

Well done Kathryn, Cerys and Luke at the British Rowing Junior Championships

Posted by Amanda Jones | July 14, 2017

Great results at the British Rowing Junior Championships today.  Luke finished 8th in the J14 singles, Cerys and Kathryn finished 14th in the composite quad and a bronze medal winning third in the double sculls.  Their coach Dave Brown was very happy and proud.

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