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Scullers Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | December 30, 2011

November became December, and the least enjoyable event of the year was upon us – Scullers Head. Ten members of the men’s senior and masters squads had entries, with start positions running from 8th to 318th.

Conditions appeared fairly friendly at first, with an unusually calm stretch of water between the start line and the bandstand allowing Broxbourne’s scullers to find rhythm early on, but with tricky cross winds gusting through the middle stretch all 10 racers were put to the test technically in what is physically the toughest part of the race.

Race completed, as our scullers landed and were helped in to the bank by those who had started earlier on there was a common response to the question “how did you go?” – “rubbish.”. Moods improved as memories of the last kilometre faded and hot tea courtesy of Vesta revived weary souls, and the results showed that all representatives had achieved fairly decent results for such a small club.

As usual, Adam Ridler led the club home, finishing in 20th position overall. Chris Scorah was next in, 10 seconds and 12 places behind – with a superb result of 32nd. Craig slothed home in 38th place, with Rob and Graham just outside the top hundred in 103 and 113 respectively. Alex Goodwin then achieve his best performance in some time coming in 123rd – a massive step on from his performance just 2 weeks before at Kingston. Chris’s Heathcote and Sheppard just missed out on start positions next year, coming in at 218 and 227, and Quintin just got the legs on Russell in their ongoing battle, placing 300th – 5 places and less than 3 seconds ahead of President Mould.

The club will now have at least 5 scullers starting in the top 100 next year, and hopefully at least 5 finishing inside it. There will be plenty more who will be looking to place inside the top 200. Our entry meant we were the 8th most represented club in the event, and the most represented club not based on the Tideway. Only four clubs managed to place more scullers inside the top 200, and only 2 clubs managed to place more scullers in the top 50. All participants are looking forward to being part of an even more impressive performance for the club next year.

Masters Squad Results for 2010/11 Season

Posted by Andy Crook | October 3, 2011

As both the regatta season and my stint as Masters vice-captain have now drawn to a close, it’s high time for an update on the wins notched up by the squad since the start of the head season in the long forgotten days of last autumn.  Overall there were 18 wins, 3 in heads and 15 at regattas. Here they are in chronological order:
Vesta Veterans Fours Head – Nov ’10

  • Mixed C4+: Jo Griffith (str), Roger Ward (3), Phil Lumley (2), Michelle Blunt (bow), Brenda Scott (cox)

Kingston Small Boats Head – Nov ’10

  • Men’s C1x: Rob Alexander

Molesey Veterans Head – Feb ’11

  • Men’s E8+ and 2nd overall: Quintin McKellar (str), Russell Mould (7), Phil Lumley (6), Rob Alexander (5), Andy Crook (4), Alistair Cutts (3), Tony Stokes (2), Andy Kelly (bow), Brenda Scott (cox)

Lea Spring Regatta – Apr ’11

  • Men’s D1x: Quintin McKellar

Peterborough Spring Regatta – Jun ’11

  • Men’s D8+: Quintin McKellar (str), Roger Ward (7), Chris Heathcote (6), Rob Alexander (5), Phil Lumley (4), Jonathan Batey (3), Russell Mould (2), Andy Kelly (bow), Alex Carter (cox)
  • Men’s D4x: Quintin McKellar (str), Rob Alexander (3), Russell Mould (2), Andy Kelly (bow)

British Masters Rowing Championships – Jun ’11

  • Women’s B2x: Jo Griffith (str), Michelle Blunt (bow)
  • Men’s A1x: Craig Allan
  • Mixed C8+: Jo Griffith (str), Michelle Blunt (7), Chris Heathcote (6), Rob Alexander (5), Phil Lumley (4), Roger Ward (3), Sarah Gilliver (2), Amanda Jones (bow), Brenda Scott (cox)

Henley Masters Regatta – Jul ’11

  • Men’s A1x: Craig Allan

Sudbury International Regatta – Aug ’11

  • Men’s G4+: Tony Stokes (str), Nick Carter (3), Hugo van Kempen (2), Jim Brandon (bow), Alex Carter (cox)
  • Men’s C1x: Chris Heathcote
  • Men’s Nov1x: Chris Heathcote
  • Men’s D1x: Quintin McKellar
  • Men’s E1x: Jonathan Batey

Cambridge Autumn Regatta – Sep ’11

  • Men’s E8+ (racing as D8+): Quintin McKellar (str), Russell Mould (7), Chris Heathcote (6), Alistair Cutts (5), Phil Lumley (4), Nick Carter (3), Andy Crook (2), Andy Kelly (bow), Brenda Scott (cox)
  • Men’s D2x: Russell Mould (str), Andy Kelly (bow)
  • Men’s C1x: Chris Heathcote

Some other noteworthy performances:

