Wallingford Long Distance Sculls
On Saturday 24th September three scullers from Bewl entered Wallingford Long Distance Sculls, which is a popular head race over an upstream course of 4,250m. The course is quite scenic, but with some tricky bends and overhanging willow trees - as well as the odd cabin cruiser.
Mike Maunsell , Jonathan Morris and Sarah Morris entered in their singles in Division 1, which had 260 crews in various categories. Such a large entry meant a long wait up at the start, but several hours later the race was eventually under way, and at least the weather remained dry.
On this occasion the men didn't return with any silverware, although witnessed a couple of other scullers capsize dramatically on the course and encounter hazards such as the odd sculler embedded in the bank. However, there was Bewl success when Sarah won Womens' Masters E singles by over two minutes in a time of twenty minutes and seven seconds, as well as comfortably beating the time of the age category below.
BEWL JUNIORS ROWING CAMP
Bewl juniors held a rowing camp weekend over the August bank holiday coinciding with the ‘nation’s biggest sports day IAmTeamGB’.
The weekend started off with a 14K row on Saturday morning followed by a talk on Nutrition, a water based skills session and a presentation on recovery by Miles. The juniors rose to the challenge and had a fantastic day. The day concluded with a BBQ with friends and family.
The Sunday sessions, mainly water based were disrupted slightly due to the weather. But the rowing Omnium time trials went ahead successfully, and we look forward to the results. This was a great end to the summer, and beginning to winter training. The juniors were fantastic, positive and motivated for the whole weekend.
While the rowing camp was underway, Bewl had 6 new Learn to Row Juniors down. On the Saturday they managed to get an opportunity to experience rowing on the water in training boats. They returned on the Sunday but the conditions were too challenging for LTR, so a land based boat instruction and ergo session was done. Well done to all those involved.
BEWL AT KINGSTON REGATTA
We had 16 Bewl crews racing a Kingston Regatta over the two days with 14 Junior and 2 Masters crew racing. Conditions were generally good but a variable wind and the water "bounce" from launches
making racing a little more challenging. There is also the enclosure side bay which we should name Bewl bay as we were frequently drawn into it.
Firstly congratulations to Mary-Jane & Ashleyon their WJ15 2x WIN- a good win (3 ½ Lengths) in the final against local rivalsMaidstone RC having won their heat (Surbiton High School) and
semi-final (Molesey RC) - there were 11 crews in the event. Great racing and good to see the broad smiles on faces holding their tankards and trophy.
But aside from this great result there were many positives from the day. Alex & Myrtle also racing in WJ15 2x won their first regatta race beating Hillingdon RC and Surbiton in their heat –
excellent performance - but got drawn into Bewl Bay in their semi and were beaten byMaidstone RC. As above revenge was taken by Bewl in the final. In the other half of the division with another 11
crews Saskia & Mimi were narrowly beaten (a canvas - 6ft) by Tradesman RC.
For those in the know – the clubs we were racing, meant we had strong opposition all day. Tim & Sam in the J15 2x also had a great day, especially as for Sam it is his first regatta season.
They beat Guildford and City of Oxford in their heat but lost in the semi narrowly toMolesey ½ length but beating Weybridge RC. This was a great effort to try and secure a place in the final.
In brief some other points of note:
Well done to all for a great two days of racing and we were delighted to see how competitive the squad is becoming at an event such as Kingston Regatta
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ex-Bewl Junior Grace MacDonald, now part of Oxford Brookes Boat Club, won the women's eight at the European University Championsips (EUSA) in Zagreb, Croatia today.
This is only one of Grace's many acheivements this season in her Brookes crew, winning a bronze at the Senior British Championships in October, winning the intermediate pennant at WEHORR in March and taking double gold at BUCs in the women's eight and four.
Grace has gone from strength to strength and now holds both the National and European titles in her Brookes eight.
Well done Grace!
National Schools Regatta 2016 at Eton Dorney
Well done to our Boys J14 4x+, J18 2X, J18 1X and our Girls WJ15 4x+.
National Schools Regatta is an extremely tough event, but is a great experience to see the other crews and the standards at the top end of the age groups. Given the amount of water time Bewl crews have compared to rowing schools they equipped themselves extremely well.
The boys J14 4X+ in the time trial section came 23rd in the 1st boat crews out of 34. (This would have placed them 8th in second boat crews time trial). This result was good enough to get them through to the D Final against crews including Wallingford, Windsor Boys and Gt Marlow Sch. The crew of Thomas, AlexB, Marcus, Ewan coxed by AlexS came 4th beating Oratory & Gt Marlow - well done all! Well done also to Robbie and Ollie in the J18 2X and Robbie in the J18 single.
