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.

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