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National Masters

Sudbury Rowing Club recently participated in the National Masters Rowing Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.

The 2-day event, over a 1000m course, saw the Men’s Masters C crew of Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols, Paul Adams and cox Helen Sharp race firstly on the Saturday in the Non-Championship final, an event for anyone who hasn’t ever won at the regatta previously.

The Sudbury crew raced against York, Avon, Milton Keynes, Cantabrigian and Curlew rowing clubs. From the start it quickly turned into a 2 boat race as Sudbury and Curlew pulled away from the others into a strong head wind. At the 500m mark, Sudbury were ahead and Curlew tried a push but were held off by the Sudbury crew who took the win.

Sunday, the men raced again, this time in the Championship race, against Newark and Minerva Bath. Again, there was a strong head wind, but Sudbury pushed hard and pulled away from the Newark crew, chasing Minerva. At the half way mark Sudbury put in a big push and started to put Minerva under pressure, however they stayed strong and pushed away for the line. A good second place for Sudbury.

The Ladies’ Quad of Rosemary Hogsbjerg, Teresa Moriarty, Sarah Watts and Tracy Muir had a good race, coming home in 3rd place. The ladies then split into two doubles, Hogsbjerg and Watts racing first, in tough conditions coming home in a disappointing 5th place. Moriarty and Muir then raced and came from behind to finish 5th in their race too.

All crews are keen to thank the club coaches who have helped them: Terry Gostling, Bob Howard, Chris Jillings and Tony Hogsbjerg.

Peterborough Spring and National Schools

The girls Junior quad of Amelia Maskell, Helena Griffiths, Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule raced at Peterborough Spring Regatta on Saturday, racing over 1000 metres on the four lane course.

They competed in the Women’s Open Coxless quad event where they won their heat in a time of 3.36. In the final, against Peterborough RC, Leeds RC and Leicester RC, the Sudbury crew had a very strong race to finish in first place in a speedy time of 3.27.

The second win of the day was Byron Bullen in the Junior 18 single sculling event. He won his heat in a time of 3.43 which secured him a place in the final. His opposition crews from Cambridge 99, Notts CRA and Nottingham RC were out sculled by the Sudbury sculler who won in a time of 3.47.

Other crews to race were Helena Griffiths in the Women’s Junior 15 single sculls event, where she finished third in her heat in a time of 4.37, unfortunately missing out on a place in the final.

Sam McLoughlin raced in the Junior 16 single sculls event finishing his heat in a time of 4.01 just missing out on the final.

He also doubled up with Byron Bullen to compete in the Junior 18 double sculls event where they rowed well in the final, rowing past Rob Roy RC to take second place in a time of 3.36.

The girls Junior 16 double scull of Martha Bullen and Amelia Maskell finished second in their final in a time of 3.57 behind a very strong Leicester crew.

The Junior 14 double scull of Fergus Grant and Harry Moule finished third in their final in a time of 3.59.

Jen Titterington raced in a composite crew with Bev Goodchild from Ipswich RC in the Women’s Double sculls event. They won their heat in 3.56 to secure a place in the final, where they came a very close second, 0.9 of a second behind a crew from Bath.

The two scullers also competed against each other in the Women’s single sculls event. Goodchild won her heat in a time of 4.00 and Titterington came second in her heat, also in a time of 4.00 both meeting in the final together with scullers from Bath University. The Ipswich sculler finished in fourth place in 4.12, Sudbury finished in third place in 4.06.

In the Women’s Junior 18 single sculls event Amelia Moule finished second in the third heat in a time of 4.12, taking her through to the repechage. After a good, solid scull she won the race well ahead of her opposition to gain a place in the final. The opposition crews from St. Ives, Durham School and Isle of Ely were very strong but the Sudbury sculler had a superb race with the final result showing a second place finish in a very fast time of 4.02.6, only 0.6 of a second behind the Junior GB sculler from Isle of Ely.

