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Fun in Fenland (2016)

Sudbury Rowing Club had seven crews competing at the Great Ouse Marathon in Ely covering a 22km course.

Tom Horton was the first Sudbury crew to finish, in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes, winning the Novice single sculls event. Kieron Dibley also competed in the Novice Single sculls event and finished in second place in a time of 1 hour 46 minutes. The Masters G double scull of Keith Paxman and Mike Arnott also finished in a time of 1 hour 46 minutes.

The next Sudbury crew to finish, in a time of 1 hour 57 minutes, was the mixed Masters E double scull of Tracy Muir and Jeremy Milbank.

The Mixed IM3 coxed quad of Asha Thobhani, Shyam Thobhani, Nicola Porter-Vaughan, Vickie Hayton and Colin Uren (cox) finished in a time of 2 hours 9 minutes, a course record for that event. Next in the womens Masters C coxed four event was Angela Colclough, Maria Vigneau, Claire Wells, Sharon Wright and Helen Sharp (cox) in a time of 2 hours 14 minutes.

Tom Bowles competed in the mens IM2 single sculls but had to retire from the race due to injury.

The last regatta of the season was the Cambridge Autumn Regatta. The 650 metre course on a sweeping bend saw some very interesting steering but all of the Sudbury crews managed to finish their races without any dramas!

The Mens Novice coxed four of Sean Moriarty, Alan Muir, Shyam Thobhani, Tim Boyes and Michelle Risby (Cox), won their semi against Hillingdon RC. In the final they met with a Cambridge college crew from Hughes Hall who beat the Sudbury crew by one and a half lengths.

The mens Master C coxed four of Stephen Nichols, Mark Tyrie, Austin Shaw, Paul Spencer and Helen Sharp (cox) won their semi against Milton Keynes RC taking them into the final against Devil’s Elbow RC. Sudbury raced well to win by a couple of lengths.

The womens Masters C coxed four of Sophie Lovegrove, Angela Colclough, Jenny Ward, Maria Vigneau and Helen Sharp (cox) won their semi against Devil’s Elbow RC. In the final they raced XPress BC and after a very close race XPress won by half a length.

In the mens Masters E/G double sculls event, Sudbury had two crews competing. First Sean Moriarty and Tim Boyes raced against St. Ives. The St. Ives crew went on to win and met with the other Sudbury crew of Mike Arnott and Keith Paxman in the final. The Sudbury crew won by one and a half lengths.

More wins for Sudbury came from Junior 18 double scull Morgan Moriarty and Callum Power who beat Deben in the final. They also both raced in the Junior 18 single sculls event where they both made the final. After an excellent race, Power took the win over Moriarty by only a length.

Sam McLoughlin and Byron Bullen raced in the Junior 16 double sculls event, losing their heat to Peterborough.

The womens Junior 16 Double Scull of Amelia Moule and Nell Belcher had some excellent racing in one of the most popular events of the day. They won all four races , beating London Youth Rowing, Beccles, Globe RC and in the final Broxbourne. Amelia Moule also raced in the Junior 16 single scull event where she won her heat against St. Ives. In the quarter final she met with a sculler from Globe RC who beat Sudbury by one and a half lengths.

The newly formed womens Junior 15 double scull of Martha Bullen and Amelia Maskell won their heat against London Youth Rowing. In the semi they beat a crew from Putney High School RC taking them into the final against another Putney crew. This time the opposition was too strong.

The Mixed Masters C double scull of Susie and Tony Moule retained their title at this event by beating a crew from Deben. Scullers Byron Bullen, Sam McLoughlin and Martha Bullen all raced in single sculls but on this occasion didn’t make the finals.

In all, a very successful day with some very strong performances and six wins for the club.

Susie Moule.


Amelia Moule and Nell Belcher winners of Junior 16 double sculls.


Callum Power and Morgan Moriarty in action in the final winning Junior 18 double sculls.


Steve Nichols, Austin Shaw, Mark Tyrie, Paul Spencer and Helen Sharp (cox) men’s masters c coxed four.


