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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.

Start Rowing at Sudbury

Come for a free taster session on either Saturday 24th or Saturday 31st March at 10.30a.m.

Please email:, to book a place.

The next Learn to Row course for adults (18+) will be held in April 2018. The course will run for 6 sessions of 2 hours each.

Saturdays (April 7th, 14th and 21st) from 10.00am.
Tuesdays (April 10th, 17th and 24th) from 6.30pm.

Ideally you should try to make all the sessions, but if there are difficulties please ask.

Cost: £100.

For enquiries, or more information, email

Norwich Head

Sudbury Rowing Club competed in the Norwich Head at the weekend with various different crew combinations racing in 19 different categories. Weather conditions were bright and breezy and extremely cold.

Division 1 Short Course (Distance 2000 metres).

Sudbury had one winner in this race – Owen Moriarty competed in the Junior 15 single sculls event finishing in a time of 11 minutes 27 seconds.

Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin both raced in the Junior 17 single sculls event. Bullen finished second in a time of 9.29 and McLoughlin finished third in 10.11.

Kate Wallace competed in her first single sculling race finishing second in the Women’s Novice sculls – a very respectable 19 seconds behind the winner.

Division 1 Long Course (Distance 5000 metres).

Two winning crews in this race – Amelia Maskell and Martha Bullen raced in the Women’s Junior 17 double sculls event beating three crews and finishing in a time of 23.16.

Gareth Moriarty and Henry Tullin competed in the Men’s double sculls category beating two crews and finishing in a time 22.41.

Sean Moriarty and Alan Muir raced in the Masters E double sculls event finishing in third place in a time of 27.20.

Jen Titterington raced in the Women’s single sculls event finishing in a time of 23.50, three seconds ahead of her only opposition.

Amelia Moule, Helena Griffiths, Freya Evans and Tilly Barnard raced in the Women’s Junior 18 quad sculls event finishing in a time of 23.25 – no opposition in the same category.

Division 2 Short Course (2000 metres).

Three Sudbury winners in this race. Sam McLoughlin and Byron Bullen teamed up to race in the Junior 17 double sculls event finishing in a time of 8.25 beating two other crews, including another Sudbury crew – Henry Tullin and Gareth Moriarty who finished second in 8.43.

Martha Bullen won the Women’s Junior 15 single sculls event finishing in a time of 9.24, beating 5 other crews. Helena Griffiths also competed in this event finishing 5th in a time of 10.58.

Amelia Moule won the Women’s Junior 17 single sculls event finishing in a time of 9.46, beating 2 other crews.

Division 2 Long Course (5000 metres).

Stephen Nichols competed in the Masters C-F single sculls event finishing fourth in a time of 23.47. Jeremy Milbank raced in the same event finishing fifth in a time of 26.31. Sean Moriarty was also in the same event finishing sixth in a time of 27.51.

Bev Goodchild (Ipswich) and Jen Titterington were first in the Women’s double sculls event, in a time of 20.47.

Amelia Maskell and Freya Evans raced in the Women’s double sculls event. With only one other crew competing, they finished in second place, in a time of 25.35.

Rosemary Hogsbjerg, Sarah Stirling, Teresa Moriarty and Tracy Muir raced in the Women’s Masters A-E quad sculls event. They finished in fourth place in a time of 22.51.

All the Sudbury wins, along with Deben and Ipswich, contributed to Suffolk winning The Deuchar Norfolk and Suffolk Challenge Cup, which was awarded to Suffolk. This challenge trophy between Norfolk and Suffolk was first presented in 1909, and this is the first time Suffolk have won it in 70 years !

Susie Moule.

From left to right in photo –
Sam McLoughlin, Gareth Moriarty, Owen Moriarty, Amelia Maskell, Byron Bullen, Martha Bullen, Amelia Moule and Freya Evans – some of the Sudbury Rowing Club winners with the Deuchar Cup.

Star New Year Head

Sudbury Rowing Club competed at the Bedford Star New Year Head race with singles, doubles, quads, coxed fours and an eight taking part.

It was a very successful day, with six wins for the club.

Single scullers were Owen Moriarty (Junior 15), Harry Moule (competing up a year in Junior 14), Martha Bullen (winner of Junior 15), Jen Titterington (winner of Women’s Open), Sophie Brown (Adaptive).

Double scull crews were Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty (Women’s Masters D), Bev Goodchild (IRC) and Jen Titterington (winners of Women’s Open) and Jen Titterington and Stephen Nichols (winners of Mixed Open event).

Amelia Moule, Tilly Barnard, Freya Evans and Amelia Maskell (Women’s Junior 18 coxless quad), Martha Bullen, Tilly Barnard, Freya Evans and Amelia Moule (winners of Women’s Open coxless quad event).

Gareth Moriarty, Henry Tullin, Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin (winners of Men’s Junior 18 coxless quad). The same crew also raced in the Men’s Open coxless quad.

Paul Adams, Lee Adams, Stephen Nichols, Tim Hysom and Owen Moriarty (cox) – Mens Masters C coxed four.

Mike Arnott, Mark Tyrie, Sean Moriarty, Andrew Blit and Gareth Moriarty (cox) – Mens Masters E coxed four.

The two men’s fours also rowed together in a Masters D eight with Amelia Moule coxing.

Training will continue until the next event which will be Bedford Fours and Eights Head in February.

Susie Moule.

Winners of Junior 18 coxless quads. Gareth Moriarty, Henry Tullin, Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin.

Winners of Mixed Double Sculls – Stephen Nichols and Jen Titterington.

Winners of Women’s Coxless quads – Amelia Moule, Tilly Barnard, Freya Evans and Martha Bullen.

BRIC and Pudding Races

Sudbury Rowing Club had six junior members travel to the London Olympic Velodrome to compete at the British Rowing Indoor Championships.

They competed in different age groups, some completing a set distance of 2000 metres and the younger members took part in a 3, 4, 5 or 6 minute challenge.

Byron Bullen competed in the Sixth Form Boys 2000 metres, finishing in 7 minutes 13 seconds.

Amelia Moule competed in the Sixth Form Girls 2000 metres. She finished in a Personal Best time of 8 minutes 12 seconds.

Martha Bullen competed in the Girls Year 10 – 5 minutes category. She completed 1315m (PB) and finished seventh in her group.

Sam McLoughlin competed in the Boys Year 11 – 6 minutes category. He achieved a distance of 1646m (PB).

Harry Moule raced in the Boys Year 8 – 3 minute category, finishing 7th in his category, clocking up 790m, another PB.

Owen Moriarty raced in the Boys Year 10 – 5 minute category. He completed a distance of 1210m (PB).

The juniors had an enjoyable day, mixing with rowers from clubs all over the country and meeting GB rowers, who were also competing.

Back on home turf, Sudbury Rowing Club held their annual Pudding Races.

Members of all ages and abilities joined together and made up scratch crews in eights, quads, doubles and singles to race the length of Friars Meadow, and successful crews won Christmas Puddings!

Prizes were also given out for the best fancy dress outfits. Festivities carried on in the clubhouse with mulled wine and mince pies.

Training continues over the Christmas period and the first event of 2018 will be Bedford Star Head Race on 14th January.

Susie Moule.