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The Met and Peterborough Regatta

Posted by Ryan Cheale | June 4, 2018

This past weekend (2nd/3rd June 2018) we sent crews to compete at the Met and Peterborough regatta.

The Met saw our 4+ place fourth in Tier 4 4+ having a dingdong with Thames and Chester the whole way down, being edged at the last moment. I competed in the Championship sculls coming in with a 7:30 down the Dorney course, tailing the rest of the Elites.

1x Final time 7:30

4+ Final time 6:54

Peterborough we sent a number of boats
Op.8+ (3:34, 3:44)
Op.4+ (3:52, 4:00)
Op.4x (3:39, 3:30)
Op.4x (3:12)
Op.2x (NTT, 3:53)
MC.2x (4:37)
Op.1x (4:25, 4:15)

Every boat made their final and represented well. Having only input from the senior squad from time to time they represented well and I look forward to seeing their performance at Peterborough Summer.

Full results:

Met

Peterborough

Met Regatta 2018

Posted by Ryan Cheale | June 1, 2018

We are sending two crews to Dorney this Saturday 2nd June 2018, drawn into:

Championship 1x

Ryan Cheale

Tier 4 4+

C: Kathryn
S: Dario Ummarino
3: Phil Robinson
2: Alex Woolgar
B: Mike Marsh

Nottingham City Regatta 2018

Posted by Ryan Cheale | May 22, 2018

Last year we sent two scullers to Nottingham City Regatta for the first time for a number of years. Following the success of a 2nd place and win this year we are sending 10 athletes there:

Band 2 4x: BRX/DMU (Ryan Cheale / Russ Theobald)
Band 3 4+: Richard Watkins / James Evans / Huseyin Asyan / Andrew Jones
Open 4x: Dan Richardson / Peter Cox / Adam Brown / Max Sullivan
Open 1x: Ryan Cheale

This is the first regatta for our 4+ and looking forward to how they cope with an intimidating distance!
Photos to come.

Head of the River Race 2018 – Race Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | March 15, 2018

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The HoRR event is the premier eights race for men’s Eights in the United Kingdom. The Tideway, a mistress to the weather, has often seen this event called off. This year the weather behaved itself and with mild winds, the event was run on Sunday 11th.

This year we entered two crews:

A: 112
Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Unmarino
7: Rick Bolton
6: Ryan Cheale
5: Phil Robinson
4: Steve Turner
3: Russell Theobald
2: Graham Walker
B: Ben Hughes

B: 249
Cox: Cerys
S: Dan Richardson
7: Dan.L
6: Richard Watkins
5: Husayin Aysen
4: Brian O’Purcell
3: Giles Dunk
2: Andrew Jones
B: David Pike

The A crew saw a last-minute illness and forced an unplanned substitution. Nevertheless, we set off hard chasing down Vesta-C boat. We comfortably walked through them at the Chiswick Eyot and begun using them to push off. Post hammersmith the toll of racing was starting to get to us but with some strong calls from our cox we picked it up and continued to push. Up ahead we had begun closing in on a group of crews, sadly (or perhaps luckily) we didn’t catch them in time to be part of the mess of boats. We placed 112th overall.

It was a solid row for the men’s B boat, the conditions were good and we were able to settle into a decent rate off of the start. Unfortunately, the snow had messed up training so we had not done much high rate training, but on the day the crew coped well. Cerys coxed us well through the race, including pulling off a clean overtake in the last stretch. Hopefully, with more training at race pace, we should be in good shape for Bedford 4s.

Quintin Head 2018 – Mens Squad

Posted by Ryan Cheale | January 31, 2018

Quintin Head took place on the 27th January over on the tideway. A ‘small’ 8’s race which saw the likes of Thames, UL, Imperial and Cambridge rock up.

This year we fielded an IM2 8+, a mix of our Senior and Intermediate squads to gauge how winter training has gone.

For a crew which had a single outing together prior, it seemed cohesion was not an issue and grinding away in small boats over winter has had its benefits. The crew set off behind Vesta and Lea rowing club with Quintin behind. For the majority of the race the eight stuck with Vesta but did lose grip eventually with Vesta pulling 9s out of the crew. The Lea boat saw the crew row through them near Chiswick Eyot and finish the race ahead.

The overall placing was 42nd and 8th/16 in Category in a time of 10:59.7, winners of the category were Imperial College in a time of 10:40.5 – a mere 19s difference for a scratch crew is a brilliant achievement. As HORR beging to loom, moving into larger boats will only build a faster, more consistent 8.

Reading and Curlew has already laid down the challenge of a rematch.

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