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PCRC Junior Champs

The 29th June saw Sudbury Juniors competing at the Peterborough City Rowing Club Junior Championships.

The Regatta has 32 unique events with 345 crews competing across 144 races. There were 34 visiting clubs and schools with a total of 728 athletes competing. The Juniors competed strongly and came through their heats successfully.

Harry Moule and Fergus Grant won a Gold medal in the J15 2x in a time of 3:46. Moule went on to win the Silver medal in the J14 singles in a time of 4:06. Amy Wallace and Grace Power won the Silver medal in the WJ14 2x in a time of 4:28.

Well done to all !

HWR & St Ives Regatta

It was a very busy & successful weekend (22-23 June) for Sudbury Rowing Club, with competitors rowing at both St Ives and Henley Women’s Regattas. Both events had beautiful weather & ideal rowing conditions.

At Henley Women’s Regatta, the first day began with time trials over 1400 metres.

The full racing course was a 1500 metre stretch of the Henley Royal Regatta course and the weather was glorious with a slight head wind. The banks were lined with spectators and competitors who had travelled from as far as Australia, Netherlands and USA.

Jen Titterington (SRC) and Bev Goodchild (IPS) formed their composite double and, entering the Rosie Mayglothling Cup, easily qualified from their time trial as the second fastest Aspirational Double Scull. Despite other very quick crews, they beat Clydesdale in their first round race, going on to beat Molesey in the quarter finals. They reached the semi-finals comfortably where they faced a double from Twickenham, a World Class Start centre. It was a cracking race with the Twickenham crew jumping out to a lead of a length and the Ipswich/Sudbury combo attacking continuously in the second half of the course. The margin came down and down but the Finish line came too soon with Twickenham winning by around 1.5 metres in a time of 5.28.7, 9 seconds faster than the other semi final. Titterington and Goodchild reflected that they could not have attacked any earlier and had rowed exactly the race they had wanted.

Two of Sudbury’s Junior rowers also qualified to race at Henley, which is a huge achievement and a fantastic experience for them.

Amelia Moule competed in the Junior single sculls event in a field of 23. Qualifying from the time trial in the 12th fastest time of all the Junior scullers and progressing to the next round in a time of 6.16.   

A. Moule was drawn against a rower from Thames RC who she had raced twice before this year with the score at 1-1 before this race. Amelia was faster out of the blocks and typically aggressive in the first half of the race, as she got out to a lead greater than one length, with her bows ahead for much of the race. However the Thames sculler made a late push for the line taking the win by 3/4 length in the very quick (unofficial) time of 6.16.9

 Martha Bullen rowed as a member of the Isle of Ely J16 quad, who qualified fastest of all crews in their class. 

It was always likely to come down to a test between themselves and the girls from Henley Rowing Club, the semi-final between them was the best race of the event. Unfortunately the Ely quad did not have their best row and Henley beat them by 3/4 of a length in 5.14.5, a time 7 seconds faster than the other semi. Henley went on to win the event comfortably.

Over at St Ives Regatta many other Sudbury rowers were gearing up to compete in their races. Sudbury came away with an impressive list of wins, starting off the day with the WJ17 single of Amelia Maskell winning against Peterborough by one and a half lengths. 

A. Maskell went to win the WJ18 double with race partner Helena Griffiths beating Deben by an impressive 3 lengths. Op. J18 double of Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin came through to easily win their race against Stowe. B. Bullen went on to win his Op. 1x race with a quarter length lead against Peterborough. More wins swiftly followed in the Op. 2x of Morgan and Owen Moriarty, beating the Poplar Blackwall crew easily and the Adult squads taking up the winning charge with Kate Wallace winning her first W.2 single race against St Neots by three lengths. Mx MasA double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch won against Broadland by one length. T. Wallace and P. Grosch followed this up with an easy win in the mixed doubles against Hillingdon. The W MasB double of Sophie Lovegrove and Jen Ward came through to win easily against the Isle of Ely in their final and the Op. MasF double of Jeremy Millbank and Sean Moriarty won their race against West Norfolk by three lengths.

Great performances were seen from all our competitors and we are particularly proud of our W J14 and W J15 who raced in their singles for the first time.

An absolutely amazing weekend of racing from Sudbury Rowing Club. Well done to all!

Poppy Grosch and Tim Wallace. Double winners at St Ives Regatta.
Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild racing at Henley Women’s Regatta.

