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 and other summer regattas.

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 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

Peterborough City Summer Regatta – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | August 14, 2017

The 12th August 2017 is the ever popular (and rapidly increasing in standard) final multi-lane regatta of the season. The race is held on Peterborough City Rowing Club’s 1km lake over 4 dedicated racing lanes.

We were drawn into the following:

Saturday:

Tier1.1x – Ryan Cheale
Tier1.1x – Matt Day
Tier1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
Tier2.1x – Russ Theobald
Tier2.4+ – Mike Marsh / Ben Hughes / Rob Mayes / Russ Theobald + KT(C)
Tier3.2- – Mike Marsh / Ben Hughes

Sunday:
Tier1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
Tier2.2- – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale

Tier1.1x
Two strong entries from Broxbourne into the Tier1.1x (Essentially Senior/Elite on the old system) from myself and Matt Day. We knew it would be a fast paced heat. We went out of the blocks hard and fast. At 250m it was relatively even footing, 500m I was leading the field with Matt in 2nd, 750m I increased my lead and sadly Matt began losing footing and dropped to third.

Final verdict of the heat

1st – BRX – Cheale – 03:35.0
2nd – Derby – Ley – 03:39.0
3rd – BRX – Day – 03:45.6
4th – PTRC – Diserens – 03:51.6

At this point, I had the second fastest heat time with Dave Bell of Moseley boat club in first with a very fast 3:31.5.
The final place me in lane 2 next to Ley and Bell. I went out reasonably settled and sat with Byford of Birmingham. Byford began to pull away in the first 250-500m but I responded and began pulling him back. Disaster struck when I hit a buoy and lost grip of my oar and lost a significant amount of speed and Ley pulled two lengths at the time of hitting – stopping – contemplating life – going again. However, I rowed back through him. Final verdict – 3rd.

Tier1.2x

Another convincing win for the double.

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Tier2.1x

Russ Theobald is a new addition to the squad, an ex-junior from yesteryear. Russ was drawn into ‘Tier2’ single sculls with 11 others which meant the heat required a first place or 2nd to go through to the repechage final. At the 500m mark russ looked clean and relaxed, although described it afterwards as ‘having a heart attack’. Russ came in 2nd place in the heat meaning he would have to row in the repechage to get into the final.

The final was ahead of time with 6mins ahead of schedule – the umpire suggested the race start early as they were all attached but one compeititor decided to contest that and make everyone wait.. Russ went out the blocks fast but fell into second which he then took the right decision of winding down and reserving himself for the coxed four event. Well raced and a good experience in racing the single scull.

Tier2.4+

The coxed four had a few minor practices before their debut at peterborough. Drawn into ‘Tier2.4+’ they were pumped to race. Sadly they were outclassed on the field this time and came in 4th position. This hasn’t put them down as they now know the level of the field and have already began upping their training to improve upon their times. A shame about the result but a fantastic job and going up and representing the Broxbourne Men.

Tier3.2-

Out in the pair is a new combination of Mike Marsh and Ben Hughes – The ranking point system put them into ‘Tier3’. Both experienced oarsmen from Broxbourne Rowing Club and have both competed in the Thames Cup Challenge Cup in 2015. Both Mike and Ben have been away from the sport for some time so what better experience could they have than being lumped into one of the hardest boats?
They looked strong at the start but steering wasn’t on point this time and meant they wiggled down the course. They didn’t quite get the result they wanted but it will merely drive them on to achieve. Good job guys!

Tier1.2x

Sunday was the 500m version of the regatta. A completely different type of race than Matt and I are used to. We felt confident in our short sprinting abilities but Rob Roy Boat Club got the jump on us at the start. We kept the rate high but they inched ut to a length lead, by halfway we had began taking back the distance but they had done the damage already for such a rapid final. We came in at a healthy second and not disappointed with our performance.

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Tier2.2-
Matt Day and I tried out a pair for a bit of fun and to shake things up. We opted for a rather imbalanced set up with myself at bow steering and matt stroking it. In the heat, we got off the line fast and by halfway lead the race by a length. We then took a sharp turn into lane 4 (thankfully it was empty) due to some errors (or trying out the slalom course) and lost a lot of our lead – irritatingly we came in second but got into the final.

