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‘The Hungary Caterpillars’!

World Rowing Masters Regatta, Lake Velence, Hungary.

On Thursday 5th September, a small group of Sudbury members, led by Jeremy Milbank, and supported by a generous donation from St. James’s Place Partnership, set off on a short trek across Europe.

Towing a trailer full of assorted boats, they caught the overnight ferry from Harwich to The Hook of Holland, then on through The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and finally Hungary, arriving at Lake Velence on Sunday afternoon. Despite the challenges of parking something the length of an articulated lorry in your average hotel car park, the journey was uneventful, and the boats arrived safe and sound.

Stephen Nichols said, over 5000 entries were received, from 52 countries, and as they all started arriving it was great to see so many rowers from so many clubs all coming together. As well as the smaller entries, like ours, there were some enormous trailers from Germany and Italy, and all overflowing with the latest equipment.

On the Tuesday, other members of the club started to arrive, in preparation for the first day’s racing on Wednesday and at this point, the Sudbury rowers had to relocate into the capital, Budapest, about 50Km to the North, as all of the local accommodation had been fully booked for the event. Earlier in the year, one of the one of the members had been tasked with finding them all a Castle to stay in, and so he did ! However, it turned out not to be ‘the’ Castle !

On Wednesday, the racing started, with Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty competing in the Women’s MasD 2x, where they were beaten by a field of crews from France, Russia and Germany. On Thursday, Sean Moriarty and Jeremy Milbank competed as a Men’s MasF 2x, finishing 6th in a field of 8 crews from the UK, South America, South Africa, Germany, Norway and Australia, a truly global affair.

The following day, a fresh contingent of Sudbury rowers had flown in, and there were four races scheduled. First off was the Men’s Coxed IV, of Sarah Stirling (cox), Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols and Paul Adams, competing in the MasD category. The race started well for the IV, and they were just second to the Croatians at halfway, closely followed by two German crews. One of the German crews pushed through into second place by the 750m mark, and Sudbury were then in a three way battle for third place. In the end, and after a photo finish, the Sudbury crew were eventually placed fourth by just 0.2 seconds from the third placed Germans. Although disappointed, Sudbury were pleased to have beaten both of the other UK entries in their heat.

Next up was the Men’s MasE 1x of Sean Moriarty, who unfortunately came last in his heat against another impressive international field, and then the Women’s MasE 2x of Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty, who were 7th in their heat. The same result was also had by Sarah Stirling in her heat of the Women’s MasD 1x.

Saturday was the last day of single gender competition, and the club had five races to contest. First to boat was Tim Wallace, in the Men’s MasB 1x, who, despite a spirited effort, finished last in his heat. However, Sarah Stirling, competing in Women’s MasE 1x, was able to overcome half of her field to finish fourth in her heat. A great result against international opposition. Next to race were Sean Moriarty and Jeremy Milbank, this time as Men’s MasE 2x, but despite having a closer race than previously, they too finished in last place. The Men’s MasC 4+ also raced again, but this time were unable to establish a foothold in the race, and also finished last in their heat. Last up was Kate Wallace, in Women’s MasB 1x, who came in 6th out of 7.

Sunday was ‘Mixed’ day, when all mixed gender crews compete, and Sudbury had four races in all. The MasE 2x of Sean Moriarty and Sarah Stirling finished fifth in their closely fought heat, and the MasD 4x of Teresa Moriarty, Jeremy Milbank, Sean Moriarty and Sarah Stirling finished last of six in their race. However, the real action of the morning involved the MasA/B 2x of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch. They competed first as a MasA 2x, and finished fourth in their heat, in a time of 3:49. Their next race was scheduled for only 20 minutes later, and because of the way the event is run, this meant they had to immediately turn round, and join the crews heading directly back to the start line. Once there, they competed again, in the MasB 2x event, and although they finished in sixth place, their time was 3:48, one second faster, and less than a second off of fourth place. A great effort.

With the racing over and the jet setters headed home, the trailer was reloaded and they made the long journey home, finally arriving back in Sudbury two weeks after they had set out. Stephen Nichols said ‘A long time away and a lot of miles travelled, but we all had a great time, meeting rowers from all over the world and thoroughly enjoying the hospitality of the Hungarians’.

