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Fours Head race report

Posted by Graham Everitt | November 13, 2012

The golden leaves are falling on the Lea, Twitter is awash with chat about the John Lewis Christmas ad, and Craig Allan’s ergo scores are starting their annual drop off, with form not expected to return until around May time. This can only mean one thing for Broxbourne Rowing Club – Fours Head!



4 entries had been selected to represent the club over the 6.8 kilometre championship course. The Senior Men’s entry consisted of three crews. First in was the fabled IM1 quad of Messrs Ridler, Allan, Everitt, and Scorah who were returning intent on improving on their 31st place last year. The second crew was an IM1 coxless four with a distinctly balding middle pair made up of Turnbull, Robins, Heathcote, and Mould who had been gathering pace quickly throughout the build up. The third men’s crew was a wildcard heavyweight IM1 coxed four entry of Gentle (cox), Morton, Parkinson, Smith and Alexander. The women’s entry was a coxed four of Bright, Molesworth, Watling and Morris who’d been unable to race in the build up but were looking forward to putting in a good performance after some strong training outings.



The coxed four decided that the best approach was to shun potential training outings, and opt for an “on-the-day” approach to preparation, in old school Broxbourne style. Chris Parkinson’s two boat stopping crabs were testement to something about this approach, but we haven’t quite managed to clarify what just yet. The crew philosophically erased the race from their minds, and while there is a published result that gives them a position, with time we’re sure it will be forgotten by others too.



The coxless four set off chasing a Kingston crew who they had pipped by a mere second the previous week to win the IM1 4- pot at Teddington SBH. This time though, they had a healthy and (as per usual) angry Heathcote aboard, and they swiftly ate into the Kingston lead, having all but caught them as they passed the BRC support at Hammersmith bridge. Having passed them as they passed under the famous landmark, a racing incident unfortunately occured and Broxbourne’s progress was halted. After an untracked amount of time was spent drifting with oars interlocked by the Harrod’s repository, the crew set off again. The results placed them 130th overall, leaving all in the squad wondering what might have been had their progress not been sadly checked.



The quad began from the most sought after starting position in the race – number 69. Their row was a lively one which saw them overtake no fewer than five crews and catch a further two on the line. While steersman Chris Scorah steered a peach of a line, the overtaking maneouvres probably cost crucial seconds, and the result of 35th overall in a time of 18:56 was just 4 seconds shy of the targeted top 25 finish.



The women’s entry sadly had to scratch the day before owing to illness and a lack of substitutes, so the squad went unrepresented.



The results represent a strong autumn’s training from Broxbourne so far. While they certainly have room for improvement the men can head into the rest of the Head season confident that the right foundations have been laid.

Congratulations to Tony Stokes double champion at 2012 World Rowing Masters Regatta in Duisburg

Posted by Craig Allan | September 20, 2012

Tony won both his finals by clear water representing Broxbourne in composite crews, in the H4+ and H4- events.Tony Stokes 2012 FISA Masters

McKellar Brings Home Gold

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 21, 2012

After a long season of trials and training Broxbourne’s Rowan McKellar found her reward not once but twice at the Home International Regatta today.



Rowan followed in Father Quintin’s footprints when she was selected to compete for Scotland. Having been approached by the England manager last week after her resounding win with Emma McDonald in the pair at British Championships Rowan was happy to inform them that she was busy that weekend already.



Competing in both the pair and the quad Rowan converted both races into Gold medals for Scotland, adding further to an impressive list of achievements from the last few years.



The whole of the club would like to congratulate Rowan on her achievement, and look forward to hearing the race stories in full detail, and seeing the medals when she returns to the club!

The season in review

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 20, 2012

The 2011/12 season has been an profitable one for the Senior Men of Broxbourne Rowing Club.

The season yielded a total of 57 pots and gold medals from 21 wins, shared amongst ten oarsmen and one cox. 16 of those wins and 35 of the pots and medals came from sculling competitions, with the remaining 22 pots coming from 5 sweep wins. 16 wins were from senior races, with some of the older members of the squad donning their masters caps and picking up 5 wins from age group events.

It’s not all about quantity of course, and the quality of some of these wins was very high. The head season brought pots from top regional events such as Head of the Trent, and the squad dominated their entries at national events such as British Masters Champs. The jewel in the crown came when the coxless four took the club’s first win over 2k at Dorney at Marlow Regatta.

There were achievements that didn’t involve winning too. Craig Allan and Adam Ridler’s 12th place overall broke the club record for the highest Pairs Head finish. The same pairing plus Graham Everitt and Chris Scorah then took the record for the highest club finish at Fours Head with their 31st place. The same four along with Simon Robins, Chris Heathcote, Chris Turnbull, Rob Alexander and Cally then broke the club record for the highest ever finish at Eights Head with their 60th place. The scullers of the club put in a fantastic performance at Scullers Head too. Broxbourne was the most represented club not based on the tideway, and only 4 more clubs managed to place more scullers inside the top 200.

The results on the water were driven by the results on land. 5k, 2k and 30 minute r20 PBs were set by most members of the squad, and the size of weights on the end of bars steadily increased throughout the year.

Next season brings a new challenge in the form of stepping up and moving onwards. While this may seem hard, there were many near-misses throughout the season that can be converted into wins, and cancelled races that deprived the chance of a win. With the addition of several new members to the squad competition looks set to increase, and the squad is looking forward to an even more profitable 12 months. With the addition of a more structured training programme and an increase in the number of coached outings, improvements in performance will be hard earned but can be realistically targeted.

Any new members considering joining the squad should contact Graham Everitt via the contact us page.

 

Broxbourne Ladies win as Masters of Marlow

Posted by Michelle Edwards | June 19, 2012

BRX Ladies Masters squad rowed to victory yesterday at Marlow Regatta.  First event of the day was the Veteran C IM3 quadruple sculls, after a rather unpolished start the quad rowed down the opposition Marlow and Falcon to win a ½ length victory.

Crew:  Stoke  Amanda Jones, 3 Helen Dodsworth, 2 Michelle Edwards Bow Jane Taylor

The second women’s event of the day was the Veteran C 8, BRX masters won easily against Champ Thames crews,  Helen, Amanda and Amy then went on to race a challenging Mixed 8+ race to win another gold.

Crew: Stroke Amanda Jones, 7 Amy Molesworth, 6 Helen Dodsworth, 5 Ann Wills, 4 Joe Griffith, 3 Jo Baxter (LEA), 2 Michelle Edwards, Bow Jane Taylor.

The veteran men also had a great day picking up a win in the D quad sculls and mixed 8.

Well done to all who took part.

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