IPS/SRC at HRR

The Women’s Double Scull of Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) and Jen Titterington (Sudbury RC) qualified this week to compete in the Stonor Challenge Trophy at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta next week.

They beat 10 other crews to earn a place in the eight strong field for the event, including a number of UK and international entrants.

The event itself will begin on Friday 5th July, with the Quarter Finals, then Semi Finals on Saturday 6th July, followed by the Final on Sunday 7th July.

Peterborough Regatta

Peterborough Regatta, held over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June saw Sudbury Juniors competing on Saturday.

Amelia Moule won the Women’s Junior 18 single sculls, equalling the course record with a time of 4:01. Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin won the Junior 18 double sculls event, breaking the course record with a time of 3:21. A tremendous achievement for Amelia, Byron and Sam.

Both Bullen and McLoughlin gained places in the final of the J18 single sculls event, with Bullen finishing second in 3:40 and McLoughlin finishing third in 3:46. Fergus Grant and Harry Moule competed in the J15 double through two heats to get into the final, where they finished second in a time of 3:38, less than 3 seconds behind the winner. 

In the J14 singles, H Moule went on to win his heat, finishing second in the final in a time of 3:55, only 4 seconds behind the winner, with Grant finishing third in 4:08 in the J15 singles semi final. More good performances were seen by Amelia Maskell and Helena Griffiths in the Women’s double sculls band 1, coming second with a time of 4:05. Maskell also raced in the Women’s single sculls event, finishing 3rd in a time of 4:27.

The Women’s Junior 15 coxed quad of Amelia Moule (cox); Grace Power; Evie Prager; Emilie Larkin and Amy Wallace raced well, but didn’t make the finals on this occasion. WJ15 double sculls Evie Prager; Emilie Larkin and Amy Wallace; Grace Power also raced well, just missing their finals this time.

It was the turn of the the Sudbury Adult squad on Sunday. The day was sunny, but with quite windy conditions, however it was blowing straight down the course giving the rowers a nice tailwind.

Sophie Brown was the first to race that day. Sadly her opposition did not race but Sophie made good use of the tail wind and gave a great performance. The Women’s MasE double scull of Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty also made the most of the tail wind, achieving a time of 4:28 and the MasF double of Jeremy Millbank and Sean Moriarty took an interesting racing line across several lanes to finish 4th in a time of 4:17. The Women’s MasD double of Jen Ward and Sophie Lovegrove gave it their all, achieving a time of 4:19 in their heat.

The Men’s MasC pair of Mark Tyrie and Pete Donovan held up very well against a now choppy stretch of water and finished in a time of 4:02, which qualified them for the final. Their next race wasn’t so fortunate as they suddenly capsized at the 500m line, due to the technical fault of not securing a blade in a gate! They managed to climb back in and row to the finish. They achieved second place in their last row of the day with a time of 4:02.

In the Women’s MasE single sculls Sarah Watts raced in horrible windy conditions, that made the water extremely choppy, however she achieved third place in a time of 4:46.

The Mixed MasB double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch, who entered the open category earlier in the day, the only mixed crew against all male crews, finished in a time of 4:04 which secured them a place in the final. In very challenging conditions against experienced crews, they came second with a time of 3:56, to the winners, an RAF crew who had the loudest supporters of the day…….THE RED ARROWS!!!!

Juniors impress at the National Schools Regatta

The National schools regatta held over the weekend of the 25th-26th of May, is a huge event held at the Dorney Olympic Rowing course. Racing is held over the full 2000 metre, 8 lane course and is the most competitive junior event of the year with many public schools attending.      

On Saturday, in the Championship Girls single sculls event, there were 48 competitors who all took part in a time trial over 1900 metres with only sixteen scullers proceeding through to the semi finals. 

Amelia Moule finished in the top sixteen in a time of 7:56 securing a place in the semi finals with the top four crews in each race going through to the A final and the bottom four crews going through to the B final. In the semi final Amelia had a tough race and finished in 8th place in a time of 8:30 which took her through to the B final. 

This final line up included some big names in Junior rowing, amongst them members of the GB rowing team! Despite the high level of competition, Amelia had an outstanding race, holding on to third place for a large proportion of the race. At the finish a huge effort was put in by all the scullers and final placings were very close with Amelia finishing in 5th place with an excellent time of 8:24. 

Amelia’s final result was 13th out of 48 scullers which is a huge achievement for the Sudbury sculler.

