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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.

Senior Men Win the Junior Senior Fours Challenge Cup at Marlow Regatta

Posted by Graham Everitt | June 18, 2012

After spending most of the week staring glumly at the BBC weather forecast for the Saturday of Marlow Regatta, the crew of Adam Ridler, Craig Allan, Graham Everitt and Chris Scorah made the regular pilgrimage to Dorney Lake with some degree of apprehension over what the day would bring.

For once, the weather men were on the money. A punishing 25mph cross wind, gusting up to 45mph, was blowing dead straight across the course. Twitter was awash with rumours about the regatta being cancelled or converted to a time trial in order to ensure fair conditions. After just missing out on wins at the Metropolitan Regatta, the crew were desperate to take home the Junior Senior Fours Challenge Cup title (or IM1 coxless fours to the layman) in the proper way: from side-by-side competition.

Come the time of the heat, the regatta management had managed to keep things running only an hour late, and Broxbourne lined up against Staines, Wallingford and Thames Tradesmen. With three crews from four to go to the final the crew planned to cross the line first to win an advantageous  lane in the final.

Broxbourne had been drawn in Lane 2 for their heat – on the side of the course which would be worst affected by the cross wind. As the crews attached to the stake boats the wind continued to batter the crews from starboard, repeatedly swinging the boats round beyond a 45 degree angle. On the far right lane, the Staines crew was so affected that the Umpires abandoned the stake boats and ordered the crews to proceed up the course where a free start would take place.

Somewhat bemused, BRC’s four paddled out to the 100m mark, jockeying for any sly advantage that could be taken. The Umpire called “attention, go!” fairly quickly and the crews were off. The Broxbourne crew quickly moved out into the lead, and maintained a length over the field through very tough water, finishing 4 seconds clear of the next crew. This won the crew a lane over on the more sheltered side of the course for the final later that day, a key advantage in the gusty conditions.

Lining up in the final against University of London, Wallingford, London Rowing Club, and Thames Tradesmen, the gusts had dropped and all crews were able to attach to the stakeboats without serious problems.

The race began and having over-compensated for the wind on the stakeboat, the crew found themselves in the buoys and so were unable to make the most of their fast start. Refusing to be ruffled, the crew dropped into their rhythm and had moved out two a 2-seat lead over the second placed UL crew by the 500m mark. Broxbourne then continued to ease away through the crucial middle kilometre. Clocking the fastest times in every 500m of the race, they calmly extended their lead by around half a second in each of the first three quarters.

As the last 500m approached, the crew soaked up the first ten strokes of the opposition’s sprint for the finish and then showed the field a glimpse of their top-end pace with a sharp burst that lifted the rate of striking to 41 and eased them out to a 6 second lead as they crossed the line.

A very proud Broxbourne crew then paddled home.

This result represents the club’s first Senior win on a major day at a top regatta in memory, a fantastic result against top opposition from some famous clubs.


Metropolitan Regatta

Posted by Graham Everitt | June 14, 2012

Having not been able to attend Wallingford Regatta this year owing to the union of Broxbourne’s first son Chris Turnbull to she who shall now be known as “NT”, BRC’s Men’s Squad travelled to the Metropolitan Regatta looking forward to a belated start to the 2k racing season.

The 4- of Simon Robins, Chris Turnbull, Chris Sheppard and Robin Mould were first up racing in a very tough IM1 4- heat. Despite a strong first 500m that saw Jimmie T’s (all hail the King of Boats) tea stained bow lead the pack to the 250m marker, they couldn’t sustain the pace and dropped out of the leading group as it stepped up the pace at the 1k marker. Some say CT could have done with more than 1 outing in a boat after returning from his 3 week honeymoon – others say simply that the 1 outing left him 2 sessions away from being the fittest he’s ever been. Regardless, there were many positives to take from the row and the crew look forward to racing again once they’ve had a bit more time in the boat.