  • Scullers Head – Nov ’10 – Rob Alexander finished 122nd overall and 4th out of 25 in the Men’s C1x
  • Hammersmith Head – Mar ’11 – the Men’s D8+ was 2nd in it’s age category
  • Veterans Eights Head – Apr ’11 – the Men’s D8+ came in a solid 33rd overall, finishing 6th out of 42 in their age category
  • British Rowing Masters Championships – Jun’11 – the Men’s D8+ and D2x were both placed 4th, just missing out on bronze medals
  • Henley Masters Regatta – Jul ’11 – the Men’s F4+, D2x and Jonathan Batey in his E1x all put in creditable performances
  • FISA World Masters Championships, Poznan, Poland – Sep ’11 – the sole representative from Broxbourne in Tony Stokes raced in composite crews made up from 9 clubs, finishing 2nd in the Men’s I8+ and H4+, 3rd in H8+, and 4th in G8+ and G4+

Most decorated, with 6 wins each were Chris Heathcote and Quintin McKellar, followed by Andy Kelly and Russell Mould, with 5 apiece.

Wishing the whole squad every success in the coming season.

Andy Crook.

Scullers Head

Posted by Chris Scorah | December 12, 2010

Adam Sculling under Chiswick Bridge, Scullers Head 2010After Fours Head, attention in the Senior and Vet Men’s squad turned to Scullers Head.  We arrived at Thames Tradesman’s a couple of hours before the race in darkness with temperatures hovering around freezing.  However, the tide had already started to go out, so with very little wind and low water, conditions were calm and perfect for sculling.

This year we had eight entries, with Adam starting eighth and looking to defend his IM2 pennant from last year, and first time entries for Tom, Robin from the senior squad and Russell from the Vets.

The race went without incident for most of the Broxbourne scullers with the exception of Quintin, who having started one place behind Russell and having over taken him, got tangled up with the next person he overtook resulting in Russell passing him back.  Needless to say, having untangled himself, Qunitin unleashed the rage and chased Russell down again, finishing the race a few lengths clear of him.

Thanks must go to Rob who towed down, then cycled from Putney back to Barnes after the race to get the trailer, allowing the rest of us to sit in Vesta drinking tea and eating cake in the warm instead of taking on the miserable scull back up to Thames Tradesman’s!

When the results came out in the evening, there was plenty to celebrate.  Adam had retained the IM2 pennant, finishing 11th, with Craig finishing 29th and me finishing 34th (all three of us move down two places if you add the time only entries into the results).  Both Rob and Tom finished in the top two hundred with Rob 122nd, and Tom 174th.  This should give them both good starting positions next year.  Robin managed to beat his Dad.  Full results can be found on the Scullers Head results page.

Saturday at Peterborough

Posted by Angela Watling | August 16, 2010

Winning WIM3.4+The weather this Saturday made Peterborough Summer an interesting event this year! During the first rounds of races that morning, in proper down-pours, both WIM3.2x crews (Sarah/Lizzie and Angela/Louise) unfortunately got knocked out in their heats. However, the WIM3.4+ of Katie, Charlotte W and two of our vacation students Charlotte L and Sarah M-P, stormed through their heat!


The day progressed with mixed success. The WIM3.4x- (Sarah G, Lizzy, Anne-Marie and Amanda) put up a good fight but were pipped to the post by Staines and Oxford City in their heat. The IM1.2x of Tom Jenkins and Robin Mould made it to the repechage. Tom suffered some back problems during their second race though, after he was hit by an 8 during training last week, so they didn’t make it through to the final. However, a good effort from the both given Tom’s injury and the fact they originally wanted to race IM2.


Steve, Graham, Matt and Dominic were racing IM3.4+ but didn’t make it to the final. They were back racing on Sunday also (although I don’t know the outcomes for Sunday!). The WNov.8+ all had a good close racing against City of Cambridge losing by no more than a length – well done to Belinda, Sue, Helen, Emma, Chloe, Penny, Jane, Liz and cox Ollie. Well done also to Helen who braved the single in the Women’s Novice category. She made it to the rep but after close encounters with waves, buoys and swans, she didn’t quite make it to the final!

Congratulations of the day go to Hugo and Andy who won in their MasD pair. The WIM3.4+ also repeated their success from the heat in both the semi and the final. So, congratulations also go to that crew, especially to Charlotte W who lost her novices!


Sudbury Results – 11 Broxbourne Wins!

Posted by Penny Scorah | August 9, 2010

A great day for Broxbourne at Sudbury regatta this year with the junior squad winning many non-junior events! Congratulations to everyone that took place. Thanks to Beth for all the photos from the event. Check them out on flickr by clicking the photo above.


  • IM3.2-
  • IM3.4+ by 2 lengths
  • Mx.IM3.4+ by 2 lengths
  • W.Nov2x by 4 lengths (An all Broxbourne event!)
  • J18A.2x won by default as other crew scratched
  • W.J16A.2x easily
  • Masters 8+ by 3/4 length
  • MastersD.4+ easily
  • Mx.Masters.8+ by 3/4 length
  • Mx.MastersB/C.4+ by 3 lengths
  • W.MastersA/B.4+ by 1/2 length
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