Henley Royal Regatta 2017


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, Nottingham, Reading, Marlow and Henley Royal Regatta.
Post HRR we send some of our top athletes to the Home International Trials and for the rest of the summer, we compete in the smaller regattas such as Kingston Regatta, St Neots Regatta, Sudbury Regatta and Peterborough Regatta.

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. This last season we qualified a double into the Open Double Sculls Challenge Cup.



Quintin Head 2018

Training

The senior squad aim to train at the following days and times:

Tuesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday 7:30am – 10:00am and 11:00am – 12:30pm (Technical/Confidence skills)
Sunday 7:00am – 9:00am and 10:00am – 11:00am (Weights Circuit)

We train in small boats (1x, 2-) for the majority of the winter season (August-March) with the exception of Fours head and HORR where we train in the respective boat categories. Some of the squad also scull in the mornings before work. Post HORR potential Henley Royal Regatta standard members are put into crew combinations and we attend a host of events to decide on the final entries for Henley Royal Regatta. This last year (2016/2017) we qualified a boat in the open Double Sculls Challenge Cup. We have a very large catchment area so we tend to do most of our land training individually, however, we do run a biweekly group ergo session.


2016/2017 Results

The 2016/2017 season saw the following successes:

IM2.2x Pairs Head 24th
IM2.2x Cambridge Head to Head Win
IM3.2- Cambridge Head to Head Win
IM3.1x Star Head Win
IM2.2x Star Head Win
IM2.2x Bedford Head Win
Club.2x Walingford Regatta 2nd
IM2.2x Nottingham Regatta Win
Band 2 1x Met Regatta 3rd
Band 2 2x Met Regatta 3rd
IM3.1x Peterborough Regatta Win
NC.Mas.A.1x Masters Nat Champs Win
IM2.1x Reading Regatta Win
Eli.8+ Sudbury Regatta Win
IM1.2x Sudbury Regatta Win
T1.2x Peterborough Regatta Win
T1.1x Peterborough Regatta 3rd

The Double Sculls Challenge Cup

Qualified
Ryan. A. Cheale and Matt. P. Day

Home International Trials

M2x – 3rd
Ryan. A. Cheale and Matt. P. Day



2017/2018 Results

The 2017/2018 season current successes:

Champ.2x Pairs Head 9th Overall
T3.1x Reading Small Boats Head Win
IM2.2- Kingston Head Win
T1.1x Norwich Head Win

We are always looking to recruit experienced rowers and you are welcome to join our squad at any time during the year. If you want to get involved in our successes then do not hesitate to contact!

Ryan Cheale,

Senior Men Captain

Email: ryan.ac@live.com

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Metropolitan Regatta

Posted by Graham Everitt | June 14, 2012

Having not been able to attend Wallingford Regatta this year owing to the union of Broxbourne’s first son Chris Turnbull to she who shall now be known as “NT”, BRC’s Men’s Squad travelled to the Metropolitan Regatta looking forward to a belated start to the 2k racing season.


The 4- of Simon Robins, Chris Turnbull, Chris Sheppard and Robin Mould were first up racing in a very tough IM1 4- heat. Despite a strong first 500m that saw Jimmie T’s (all hail the King of Boats) tea stained bow lead the pack to the 250m marker, they couldn’t sustain the pace and dropped out of the leading group as it stepped up the pace at the 1k marker. Some say CT could have done with more than 1 outing in a boat after returning from his 3 week honeymoon – others say simply that the 1 outing left him 2 sessions away from being the fittest he’s ever been. Regardless, there were many positives to take from the row and the crew look forward to racing again once they’ve had a bit more time in the boat.


The 4x of Chris Scorah, Graham Everitt, Craig Allan and Adam Ridler then faced strong opposition in the IM1 4x category later on in the day. They won their heat in a close finish with UL and Walton, seeing off challenges from University of Limerick and Durham University. In the final they lined up against the newly nationally selected GB U23 crew, as well as another crew from UL and a strong entry from Imperial. Despite staying with the U23s for much of the first 1k, the Broxbourne crew lacked the power to really take it to them and finished 2nd overall, 5 seconds clear of the next boat.  The crew left the day feeling frustrated to have lost out on the win to an entry from an international crew in an intermediate event, but pleased with their performance against strong national opposition.


The Sunday saw an IM2 4- take to the water, consisting of Simon Robins, Chris Sheppard, Mark Edgely and Robin Mould. They were to make their final early in the morning, only to place last in the final as the more polished opposition took the race away from them in the second half.


The crew that raced the quad on Saturday had decided to ditch an oar each and race in IM1 4- on the Sunday. Having trained solidly in the quad for the last few months, the crew were somewhat unsure of how things would pan out but fancied their chances in the straight final into a solid headwind in the mid afternoon. 500m in and the Broxbourne crew were amost length out in front of the field,  and at 1k this lead had been extended slightly. At 1250m, a Henley RC crew racing with some very strong undeclared substitutions on board put together an impressive series of pushes to take 4 seconds out of the fading BRC lightweights in the 3rd 500m. Despite a valiant push to wrest the lead back the crew were unable to make further impact on the race and finished 2nd, once again 5 seconds clear of 3rd place.


In the immediate aftermath, it was reported that Craig Allan’s post-race noises could be heard from Ax-Les-Thermes in the Midi-Pyrenees, where a small deer looked up in alarm and immediately fled for cover. Adam Ridler continued to shout strange obscenities at the U23 crew whilst also declaring his love for rowing and all those around him. Chris Scorah remained unmoved.


The results at Met Regatta represent the best achieved by BRC in recent memory (we would love to hear of any wins from those with longer memories). Although many left feeling frustrated the squad should take great pride in the level it is currently competing at.


Both crews now focus their attention on Marlow Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta where, after much deliberation, they will be representing Broxbourne in two coxless fours. Support at both events would be greatly appreciated by those racing.

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…

Trent Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | February 29, 2012

The eights racing season has begun frustratingly late for Broxbourne’s men’s squad this year, with the cancellation of both Peterborough Head and Bedford Eights & Fours meaning legs weren’t tested until what is usually the mid-season marker race on the Trent in Nottingham.

Video of Trent Head
Trent Head Video

The first race was in the just-formed eight. With Rob Alexander and Chris Heathcote returning to the Senior Men’s squad after sojourning to the Masters squad for a few years, the crew had a more heavyweight look to it than it has had in recent years when populated by lightweights. With only a few outings under their belts the crew made the most of the warm up with a few good bursts, and then span on the marshall’s call ready to find out how they stood up to the opposition. The row was a robust start to the HORR campaign, with the 6k course acting as a good test of legs and lungs. The crew placed 8th overall and second in their category just a few seconds behind the winning crew.
In the third division the HOR4s club record holding quad took to the water again, ready to race strong opposition from Trent and Nottingham University. Another strong row saw them win their division with a time that was the fastest of the division and which placed them 11th fastest boat of the day overall. An IM2 coxed four containing Chris’ Sheppard, Turnbull and Heathcote and the contrasting sinewy Robin Mould also performed well with a 3rd place in category, 15 seconds off of an impressively drilled winning boat from Nottingham University.
After a long day of driving and racing the crew returned to the club pleased with the results. With some good scalps of other provincial crews and the feeling of plenty of speed yet to come in the eight, the squad now looks forward to racing at Kingston and on the Tideway in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

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