Sam Mcloughin, Amelia Moule, Nell Belcher, Callum Power, Amelia Maskell, Martha Bullen, Morgan Moriarty and Byron Bullen (juniors competing at Cambridge autumn regatta).

Peterborough Summer Regatta (2016)

After the success of the Sudbury Regatta last weekend, members of Sudbury Rowing Club were keen to increase their wins at the Peterborough Summer Regatta.

The first day of the two day event was over 1000 metres on the four lane course. Crews included men’s IM2 coxless four, men’s masters double scull, men’s IM3 coxless pair, junior 14 single sculler, and junior 18 single sculls (Moriarty and Power). No success on the first day of racing but on day 2 the course was shortened to 500 metres which makes for faster and often very exciting racing.

The mens IM2 coxless four of George Cook, Alex Blackman, Keiron Dibley and Tom Bowles finished second in their final. Men’s novice double scull of Josh Spence and James Clune-Clarkson finished third in their heat. Sudbury’s adaptive rower Sophie Brown came third in her final. Womens IM3 double scull of Jen Titterington and Claire Wells finished fourth in their final.

Men’s junior 18 single sculler Morgan Moriarty raced in the same category as Callum Power. They raced in different heats and although both finishing in a time of 1.51, Power finished in third place in his heat, and therefore did not go through to the next round. Moriarty however finished in second place in his heat earning a place in the repechage where he had a good race finishing third. Men’s IM3 double sculls Moriarty and Callum Power finished second in their heat to gain a place in the repechage. An excellent race the Sudbury crew narrowly missed out on a place in the final by half a second!

Womens IM3 quad of Nell Belcher, Julia van Zyl, Natasha Treagust and Amelia Moule had a very close race in the heat where they finished in second place, one second behind Nottingham, earning a place in the final. Again the final was very close and the Nottingham crew proved too strong, Sudbury again one second behind them in second place. Doubling up in the Womens junior 16 double sculls Natasha Treagust and Amelia Moule were fastest over the two heats, followed by a Nottingham/Globe crew, both earning places in the final. Sudbury had an even quicker final, but this time were beaten by the Nottingham/Globe composite crew by 2 seconds.

Junior 14 single sculler Sam McLoughlin finished second in his final. After a good start he went on to lead the race right up until he clipped a buoy about twenty strokes from the finish which put him off his stride and he lost out by half a second.

The three wins of the day all came from veteran crews. The first being the men’s masters C/D coxed four. After big birthday celebrations the night before, Keith Paxman teamed up with Lee Adams, Paul Adams, Robin King and Helen Sharp (cox) to finish first in the final, King’s first win for thirty years!

The Womens novice eight of Maria Vigneau, Sharon Wright, Angela Colclough, Sophie Lovegrove, Clair Wells, Asha Thobhani, Vickie Hayton, Catherine Smith and Natasha Treagust (cox) raced well in the final finishing in first place. Half of the crew won in the novice quad sculls at the Sudbury regatta last week. The other half of the crew went on to race in the Womens masters novice coxed four event. Maria Vigneau, Sharon Wright, Angela Colclough, Sophie Lovegrove and Helen Sharp (cox) went on to take their second win of the day.

Another successful event for Sudbury Rowing Club, now looking ahead to the Cambridge Autumn Regatta at the beginning of September.


Sophie Lovegrove, Angela Colclough, Helen Sharp (cox), Sharon Wright, Maria Vigneau


Catherine Smith, Maria Vigneau, Angela Colclough, Sophie Lovegrove, Asha Thobhani, Natasha Treagust (cox), Sharon Wright, Vickie Hayton and Claire Wells.

Sudbury Regatta (2016)

Sudbury Rowing Club hosted their 136th annual regatta on Saturday with their largest and busiest event yet. Over 200 races took place in glorious conditions on the River Stour and spectators lined the riverbank enjoying the racing, picnicking and listening to the band playing.

