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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
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.

National Schools’ Regatta 2017

Posted by Amanda Jones | May 27, 2017

Congratulations to Matthew Day who got a bronze medal at the National Schools’ Regatta and the J14 coxed quad who also competed.  Click on the link for the full results  http://www.rowresults.co.uk/nsr

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Cold sunny day at Cambridge Winter Head on Saturday

Posted by Amanda Jones | November 20, 2016

Saturday started very early for some in Cambridge for the Winter Head, a sunny (once the sun came up) cold morning.  The masters and juniors were racing, everyone had a good row and results were positive.  There was some cheap talk between our masters D 8 and our mixed masters D 8, they followed each other down the course and after a fast start by the mixed crew the masters crew then started pulling away, it was close but the masters D8 were 1 second quicker than the mixed crew.  One of our crews was the fastest masters D four beating 3 Sudbury fours but then Sudbury beat both of our D 8s.  Our G four was the fastest (time adjusted) masters crew overall.

Great day at Milton Keynes

Posted by Amanda Jones | September 17, 2016

We turned up at Milton Keynes regatta in force with two trailers, 32 crews in 24 events and came away with 15 wins and were rewarded with the victor ludorum and challenge cup!  Special mention to Holly Hodges for her 5 wins and Luke Day for his 4 wins, amazing.

 

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