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St. Ives Regatta

Sudbury Rowing Club had more success at the St. Ives regatta last week, with a win from Jeremy Milbank in his debut in a single scull, winning the Masters F single sculls event.

Also triumphant were Martha Bullen in the Junior 14 single sculls event, Amelia Moule and Nell Belcher in the Junior 16 double sculls event and the youngest member of Sudbury Rowing Club, Harry Moule, won the Junior 12 single sculls category.

The club had representatives in many other events, with some excellent racing during the day and some very close finishes.

Tracy Muir had a busy day, racing in the Women’s Masters D double sculls with Teresa Moriarty, then with Jeremy Milbank in the Mixed Masters D double scull, and finally taking to the water in the Women’s Masters D single category.

Also racing were Sam McLoughlin and Byron Bullen, competing in a Junior 16 double scull and also in single sculls.

Helena Griffiths and Jemima Savage raced in the Junior 15 double scull event, Morgan Moriarty competed in the Junior 18 single scull, Amelia Moule raced in Junior 16 single sculls and Nell Belcher made her debut in the Women’s IM3 single sculls event.

Amelia Moule and Amelia Maskell also competed in the GB Junior 16 trials in Nottingham. The 1500 metre course was hindered by a headwind which was unfavourable for some crews. The relatively newly formed Sudbury crew rowed well together against some very strong opposition from all over the country. They gained valuable experience, finishing in a time of 6 minutes 39 seconds. The winning crew was from Northwich Rowing Club.

The next event will be the St. Neots two day regatta and the Sudbury Regatta will be held on Saturday 5th August.

Susie Moule.
Sudbury RC.

Peterborough Spring Regatta

Sudbury rowers attended the Peterborough Spring two day Regatta at the weekend. Each day the racing was held over 1000 metres on a multi lane course.

On Saturday Sudbury Rowing Club had a number of crews competing.

The Womens IM3 eight of Asha Thobhani, SJ Gibbons, Katie Newbigging, Daisy Anderson, Sophie Lovegrove, Jen Titterington, Hannah Lodge, Susie Moule (Stroke) and Amelia Moule (cox) came second in their heat in a time of 3.34, four seconds behind Queens College Cambridge and ahead of Chesterton RC and City of Cambridge RC. Queens College and Sudbury both went through to the final, where Queens took first place, Sudbury in second (3.37), Peterborough RC third, and Cantabrigian in fourth place.

Junior 16 double scull of Henry Tullin and Byron Bullen finished fourth in the final behind Peterborough RC, Cambridge 99 RC and Lincoln Rowing Centre.

Girls Junior 16 double scull of Amelia Moule and Amelia Maskell won their heat in a time of 4.09 against Norwich RC and Deben RC. In the final, the Sudbury crew finished in first place in a very fast time of 3.59, beating Deben RC, Peterborough RC and Norwich RC.

Amelia Maskell also raced in the Junior 15 double scull event with Martha Bullen. They won their heat in a time of 4.01 beating Gravesend RC, City of Cambridge RC and Norwich RC. In the final Rob Roy RC took first place in 3.55, Sudbury were second in 4.00, Beckett RC third and City of Cambridge RC in fourth place.

Phil Nelson competed in the Novice Sculls event where he finished second in his heat, gaining a place in the semi-final where he finished in third place in a time of 4.02 behind Bedford School and Curlew, but ahead of Essex Uni who were in fourth position.

Byron Bullen raced in the Junior 16 single sculls event where he finished in third place in a time of 4.03, just missing out on a place in the final.

Sam McLoughlin raced in the Junior 15 single sculls event. He finished second in his heat in a time of 4.03, which took him into the semi-final where he finished in fourth place behind Rob Roy RC and two scullers from Norwich RC.

Jen Titterington raced in the Womens IM3 single sculls event. She won her heat in a time of 4.14 ahead of Poplar Blackwall, Peterborough RC and Cambridge 99 RC. In the final there was a battle for first place with Jen just missing out by less than a second to Bedford RC in 4.06.

Amelia Moule raced in the Junior 16 single sculls event where she won her heat and semi-final. Amelia had another good race in the final finishing in first place in a time of 4.22 ahead of Peterborough RC, Boston RC and Kings Schools Ely.