The full course is 650 metres long with crews racing side by side and they have the added challenge of steering around the bend at speed! The Sprint Eights event is 350 metres along Friars Meadow and proved to be fast and exciting with some very close finishes!

Although the Sudbury crew of George Jackson, George Cook, Tom Horton, Jack McLoughlin, Alex Blackman, Keiron Dibley, Tom Bowles, Mark Hughes, Holly Adams (cox) won their heat, they were beaten in the semi final by the eventual winners – a Broxbourne/Tideway Scullers/Molesey BC composite crew.

This year the youngest competitors were the Junior 11 single scullers from Maidstone, Rob Roy in Cambridge and Sudbury. The Sudbury sculler Harry Moule had his very first regatta race against the sculler from Maidstone, crossing the line first and showing some real potential. The eventual winner was Rob Roy.

Lots of racing for the Sudbury crews including Men’s novice coxed four of Sean Moriarty, Alan Muir, Shyam Thobhani, Charlie Downie, Michelle Risby (cox), Womens novice coxed four of Sophie Lovegrove, Angela Colclough, Sharon Wright, Maria Vigneau and Helen Sharp (cox). Both crews racing well to win their heats and gaining places in the finals where unfortunately their opposition was too strong.

The Parent and Child races proved popular this year with ten crews in the category. The three Sudbury crews of Antony and Amelia Moule, Austin and Molly Shaw, and Victoria and Alistair Burgess, all with various levels of experience, raced well but unfortunately didn’t gain places in the finals.

Lots of juniors competed in various crews, showing competitive spirit and some true potential. There were wins from Callum Power in the Junior 18 single scullers event, who also teamed up with Morgan Moriarty in the Junior 18 double sculls, also taking the win in this event. The Junior 16 double sculls event was won by Natasha Treagust and Emma Rogers. The Junior 15 double sculls event was also won by a Sudbury crew of Nell Belcher and Amelia Moule.

Another win for Sudbury came from the Women’s novice coxed quad of Jen Titterington, Asha Thobhani, Catherine Smith, Vickie Hayton and Amelia Moule (cox), who have had various races over the summer, gaining experience and confidence, and thoroughly enjoyed their win!

The next race will be at the Peterborough Summer two day regatta.

Susie Moule.


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Sudbury Regatta – 6th August 2016

Sudbury Regatta Saturday 6th August 2016 – free entrance

The Sudbury Rowing Club Regatta will take place on Saturday 6th August 2016 on the beautiful River Stour at Friars Meadow in Sudbury Suffolk. Free parking is available on the day on Friars Meadow.

Come and watch rowing clubs from all over the South East of England and beyond compete. There is always a wonderful atmosphere. We have a tea tent, hog roast, ice cream stands, beer tent, burger stall and children’s rides. There will be live music playing during the afternoon.

New this year – take part in our Rowing machine challenge. The winner will be the person rowing the furthest in 1 minute. Minimum age 13 years.

Prizes for winners in the following categories:

Non rowers – rowing taster session at Sudbury Rowing Club
Junior girls
Junior boys

Rowers – a cup for each category
Junior girls
Junior boys

The first races start at 8.00am with final racing finishing the day at around 7pm. Bring your picnic rugs and sit along the edge of the river for a great view of the rowing. Join us for a fun day out.

Flyer (2016)

Sudbury Regatta 2016

Entries to Sudbury Regatta are filling up and we presently anticipate a very full day !

We will do our best to squeeze as much racing in as we can and to accommodate all requests. However, it may be that we will be unable to match everyone or that some events are not viable. Please let us know if you have an entry you would like us to give especial priority to, or an individual who must race if at all possible (for example, the trailer driver, deserving club administrator, returning from holiday especially for this event). We cannot promise to honour every request but will do our best with the information we have.

St. Neots Regatta (2016)

A large number of Sudbury Rowing club competed at St. Neots two day regatta, some having a very busy weekend.

On Saturday the course was 1000 metres with a sweeping bend not dissimilar to our home course in Sudbury. In very hot and sunny conditions, which suited the spectators more than the athletes, there were some mixed results.