We made some minor adjustments to the boat for the final – we were sat in lane 4. We got off faster than the field again but slowly go reeled in by CNN/Cambridge composite. We then had a bit of a fight with them and ended up losing by 0.6s! Not disappointed given that was our 3rd pair session in a very long time. A good race and our times were faster than all but one of the Tier1.2- boats!

Well rounded performance from all. We’ll next be at Reading Small Boats Head!

Photos from:
http://www.benrodfordphotography.co.uk/

Result Sheets:
Sunday Results
Saturday Resultsy

Sudbury Regatta – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | August 11, 2017

Saturday 5th August.

Sudbury Regatta is a 650m side-by-side event held on the River Stour in, Sudbury.

This year we entered the following:

IM1.1x – Ryan Cheale
IM1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
IM1.2- – Matt Fidler / Ben Hughes
IM3.2x – Rob Mayes / Russ Theobald
ELI.8+ – Moseley/TSS/BRX(Ryan Cheale)

IM1.1x
This event was a straight final and sadly the opponent didn’t show – Rowed Over.

IM1.2x
This event was a straight final. The IM1.2x combo was up against a Huntingdon double combination. We set out rapidly and put open water between us and the Huntingdon crew and took a comfortable win.
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IM1.2-
Matt Fidler and Ben Hughes represented the squad in the IM1.2- against the Lea rowing club. With little preparation, the boys went out and pushed hard. At the 350m marker, they looked as if they were holding on strong but, the advantage of the corner moved into the Lea’s favour and they, sadly, pulled ahead. A strong effort by the both of them.

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IM3.2x
The IM3.2x entry of Rob Mayes and Russ Theobald is a new combination. Rob Mayes has recently taken up the two oared (sculling) form of rowing and Russ, a returning member is relatively experienced. Both went hard out of the blocks but with an exceptionally difficult corner for the inexperienced crew they didn’t quite match up to their opposition. Sadly they were knocked out in the first round by the Lea but, this is merely the start for both of these.

ELI.8+
I participated in an Elite 8+ Molesey/TSS/Broxbourne composite boat with ex Broxbourne members Adam Ridler and Robin Mould. This is the pinnacle event at Sudbury – The elite sprint 8s. A 350m rapid race. A scratch, but an incredibly experienced crew. We first went up against the Lea and put a length between us within the first 15 strokes. This put us straight into the final against Cambridge ninety-nine.
We decided regardless of any potential lead we could make we would not be winding down on this one. We went out and held rate 48 for the whole 350m and left CNN in our wake by 3 lengths. A nice end to the day and another pot.

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The senior men had a good representation at Sudbury and left the men yearning for more. This weekend we are competing at Peterborough Regatta in a variety of boats.

Henley Royal Regatta – Thames crew qualify

Posted by Amanda Jones | June 28, 2015

Well done to the Thames Challenge Cup crew for qualifying.  Their first race is on Wednesday 1st July at 11:10am against Thames A a seeded crew. Good luck, anyone going please give them a good cheer, results will be posted on the http://www.hrr.co.uk website

 

The junior boys put a solid performance in the Fawley Challenge Cup but with so few places and so much competition did not qualify this year, but they will be using the experience to build for future races and next year.

Henley Royal Regatta report

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 9, 2013

This year, Broxbourne entered a coxless four into the Wyfold Challenge Cup and a quadruple scull into The Prince Of Wales Challenge Cup.


The entry into the Wyfold Challenge Cup this year was a huge one, with 55 crews going for 32 places, and with just 12 places from the 36 crews required to qualify the boys knew it would be tough. Form said that they were likely to get through, but on the day the row simply didn’t come together and they missed out, coming in as 4th fastest non-qualifier, so a likely 3 seconds or so off of the required pace.


The quad was not required to go through qualifiers owing to an unusually quiet year which attracted 14 entries to the 16 boat event. The quality was high as usual though, and the Broxbourne/Tyrian composite was unlucky to draw the seeded Norwegian U23 quad on the first day. Despite a fast start, the crew were simply outclassed and joined the rest of the club in the Stewards enclosure at lunch time for a commiseratory pint.


The squad now return to single sculls and beach weights for the summer and look forward to next year!

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.

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