Picture above: Martha Bullen, Amelia Moule, Byron Bullen, Helena Griffiths and Amelia Maskell.

The second day of the Peterborough Spring Regatta was attended by Senior and Masters crews.

The only win of the day came from the Men’s Masters C coxed four of Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols, Paul Adams and Helen Sharp (cox), who won their final in a time of 3.32, ahead of Bedford RC, London Otters RC and York RC.

The Men’s Masters D eight finished second in the final in a time of 3.24, two seconds behind the winners from York City RC.

The Masters E double scull of Robin King and Simon White came second in their heat and third in the final in a time of 3.56.

The Masters F double scull of Mike Arnott and Sean Moriarty came third in the final.

Other crews competing were the Women’s Masters E coxless quad of Tracy Muir, Teresa Moriarty, Sarah Stirling and Rosemary Hogsbjerg.

Muir and Moriarty also raced in the Women’s Masters D double sculls, and Hogsbjerg and Stirling competed in the Women’s Masters E double sculls.

Jen Titterington raced in the Women’s Open single sculls.

Sophie Lovegrove competed in the Women’s Intermediate single sculls event as well as the Women’s Masters C single sculls event.

Sudbury adaptive rower Sophie Brown raced in the Women’s single sculls event (Band 3).

Paul Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols, Helen Sharp (cox), Terry Gostling (coach) and Lee Adams.

Last weekend saw a great performance from a very young J18 quad at the high profile junior event, National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake.

Amelia Maskell, Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule were joined by Helena Griffiths when a hamstring injury meant that Freya Evans had to withdraw from the crew a few days before the race. The crew had to complete a time trial over a 1750 metre course where only 18 of the 39 crews would proceed to the 2000 metre finals.

The Sudbury crew completed the trial in a time of 6.41 securing a place in the C final where some very spirited sculling and determination saw them overcome a local rival crew from Kings School Ely, Cambridgeshire in the last few strokes, in a time of 7.44, to finish 16th in the country.

The next event will be St. Ives Regatta on the 23rd June.

Susie Moule – Sudbury Rowing Club.

Nottingham City Regatta

The Women’s Double Scull of Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) and Jen Titterington raced at Nottingham City Regatta at the weekend, over 2000m.

On a windy day, and in the elite ‘Women’s Band 1’ category, they were beaten by local opposition from Nottingham Rowing Club, but recorded a personal best time in the process.

Later in the day, and in significantly more challenging conditions, they raced again in the Open Women’s Double Sculls event, and after a decisive first half were able to survive the rolling waves to record another win.

Ball Cup 2018

Sudbury Rowing Club attended the Ball Cup Junior Regatta, Eton Dorney and competed on the 2012 Olympic Rowing course. The 750 metre course was six lanes wide and conditions were near perfect.

Harry Moule and Fergus Grant had their debut race in the Junior 14 double sculls category. They rowed very well to win their heat, taking them into the final where they found themselves against some very strong crews. They rowed well together, finishing in fourth place.

Fergus also paired up with Owen Moriarty to race in the Junior 15 double sculls event where they finished fifth in their heat.

Harry Moule also competed in the Junior 13 single sculls event where he had a very strong heat, finishing in second place. His time was quick enough to take him into the final where, again, he had some strong competition. The first four crews were battling it out for the medal positions but Harry came a very close fourth, just missing out on a bronze medal.

Owen Moriarty competed in the Junior 15 single sculls event. Although he finished fourth in his heat, he achieved an admirable time which took him into the final. He raced well to finish in fifth position.

The first medal of the day came from Gareth Moriarty and Henry Tullin in the Junior 18 double sculls event. There were three crews in the straight final and the Sudbury crew battled it out for gold medal position but just missed out on gold, taking a silver medal for their efforts.

Amelia Moule raced in the Girls Junior 17 single sculls event where she won her heat convincingly. In the final, she was in second place for most of the race but her strength really showed when she managed to row past her opposition in the closing stages, securing a win and earning a gold medal.

