Sudbury Rowing Club attended their first away racing of 2004 at Norwich over the 4000 metre course. This venue is always useful for its longer, wider stretch of water, in comparison to the River Stour at Sudbury. Due to the timing ofthis race, it also offers the opportunity for essential race experi ence in preparation for one of the biggest, most prestigious events coming up in 3 few weeks.
Sudbury Rowing Club entered five crews over the two divisions. First to race was Ken Last in the Senior single souls, who irished as the second fastest single in a time of 18 minutes 29 seconds.
Two men's Senior 2 eights were entered from Sudbury. The A crew. comprising Antony Moule, Pau Hamblett, Charles Howard, Ben Formesyn, Tony Hogsbjerg, Ken Last, Adan Dunn and Peter Ord (stroke) coxed by Claire Everest, finished third in their event in time of 15 minutes 22 seconds. The B crew was unfortunate to lose one of their crew members to illness just hours before the race, but was able to find 3 substitute to enable them to
compete. The crew of Simon White, Keith Paxman, Rob Weller, Jeremy Fisher, Julie Sutton, Matthew Holdcroft, Ken Mills and Mike Arnott (stroke) coxed by Jessica Dixon came in fourth in a time of 16 minutes 36 seconds.
Vicky Leonard and Rosemary Hogsbjerg competed withou direct opposition in the Women's Senior 2 codess pairs event, but did overtake 3 womens double scull, finishing in a time of 20 minutes 8 seconds.
Dawn Frost also sculled in the Women's Senior 3 singles event, and beat her opposition to take the winners medal in a time of 20 minutes 56 seconds.
Better organised by the host club than in previous years, all the Sudbury crews agreed this was 3 useful and enjoyable days racing, with some creditable results .