The girls 4x + came 34th out of a field of 48 in their time trial, (their time would have placed them 9th in the second boat crew ahead of LEH ! - Lady Eleanor Holles Sch which many a womens rower will tell you is top rowing school) so again a great performance. Well done girls - a fantastic achievement.
Great to see the Junior crews giving some great performances at the top UK Junior event.
Masters Champs, Saturday 11th July
Bewl Bridge had a fantastic weekend at the Masters Champs on Saturday 11th July. The forecast of rain and drizzle was wide of the mark, and the morning dawned with a light tailwind with a very unusually smooth National Watersports rowing lake at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham. First off were the Masters C4x of Rod McLean, Ben Long, Mark Northwood and Angus Bogle who progressed through to the final with ease. Next up was Mike Maunsell and David Sannachan in MasE2x who sucumbed to strong opposition. The last heat in this division was the family Morris Mixed E2x of Jonathan and Sarah who won their heat and progressed smoothly into the final. So on to the first set of finals - the MasC4x had a great start, heading the field at 250m, but a stronger Monmouth crew moved past to take the title by half a length, with BBRC taking silver ahead of a fast Maidenhead crew in bronze and local rivals Ardently in 4th. In the Mixed E2x final, Sarah and Jonathan won gold convincingly.
In the second Division, the MasD4x of Hagen Jahnich came back in in place of Ben and had his first outing after 7 weeks out with a cracked rib. Hagen, Rod, Mark and Angus moved through to the finals with a tactical race. Sarah Morris won her heat of Womens MasE1x, and the second set of Finals was on. The MasD4x powered in to the lead, and were comfortable ahead at 500m, eventually winning Gold by some 2 lengths. Sarah had a gruelling final, down under a second at 500m, which grew to 1 length from Exeter RC at the finish to give BBRC another silver to the haul so far.
In the last Division, Ben moved through to the final comfortably in MasC1x, whilst Angus and Rod also made it through to the final of MasD2x. Sarah and Jonathan reformed for the lower age of Mixed D2x in a straight final. Sitting 2 seconds down in second at 500m, they powered through to win their second gold of the day. Ben’s MasC1x final was a tough one, with the winner from Monmouth being of high pedigree, easily leading the field including Ben in 5th. So the final BBRC race of the day was the MasD2x final - which could be called “a Bewl Bridge too far”!! 6 races for old blokes is a lot, and while still with overlap on the 3rd placed boat at 800m, they had little left for the final sprint and so remained in 4th place at the line.
So a great day for the Club with the final tally of 3 Golds and 2 Silvers, and leaving BBRC at 13th place in the Victor Ludorum for the two days of competition, despite not having entered any boats for the sweep rowing on the Sunday!! And as we put the last boat on the trailer, finally the predicted rain began to fall….even the weather had behaved itself.
Peterborough Spring Regatta 2016
Bewl Bridge Rowing Club took 11 crews to Peterborough regatta. This a multi lane regatta with racing over 1000 metres. The juniors had another great day of racing, in singles, doubles and quads. Most of the crews got through to the finals with some great competition. The girls J16 4X won their race in style. Great racing and lots to build on for the rest of the regatta season.
Winning J16 4X crew, Georgina, Freya, Ashley and Hannah getting their winning pots from Peterborough's president and coach.
Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta 15 May
Jonathan and Sarah Morris raced at the above regatta looking for some multi-lane practice. In the singles (Masters E) Sarah narrowly lost out in a tight race to last year's National Champion (Bedford) in the four lane final, well ahead of the other scullers. In his final, Jonathan was grateful for being on the "easier" side of the draw, and after taking a two length lead over Putney and Peterborough, held that during the rest of the race to collect his medal.
They then raced in the mixed "E" doubles final against Birmingham, Derwent and Putney. They had to chase an 8 second start that Birmingham had (being an "F") crew, but had a clear lead by he final 250m thus collecting a further Bewl win.
Meanwhile, another Bewler, Mike Maunsell, was seen sculling as a sub in a Maidstone "C" quad, and after a tight race in a boat that liked steering in one particular direction, they won their final.
Bewl Success at Eton Dorney
Bewl Bridge Rowing Club took 11 junior crews to Ball Cup Regatta at Eton Dorney on Sunday 8th May. The juniors had a fantastic day racing, resulting in 2 gold medals and 4 bronze medals. The
overriding aim of the Ball Cup Regatta is to give small and emerging clubs and their competitors a chance to competition. It was a great opportunity for our developing juniors to compete in a
multi-lane event at the venue for the Olympics 2012.
The race length was 750 metres and the winning girls quad led from the start. As part of training over the past few weeks, all the Bewl crews have been practicing starts on Bewl Straight at the
reservoir. This paid off, and gave the girls enough of a lead to edge a win from Exeter rowing club by 0.7 of a second. Robbie in the J18 single had great competition, with 10 crews entered in this
event. In his heat Robbie dominated with an easy win. In the final Robbie approach the last 100 metres sitting a tight second to Bournemouth College. With the cheering of the crowds he sculled
confident and hard, taking the lead within a few metres of the finish line - great racing.
