The Great River Race is held in September each year in London.
The race starts at Millwall Slipway on the Isle of Dogs and runs up the Thames on the flood tide through the centre of London to Ham Riverside in Richmond.
The total race distance is 21.6 miles and it passes under 28 bridges.
The race is open to any traditional or traditional-style boat powered by a minimum of four oars or paddles; sliding seats or riggers are not allowed. Each boat must have, in addition to those rowing, a cox and a passenger, although these can swap places during the race.
This year, for the first time, Sudbury Rowing Club entered the race in a composite crew with the rowing section of Stour Sailing Club at Manningtree.
The clubs represent towns at the two ends of the navigable River Stour.
Two of the crew (Will Langton and Russell Harvey) are members of Stour Sailing Club, two more (Mike Arnott and Jeremy Milbank) are from Sudbury and the other two (Keith Paxman and Brendan Sullivan) are members of both clubs.
Rowing in a skiff called Lt. Washington, the crew finished in a time of just under 2 hours and 52 minutes.
They were 9th overall (out of 320 finishers) and won their category, of “Felixstowe Claydon Skiff”.
They also won the Great River Race Trophy for the fastest Veterans (over 60).
The picture above shows (from left) Brendan Sullivan, Keith Paxman and Will Langton with the Great River Race Trophy for Veteran (over 60) crews.
On Sunday, many crews from Sudbury Rowing Club competed at the Great Ouse Marathon. This long distance race of 21.5 Km is run on the Great Ouse from Denver Sluice upstream back to the Cathedral City of Ely. The event has been running for decades and attracts crews from across the country – this year from as far afield as Worcester, Bradford, Warwick, Shrewsbury and Bideford – and Sudbury crews have set many of the course records over the years.
This year’s entrants included Stephen Nichols, Mike Arnott and Andrew Blit who were part of the ‘Sudbury Lifeboat’ crew of 2017 who had stopped to rescue a fisherman, this time competing in their single sculls, finishing 3rd, 3rd and 5th in their categories respectively.
The fourth member of the Lifeboat, Keith Paxman, crewed with Luke Payne this year. One of Sudbury RC’s para-rowing squad, Luke is able to row with his arms and shoulders and has equipment specifically adapted for his abilities. Having competed against potential Olympians in the summer, Luke was determined to take on this next, massive challenge with Keith as his crewmate. Keith and Luke were first across the start line and set a new course record for ‘assisted double scull’.
Competing in Mixed Double Sculls were Pippa Kerry with Jeremy Milbank and Sophie Lovegrove with Pete Donovan. Kerry and Milbank were up against some of the strongest competition in the country at Masters D (50 – 55) and were a very respectable 3rd out of 5 crews. Lovegrove and Donovan, however, were able to repeat last year’s triumph and win at Masters C (43 – 49), beating the next crew by almost 8 minutes.
An even more convincing win was recorded by the Women’s Masters D Double Scull of Teresa Moriarty and Tracy Muir who managed to win their category by more than ten and a half minutes.
All the athletes returned with sore hands and aching limbs but having enjoyed a winning expedition to a most friendly event. We look forward to many more triumphs over the winter.
Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty – Women’s Masters D Double Sculls
Sophie Lovegrove and Pete Donovan – Masters C Double Sculls.
Sudbury Rowing Club held their annual regatta on Saturday with crews travelling from far and wide to compete.
Although entries were slightly down on previous years, the day was packed with exciting races in all categories from Juniors to Masters, single sculls to sprint eights. There were also four adaptive rowers, including Sudbury members Luke Payne and Sophie Brown, who competed against adaptive scullers from Marlow and Twickenham, who are trialling for the GB para-Olympic team.
The 650 metre course always proves a challenge to visiting crews and sometimes even the most accomplished crews get caught out by the bend.
Sudbury crews included a Mixed Junior eight, Men’s Masters eight, Men’s four, Ladies Masters four, Men’s double, Junior doubles, and various single sculls.
