Pairs Head, 14 October 2017
Bewl entered seven doubles in the Pairs Head this year, which must be a record for us. The Pairs Head is the largest race of its kind with over 500 crews racing from Chiswick Bridge down to Harrods wall, which is over 4km. The weather was kind and Bewl crews acquitted themselves well. There was some drama involving a couple of incidents with obstacles, and also time penalties added to the final times of two crews, but overall, a good time was had by all. Excellent refreshments afterwards in the October sunshine - thanks to Angus and others for the cakes, and Hagen for towing.
The Bewl crews that took part are listed below with Hagen and Rod winning Mas D/E and Sarah and Jonathan winning Mx Mas D/E. Full results and further details are available on the Pairs Head website.
Hagen & Rod - Mas D/E 1st
Angus & Ben - Mas B/C
Sarah & Jonathan - Mx Mas D/E 1st
Mike & Mark - Mas D/E
Paul & Jenny - Mx Mas B/C
Richard & Annie - Mx Mas D/E
John & Rowena - Mx Mas F/G
Maidstone Autumn Head 2017
Bewl had 27 entries at Maidstone Head. We had a fantastic event, bringing our Juniors and Masters together. We had 7 wins. Masters D Hagen and Rod, IM2 Mike and Ben, WJ14 2X Biba and Martha, WJ14 4X+ Abbie, Biba, Martha, Jess, cox Alex, J17 2X Tim and Will, WJ18 4X+ Mary, Ashley, Hannah, Alex, cox Abbie, WN 2X Ella and Saskia. A big congratulations also to our developing Junior squad, some of which was their first event. You did great... Thank you again for the Aitken Combie providing bacon butties, coffee and tea.
Wallingford Long Distance Sculls, 30 September 2017
Bewl had two wins at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls - a challenging upstream course of 4.2k with over 500 crews in the various categories. In the morning division Jonathan Morris won Mas E 1x, while in the afternoon division Sarah Morris comfortably won WMas E 1x. All very well organised by Wallingford Rowing Club, with large numbers of helpful marshalls and volunteers making it an enjoyable event.
BBRC 40 Year Ceilidh celebration at The Plough, Leigh
Thank you every one who made this a special celebration and raise funds for new club quad blades. Our President and founding member Chris Willis was presented with an amazing plaque to commemorate the past 40 years by our captain Rob Miller. What a great evening of fun and dancing...
Great Ouse Marathon: Sunday 3rd September
Two Bewl crews entered the 21.6k race from Denver in Norfolk to Ely in Cambridgeshire. There was a very strong southerly wind all day which meant a direct headwind for the whole course, so no course records were going to be threatened. It was estimated that the headwind slowed the largest boats (eg an eight) by about 10 minutes, and the smallest boats (singles) by eg 20 to 30 minutes compared to a "good" year.
Jonathan and Sarah Morris beat the other mixed masters doubles (MD2x and MC2x) in a time of 1 hour 43 minutes 17 seconds and were also the fastest overall masters crew in all categories.
Rowena Suthers raced her single (ME1x). She finished in a very respectable 2 hours 18 minutes 18 seconds, beating about 30 other boats of various ages and descriptions, including some womens' doubles, a mixed double and womens' singles.
As usual, excellent hospitality afterwards at the Isle of Ely rowing club. A good event to aim for as a start to autumn/winter training.