The 4x of Chris Scorah, Graham Everitt, Craig Allan and Adam Ridler then faced strong opposition in the IM1 4x category later on in the day. They won their heat in a close finish with UL and Walton, seeing off challenges from University of Limerick and Durham University. In the final they lined up against the newly nationally selected GB U23 crew, as well as another crew from UL and a strong entry from Imperial. Despite staying with the U23s for much of the first 1k, the Broxbourne crew lacked the power to really take it to them and finished 2nd overall, 5 seconds clear of the next boat.  The crew left the day feeling frustrated to have lost out on the win to an entry from an international crew in an intermediate event, but pleased with their performance against strong national opposition.

The Sunday saw an IM2 4- take to the water, consisting of Simon Robins, Chris Sheppard, Mark Edgely and Robin Mould. They were to make their final early in the morning, only to place last in the final as the more polished opposition took the race away from them in the second half.

The crew that raced the quad on Saturday had decided to ditch an oar each and race in IM1 4- on the Sunday. Having trained solidly in the quad for the last few months, the crew were somewhat unsure of how things would pan out but fancied their chances in the straight final into a solid headwind in the mid afternoon. 500m in and the Broxbourne crew were amost length out in front of the field,  and at 1k this lead had been extended slightly. At 1250m, a Henley RC crew racing with some very strong undeclared substitutions on board put together an impressive series of pushes to take 4 seconds out of the fading BRC lightweights in the 3rd 500m. Despite a valiant push to wrest the lead back the crew were unable to make further impact on the race and finished 2nd, once again 5 seconds clear of 3rd place.

In the immediate aftermath, it was reported that Craig Allan’s post-race noises could be heard from Ax-Les-Thermes in the Midi-Pyrenees, where a small deer looked up in alarm and immediately fled for cover. Adam Ridler continued to shout strange obscenities at the U23 crew whilst also declaring his love for rowing and all those around him. Chris Scorah remained unmoved.

The results at Met Regatta represent the best achieved by BRC in recent memory (we would love to hear of any wins from those with longer memories). Although many left feeling frustrated the squad should take great pride in the level it is currently competing at.

Both crews now focus their attention on Marlow Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta where, after much deliberation, they will be representing Broxbourne in two coxless fours. Support at both events would be greatly appreciated by those racing.

Masters Champs Gold Rush!

Posted by Craig Allan | May 21, 2012

Well done to all those racing at the British Masters Champs yesterday. Broxbourne crews won a fantastic 7 Gold and 4 Silver medals. This was probably more gold medals than any other single club but not quite enough to beat Quintin in the Victor Ludorum event. Our points total of 376, whilst just shy of Quintin on 400, was undoubtedly a record for the club. This performance proves that we are one of the top clubs in the country for Masters rowing. It was great to see everyone supporting each other and having such a good time yesterday. Full results to follow…

Trent Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | February 29, 2012

The eights racing season has begun frustratingly late for Broxbourne’s men’s squad this year, with the cancellation of both Peterborough Head and Bedford Eights & Fours meaning legs weren’t tested until what is usually the mid-season marker race on the Trent in Nottingham.

Video of Trent Head
Trent Head Video

The first race was in the just-formed eight. With Rob Alexander and Chris Heathcote returning to the Senior Men’s squad after sojourning to the Masters squad for a few years, the crew had a more heavyweight look to it than it has had in recent years when populated by lightweights. With only a few outings under their belts the crew made the most of the warm up with a few good bursts, and then span on the marshall’s call ready to find out how they stood up to the opposition. The row was a robust start to the HORR campaign, with the 6k course acting as a good test of legs and lungs. The crew placed 8th overall and second in their category just a few seconds behind the winning crew.
In the third division the HOR4s club record holding quad took to the water again, ready to race strong opposition from Trent and Nottingham University. Another strong row saw them win their division with a time that was the fastest of the division and which placed them 11th fastest boat of the day overall. An IM2 coxed four containing Chris’ Sheppard, Turnbull and Heathcote and the contrasting sinewy Robin Mould also performed well with a 3rd place in category, 15 seconds off of an impressively drilled winning boat from Nottingham University.
After a long day of driving and racing the crew returned to the club pleased with the results. With some good scalps of other provincial crews and the feeling of plenty of speed yet to come in the eight, the squad now looks forward to racing at Kingston and on the Tideway in the coming weeks.

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