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Nottingham City Regatta

The Women’s Double Scull of Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) and Jen Titterington raced at Nottingham City Regatta at the weekend, over 2000m.

On a windy day, and in the elite ‘Women’s Band 1’ category, they were beaten by local opposition from Nottingham Rowing Club, but recorded a personal best time in the process.

Later in the day, and in significantly more challenging conditions, they raced again in the Open Women’s Double Sculls event, and after a decisive first half were able to survive the rolling waves to record another win.

Ball Cup 2018

Sudbury Rowing Club attended the Ball Cup Junior Regatta, Eton Dorney and competed on the 2012 Olympic Rowing course. The 750 metre course was six lanes wide and conditions were near perfect.

Harry Moule and Fergus Grant had their debut race in the Junior 14 double sculls category. They rowed very well to win their heat, taking them into the final where they found themselves against some very strong crews. They rowed well together, finishing in fourth place.

Fergus also paired up with Owen Moriarty to race in the Junior 15 double sculls event where they finished fifth in their heat.

Harry Moule also competed in the Junior 13 single sculls event where he had a very strong heat, finishing in second place. His time was quick enough to take him into the final where, again, he had some strong competition. The first four crews were battling it out for the medal positions but Harry came a very close fourth, just missing out on a bronze medal.

Owen Moriarty competed in the Junior 15 single sculls event. Although he finished fourth in his heat, he achieved an admirable time which took him into the final. He raced well to finish in fifth position.

The first medal of the day came from Gareth Moriarty and Henry Tullin in the Junior 18 double sculls event. There were three crews in the straight final and the Sudbury crew battled it out for gold medal position but just missed out on gold, taking a silver medal for their efforts.

Amelia Moule raced in the Girls Junior 17 single sculls event where she won her heat convincingly. In the final, she was in second place for most of the race but her strength really showed when she managed to row past her opposition in the closing stages, securing a win and earning a gold medal.

Amelia Maskell competed in the Girls Junior 16 single sculls event which was a straight final with four crews racing. The Sudbury sculler overcame her nerves to take the gold medal.

Martha Bullen and Helena Griffiths both competed in the Girls Junior 15 single sculls event. Martha Bullen was the winner of heat 1. Helena Griffiths came second in heat 3. Both girls achieved good times which secured them places in the final. Another exciting race, which saw Martha finish strongly to take the gold medal. Helena also raced well to finish in fifth position.

Byron Bullen had to wait all day for his race – a straight final in the Junior 17 single sculls event. Byron took a while to get into his race and was sitting in third place for the first half. With his supporters urging him on, he started to gain on his opposition, and rowed into second place, taking the silver medal.

The Girls quad of Freya Evans, Martha Bullen, Amelia Maskell and Amelia Moule raced in the Junior 18 category and had a straight final with six crews. The Sudbury crew didn’t have the best start but settled into their rhythm and used their power to propel them past their opposition. They couldn’t quite reach the finish line first but managed silver medal position.

Coach Antony Moule was extremely pleased with the results – 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals with everyone, even the younger, less experienced, reaching the finals. Every Crew showed commitment and determination and should be very proud of their results.

The next event will be National Schools Regatta held at the same venue.

Susie Moule.

Image above – Gareth Moriarty, Owen Moriarty, Amelia Moule, Amelia Maskell, Martha Bullen, Freya Evans, Byron Bullen, Fergus Grant and Harry Moule (front).

Junior 14 double sculls – Harry Moule and Fergus Grant.

Girls Junior 18 quad – Freya Evans, Amelia Maskell, Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule.

Sudbury go to Henley

On a stormy and cold April 29th our two para rowers sculled on the world famous Henley Royal Regatta stretch of the River Thames.

The event was hosted by the prestigious Phyllis Court Club, taking place over a 620 metre course, running upstream from Upper Thames Rowing Club and finishing at the Phyllis Court Club flagpole.

We were delighted to be invited along with only four other clubs to compete in this, the most important and inclusive time trial event in the rowing calendar for para rowers and their able bodied doubles partner rowers.

Our para rowers Sophie Brown and Luke Payne, closely watched by Sophie’s dad and our adaptive co-ordinator Angela, competed very ably despite the weather. River conditions were more akin to rowing on the sea and a far cry from our sheltered River Stour. The marquee took off. Hats blew off. Nonetheless, Sophie who loves this stretch of water, rowed the course three times and both Luke and Sophie agreed that it was a great day. Course times for everyone will be very helpful as a benchmark for the new regatta season.

During the day we also received much encouragement from other clubs. They all also competed in supported doubles together with their own able bodied club members in specially modified double sculling boats. By the end of the day we had gained the expertise to achieve this for Sudbury. Next year we hope to be back with a stronger squad of both singles and supported doubles.

Sophie Brown

Luke Payne

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.