Gold medal crews: WJ16 4X (Ashley, Georgina, Eliza, Hannah), J18 1X (Robbie)
Bronze medal crews: J14 2X (Alex, Marcus), J16 2X (Will, Elliot), WJ18 4X (Nina, Eliza, Georgina, Hannah), J14 4X+ (Alex, Marcus, Ewan, Thomas, cox Ashley).
Bewl Junior Squad at Ball Cup: Ashley Stone, Eliza Grant, Georgina Burns, Hannah Morten, Nina Jahnich, Alex Britton, Marcus Hobson, Ewan Burns, Thomas Millington, Will Chudley, Elliot House, Sam Sheppard, Robbie Britton.
National Schools' Regatta Grant
Bewl Juniors are delighted to hear that the National Schools' Regatta Committee have supported Bewl Juniors with a grant to purchase a new junior double. The junior squad has been growing in depth and strength over the past couple of years and this boat will provide them valuable equipment for training and racing. Thank you so much.
The Rowing Foundation Grant
Bewl Juniors were delighted to hear that The Rowing Foundation has supported them with a grant for junior equipment, THANK YOU.
Bewl Bridge Rowing Club Juniors have had a great year of racing and fund raising, Our rowing successes have included wins at Regattas : Walton and Weybridge and Kingstone. Heads : Maidstone and Alton. They have been represented at the National Schools Regatta and are about to take part in the Junior Regional Regatta in Nottingham. The Juniors have been fantastic in taking part in the boat fund raising events of 'SUNSET TO SUNRISE', and the CEILIDH. The support of this grant is a fantastic aid for the Juniors boat and equipment fund. We strive for more juniors to have the opportunity to train and race for Bewl.
'HEAD OF BEWL WATER' RACE
For the first time since 1986, Bewl Bridge Rowing Club held a 'Head of Bewl Water' rowing and sculling race on Sunday 20th March.
The race was a time trial over 4.3km, the full length of Bewl Reservoir. 54 club members (over half of whom were juniors) raced in 22 boats. Almost all club’s boats and oars were put to use. The wind and water conditions were challenging for young and old, especially for the single scullers, the youngest of whom was 14 years old. Happily, determination and good boat skills saw all crews home without calling on the safety launches.
The quickest crew of the day was Robbie Britton and Ollie Mumford in a J18 Double Scull, who finished in a little over 18 minutes.
The day was made possible by the support of club members and family, who acted as marshals, safety boat crew and timekeepers. The Club is tremendously grateful for their support and for the support of the Bewl Water rangers who ferried race officials around the reservoir.
The day finished with coffee and cakes, which raised £200 in aid of Sport Relief. All in all, a successful and fun club day, which the Club aims to repeat.
Alton Spring Head 2016
Bewl Bridge Rowing club took 19 oarsmen/women/juniors to Alton Spring Head at Alton Reservoir in Suffolk. It was a lovely day with perfect water conditions. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. This provided a perfect first regatta for juniors Will Retallick and Alex Aitken. There were two distances 3200 and 2000 and all Bewl crews enjoyed the chance to compete in perfect racing conditions. Three wins provided a great end to the day. W Novice 2X - Freya and G, WJ16 2X - G and Hannah, J18 1X - Robbie. Well done everyone.
BEWL CEILIDH: Celebrating 40 years of Bewl Bridge Rowing
Bewl Bridge Rowing Club celebrated 40 years of Rowing with a Club Ceilidh in a 17th century barn at the Plough in Leigh. With 120 Bewl members and their families present, there was excellent participation in all the dances by all ages. The evening celebrated rowing at Bewl with a photo display covering the history of Bewl and the enjoyment and successes of members over the years. A big thank you to those that helped make it a success by joining in the spirit of the whole event including great raffle support which raised funds towards more junior boats. Thank for to all for a fantastic evening.
Maidstone Spring Head of the River – February 28th 2016
Bewl Juniors were well represented at our local Maidstone Spring Head of the River race. The Head was raced over 2500 metres upstream over 4 divisions. Well done to everyone that competed it was a freezing day, but made worthwhile by 2 junior wins and some great performances. Congratulations to our winners the J14 2X Alex and Marcus, and the J18 2X Robbie and Ollie.
Jonathan and Sarah Morris represented the senior section of the club. They won Masters E/F/G doubles, and were the fastest Masters open or mixed doubles crew with a time of 9.55. They also picked up further medals in their single scull events in Masters C/D/E and in Womens Masters C/D/E/F where Sarah won by over 40 seconds before any category handicap (which then made the margin larger than this).