The following day, on Sunday, saw more Sudbury Juniors put in impressive performances. Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin raced against the best J18 doubles in the UK. Although they did not progress past their time trial, they achieved a very respectable 21st place beating a number of their local rivals easily.

Martha Bullen, rowing with a relatively new Ely girls quad, won their time trial and were the fastest in the A/B semi final. They should have won, however one of the girls caught a massive crab and they had to stop to recover the blade. Not deterred, they then put in a massive 1500m to finish 4th, only 6 seconds behind a Henley A crew who were the overall winners of the race.

An inspiring performance from Sudbury Juniors, up against the biggest and best rowers that Britain has to offer.

Sam McLoughlin and Byron Bullen

An account of unforeseen rowing pleasure

For many years, now, my wife and I have longed to go to Istanbul. A city of immense depth of culture that remembers empire, sultanate, republic and still forms a bridge between Europe and Asia. Now a modern metropolis, pulsing with people, it combines faith, commerce, history and mad, mad, traffic into one gorgeous pot of touring pleasure – I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Be that as it may….. before leaving I had left a message on Facebook (other social media platforms are available) asking whether anyone could help me get a paddle while I was in Turkey and, very quickly, I had a reply from a lovely gentleman by the name of Kayhan Yalç?n. Kayhan volunteered to arrange a paddle for me at a local club and by the third day of our visit I had completed a bucket list item I did not know I had – I have rowed on The Golden Horn, the sheltered inlet of the Bosphorus that has been the harbour for Greek, Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman trading vessels and is still very much a live waterway.

That would have been enough but to my surprise (shock, well-hidden dismay) Kayhan announced that he had entered me in two races at the forthcoming Greater Turkey Championships (BÜYÜKLER TÜRK?YE ?AMP?YONASI). It should be pointed out that I have only been sculling seriously for about 18 months, whereas Kayhan had been Turkey’s representative at World Championships as a Junior and then as a Lightweight sculler and had the vests to prove it. However daunting the prospect seemed it would have been dastardly rude to have refused so generous a gesture and I was also excited to witness and take part in another country’s races. Thus, with my wife Diane’s eager encouragement I agreed to compete.

The venue for all Turkish competition is Lake Sapanca, some 2 hours drive from Istanbul. It is a beautiful piece of water with tall hills to the North and the Köro?lu Mountains to the South. Three times the surface area of Lake Windemere and with small towns and villages dotted on the shore it is a destination for city dwellers who wish to enjoy quiet and generous nature. The rowing course of 6 lanes is permanently set into the Southern side of the lake with the Finish in a country park with pathways and café (very good ice cream!).

Saturday, race day, was, simply, glorious. The sun on our backs gave me some mediocre confidence and more to be had from the familiar bustle of crews rigging their boats, stretching, greeting their friends, and racing running a little late owing to wind (a gentle zephyr by UK standards). I supplied the race Doctor with a statement of my fitness to compete (“don’t die in the boat”, “OK, no I wont do that”) and was set….

As we boated for our double sculls race I did feel that buzz, tension, excitement of racing, though also some pressure to succeed as we had discussed tactics for the race in the car on the way down, as you do.  I may have mentioned that Lake Sapanca is a big piece of water and it seemed a good long way from shore to shore at water level, but we found the Start and lined up with our competitors. I am still not certain what “Go” is in Turkish but, by heck, we went and very quickly did I regret saying to Kayhan that he should shout words of encouragement while we raced, there is a limit to how much faster I could “go Go GO” after all. And so my first side by side sculling race went, rapidly and with much pain and adrenaline.

Then, then it was my turn to single scull. Kayhan had arranged to borrow an Empacher (expensive German boat builders) of indeterminate age. It had low saxboards and a skinny cockpit. If I have not already said it, Lake Sapanca is really quite a LARGE expanse of water and I felt, well, daunted would be one word, until one of the event launches came up to me and gave me a good shouting at for being in the wrong bit of water. Turns out that launch drivers speak some sort of universal language that is the same on the Thames and in Turkey, ah I felt so much better. The race itself was fine, I even got used to the boat and since I was rowing back towards my lovely wife and the ice-creams I did not lack motivation.

Results? Well this is 2019, darling, last is the new first (Kayhan managed to pull us to 4th in the double), but we had a tremendous time, in a lovely spot, making new friends and taking part in a sport I love. Thank you to Kayhan for arranging it, making me do it. Now all I want to do is go back!

