I’m Sarah, captain of Broxbourne Rowing Club. Below is some information about rowing at Broxbourne and a list of vice captains that head up each of the squads. If you are a complete beginner please see the Learn 2 Row section but if you have some experience of rowing and/or coxing and would like to join one of the squads contact me by email: captain@broxbournerowingclub.org


Rowing at Broxbourne


Competitive Rowing
BRC regularly competes against other clubs at local and national level regattas and has on occasion competed overseas. We compete all year round in regattas (side by side races) in the summer and head races (time trials) in the winter season. Most races we attend are run under the British Rowing system so your first race would be at novice level and you would progress up to intermediate and senior status as you win races. You would begin in a novice crew maybe along with people from your beginner’s course with an aim to compete in these events. This would involve commitment to train regularly and achieve a good level of fitness; the frequency of this would depend on your crew but generally requires a minimum of 3 training sessions per week. Racing at Veteran level is becoming increasingly popular and events are offered for ages 31 to over 80 based on the average age of the crew.

Recreational Rowing
If competitive rowing and structured training programmes are not for you, recreational rowing is a great option. Recreational rowing still requires stamina and aerobic fitness but is less demanding than competitive rowing and is more about the enjoyment of being on the river than entering races. At BRC we are building our recreational rowing squad and have a core group of people who meet up to row together. This group may also venture further afield, but are more likely to row over the lock to the local pub than be seen at a regatta! We have recently acquired some new boats specifically designed for recreational, touring and coastal rowing.

Sculling
Most members of the club are aligned to a squad; however it is also possible to enjoy rowing on your own. Experienced scullers will be assessed prior to taking out club equipment, we have a large range of single sculls available for members. There are opportunities to learn to scull with the beginner’s course if you join in the summer, or it may be that you learn later on. You will learn in a training scull and it is essential that you do this under supervision of a coach until you are signed off as competent to avoid a swimming session! Sculling can be enjoyable for all levels and provides some independence on when you train. Please speak to one of the beginner coaches if you are interested in learning.

Coxing
We are always looking for new coxes to join our crews! Coxing involves steering the boat and providing motivation for the crew. We are always very happy to train new coxes, please speak to any of the rowing committee if interested. Although coxes for racing are usually lightweight there are far fewer restrictions for training purposes and the best coxes at club level are not always the lightest people.


Fitness Training


Ergos: The rowing machine is the best option for non-water based fitness training. We have 11 machines at the club available for all members to use.

Circuit training: Circuit sessions are held at 7pm in the winter months on Monday (Senior/inter men), Wednesday (Veteran men) and Thursdays (All women’s squads). Please contact the appropriate vice-captain if you are interested in coming to one of these sessions. Please note there may be some disruption to these sessions during the building work whilst our gym facilities are limited.


Races


BRC regularly competes against other clubs at local and national level regattas and has on occasion competed overseas. We compete all year round in regattas (side by side races) in the summer and head races (time trials) in the winter season. Most races we attend are run under the British Rowing system so your first race would be at novice level and you would progress up to intermediate and senior status as you win races.
To get involved with a competition crew you will need to join one of our racing squads. Race entries will be co-ordinated via your coach or squad vice-captain and all race entries will be placed by the Race Entries Secretary. To enter a race you will need to be a British Rowing member.

Rowing Committee

Captain Sarah Gilliver
Senior Men Chris Sheppard
Senior Women Jane Taylor
Novice & Inters Ashley Mander
Beginners Chris Moody
Juniors Noelle Stallard
Recreational
Masters Brian Purcell
Equipment Officer Dave Gentle
Entries Secretary Mark Edgely

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.

Standing Down

Posted by Craig Allan | September 20, 2012

I would like to confirm that I will be standing down as Captain at the EGM on Saturday. I plan to finish off things that I have started and help make things as easy as possible for my successor.

If you know of anyone who may be considering the role please ask them to contact me at captain@broxbournerowingclub.org to find out more about what is involved.

Henley Race Report 2012

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 1, 2012

Still high off the back of their win at Marlow, Broxbourne A eagerly awaited the draw on Saturday for news of who they would face on Wednesday.



The B crew had unfortunately not made it through qualifiers on Friday despite a strong row into an even stronger head wind. They were just half a second off the fastest non-qualifier, so can consider themselves unlucky not to qualify in what was a very tough year to compete for the Wyfold Challenge Cup.



When Mike Sweeney announced the draw at just gone 3pm on Saturday afternoon, Broxbourne’s name was called out alongside that of Tyrian. The Tyrian crew (University of London’s alumni club) had been racing at elite status at Marlow, so the four were left feeling a little in the dark over how the race would pan out.



However, the Stewards had decided to seed just 4 crews, and the opposition that made up the rest of Broxbourne’s quarter of the draw didn’t contain any entries of frightening pace. Good, close racing was in the offing, with the carrot of a row in the semi-finals on Saturday if Broxbourne could make the most of it.



Wednesday evening arrived, and the Broxbourne crew paddled up to the start conscious of a very strong headwind and stream. These weren’t exactly ideal conditions for a crew who are giving away over 2 stone a man to their opposition. The Broxbourne crew could take comfort, though, in the fact that they had drawn the favoured Berkshire station which runs through a marginally weaker part of the stream at the start and finish of the race.



The umpire started the race with a wave of the flag from the launch, and Ridler’s aggression led his crew out to a length lead by the end of the island where they were still striking 43. Tyrian responded, and the Broxbourne crew’s first push as they passed the barrier was unfortunately timed with a strong gust of wind. The push failed to snap the chain and break contact. Broxbourne dropped the rate to a steady 37 as they tried to work a longer rhythm into the head wind.



The Tyrian crew were now in their element, and they began to erode the Broxbourne lead through the middle kilometre. Lung burning, lactic induced agony ensued, and as both crews entered the enclosures, Tyrian had just over a length lead and were being warned for their steering. Broxbourne raised their rate of striking to 39 in a desperate attempt to get their noses back in front, but were unable to find the necessary speed to turn them over.



While the crew were disappointed not to have won and progressed further through the competition, they felt that they’d emptied the tanks and had nothing more to give. Unfortunately the Tyrian crew were then disqualified the next day for causing a clash at the start, so the Broxbourne crew didn’t have the opportunity to mark their comparative speed.



The pivotal moment had been where Broxbourne failed to break away and take clear water at the first push as they passed the barrier. Had conditions been more suited to lightweights the result may have been different, but now the crew returns to training to face up to the tough challenge on delivering an even better season’s results next year.



Support from the rest of the club was greatly appreciated by the crew on the day and in the build up. In particular the words from President Mould the day before were greatly appreciated, as were the only slightly slurred shouts from what seemed to be most of the master’s squad hanging off the side of a cruiser during the warm up.

Senior men racing in the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta TODAY

Posted by Penny Scorah | June 27, 2012

Good luck to Adam, Craig, Graham and Chris from everyone at Broxbourne Rowing Club.

For those of you not at Henley today, you can follow the boys progress on Regatta Radio online or follow the HRR facebook updates.
The coxless four will be racing at 5:45pm against Tyrian RC and will be racing starting from the berks station.

Goooo Broxbooooooourne!!

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…

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