Köszönöm, and viszlát !

Here and There…

Sudbury Rowers represented the club at both the Cambridge Autumn Regatta and Chicago River Marathon this month.

Sudbury Rowing Club attended the annual Cambridge Autumn Regatta on Sunday 8th September 2019. The Juniors once again put in a great performance, coming away with many wins and hard fought second places.

The B1 Women’s double of Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen won against Peterborough easily. Then, Sudbury’s Amelia Maskell and Sam McLoughlin won against club mates Helena Griffiths and Owen Moriarty by 2 lengths in the B1 Mixed doubles.

McLoughlin went on to win the Junior 18 single, beating Peterborough by half a length. In the Junior 15 single, Harry Moule also won against Peterborough, by 3 lengths.

The Mixed quad composite crew of Amelia Moule, Martha Bullen and Byron Bullen (of Sudbury RC) and Ben Mackenzie (of Peterborough RC), repeated their Sudbury Regatta success, and won the Mixed Quad Invitational Race.

Great racing was seen from all competitors.

Cambridge Autumn Regatta

Sudbury goes to Chicago.

Mark Tyrie of Sudbury Rowing Club joined the club’s group of rowers taking on international rowing challenges, when he competed in a composite eight crew at the recent Chicago River Marathon, also on the 8th September.

The Marathon starts early with crews gathering from 5am at Eleanor Boathouse in Bridgeport, which is another masterpiece of architectural design by Jeanne Gang.

It is a regatta that will challenge the toughest of rowers, who seek an adventurous row on its 26.2 mile course. The course covers the dynamic range of Chicago’s neighbourhoods and competitors row under or past every single one of the city’s historic movable bridges, of which Chicago has the most of any city in the world!

Rowing into Chicago’s city centre is limited to only a few occasions a year, as the waterways are very busy with traffic, water taxis, architectural tours, cruisers and party boats. So it is very much a privilege to row through the metropolis that is the birthplace of the Skyscraper.

As for the rowing conditions on the day, Mark Tyrie said ‘The morning of the event was lightly overcast with cool, perfect conditions, but I was wondering if ‘the windy city’ was going to live up to her name, fortunately for everyone taking part she didn’t blow’!

Mark Tyrie ‘enjoying’ his trip to Chicago !

Chicago River Marathon

Gt. Ouse Marathon

Sunday 1st September saw Sudbury Rowing Club competing in force at the annual Gt. Ouse Marathon.

The course starts from Denver Sluice, travelling along a lengthy route of 21.5km down to the finish line at Queen Adelaide Bridge, close to Ely. This is a long distance race testing rowers endurance.

This year 15 members from the club competed in decent sunny conditions with a light headwind. Good times were achieved by those racing, with some crews improving on previous race times, and some competing for the very first time.

Andrew Blit, competing in the Open Masters Singles achieved a time of 2:06:14. Sean Moriarty and Jeremy Milbank, in the Open Masters F/G/H Doubles achieved a time of 1:49:06. Morgan Moriarty, racing in a Single achieved a time of 1:48:52, and Stephen Nichols and Veronica Yates, racing in the Mixed Masters D/E Doubles, achieving a time of 1:47:02.

Sophie Lovegrove and Pete Donovan, racing in a Mixed Masters B Double achieved a time of 1:44:36, but were narrowly beaten by the Mixed Masters B Double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch, who set a course record in a time of 1:44:25.

Mike Arnott and Pippa Kerry competed in the Mixed Masters F Double in a time of 1:44:15 and a composite crew from Deben and Sudbury, including the new Sudbury member Arsalan Zahid, competed in a Quad which achieved a time of 1:34:36, finishing in the second fastest time of all competing entries. Sophie Brown continued her success by setting a new category record for her PR2 Single in 2:52:17.

Finally, many congratulations go to the excellent performance of the Women’s Masters E Double of Teresa Moriarty and Tracy Muir, who won their race category in a time of 1:53:31, beating their opposition by 19 mins.