Single sculler Amelia Moule was beaten in the early round by the eventual winner of the event. Sam McLoughlin raced up an age and won his heat in Junior 15 singles, but the semi final proved too tough. Also, Nell Belcher and Amelia Moule had a good race only to be beaten by the faster crew who went on to win the event. In the women’s IM3 coxed fours event Victoria Burgess, Emily Morton, Ellie Archer, Sophie Thompson-Hyland and cox Lucy Keedy-Davies, raced well to win their heat taking them into the semi final. Unfortunately their opposition in the semi, from Lea RC proved too strong and held them off.

The women’s novice eight of Maria Vigneau, Vickie Hayton, Angela Colclough, Asha Thobhani, Sophie Lovegrove, Catherine Smith, Nicola Porter-Vaughan, Claire Wells and Hannah Lodge (cox) won their heat against Doncaster, but they couldn’t manage a second win against Star Club in the Semi final. Zoe Rogers and Victoria Burgess competed in the Junior 18 double sculls event winning their semi final. The final saw some interesting steering from their opposition from Norwich who went on to claim victory. In the Womens Novice quad sculls event, Vickie Hayton, Catherine Smith, Asha Thobhani, Sophie Thompson-Hyland and Amelia Moule (cox) raced their semi final against Maidstone RC who took the win.

The mixed eight, shown in photo, beat Doncaster in the semi final but couldn’t overcome the strong St. Neots crew in the final. The men’s IM3 eight, also shown in the photo, were straight into the final after their opposition for the semi had to pull out of the event. In the final Sudbury met with a crew from London Otters and raced well to win the event.

On Sunday, it was pleasantly cooler with a variable breeze. Byron Bullen raced the 500 metre course but was beaten early on, again to the eventual winner of his event. Callum Power had a close race against Northampton in the Men’s Junior 18 single sculling event but didn’t quite have the pace of the opposition. Sam McLoughlin raced in the junior 14 single scull event, again a close race but his opposition from Poplar took the win.

The Women’s IM3 coxed four, Men’s Masters D double sculls (Alan Muir and Sean Moriarty), Masters D eight of Robin King, Stephen Nichols, Austin Shaw, Mark Tyrie, Lee Adams, Paul Spencer, Keith Paxman, Tony Moule and Helen Sharp (cox), the women’s novice eight, men’s Masters E/F double sculls (Keith Paxman and Jeremy Milbank) all raced well but didn’t get through to the finals, some being beaten by the eventual winners.

The Women’s Junior 16 double of Emma Rogers and Amelia Moule had a good race in the heat, winning to gain a place in the semi final against a crew from St. Neots. After a good race, the St Neots crew won by half a length and went on to win in the final. Martha Bullen raced in the Junior 13 single sculls event, losing by 1 length.

Women’s masters C/D quad of SJ Gibbons, Jen Ward, Sarah Watts and Rosemary Hogsbjerg won the semi against Maidstone taking them into the final against an older crew who were given a four second head start. The Leicester/Peterborough crew were very fast and the Sudbury crew did gain, but couldn’t quite make up the deficit. Watts and Hogsbjerg went straight on to race the final of the Masters E double sculls. After beating a crew from Star Club in the semi, Sudbury faced rivals from Peterborough and the two crews had a very good race with Peterborough taking the win.

The mixed eight of Mark Hughes, Tom Horton, Kieron Dibley, Tom Bowles, Amy Bowles, Molly Shaw, Ellie Archer, Zoe Rogers and Victoria Burgess (cox) raced well to beat crews from Bedford and then Northampton in the final.

Newly formed Women’s Junior 18 quad of Victoria Burgess, Amy Bowles, Zoe Rogers and Sophie Masetti raced in the semi against a crew from Boston, but didn’t make the final on this occasion.

Women’s novice quad of Vickie Hayton, Catherine Smith, Asha Thobhani, Jen Titterington and Amelia Moule (cox) had a good race against Doncaster who they beat in the semi final. In the final, Sudbury met with Maidstone who went on to win.