Winning crews were Martha Bullen (Women’s Junior 15 single), Byron Bullen (Men’s Junior 17 single), Amelia Maskell and Amelia Moule (Women’s Junior 17 double), Gareth Moriarty and Amelia Maskell (Mixed double), Harry Moule and Antony Moule (Parent and Child double), Amelia Moule, Amelia Maskell, Freya Evans, Helena Griffiths and Harry Moule (cox) (Women’s Junior 17 coxed quad), Jen Ward and Sophie Lovegrove (Women’s Masters double), Jen Titterington and Martha Bullen (Women’s double), Byron Bullen and Ben MacKenzie (Peterborough) (Men’s Junior 18 double).
Regatta secretary Nicola Swift organised another very successful regatta, which was thoroughly enjoyed by spectators and participants alike.
The regatta was also praised for it’s inclusion of an adaptive event, as reported by Adaptive Rowing UK, here.
On a blustery weekend of rowing with some heavy downpours, Sudbury Rowing Club had two wins at the St Neots regatta.
On Saturday the 1000 metre two lane course was hindered by a strong headwind.
Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) raced in the Women’s Doubles event, reaching the final, but losing by a length.
In the Men’s Open quads, Byron Bullen, Sam McLoughlin, Callum Power and Stuart Horn (Ipswich RC) unfortunately failed to make it through to the semi final.
Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty raced in the Women’s D/E/F double sculls event. They won their heat against Milton Keynes, but in the semi final lost to a crew from Bedford RC.
Amelia Maskell and Helena Griffiths raced in the Women’s Junior 16 double sculls event, where they made it through two rounds to the final, but couldn’t overcome their opposition.
Junior 17 single sculler Byron Bullen beat Newark RC in his heat, but was beaten by a Peterborough sculler in the semi final.
Junior 16 sculler Sam McLoughlin was overcome in his heat by a Peterborough sculler.
The only win on Saturday came from the Women’s Open quad of Amelia Moule, Martha Bullen, Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC), who outclassed their event and won convincingly.
On Sunday the wind still blew, again challenging the competitors with a strong headwind over the 500 metre course.
In the Men’s Masters D/E/F eights event the Sudbury crew of Keith Paxman, Mike Arnott, Pete Donovan, Sean Moriarty, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols, Paul Adams, Lee Adams and Helen Sharp (cox) lost by a canvas in their heat.
In the Open Coxed four event, Stephen Nichols, Tim Hysom , Paul Adams, Lee Adams and Helen Sharp (cox) lost in their heat, again by a canvas.
The Women’s Masters C/D/E coxed four of Maria Vigneau, Sharon Wright, Jen Ward, Sophie Lovegrove and Bev Goodchild (cox) had to make up a five second handicap and managed to gain on their opposition, but not enough to win.
In the Men’s Open double sculls event Antony Moule stepped in at the last minute to race with Stuart Horn (Ipswich RC), where they lost by a canvas in their heat.
Helena Griffiths and Freya Evans raced in the Women’s Junior 17 double sculls event where they lost to Broxbourne RC, who went on to win the event.
In the Women’s sculls event Jen Titterington made it through two rounds to the final, where Norwich won by half a length.
The only success of the day came from Amelia Moule in the Women’s Junior 17 single sculls event. Handling the conditions very well she beat St Ives by 5 lengths, Peterborough by 2 and a half lengths and Doncaster Schools by 3 lengths.
The next event will be Sudbury Regatta on Saturday 4th August, where spectators are welcome throughout the day on Friars Meadow.
Above: Amelia Moule, Martha Bullen, Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) – winners of Women’s Open Quads at St. Neots regatta.
Amelia Moule – winner of Women’s Junior 17 single sculls event on the second day of St Neots regatta.
Four members of the junior squad competed at the British Rowing Junior Championships held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.