Martha Bullen raced in the Junior 14 single sculls event winning her heat. In the final she finished in first place in a time of 4.16 beating Nottingham Union RC, Derby RC and Norwich RC.

On Sunday racing started early and more Sudbury members travelled to Peterborough.

The Womens IM3 eight of Sophie Lovegrove, SJ Gibbons, Katie Newbigging, Rebecca Houghton, Hannah Lodge, Daisy Anderson, Amelia Moule, Susie Moule (stroke) and Asha Thobhani (cox) won their heat in a time of 3.36. The final was a very close race with Birmingham Uni taking first place and the second, third and fourth places all within a second of each other.

Womens Novice coxed four of Hannah Lodge, Rebecca Houghton, Katie Newbigging, Daisy Anderson (stroke) and Harry Moule (cox) won their heat in 4.06. In the final they finished in fourth position behind University College London, Lea RC and Birmingham RC.

Womens Masters D coxed four of Maria Vigneau, Linda Newbigging, Mary-Jane Budd, Nicola Porter-Vaughan and Sean Moriarty (cox) finished in fourth place in the final.

The Mens Masters E quad scull of Stephen Nichols, Sean Moriarty, Alan Muir and Jeremy Milbank finished in fourth place in the final in a time of 3.57.

The Womens IM3 quad scull of Asha Thobhani, Sophie Lovegrove, Jen Titterington and Susie Moule finished second in the final in a time of 3.52 behind Birmingham Uni.

The Womens Junior 15 coxed quad of Jemima Savage, Helena Griffiths, Martha Bullen, Amelia Maskell and Harry Moule (cox) came second in their heat taking them into the final where they had a battle to the line with Nottingham and Union RC. The Sudbury crew took the win in 3.55.

The Mens Masters E double scull of Alan Muir and Sean Moriarty finished in fourth place in their heat behind Hollingworth Lake RC, Peterborough RC and St. Neots RC.

Mens Masters G double scull of Jeremy Milbank and David Wasse finished in second place in the final in a time of 4.06.

Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty raced in the Womens Masters D double scull event. They finished second in their heat in a time of 4.34. In the final they knocked 12 seconds off their time, finishing in third place behind RAF RC, Champion of the Thames, with Oundle RC in fourth place.

The Junior 18 Double scull of Emma Rogers and Lucy Edwards finished in second place in their heat in 4.24, then finished fourth in the final in a quicker time of 4.17.

Amelia Moule and Amelia Maskell again raced in the Junior 16 double sculls event and finished first in the final in a time of 4.00.

Byron Bullen competed in the Junior 16 single sculls event finishing third in the heat in a time of 4.05 behind Peterborough RC and Cambridge 99 RC.

Jen Titterington again raced in the Womens IM3 single sculls event finishing first in her heat in 4.14. In the final, Sudbury had a re-match with Bedford who won the event on Saturday. This time the Sudbury sculler was triumphant and took the win by the narrowest of margins in a time of 4.07.

So another successful weekend for the Sudbury RC with six wins, five of those coming from the Junior Squad.

The next event will be the St. Ives Sprint Regatta.

Winning juniors at Peterborough Regatta – Martha Bullen, Jemima Savage, Helena Griffiths, Amelia Maskell, Amelia Moule and Harry Moule.

Womens IM3 1x Sculls – Jen Titterington.

Ball Cup and other Events

Sudbury Rowing Club have had a busy few weeks, racing at various events.

Adaptive rowers Luke Payne And Sophie Brown competed at Henley-on-Thames and represented Sudbury Rowing Club in the Phyllis Court Regatta. Luke Payne took part in the Arms Only category and Sophie Brown in the Arms and Trunk category.

Jen Titterington has also been in action, competing at Wallingford Regatta, held at Eton Dorney. Weather conditions were particularly breezy and the 2000m six lane course was deemed too rough and dangerous which meant competitors had to race over a shorter distance of 1500m in a processional time trial style of racing. Titterington gained some valuable race experience in challenging conditions.

Sudbury Juniors were out in force at the Ball Cup Junior Regatta South at Eton Dorney, Olympic Venue. The course was raced over 750 metres and was over six lanes.

Junior 18 double scull of Byron Bullen and Callum Power won their heat taking them into the final where again they were successful earning a gold medal. Power also competed in the Junior 18 single scull event, winning his semi and finishing second in the final winning a silver medal to go with his gold.

