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.

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