Amelia Maskell competed in the Girls Junior 16 single sculls event which was a straight final with four crews racing. The Sudbury sculler overcame her nerves to take the gold medal.

Martha Bullen and Helena Griffiths both competed in the Girls Junior 15 single sculls event. Martha Bullen was the winner of heat 1. Helena Griffiths came second in heat 3. Both girls achieved good times which secured them places in the final. Another exciting race, which saw Martha finish strongly to take the gold medal. Helena also raced well to finish in fifth position.

Byron Bullen had to wait all day for his race – a straight final in the Junior 17 single sculls event. Byron took a while to get into his race and was sitting in third place for the first half. With his supporters urging him on, he started to gain on his opposition, and rowed into second place, taking the silver medal.

The Girls quad of Freya Evans, Martha Bullen, Amelia Maskell and Amelia Moule raced in the Junior 18 category and had a straight final with six crews. The Sudbury crew didn’t have the best start but settled into their rhythm and used their power to propel them past their opposition. They couldn’t quite reach the finish line first but managed silver medal position.

Coach Antony Moule was extremely pleased with the results – 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals with everyone, even the younger, less experienced, reaching the finals. Every Crew showed commitment and determination and should be very proud of their results.

The next event will be National Schools Regatta held at the same venue.

Susie Moule.

Image above – Gareth Moriarty, Owen Moriarty, Amelia Moule, Amelia Maskell, Martha Bullen, Freya Evans, Byron Bullen, Fergus Grant and Harry Moule (front).

Junior 14 double sculls – Harry Moule and Fergus Grant.

Girls Junior 18 quad – Freya Evans, Amelia Maskell, Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule.

Sudbury go to Henley

On a stormy and cold April 29th our two para rowers sculled on the world famous Henley Royal Regatta stretch of the River Thames.

The event was hosted by the prestigious Phyllis Court Club, taking place over a 620 metre course, running upstream from Upper Thames Rowing Club and finishing at the Phyllis Court Club flagpole.

We were delighted to be invited along with only four other clubs to compete in this, the most important and inclusive time trial event in the rowing calendar for para rowers and their able bodied doubles partner rowers.

Our para rowers Sophie Brown and Luke Payne, closely watched by Sophie’s dad and our adaptive co-ordinator Angela, competed very ably despite the weather. River conditions were more akin to rowing on the sea and a far cry from our sheltered River Stour. The marquee took off. Hats blew off. Nonetheless, Sophie who loves this stretch of water, rowed the course three times and both Luke and Sophie agreed that it was a great day. Course times for everyone will be very helpful as a benchmark for the new regatta season.

During the day we also received much encouragement from other clubs. They all also competed in supported doubles together with their own able bodied club members in specially modified double sculling boats. By the end of the day we had gained the expertise to achieve this for Sudbury. Next year we hope to be back with a stronger squad of both singles and supported doubles.

Sophie Brown

Luke Payne

Junior Inter-Regional Regatta

Sudbury Rowing Club Junior 16 scullers Martha Bullen and Amelia Maskell competed for the East of England Team at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

The six lane course covered a racing distance of 1500 metres.

In their heat, the Sudbury scullers struggled to find their normal race pace in the first half but with some competitive determination they managed to pull through the field to finish in third place, which secured a place in the A Final.

The final saw a tough line up with six very strong crews from all over England.

The Sudbury crew had a much better start and were very much in the race. They spent much of the race side by side with three other crews and at one point were in second place. In a very exciting race, positions changed every couple of strokes and eventually the Sudbury crew just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth place, with only a few seconds separating 1st and 4th.

The next race will be The Ball Cup Junior Regatta at Dorney Lake.

Susie Moule.

Good (Friday) News

Sudbury juniors Martha Bullen and Amelia Maskell will be representing the Eastern Region at the Inter-Regional Championships later this month in Nottingham. Their previous results were used in the selection process and they will compete in the girls Under 16 double sculls category.