Amelia Moule raced in the Junior 16 single sculls event winning her heat convincingly. In the final, Moule fought hard, finishing in second place silver medal position, 1 second behind the winner.

Sam McLoughlin had a very close win in his heat taking him into the final of the Junior 15 single sculls event where he eventually finished in third place earning a bronze medal.

The girls Junior 18 double scull of Julia Van Zyl and Lucy Edwards won their heat convincingly. In the final they managed third place – a bronze medal.

Junior 16 double scull of Henry Tullin and Byron Bullen made it into the final and finished in fifth place.

The girls Junior 15 double scull of Amelia Maskell and Martha Bullen had a very fast semi winning by four lengths. In the final they also finished in a very fast time – finishing in gold medal position.

Martha Bullen also rowed in the Junior 14 double sculls event with Helena Griffiths. They won their heat and came second in the final – silver medal position.

Owen Moriarty raced in his first regatta competing in the Junior 14 single sculls event. He rowed well finishing in fifth position, gaining some valuable race experience.

The girls Junior 18 quad scull of Emma Rogers, Julia Van Zyl, Lucy Edwards and Amelia Moule had a strong semi, finishing in second place. The final was a hard and very close race where Sudbury finished in silver medal position.

A very successful day for the junior squad with medals in 8 events – 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.

The next events will be at the Nottingham Masters Regatta and Peterborough Spring Regatta.

Susie Moule.

Juniors at the Ball Cup Junior Regatta with coaches Antony Moule and Tracy Muir.

 

Bedford Small Boats Head

Bedford Small Boats Head was another successful day out for members of Sudbury Rowing Club when they competed in the 2000 metre timed race.

Several crews won in various categories including Amelia Maskell and Martha Bullen who raced in, and won, the Girls Junior 16 Double Sculls event, closely followed by Amelia Moule and Nell Belcher in second place.

Another success came from the Ladies Junior 18 Quad Scull of Amelia Moule (stroke), Lucy Edwards, Julia van Zyl and Lucy Keedy-Davies (bow), who proved a strong combination and went on to win the Ladies Intermediate event (pictured).

Morgan Moriarty and Callum Power were the third junior win of the day in the Men’s Junior 18 Double Sculls category (pictured).

The Men’s Masters Quad Scull of Mike Arnott, Chris Jillings, Keith Paxman and Robin King also went on to win, in the Masters F event.

Jen Titterington won the Women’s Intermediate Single Sculls event and is showing some very good form.

Crews are producing some excellent results and the Winter training is really paying off. As the crews now adapt their race pace in preparation for the regatta racing season, focus is on side by side racing, shorter distances at higher stroke rate, and stamina and fitness are as important as ever.

Good Friday was the traditional Easter Opening at Sudbury Rowing Club – a tradition of over 70 years! Members young and old got together, forming crews for sprint races, cheered on by family and friends on Friars Meadow. After the racing, everybody gathered at the clubhouse where tradition continued with beer and hot cross buns and the Mayor of Sudbury raised the flag and officially opened the regatta season.

Susie Moule.

Masters Head of the River Race

Three crews from Sudbury Rowing Club competed in the Masters Head of the River race in London.

The course was from Hammersmith to Chiswick and conditions were sunny with a light breeze.

The men’s A crew of Rob Frost, Sean Moriarty, Chris Page, Kevin Fish, Austin Shaw, Robin King, Paul Adams, Lee Adams and Ellie Adams (cox) raced in the Masters C category, finishing 18th in their category, 100th out of 231 crews overall, in a time of 15 minutes and 7 seconds.

The men’s B crew of Alan Muir, Gregg Brown, Simon Coll, Keith Paxman, Paul Spencer, Jeremy Milbank, Adrian Ablitt, Stephen Nichols and Michelle Risby (cox) raced in the Masters E category, finishing 35th in their category and 171st overall, in a time of 15 minutes and 56 seconds.

The women’s Masters D crew of Nicola Porter-Vaughan, Tracy Muir, Linda Newbigging, Hannah Lodge, Teresa Moriarty, SJ Gibbons, Tricia McGrillen, Rosemary Hogsbjerg and Lucy Keedy-Davis (cox) finished 12th in their category and 199th overall, in a time of 16 minutes 15 seconds.