Well done to all competitors from Sudbury, who rowed hard and paced themselves well.

Sudbury Regatta 2019

The 3rd of August 2019 saw Sudbury Regatta on Friars Meadow at its finest. It was a gorgeous day with brilliant sunshine, blue skies and perfect rowing conditions. A beautiful summers day on the picturesque meadow, now packed full with competitors, boats, trailers, tents and spectators sitting expectantly on hay bales along the river bank waiting for the racing to start.

By 8am competitors were on the water and ready to race in the planned 204 races over 87 events! Sudbury achieved a brilliant set of wins, many excellent semi final races were seen from all crews and Sudbury set some new course records

Wins came from our Juniors in the WJ14 2x from Amy Wallace and Grace Power who won easily in a time of 03:05. In the WJ15.2 1x Evie Prager also won easily in 03:00 and set a new course record. In the WJ18 2x Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule won in 4 lengths in a time of 02:32.

The Mx 4x composite crew of Amelia Moule; Martha Bullen; Byron Bullen and Ben Mackenzie (PCRC), also set a new course record winning by 4 lengths in 02:07. Jen Titterington won as part of 2 composite crews with Lea Rowing Club in the W 8+ and W.1 4x, winning in a time of 01:09 and by 2 lengths in a time of 02:23 respectively (which was a new course record).

One of Sudbury’s new categories, the Parent and Child event saw a great win from Tony and Harry Moule, who looked supreme, winning in 5 lengths in a time of 02:28. Kate and Amy Wallace came through their Parent and Child semi final race to easily win, however they lost in the final against Gillian Lindsay and her daughter Emily from Wimbledon High School. G. Lindsay was a silver medalist at the Sydney Olympiad in 2000, so only losing by 3 lengths was still a great achievement for our Sudbury mother and daughter double!

The Adult squads also gave great performances and set several course records. Callum Power and Lucy Freeman (UTS) won the Mx.1 2x, setting a new course record, by 1 length in a time of 03:01. Mx MasE 2x of Sean Moriarty and Sarah Stirling won by 2 lengths in 02:44, with S. Stirling going on to win the W MasE 1x race by 1ft in a time of 03:01 and setting a new course record.

Robin King and Simon White won the Op MasD/E 2x in 02:30 by half a length (setting a new course record) and Sophie Lovegrove and Jen Ward continued their successes with a win in the W MasD 2x in 02:55 by one and a half lengths. 

The Op. MasD/E 4+ of cox Tricia Fincham; Lee Adams; Stephen Nichols; Tim Hysom and Paul Adams also took a very well deserved win in 02:21 by 2 lengths.

The Sudbury Men’s 8 wowed the crowds with their stunning performance in the Sprint Eights. Expertly coxed by Tricia Fincham they took an excellent racing line just pulling ahead at the halfway point with the other crew then pulling almost level again and racing side by side down the second half of the course.

The bank of spectators waited with baited breath to hear from the umpire that, (from bow) Tim Wallace; Robin King; Mark Tyrie; Pete Donovan; Tim Hysom; Stephen Nichols; Paul Adams and Lee Adams had indeed seized their triumph in a time of 01:04, winning by a nail biting quarter of a length! 

Sudbury Regatta was once again a tremendously pleasurable and successful event. The club members worked tirelessly over 3 days to ensure that all visiting club’s rowers, spectators and Sudbury Town had an entertaining and memorable event to visit and watch. We thank all of the visiting clubs and rowers for their participation, enthusiasm and brilliant rowing, who helped to make the event such a delightful one and a fantastic day of racing was enjoyed by everyone!

Members of the successful Junior Squad at Sudbury Regatta.

BR Junior Champs

The biggest ever British Rowing Junior Championships was held over the weekend of 19-21 July at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

1,671 junior rowers and coxes from 131 clubs competed against each other in a bid to be crowned British Champions at the three-day rowing event. Junior rowers travelled from all over the UK for what will be the final major rowing event of the season for many of them.

