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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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.

Scullers Head

Posted by Chris Scorah | December 12, 2010

Adam Sculling under Chiswick Bridge, Scullers Head 2010After Fours Head, attention in the Senior and Vet Men’s squad turned to Scullers Head.  We arrived at Thames Tradesman’s a couple of hours before the race in darkness with temperatures hovering around freezing.  However, the tide had already started to go out, so with very little wind and low water, conditions were calm and perfect for sculling.

This year we had eight entries, with Adam starting eighth and looking to defend his IM2 pennant from last year, and first time entries for Tom, Robin from the senior squad and Russell from the Vets.

The race went without incident for most of the Broxbourne scullers with the exception of Quintin, who having started one place behind Russell and having over taken him, got tangled up with the next person he overtook resulting in Russell passing him back.  Needless to say, having untangled himself, Qunitin unleashed the rage and chased Russell down again, finishing the race a few lengths clear of him.

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Thanks must go to Rob who towed down, then cycled from Putney back to Barnes after the race to get the trailer, allowing the rest of us to sit in Vesta drinking tea and eating cake in the warm instead of taking on the miserable scull back up to Thames Tradesman’s!

When the results came out in the evening, there was plenty to celebrate.  Adam had retained the IM2 pennant, finishing 11th, with Craig finishing 29th and me finishing 34th (all three of us move down two places if you add the time only entries into the results).  Both Rob and Tom finished in the top two hundred with Rob 122nd, and Tom 174th.  This should give them both good starting positions next year.  Robin managed to beat his Dad.  Full results can be found on the Scullers Head results page.

Fours Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | November 25, 2010

Winter training had begun well, too well some might say. The BRC men’s squad had been racking the miles up since September in preparation for The Fullers Fours Head and had headed over to Isle of Ely Rowing Club for two 5k runs up what can only be described as the blandest stretch in the world to prepare for the big event the next week.
With the draw setting our entries of an elite coxless four and an elite coxed four off 36th and and 46th respectively everyone was looking forward to a good run out at the top of the tide without too much hanging around at the start.

Availability had meant that we’d had to play a bit of musical chairs in the coxed four, and having at last settled on an excellent combination it was only right for something to go wrong. 2k into the first race at Ely a back injury forced the crew to row the rest of the course at quarter slide, and meant that they had to pull from the second event. The coxless four had two good runs, and although the lack of competition made for a rather uninspiring run in tricky conditions the second time around we felt pleased with both performances.

With the back injury turning out to be a proper one and not just Simon Robins being a woos, the coxed four decided to scratch, leaving the coxless to travel to the tideway with just one other boat from the women’s squad the next weekend.

A late running boat from the same category deciding to tag along with us at the start, and an enjoyable race unfolded as the Imperial College crew appeared to attach itself to the Broxbourne bow ball for the first half of the race. As we approached Hammersmith Bridge a few polite comments were exchanged as the IC crew began to push through and the usual disagreement over exactly where the racing line was took place. Thankfully, after our bowman proffered a superbly articulate  explanation as to its precise location and cracked what I’m sure was a well received quip about it being their home stretch they at last located the stream and moved several boat widths in its direction.

With the opposition from IC proceeding to put several lengths on us in the latter half of the race, a crew that can only be described as “hanging” were then left to push off a tidy Vesta crew in the second half. The kitchen sink was duly chucked out along with the taps and the microwave (for good measure), and we finished the race feeling relatively pleased – not the most beautiful of rows but an excellent race that left nothing in the tank.

The final results placed us 79th, the 25th fastest sweep crew overall and 7th in the elite coxless fours category. Not a bad result by any standards, now it’s time to build on this and start to prepare for the 8s head along the same stretch in 2011.

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