Hence this made five Bewl wins in total for the day.
Well done everyone.
SUNSET2SUNRISE: Bewl Rowing Club Junior Ergo Challenge
Bewl Bridge Rowing Club held a boat fund raising 12 hour Junior Ergo challenge: ‘SUNSET2SUNRISE’. The challenge took place over the night of the 19/20th December and was part of the club’s Boat Fund raising drive to purchase new junior racing boats.
30 juniors aged between 13 and 18, were in teams of 6, each team member rowing 10 minutes per hour for 12 hours. The juniors were supported overnight with a student team and a master’s team. This was a serious challenge but the rowers rose to challenge with over 1 million metres being recorded between the teams. This was the first marathon challenge for many of the rowers and they should be proud of their achievement. The fund raising total has exceeded expectations, with the first racing double target nearly achieved.
START 19.30 The night started with excitement, sleeping bags, onesies, and picnics. There was ergo enthusiasm, dancing to ABBA…. Tailored off about 02.00hrs to blisters, tweaks and twinges and the increasing desire to sleep. But kept going by the ever pounding beat of Miles' music until 06.30hrs. LAST HOUR, the desire and competitiveness broke loose and they drove that ergo. Well done, Wooo….
1 MILLION METRES !!!!!
FINALE 07.30 Bacon butties!
Rowers taking part: Nina Jahnich, Saskia Daviron, Esme Rogerson, Will Retallick, Patrick Monaghan, Ollie Mumford, Millie Counsell, Myrtle Greenwood, Alexander Britton, Jonathon Cleaves, Robbie Britton, Hannah Morten, Susie Jahnich, Thomas Millington, Ibrahim Khan-Ghauri, Edmund Mayne, Alex Silk, Lucy Horner, Harriet Das, Mariam Khan-Ghauri, William Tuppen, Ben Mumford, Will Chudley, Georgina Burns, Freya Miller, Ewan Burns, Tim Purves, Elliot House, Lawrence Mayne, Miles Watson, Wendy Morten, David Morten, Wendy Burns, Alastair Burns, Rob Purves, Will Bryant, Richard Poole, Craig Morten. Ergo helpers Hana and Ahmar , Alex, Georgia and Jackie.
Bewl Juniors out in force at Maidstone Small Boats Head, 4th October 2015
Bewl Bridge Rowing club had a squad of 29 juniors at Maidstone Small boats Head racing over 2500 metres upstream in four divisions. Entered in a mix of quads, doubles and singles the squad picked up four wins. Winning Novice 4X+ Luke Ridley, Ed Mayne, Lawrence Mayne, Patrick Rose coxed by Freya Miller (picture below). Robbie Britton and Ollie Mumford continued their good form winning J18 2X, Other winning crews included Ollie Mumford and Lucy Horner entered in mixed IM2X, and Thomas Millington, Marcus Hobson, Alexander Britton, Ewan Burns coxed by Saskia Daviron won J14 4X+.
Bewl Junior Squad: Robbie Britton, Ollie Mumford, Patrick Rose, Ed Mayne, Lawrence Mayne, Luke Ridley, Lucy Horner, Elliot House, Will Chudley, Ben Mumford, Patrick Moynaghan, Ibrahim Khan-Ghauri, Ewan Burns, Will Tuppen, Alexander Britton, Tim Purves, Thomas Millington, Hannah Morten, Georgina Burns, Freya Miller, Laura Schlich. Molly Vincent, Saskia Daviron, Maryam Khan-Ghauri, Harriet Das, Lucy Butler, Mary-Jane Maynard, Myrtle Greenwood, Ashley Stone.
Great Ouse Marathon, Denver to Queen Adelaide Bridge 22km, Sunday 6th September 2015
This year three crews from BBRC took on the Great Ouse Marathon hoping to improve on last year’s excellent performances. This race requires not only stamina but also some careful planning to get the boats, trestles and trailer in the right places before boating. Once again the organisers had managed to pick a good day for rowing with no rain and light winds.
Jonathan Morris took on the task in his single hoping to break the course record. Unfortunately he was swamped by a passing motor vessel and lost some time getting his hands dry again; Despite this, he went on to win the MasE1x category in an excellent time of 1:43:10, just 44sec outside the course record. The men’s 8 raced as a MasC8+ this year having previously raced at IM3 level. The crew were almost the last crew to boat but made good progress through the field to win their category in a time of 1:30:16. More pots for BBRC! This was also another course record. The MxMasE2- of Rowena Suthers and Duncan Bliss, one of only four pairs to enter, were rowing unopposed in their category but were chasing their own course record set last year. Despite rowing in the wake of a motor vessel for over 14km they managed to take over 11mins off their course record time and finished in 1:53:55, just 3 minutes behind an IM3 2-.
All in all, three crews brought home two wins and two course records for BBRC.