Ely Small Boats Head

Two Sudbury Rowing Club Juniors represented the club at last weekends Ely Head Race held at the Isle of Ely rowing club.

Rowing over a 3km distance against a number of other clubs Byron Bullen won in the Junior 18 category and Martha Bullen won in the Womens Junior 16 category. Competing against some very high level Junior competition both juniors did exceptionally well in some tough conditions where the strong wind caused issues for everyone competing due to the head wind and very choppy conditions.

Following the first division being completed all competitors observed a two minute silence to mark the 100th Armistice anniversary before Martha Bullen also competed in the Womens Junior 16 quad. Unfortunately the girls didn’t have any competition so were only racing for time and posted a great time finishing 6th fastest from all crews and the fastest female crew in the second division.

Byron Bullen

Martha Bullen

Veteran Fours Head

Sunday the 4th of November saw Sudbury Rowing Club send two Men’s crews to compete in the Veteran Fours Head of the River Race.

This race is held over the Boat Race course on the Tideway stretch of the River Thames in London, although in reverse, from Mortlake to Putney, and attracts crews from all over the country.

Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols, Paul Adams and cox Helen Sharp raced in the Men’s Masters C coxed four. They competed against seven other crews in the 45 – 50 age category and finished a very creditable second place, achieving a time of 20:56.9. They overtook two crews on the water, but otherwise had a smooth row, making the most of the relatively mild weather.

The Men’s Masters G quad scull of Brendan Sullivan, Mike Arnott, Andrew Blit and Keith Paxman competed against ten other crews in their category, finishing in sixth place in a time of 22:11.1. The crew had a very good row for the first half of the race, dicing with a crew from Thames RC and overtaking one from Warwick. Unfortunately the race then took a more eventful turn with the quad coming into contact with two other crews in the middle of the race. This slowed them down a little but they still produced a good performance for such a recent crew combination.

Both crews will be looking to improve their performances for the next race, Wallingford Head, in two week’s time.

A Busy October

Sudbury Rowing Club have had a busy October with some very wet but successful racing.

First was the Pairs Head of the River race covering 4500 metres of the Thames, where overall 400 crews competed from all over the country. Three Sudbury crews competed in heavy rain and blustery conditions.

Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin raced in the Men’s Junior 18 Intermediate event, Amelia Moule and Amelia Maskell raced in the Women’s Junior 18 Intermediate event and Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) raced in the Women’s Championship Doubles. All three crews raced well in their categories.

The next event was Bedford Small Boats Head – a distance of 2000 metres with some bridges to avoid. Another very wet day of racing with some crews racing in three different divisions and in different events.

Winning crews were:- Harry Moule in the Junior 15 single sculls event, Women’s Band 2 quad of Amelia Moule, Helena Griffiths, Amelia Maskell and Martha Bullen. Jen Titterington won the Women’s Band 1 single sculls event and also raced in a composite quad with Ipswich and Lea RC, winning their event. Martha Bullen won the Women’s Junior 16 single sculls.

The most recent win was at the Norfolk Long Distance Sculls in Norwich where Mike Arnott, Andrew Blit, Keith Paxman and Brendan Sullivan (above) were fastest in their category, Masters E-G 4x, coming away with a win. This crew will be competing at the Fours Head of the River race on the Thames next weekend.

Susie Moule.

Sam McLoughlin, Byron Bullen, Bev Goodchild, Jen Titterington, Amelia Maskell and Amelia Moule at the Pairs Head of the River.

The Great River Race 2018

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).

Mike Arnott.

The picture above shows (from left) Brendan Sullivan, Keith Paxman and Will Langton with the Great River Race Trophy for Veteran (over 60) crews.

Sudbury Rowers Set Record and Win at Ely

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.

Andrew Blit.

Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty – Women’s Masters D Double Sculls

Sophie Lovegrove and Pete Donovan – Masters C Double Sculls.

Sudbury Regatta 2018

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.

Susie Moule.

St. Neots 2018

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.

Susie Moule.

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.

British Rowing Junior Championships

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.

Susie Moule.

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