Andrew

Ball Cup (South)

Sunday 12 May saw a number of Juniors competing at the Ball Cup (South) on the Olympic Rowing lake at Dorney, Windsor.  The Ball Cup is an event designed for clubs with low Junior membership numbers.

The SRC Juniors accounted for themselves admirably with some of them racing against older opposition, coming away from the event with 6 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze

The first gold medal won was by Amelia Moule in the womens J18 single category, this was quickly followed up by Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin winning gold for the Open J18 double. Martha Bullen collected the silver for her race in the womens J17 single. Fergus Grant then followed up a short time later collecting the bronze in a very close battle with Harry Moule in the J15 singles.

Amelia Moule then rowed with Martha Bullen in the womens J18 double where they collected the gold in emphatic style winning by 3 lengths. Byron Bullen then rounded off his day nicely and made a clean sweep of the J18 category by winning the J18 single. The end of the day saw Sam McLoughlin win the J17 single, swiftly followed by Harry Moule winning gold for the J14 single.

An excellent result for Sudbury Rowing Club, rowing against schools and other clubs that have vastly larger numbers of Juniors. The club came 2nd overall on the day and only just missed out on the Victor Ludorum, an award given for the most successful club on the day, losing out to Wimbledon High School on silver and bronze wins.

The Girls’ Quad at Dorney Lake.

Nottingham Masters

Sudbury Rowing Club attended two separate events last weekend, The Ball Cup, for juniors, held at Dorney Lake, Bucks, and Nottingham Masters Regatta, held at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

At the Masters Regatta, two crews competed, with each entering two events.

Despite their finals being only 40 minutes apart, the Masters D/E double scull of Teresa Moriarty and Tracy Muir (above) managed to win both of their events.

To win the first race was a great achievement, as they were competing against younger opposition, but to go straight back down the lake and race again, and win, was amazing! Both ladies were thrilled with the result, and wish to thank Terry Gostling for the time he has given to coaching them over the last year.

Their first winning time over the 1000m course was 4:24, and the second 4:26.

The Masters C/D coxed four of Helen Sharp (cox), Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols and Paul Adams also raced twice, with their finals only 28 minutes apart.

Despite also racing younger opposition in their first event, the Sudbury crew fought back from a poor start to finish just one second behind the winners, a composite crew from Bedford, in a time of 3:39.

In their second final, racing in their age group, the toll of the earlier race was apparent, and they were unable to maintain an early lead, eventually losing by one length to City of Bristol RC, recording a time of 3:48.

Cruelly, their earlier time would have easily seen them win the race !

Sudbury Success at Dorney Lake

Sunday 28th April saw an accomplished group of Juniors from Sudbury Rowing Club travelling to compete at the Junior Sculling Regatta at the Olympic Rowing lake in Dorney, Windsor.

Competition at this event is of a very high level and attracts the top Junior rowers in Britain, including both the British Rowing World Class Start program as well as other future GB Internationals. Weather conditions made for challenging rowing conditions but despite this the juniors put on an excellent performance, representing their club well.

In the Women’s J18 singles, Amelia Moule won silver and in the Women’s J16 singles, Martha Bullen won bronze. In the Men’s J15 Singles, Harry Moule achieved an impressive fifth place, as he was racing against rowers one year older than him. In the J18 Men’s Singles Final, Byron Bullen claimed fourth place, missing out on the third place by less than half a second. Sam Mcloughlin also put in a very good performance, but was eliminated in the time trials racing against some tough competition.

Considering the size of SRC, competing against much bigger Schools and Clubs, this was a very accomplished performance by Sudbury’s Juniors.

(Above, from left to right) Martha Bullen; Harry Moule; Byron Bullen; Amelia Moule and Sam McLoughlin, at Dorney Lake.

A week later, on Sunday 5th May, Dorney Lake this time hosting Wallingford Regatta, saw another fantastic performance by Jen Titterington of Sudbury Rowing Club and Bev Goodchild of Ipswich Rowing club. They competed in The Women’s Challenge Double Sculls for the Wallingford Skiff Regatta Cup.

Continuing their exceptional winning record, they won their heat in a time of 7.35. Against strong competition they then went on to win their final with a time of 7.32.

Jen Titterington also claimed 4th place in the Women’s single sculls with a heat time of 8.06 and a final time of 8.27.

Congratulations to all of our fabulous rowers!

Jen Titterington; Bev Goodchild at Wallingford Regatta, Dorney Lake.