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.

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