The next race will be the Bedford Small Boats Head, which will be the last Head race of the winter season.

Sudbury Rowing Club will hold its official opening of the season on Good Friday, where there will be racing from 11am followed by beer and hot cross buns at the clubhouse, and where the Mayor will raise the flag and declare the season open.

Susie Moule.

Men’s Masters C Crew

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Back row – Mens Masters E Crew
Front row – Women’s Masters D Crew.

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School’s Head of the River Race

Sudbury Rowing Club were represented at the Schools Head of the River Race on Thursday by Morgan Moriarty, Callum Power, Byron Bullen, Henry Tullin and Amelia Moule (cox), who raced in the Junior Coxed Fours catagory.

The 6.5km race from Mortlake to Putney was shortened to 2.5km due to very windy conditions which made the course  rough and challenging. Instead of the race taking approximately 20 minutes,  it turned into a much shorter race taking 5 minutes 46 seconds.

The crew handled the conditions very well and their cox steered a good course. They gained on the crew in front of them, overtaking them just before the finish.

Sudbury finished in 6th place out of 16 in their category, and in 115th overall out of a total of 350 crews.

There will be three Sudbury crews attending  the Masters Head of the River Race this weekend.

Susie Moule.

Women’s Head of the River Race

Sudbury Rowing Club had two ladies eights competing at the Women’s Head of the River Race on the Thames.

The course is four and a quarter miles long, starting at Mortlake and finishing at Putney, the same stretch of the Thames as the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race. The Thames was unusually calm on the day of the race and both crews enjoyed the balmy Spring sunshine. In total, 320 crews competed from all over the country and also travelling from Europe.

The Sudbury B crew of Maria Vigneau, Nicola Porter-Vaughan, Mary-Jane Budd, Daisy Anderson, Angela Colclough, Rebecca Houghton, Tricia McGrillen, Asha Thobhani and Keith Paxman (Cox), rowed well in the perfect conditions, their cox encouraging them all the way and steering a very good course. They looked very neat, balancing the boat well and they finished in a time of 24 minutes and six seconds, 294th place overall.

The Sudbury A crew of Sophie Lovegrove, Catherine Smith, Katie Newbigging, Jen Titterington, Hannah Lodge, Susie Moule, Amelia Moule, Amy Bowles and SJ Gibbons (Cox) also made the most of the good conditions. They had a fast start, quickly gaining on the crew in front of them. Both crews wanted the best course and the fastest stream and some interesting steering made it very exciting for the spectators on Barnes bridge, but the Sudbury crew went for a push and overtook the London crew. After overtaking a second crew, the A crew went on to finish in 122nd place overall, in a time of 21 minutes and 1 second.

The Schools Head of the River Race will be held next week, followed by the Men’s Head of the River Race and the Masters Head of the River Race the following weekend.

Susie Moule.

Ladies crews at the Women’s Head of the River Race

Norwich Head

Sudbury Rowing Club attended the Norwich Head last weekend.

The last race before the Head of the River Races this month, eights and fours raced over a 5000 metre course and scullers and juniors raced over 2000 metres.

Sudbury had three ladies eights racing and two men’s eights, gaining good distance experience for the upcoming races on the Thames.

Winning crews at Norwich were Mike Arnott, winner of masters G single sculls and Callum Power who was the winner of Junior 18 single sculls.

Martha Bullen came second in her event (junior 14 single sculls) and managed to qualify to represent the East of England in the Inter-Regional Championships.

Also taking part in the East of England Junior Trials were Amelia Moule and Nell Belcher in the junior 16 doubles who finished second in their category, just losing out to Kings School Ely. Amelia Maskell and Lily Blair-Slater raced in the same event.

Sam McLoughlin, Byron Bullen, Morgan Moriarty and Lucy Keedy-Davies all competed in single sculls as did young sculler Owen Moriarty in his debut race, competing in the junior 14 single sculls event.

The junior coxed four of Callum Power, Morgan Moriarty, Byron Bullen, Henry Tullin and Amelia Moule (cox) also competed the long distance course and used the raced to gain experience for the Schools Head of the River Race which takes part on the Thames, also this month.

Two ladies eights from Sudbury will be travelling to London next weekend to race in the Women’s Head of the River Race along with over 300 other crews from all over the UK, as well as crews travelling from Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Susie Moule.