Six members of Sudbury Rowing Club completed the Sudbury Fun Run before attending the Rowing Club Good Friday Opening. Club Captain Sean Moriarty led the way, followed by Sam McLoughlin, Amelia Moule, Byron Bullen, Martha Bullen and Amelia Maskell.

They then joined other club members at the Rowing Club to celebrate the official start of the season and competed in some very exciting races along Friars Meadow.

Back at the Clubhouse the Deputy Mayor raised the flag, Club Chairman Stephen Nichols gave an inspiring pre-season speech before Easter Egg prizes were presented to the winning crews and Hot Cross Buns were enjoyed!

The next event will be Bedford Small Boats Head.

Susie Moule.

Sam McLoughlin, Byron Bullen, Martha Bullen, Amelia Maskell, Sean Moriarty and Amelia Moule.

Veterans’ Head of the River Race

Sudbury Rowing Club competed in the Masters Head of the River Race on the Thames, racing from Mortlake to Putney, just over four miles.

There were 211 crews overall, competing in various age categories.

The Sudbury crew of Keith Paxman, Mike Arnott, Mark Tyrie, Sean Moriarty, Robin King, Stephen Nichols, Paul Adams, Lee Adams (stroke) and Amelia Moule (cox) were entered in the Masters E category – average age above 55.

The cloudy but dry conditions were good, with very little wind.

The crew had a really good row over the course and with some dominant coxing from Amelia they took full advantage of the stream and held the favourable course.

They overtook six crews and finished in 51st place overall, in a time of 20 minutes 21 seconds.

In the Masters E category they finished in 10th place out of 28 crews.

Susie Moule.

School’s Head 2018

The Junior Squad from Sudbury Rowing Club was represented by two crews at the Schools Head of the River Race on the Thames.

The race, which covers 4 1/4 miles from Putney to Mortlake, is the same course as the Oxford / Cambridge Boat Race and competitors came from all over the UK as well as Ireland and Italy.

As well as Club crews, many crews represented schools and colleges where rowing is part of the curriculum. There were nearly four hundred crews competing in eights, fours and quads, all having to contend with very wet conditions. The fast flowing stream on the Thames is always challenging and steering the best course, staying in the fastest stream can prove tricky, especially for coxless crews.

The boys crew from Sudbury Rowing Club raced in the Championship Coxless Quads event. The crew of Sam McLoughlin (stroke), Byron Bullen, Henry Tullin and Gareth Moriarty (bow) had twenty seven crews in their category and they finished 24th in a time of 19 minutes and 55 seconds. The winner of their category was Maidenhead RC in a time of 17.19.

The girls crew of Amelia Moule (stroke), Freya Evans, Amelia Maskell and Martha Bullen (bow) raced in the Girls Championship Coxless Quads event, where they finished 15th out of 23 crews in a time of 20 minutes 46 seconds. The winner of their category was Latymer Upper School in a time of 19.17.

Both the Sudbury crews gained valuable experience and raced well, especially as they were competing up at least one age category, and therefore will be able to race in the same events next year.

The next event for Sudbury Rowing Club will be the Easter Opening on Good Friday.

This traditional event marks the opening of the rowing regatta season, and the transition from long distance head racing to regatta racing.

Scratch crews take part in short races from 11.00am and spectators are welcome on Friars Meadow to cheer on the crews. Following the fun and frantic racing, it’s back to the clubhouse for refreshments and the formal opening with the Mayor raising the club flag at about 1.00pm.

Anyone who is considering returning to rowing after a break, or perhaps is new to the area and is looking for a rowing club to join, this is a good opportunity to have a look around and chat to members.

Susie Moule.

L – R in picture above: Martha Bullen, Amelia Maskell, Sam McLoughlin, Gareth Moriarty, Henry Tullin, Byron Bullen, Amelia Moule and Freya Evans.