The Senior Men’s squad aim to compete at the major domestic head races and regattas. The main head races we race at include pairs head, fours head, scullers head and VIIIs head. We also compete at a number of regional races in preparation for these events. After the VIII’s head, we turn our attention to regatta racing. We kick start this with a training camp, and then race at Wallingford, Met, Reading, Marlow and Henley Royal Regatta. After HRR, we usually enter a few crews into Peterborough Summer, where we take the club BBQ and camp over.
Over the past few years the club has gone from strength to strength. We have qualified at least one boat in HRR since 2004, have had regatta wins at Reading and Marlow, and have had wins in pairs head, sculler’s head along with some credible performances in the fours and viiis head.
We train on the water at weekends and Thursday evenings. Some of the squad also scull in the mornings before work. We have a very large catchment area so we tend to do most of our land training individually. Depending on the circumstances of the squad, we sometimes run circuit and weight sessions at the club house.
We have a diverse squad. The VIII that won IM1 at Reading Regatta recently contained both the youngest and oldest members of our squad – a range from 16 to mid forties!
We are always looking to recruit new rowers and people are welcome to join our squad at any time during the year.
Senior Men’s Vice Captain
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.
Posted by Graham Everitt |
July 20, 2012
The 2011/12 season has been an profitable one for the Senior Men of Broxbourne Rowing Club.
The season yielded a total of 57 pots and gold medals from 21 wins, shared amongst ten oarsmen and one cox. 16 of those wins and 35 of the pots and medals came from sculling competitions, with the remaining 22 pots coming from 5 sweep wins. 16 wins were from senior races, with some of the older members of the squad donning their masters caps and picking up 5 wins from age group events.
It’s not all about quantity of course, and the quality of some of these wins was very high. The head season brought pots from top regional events such as Head of the Trent, and the squad dominated their entries at national events such as British Masters Champs. The jewel in the crown came when the coxless four took the club’s first win over 2k at Dorney at Marlow Regatta.
There were achievements that didn’t involve winning too. Craig Allan and Adam Ridler’s 12th place overall broke the club record for the highest Pairs Head finish. The same pairing plus Graham Everitt and Chris Scorah then took the record for the highest club finish at Fours Head with their 31st place. The same four along with Simon Robins, Chris Heathcote, Chris Turnbull, Rob Alexander and Cally then broke the club record for the highest ever finish at Eights Head with their 60th place. The scullers of the club put in a fantastic performance at Scullers Head too. Broxbourne was the most represented club not based on the tideway, and only 4 more clubs managed to place more scullers inside the top 200.
The results on the water were driven by the results on land. 5k, 2k and 30 minute r20 PBs were set by most members of the squad, and the size of weights on the end of bars steadily increased throughout the year.
Next season brings a new challenge in the form of stepping up and moving onwards. While this may seem hard, there were many near-misses throughout the season that can be converted into wins, and cancelled races that deprived the chance of a win. With the addition of several new members to the squad competition looks set to increase, and the squad is looking forward to an even more profitable 12 months. With the addition of a more structured training programme and an increase in the number of coached outings, improvements in performance will be hard earned but can be realistically targeted.
Any new members considering joining the squad should contact Graham Everitt via the contact us page.
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.
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.
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.