Friday, 19 July saw the J14 rowers compete in an Omnium event, where junior rowers gain points, which are used to determine the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals. Rowers compete in a number of events including races, skills tests and manoeuvrability. Stand rigger; Hands off; Slalom, amongst others, are some of the exercises that test their technical sculling skills and speed, before the day concludes with the J14 racing in quads over 1000m.

Harry Moule gave an outstanding performance in Omnium, coming third out of 63 competitors and winning the Bronze Medal. A massive Well Done to Harry for a brilliant achievement.

On Saturday and Sunday, J15, J16 and J18 crews raced in a combination of 1500m time trials and 2000m side-by-side racing.

Time trials on Saturday were held in very challenging conditions. A strong head wind created very choppy water, which is always a problem in a fine racing boat. Martha Bullen, rowing as part of the Isle of Ely Start Program WJ16 quad won the time trial with the fastest time, progressing to the semi-final on Sunday. Sam McLoughlin raced up a year in the J18 single sculls event against 62 other crews but unfortunately didn’t progress into the finals. Sam also teamed up with Byron Bullen in the J18 double sculls event competing against 30 other crews, where the conditions were very difficult, however they managed to progress to the D final where they had an excellent race to finish second to Tideway Scullers. Both their times were considerably faster than those in the C final.

Amelia Moule competed in the WJ18 single sculls event in a field of 40. Being a lightweight athlete, the head wind was tough, but she coped admirably and secured a place in the C Final which was another exciting race. Amelia was determined to succeed and rowed through some very good scullers to finish in a very creditable second position.

The last time trial of the day was Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule in the WJ18 double sculls. They had a solid race and finished second in a field of 25, progressing to the semi-finals. On Sunday they finished second in the semi-final taking them into the A final.

The finals on Sunday saw the Juniors continue to shine, as Martha Bullen competing with the Isle of Ely Start crew in the WJ16.4X achieved a GOLD Medal, and becoming British Champions. Later in the afternoon Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen competing in the WJ18.2X, won a Silver Medal. They had a closely fought battle with Hartpury College, missing out on gold by only half a length.

Amazing work and results by all Juniors this weekend, led sterlingly by Tony Moule’s coaching. Sudbury Rowing Club is immensely proud of you all!

Harry Moule, winner of the
Bronze Medal in the J14 Omnium
Tony Moule (coach) with Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen, winners of the Silver Medal in WJ18.2X

Norwich Head and Head of the East

Norwich Head

Sudbury Rowing Club continued its early success in January into 2019. Although the 23rd of February started foggy, an uncharacteristically warm and sunny day greeted SRC competitors for the Norwich Head of the River Race.

The Women’s Junior 15 quad of Grace Power; Emilie Larkin; Evie Prager; Amy Wallace and cox Amelia Moule took their second win in a time of 08:20, following on from their fantastic debut win earlier in the year.

More wins followed with the Men’s MasE VIII of Helen Sharp (cox), Lee Adams, Paul Adams, Stephen Nichols, Tim Hysom, Pete Donovan, Adrian Ablitt, Mike Arnott and Keith Paxman. They competed against two younger crews in their handicapped event over 5 Km. They set off last of the three, but quickly overhauled the crew from Norwich RC, passing them within the first two kilometres of the race. Sudbury maintained a strong rhythm through the middle twisting section of the course, and mounted a spirited final kilometre to finish in an adjusted time of 17:30.

In the Women’s single, Jen Titterington won first place in 22:04 with Amelia Moule taking 2nd place in 22:36. Titterington and Moule went on to win their Women’s double in a time of 20:51.

The Mixed MasB-D double of Jeremy Milbank and Kate Wallace came third in an adjusted time of 22:04 beating the Mix MasB double of Poppy Grosch and Tim Wallace into 4th place with a time of 22:51. This was Grosch and Wallace’s first race of the day, they then went on to win their second race in a time of 08:46.

In the afternoon, the Men’s MasD crew of Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Paul Adams and Stephen Nichols competed as a coxless IV, although they had no opposition, and so were rowing for a time only. This was only the third time they had rowed coxless but they performed well against the Open crews around them to finish in a creditable time of 20:26.

There were also a number of very good races achieving second and third places with the Men’s MasD double of Simon White and Robin King coming second in an adjusted time of 19:01.