Sudbury rowing club now have a week off racing before their own regatta on the 6th August.

Susie Moule.

St Neots 1

Mark Hughes, Tom Horton, George Jackson, Tom Bowles, Kieron Dibley, Callum Power, Molly Shaw, Amy Bowles and Holly Adams (cox) – winners of the men’s eight event at St. Neots Regatta.

St Neots 2

Mark Hughes, Tom Horton, Tom Bowles, Kieron Dibley, Zoe Rogers, Victoria Burgess, Amy Bowles, Molly Shaw and Ellie Archer – winners of the mixed eights event at St. Neots Regatta.

National Junior Championships (2016)

Sudbury Rowing Club’s Junior 15 sculler Amelia Moule competed in the Junior National Championships at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, where the course is notoriously choppy.

There were 31 Women’s Junior 15 single scullers, of which only 12 could progress through to the semi finals on Sunday. The 31 scullers had to complete a 1500 metre time trial and hope that they had done enough to make the top 12 places.

Amelia had a good race and handled the conditions well, maintaining her strength, pace and rhythm, finishing in 18th position, in a time of 7 minutes 46 seconds, beating 13 other scullers. This result took Amelia into the C Final which would be a six lane 2000 metre race later in the day. Unfortunately, conditions worsened during the afternoon and the course was deemed unrowable before the C, D and E finals could be raced.

So with racing cancelled, Amelia was left wondering whether she could have improved her ranking from 18th position, but thoughts are now focused on next weekends racing which takes place at the St. Neots two day regatta.

Susie Moule.

Amelia Moule at the National Junior Championships in Nottingham.
Amelia Moule J15 1x

Peterborough Junior Championships

Three members of the Sudbury Rowing Club Junior Squad attended the Peterborough Junior Championships at the weekend. The racing distance was 1000 metres on the four lane course.

First to race was Martha Bullen in the Junior 13 single sculls event. In the heat Martha finished in second place in a time of 4.46 which secured her a place in the semi final. Martha had a better race in the semi final improving her time by 7 seconds but eventually finished in third place, just missing out on a place in the final.

Amelia Moule was hoping to continue with her recent success competing in the Junior 15 single sculls event. In the fastest out of three heats a sculler from Isle of Ely was the clear winner with Amelia and a sculler from Yarm School battling it out for second place and a place in the repechage. An excellent race unfolded and both scullers gave 100 percent effort with just inches between them at the finish. Unfortunately, Moule was declared the third place finisher in a time of 4.23 and just missed out on a place in the next round. Isle of Ely and Yarm School were the eventual gold and silver medallists in this event.

The only medal of the day came from Junior 14 Single sculler Sam McLoughlin. Again there was a clear winner of the heat from Rob Roy RC, but again second and third place was extremely close and every ounce of effort and determination was used. The verdict went to McLoughlin in a time of 3.58 and he secured himself a place in the final. The Rob Roy sculler took the gold medal, followed by Hereford in the silver medal position, closely followed by Sudbury who took the bronze medal in a time of 4.28.

Training will continue in the coming weeks for the next event which is a two day event in St. Neots.

Sudbury Regatta takes place on Saturday 6th August.

Susie Moule


Sam McLoughlin bronze medal winner in Junior 14 single sculls at Peterborough Junior Championships.

St. Ives Regatta

Sudbury rowers travelled to St. Ives in Cambridgeshire at the weekend to take part in the 550 metre sprint regatta.

After recent rainfall in the region, the river was flowing particularly fast and to add to the tricky conditions, there was a tailwind to contend with.

Amelia Moule competed in the Womens Junior 15 Single Scull event. In the semi final she raced a St. Ives sculler and after a strong race went on to win by three and a half lengths. In the final the opposition from Kings School Ely had the advantage off the staggered start, but Moule made a brilliant comeback, rowing through to win by quarter of a length.

Later, Moule teamed up with Natasha Treagust to race in the Womens Junior 16 Double Sculls, where they met with a crew from Huntingdon in the final. Sudbury had a good strong row and won with a verdict of easily.

