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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.

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

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
Saturday Resultsy

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.

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