The Junior 15 double of Harry Moule and Fergus Grant came second in a time of 07:44 and the J18 2x of Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin came second in 19:51.

The Women’s MasD quad of Teresa Moriarty; Tracey Muir; Rosemary Hogsbjerg and Sarah Stirling also achieved second place in a time of 21:10.

Mens MasE single of Sean Moriarty came third with a time of 28:03 and Moriarty also achieved third place together with Stirling in a Mixed MasD double with a time of 23:08.

St Neots Head of the East

Just over a week later saw several more SRC crews travelling to St Neots to compete in the inaugural Head of the East race. In total contrast to the previous weekend’s weather, the competitors had warning of Storm Freya and with some trepidation set off to race in their events.

The first and second division races were a little windy with a hint of sunshine at times. These more reasonable conditions benefitted the Women’s double of Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild (IPS) who, picking up a nice tailwind won their race with a time of 08:19.

Titterington also won her women’s single race in a time of 09:00, narrowly beating her doubles partner Goodchild (IPS) by just 4 seconds.

Mixed Masters E double of Pippa Kerry and Jeremy Milbank (above) achieved second place in a time of 09:14, with strong cross winds to contend with and very choppy conditions.

The Mixed MasB double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch also endured tough and very windy racing conditions and with blisters to show, also achieved second place with a time of 09:27.

Sadly, race officials had to take the decision to cancel Division 5 towards the end of the day. The wind had significantly gathered strength and even the river’s swans and ducks had got out of the water, taking shelter on the grassy banks instead.

This meant that SRC’s newly formed Ladies Quad of Debbie Nott; Jackie Lloyd; Veronica Yates; Angela Sayer and cox Pippa Kerry, looking to compete in their first race together in the ‘New To Racing’ category, had to be postponed. The crew took their disappointment in good spirits and de-rigged their boat after a very long day of anticipation.

A huge well done to all the SRC crews and competitors. Looking forward to the next race at the Vesta Vets Head of the River on March 31st.

If you are reading this article and thinking you or someone you know may like to try rowing, Sudbury Rowing club’s next Learn to Row course for Adults starts on the 13th April.

Email to enquire.

Amanda Ashton.

Mixed MasB double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch
Mr. Andrew Blit (Chair of Eastern Region Rowing Council),
presenting Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild (IPS) with their prizes.

Star New Year Head

Sudbury Rowing Club’s New Year got off to a tremendous start at Bedford Star’s Head of the River Race on Sunday 13th of January. It was a bright but cold and windy day and the course was slightly shortened due to a fallen tree near the race starting point.

A grand total of 8 wins were achieved with the Junior squad delivering a fantastic performance, winning 5 of the first places.

Starting with Harry Moule in the J14 1x with a time of 6:06; Fergus Grant in the J15 1x with a time of 7:53; and Amelia Moule, WJ18 1x with a time of 7:55.

Junior doubles, Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen competed in the WJ18 2x with a time of 7:02 and Sam McLoughlin and Byron Bullen in the J18 2x with a time of 6.44. The Women’s crews also put in a brilliant performance with the Master’s double of Sophie Lovegrove and Jen Ward winning both of their races with a best time of 07:44 and the Sudbury/Ipswich double of Bev Goodchild and Jen Titterington with a time of 06:55.

In addition to all of the club’s wins there was some very close and exciting racing seen for a number of second places in very windy and choppy rowing conditions. Promising new racing teams took their first competitive steps, notably the Junior Girls coxed quad of Grace Power; Emilie Larkin; Evie Prager; Amy Wallace and cox Amelia Moule, achieving a time of 7:53, racing for the very first time along with a mixed Masters Double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch, who achieved a best time of 08:14.

The men’s teams also performed well, achieving some good times including the Men’s Masters coxed four of Lee Adams; Tim Hysom; Stephen Nichols; Paul Adams; Cox Helen Sharp, achieving a best time of 6:41 and the Men’s Master double of Simon White and Robin King with a time of 7:09.

A huge well done to all competitors and a great start to the year ahead.

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.