Treagust also raced in the Womens Junior 16 Single Sculls against St. Ives. Steering issues hindered the Sudbury sculler who, although fought hard, couldn’t catch the St. Ives sculler who won by a length and a half.

Sam McLoughlin competed in the Junior 14 Single Scull event. In the final against Huntingdon, conditions were particularly tricky and after a couple of steering errors, the Sudbury sculler got rather close to the bank and missed a few strokes. He came back strong and determination paid off as he crossed the line a length and a half in front of his opposition.

David Wasse raced in the Masters H Single scull event against a Masters I sculler from St. Ives who started with a 9 second head start due to the age difference. After a wobbly start, the Sudbury sculler settled into his race, but couldn’t quite pull back the 9 second lead which his opponent took full advantage of.

Tracy Muir raced her first race in a single against Cantabrigian in the Womens Masters D Single sculls. A good first race from Muir, but in the end she finished a length and a half behind her opposition.

Muir then went on to race with Tricia McGrillen in the final of the Womens Masters E Double Scull event against Hillingdon. The Sudbury crew had a very good race, winning with a verdict of ‘Easily’.

In her third race of the day, Muir teamed up with Jeremy Milbank in the final of Mixed Masters E Doubles. A very close race from start to finish, the Sudbury crew rowed hard right to the finish, taking the rate up towards the end which secured them the win.

So another very successful weekend for both Juniors and Veterans, with 5 out of a possible 8 wins.

Sam McLoughlin and Amelia Moule will be competing at the Peterborough Junior Regatta next weekend.

Susie Moule.

Winners at St Ives Regatta.


Sam McLoughlin winner of Junior 14 Single Sculls, Amelia Moule winner of Junior 15 Single Sculls and Junior 16 Double Sculls with Natasha Treagust.


Tracy Muir, Jeremy Milbank and Tricia McGrillen.

British Rowing Masters Championships (2016)

Three crews competed on day one of the 2016 British Rowing Masters Championships held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

The six lane Olympic size rowing course was set up for competitors to race over 1000 metres.

The first to compete was the Mixed Masters E Double Scull of Jeremy Milbank and Tracy Muir. In one of the first races of the day, the mist was still hanging across the lake. The SUDBURY crew finished in fourth place in a time of 4 minutes 12 seconds behind Bewl Bridge, Weybridge RC and Champion of the Thames.

Later on in the afternoon when conditions had changed slightly, the crews now had to contend with a brisk headwind. In the first heat of the Men’s Masters G Double Sculls event, Mike Arnott and Keith Paxman  finished third in their heat in a time of 4 minutes 40 seconds, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. In the second heat of the same event, David Wasse and Jeremy Milbank finished in second place in a time of 4 minutes 38 seconds, but again, just missed out a place in the final.

On Sunday, two more crews competed in perfect conditions. The first to race was the Women’s E/F IM3 Double Scull of  Rosemary Hogsbjerg and Sarah Watts. In a full six lane line up the final proved to be tricky from the start, with three attempts to start the race fairly! Eventually Putney RC was disqualified leaving five crews to battle it out over the 1000 metre course. Sudbury raced well to earn a silver medal in a time of 4 minutes 49 seconds, behind Mortlake RC who won gold in a time of 4.40. In third place, Tyne RC won the bronze medal in 4.49. Fourth place was Upton RC (4.55), fifth place Ross RC (5.04).

In the afternoon Watts and Hogsbjerg teamed up with Teresa Moriarty and Sarah Jane Gibbons to race in the Womens Masters C IM3 Quad Scull event. This was a two boat straight final against Broxbourne RC. A very close and exciting race, but  Broxbourne managed to pull away to take the gold medal in a time of 4.04 with Sudbury finishing close behind in 4.09.

Sudbury will be competing again this weekend at St. Ives Regatta.

Susie Moule



Rosemary Hogsbjerg and Sara Watts with their silver medals at the 2016 British Rowing Masters Championships in Nottingham.