Amelia Moule raced up a year in the Girls Junior 18 single sculls event, finishing the 1500 metre time trial in 19th position out of a field of 37 scullers. Her time of 6.46 secured her a place in the D final. All finals are raced over the full 6 lane, 2000 metre course and Amelia raced well and led for most of the race but couldn’t manage to hold on to the lead but finished in second place in a very good time time of 9.26 – an overall finishing position of 20th in the country.
Byron Bullen also raced up a year in the Junior 18 single sculls event finishing the time trial in a time of 5.52 out of a field of 36, securing a place in the C final. He raced well to finish in fifth place in a time of 8.50 – 17th in the country.
Byron Bullen also doubled up with Sam McLoughlin to race in the Junior 18 double sculls event. They finished their time trial in a time of 5.37 in 12th place out of 18 in the category. This gained them a place in the semi final where they finished in 6th place in a time of 7.51. They then went on to complete the B final in a time of 7.55 having a very fast last 500 meters coming through the field to take third position, 9th in the country.
Martha Bullen competed in the Girls Junior 15 single sculls event where she had a very good time trial finishing in 2nd place out of 29, in a time of 6.31. In the semi final Martha finished in second place in a time of 9.07 which was enough to make the A final later in the day, where she finished in 4th position achieving a very good time of 9.18.
The junior squad competed extremely well at this high profile event in very hot conditions, and alongside the best juniors from all over the country.
The next event for Sudbury will be St Neots two day Regatta this week before the Sudbury Regatta on the 4th August.
17 members of the adult and junior squads took to the water at St. Ives Regatta on a long and sunny summer Saturday. There were six victories in total.
Morgan Moriarty went one better than last year and won the Open Men’s single sculls category. He then took to the water with his brother Gareth Moriarty to win the Open Men’s double sculls category against a strong crew from Lea RC.
On the junior side Martha Bullen won a close race in the Women’s Junior 16 category and Amelia Maskell competed up a category to win the Women’s Junior 17 category. Martha and Amelia combined forces to win the Women’s Junior 16 double sculls category as well.
St Ives had also laid on a special ‘Primary’ category for ladies who had never competed before. SRC ladies squad members Poppy Grosch and Jackie Lloyd won two races in this category to claim their first pots and the sixth victory for SRC on the day.
Other members competing were Nell Belcher, Freya Evans, Helena Griffiths, Byron Bullen, Sam McLoughlin, Owen Moriarty and Henry Tullin from the juniors and Teresa Moriarty, Tracy Muir, Jeremy Milbank and Sean Moriarty from the adult squad. There were strong performances and close finishes for some of these members too.
Sean Moriarty raced in a single scull at a regatta for the first time, then competed with wife Teresa as they doubled up for the first time and pushed an experienced Mixed Masters E double scull from Peterborough City all the way to the line.
On the same weekend, Jen Titterington competed with her regular doubles partner from Ipswich Rowing Club, Bev Goodchild, at Henley Women’s Regatta. The regatta is held over three days, over a distance of 1500 meteres, on the Henley Royal Regatta course.
On the Friday morning, all 38 of the competitors in their event, Aspirational Double Sculls, completed a time trial. The fastest 16 crews from this race went through to the heats on Friday afternoon, where the Ipswich/Sudbury crew beat Cantabrigian in a time of 5:59.
On the Saturday they raced against a Mexican crew from ‘Club Espana’. This was a much closer race, but the IPS/SRC crew came from behind to win by 3 1/2 lengths in a time of 5:38.
On Sunday morning they competed in a semi-final against opposition from Nottingham RC. This was again a much closer race, and very hard fought, but the Ipswich/Sudbury crew eventually won by 1/2 length, in a time of 5:27.
Sadly, in the final that afternoon, the Suffolk pairing were beaten by a crew from the Netherlands, from KSRV Njord.
Although they didn’t quite get the win they were aiming for, competing in a final at Henley Women’s Regatta is a tremendous achievement, and the crew were both keen to thank everybody who had helped them during such a successful season.
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.
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.