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

Fours Head – The King is dead, long live The King!

Posted by Graham Everitt | November 10, 2011

Not that you’d know it from the weather at the weekend, but November has at last arrived. This means only one thing to the members of Broxbourne’s Senior Men’s squad – Fours Head!



This year the entry consisted of two boats – an IM1 4x going off 67th and an IM2 4+ going off some three hundred places lower.


The build up to this race, and the start to the season, has been fairly strong. With Craig and Adam placing 12th at Pair’s Head and the quad taking the headship at Upper Thames head, the crew was feeling positive going into the race – despite being able to count their outings on one hand. The coxed four was feeling positive too, after some heavy sessions of seat racing to set the crew and some technically strong outings we were all looking forward to a good race along the Championship course.


With race day upon us, the boats just about arrived at the course having been towed by yours truly.  With only a few disgruntled motorists left in our wake, we rigged up and hit the water. The start to the race for the quad was tricky and with 4 crews to overtake before Barnes, Chris Scorah’s steering was put to the test. The test was passed, but a rapid IC crew took advantage of the gap that we had battered and followed the line through, closing fast from 2 places back. Once we were out of Barnes and into clear water, Adam Ridler played his usual trick at stroke and jacked the rate in response to IC, reminding all of us behind him why he’s been able to win his category at Scullers head for the last two years. The crew and the boat’s response was immediate, and we held IC at an even 3 lengths for the remainder of the distance. The last 500 metres passed in the usual Broxbourne fashion – an impressive increase in rate and boatspeed rapdily followed by an immediate decline in both. Crossing the line, the crew felt comfortable with the underlying boat speed that had been achieved, but felt slightly frustrated at the lack of “polishedness” to the performance.


The coxed four had an altogether different race. Going off low down the order in the heavily subscribed IM2 coxed four category they struggled to find space to breath in early on. Unable to get the racing line from a crew that they were overtaking, they were stuck on the outside of the stream going around the Chiswick Eyot corner. This was then follwed by a serious blade clash which resulted in them stopping dead in the course for some time and collecting their lost number from the water. Polite greetings and witty quips were exchanged, but the race was essentially done-fer.


When the results hit the screens of our iPhones a short time later, reactions were as mixed as you’d expect from reading the above. The coxed four would rather not reflect on the number against which their name is placed, and are knuckling back down to training in order to focus on things to be achieved rather than opportunities lost. The quad were pleased to take the club record for the highest ever finish from a Broxbourne crew with their 31st place, but look forward to achieving a more polished performance in future races in order to demonstrate their full potential.

Sudbury and Peterborough WINS!

Posted by Penny Scorah | August 19, 2011

Sudbury International Regatta – 6th AugustBRC -No-longer-Novice ladies at Sudbury
There were 9 wins for the club

  • Masters G4+ (Tony Stokes, Nick Carter, Hugo Van Kempen, Jim Brandon and Alex Carter)
  • Masters C 1x (Chris Heathcote)
  • Women’s Masters A Novice 4+ ( Susi Bassam, Penny Churchill, Crista Findell, Jen Bradley, Oli James)
  • Masters B 1x (Quintin McKellar)
  • Women’s J17 1x (Rowan McKellar)
  • Women’s Novice 4+ (Ellie Holmes, Rachel Harris, Ashley King, Charlotte Page, Oli James)
  • Novice 1x (Chris Heathcote)
  • Mixed IM2 X (Tom Jenkins, Rowan McKellar)
  • Masters E 1x (Jonathan Batley)

Peterborough Summer Regatta – 13th AugustBRC Winners at Peterborough
There were 5 wins for the club

  • Masters B 4+ (Becky Bishop, Susi Bassam, Jen Bradley, Crista Findell, Anne Lacy)
  • Women’s Novice 4+ (Belinda Seabrook, Emma Lacy, Daisy Kitchener, Cally Gentle, Callum Costello)
  • Women’s IM3.4x (Alexandra Gibson, Amy Thornber, Sarah Gilliver and Lizzie Alexander)
  • Novice 8+ (Amanda Jones, Ian Henley, Nick Murray, Mansour Eskandarzadeh, Tim Isitt, Mark Edgley, Graham Lavender, Robert Lamprell, Matthew Harris)
  • IM1 1x (Craig Allan)

Well done everyone!

Mens VIII racing at 4pm today at Henley…

Posted by Penny Scorah | June 30, 2011

Many congratulations to the senior men’s VIII for their fantastic win against Peterborough City yesterday!

Today they are racing Kent School Alumni from the USA at 4pm. If you can’t be there, follow the action live on Regatta Radio or look out for the results on HRR facebook.

Good Luck Chaps!

Bedford Eights and Fours Head: Senior Men

Posted by Graham Everitt | March 7, 2011

After Peterborough Head of the Nene was cancelled, the men’s squad headed up to Bedford looking forward to a few charges over the short 2k course to blow out the winter cobwebs. Guns were flexed and gimp suits were dusted off in keen anticipation.

The somewhat over-pointed pair of Simon Robins and Craig Allan were dropped in favour of some young pretenders with much fewer points for the first division, dropping the first eight from senior to IM2 in one foul swoop. The infamous Mr Burns was once again proved correct as our best laid plan went, once again, askew. With a few members of the squad ill a few last minute changes were made to the crew, but a solid time of 6:15 was posted. This was unfortunately one second short of the time posted by the eventual winners (some Cambridge college), and left the BRC crew 2nd in the category and 6th overall at the end of the day.

The squad then broke down to compete against each other in coxed fours for the middle divisions, with three scratch boats racing at Senior and IM2. A show of brain versus brawn was put on display for the enraptured Bedfordians, as the wise, balding technicians in the senior 4+ were pitted against the better looking, fitter, younger, but arguably rawer members of the senior squad in the IM2 crews. The smoother running (older) Senior 4+ took the spoils in the competition between the two Broxbourne boats with a time of 6:46, but lost out to a very fast Star crew who won the Senior event. The beans-laden IM2 4+ came in 11 seconds slower, but were provided some consolation by winning their category comfortably. The second Broxbourne IM2 4+ had a good row spoiled by a wayward crew from Star club, and a collision stopped them dead at the halfway point.

The final division saw the squad return as one, as the Senior eight took to the water. The local populace looked on in awe at the beauty of the crew’s bladework and rumour has it that a nearby dove shed a solitary tear at the beauty of the catches, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat the 6:03 set by the local Bedford Modern boys. A 6:08 was posted, a respectable time which placed us 4th overall, behind 2 fast times from BMS and the elite entry from Star Club.

The focus now shifts to the longer stuff, as the squad looks forward to Reading and Kingston in the build up to the man HORR.

December Ergo Ladder

Posted by Craig Allan | January 27, 2011

The women turned up the training and showed up the men in December. Belinda and Amy pushed the standards to a new level with Belinda taking the top spot with a very narrow margin. Rowan Mckellar did well to take third place, but will struggle to keep it, now Louise Morris is back on the ergo. Adam Ridler topped the men’s list again. Results are in the members section.

Apologies for the late posting of the list. The January list will go up next week and I won’t be chasing people for scores. I’ve already seen some big scores from the men’s side and competition for HORR boats is heating up.

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