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2nd Bewl Virtual Head Series


Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2nd Bewl Virtual Head Series. We had a fantastic entry of 51 Clubs represented with 638 athletes entered in 977 Crews. The ergatta offered indoor rowing and running entries for all Juniors, Seniors, Masters and Adaptive rowing AR1, AR2, AR3.





Fastest 5k Overall: Ed Wild MAA 16.38 (Water Rower) Valentin Piticariu MAA 16.55.2 (C2 Static) & James Bennett DBY 16.58.4.


Fastest Junior 5k: Sam O’Connor J18 in 17.07.9


Fastest 5k Women & Junior Women: Abigail Dawson LEA WJ17 in 18.49.2 with 2nd Tamara Tymczyszyn LEA WJ18 in 19.18.2 & Arianna Forde LEA WJ18 in 3rd with 19.21.9.


A notable performance in the Men’s AR3 category, was Chris Boys (GUI) time for the 1k was 3.54.3. This performance was within 1% of the current world record for 60 to 69 year olds PR3 (PD) which is currently held by an Australian, James Johnson in 3.52.4. This puts Chris, 68 years old, within 1% of the world record. Needless to say, he now has it in his sights. Chris, we wish every success in your world record challenge.


A big well done everyone. A newsletter summary of the event will be emailed soon. A big thank you to Jamie and Dave of organising and managing the event.


BBRC Virtual Ergatta Head 28th to 31st January 2021



An event that is a stato’s delight!

For BBRC we had 87 Bewlers take part with 32 different category wins in the Ergatta Head (including composites) in 136 crew combinations.

In the Women’s 5000m event, Louise Allen was our top performer 19.43 (Mas B, C2) followed by Sarah Pannell our best Junior performance in 20.11 (J18, C2) with Grace Fleming 20.25 (U23, C2) and Immy Macdonald 20.30 (U23, C2) third and fourth fastest respectively. Over the 3000m our best Women’s performance was Rosie Foster 11.50 (J18, WR).

Over 5000m the top men’s performances came from Crawford Burden 17.58 (Mas C; C2), Graham Jarvis 18.11 (Mas F; Lwt; WR); Rod McLean 18.13 (Mas D; RP3) then two U23s Nick Luck 18.18 and Seb Murray 18.25, Oliver Lawton J18 on 18.25. In the 3000m Sean Northwood led the way with a 10.22 (J17; RP3).

In Crew Events Congratulations to all our Winners across 32 events, with notable top crew performances coming from the following crews:

5000m Men: U23 2x: Nick Luck & Seb Murray; MasC 2x: Crawford Burden and James Maycock; J18 2x Oliver Lawton & Theo Briscoe.

5000m Women: U23 Grace Fleming, Immy Macdonald, Jemima Burden and Imy Bantick (BAU) in their two Doubles and Quad as well as the WJ18 2x of Sarah Pannell and Susi Jahnich.

The list Bewlers that won an event as winners in 1x, 2x and 4x including Mixed Crews includes: Alastair Burns; Alex Britton; Alison Henderson; Amelia Kent; Anna Maycock; Bea Johnson; Biba Rabjohns; Christa Purves; Colin Cracknell; Crawford Burden; David Morten; Doug Johnstone; Emily Maycock; Finn Lewis; Gordon Hayes; Grace Fleming; Graham Jarvis; Hagen Jähnich; Helen Lawton; Immy Macdonald; Imy Bantick (BAU); James Maycock; Jemima Burden; Jesseme Cable (BUR); Kathy Cracknell; Kirsty Barden; Lawrence Williams; Lilly Howard (NHS); Louise Allen; Maddy Johnson; Matt Purves; Michael Pye; Mike Phelan; Rob Purves; Robert Pinckney; Rod McLean; Rosie Foster; Saskia Wood; Sean Northwood; Sophie Pepper; Suzanne Davies; Tessa Mills; Wendy Morten.

Congratulations to all.

You will be pleased to know we retained our credentials as a Rowing Club and failed to win any of the Run Categories – that’s no dis-respect to our runners, we just know you go faster in a boat!






After the Success of Bewl Bridge Rowing Club’s 2020 Ergatta series during lockdown 1, BBRC set about arranging another Virtual Ergatta Head Series during Lockdown 3. The response was fantastic after what’s been a difficult year of restrictions for everyone, in keeping up momentum with training, with few events.


The first Ergatta was run over several days 28th – 31st January 2021, and was open to all age groups and categories. The event had options of 3K, 5K ergo’s and a 5K run alternative for those with no ergo. Individuals were entered under their club and put into crew combinations for a competitive feel. The Ergatta was free to enter with encouragement to donate to charity.


We had 504 individual entries from 41 clubs, making up 724 crew combinations. The age range was from J13 to Masters I. Clubs were represented from all around the country from Exeter to Inverness, including universities, schools, and clubs.


The overall winner and fastest junior was Gabriel Obholzer J18 from Tideway Scullers School in a stunning time of 16.18.8 for 5K ergo. The overall women’s winner and fastest Junior was Abigail Dawson WJ17 from The Lea in a time of 18.58.2, closely followed by Olivia Lafond WJ17 from Tideway Scullers School in a time of 18.58.8. Well done on fantastic racing.


Other notable performance at Masters level:

Mas G - Bob Milligan, Poplar Blackwell & District ARC, in a time of 18.56.3.

Mas H - Graham Spittle, The Lea, in a time of 19.03.8.

WMas F – Fiona Jamie, Shoreham RC, in a time of 20.35.6.

WMas G – Sarah Springman, Belvoir, in a time of 20.54.8


Full results



We received positive feedback:

 for what you are doing to enable us all to take part in this even

“Thank you for what you are doing to enable us all to take part in this event”. Niall Pearcey, Isle of Ely Rowing Club.


‘Thanks for another great effort, to give us all an enjoyable challenge for the weekend”. Andrew Rudkin, Hollowell Scullers.


“While training for potential GB selection, this was a great opportunity to race against so many strong athletes from across the country” Abigail Dawson, The Lea, (fastest women).


“The real benefit for me was that we had juniors from all squads participating. It was highly motivating for many of our younger, less experienced athletes, to race on zoom alongside our more seasoned rowers. The use of staggered starts made the finish most exciting”. Mark Cushway, The Lea, Director of Junior Rowing.


A big thank you to David Morten and Jamie Mac Donald (BBRC junior coaches) for organising the event and results, bringing together the rowing community. There was a great community feel with exchanges via social media and lots of photos.


The next Virtual Head will take place 18th – 21st Feb 2021.




Ardingly College Boat Club

Ardingly Rowing Club

Bath University BC

Bedford Rowing Club

Belvoir RC

Bewl Bridge RC

Bexhill RC

Broadland BC

Burway RC

Canterbury Pilgrims

City of Sheffield RC

Curlew RC

Exeter RC

Globe Rowing Club

Hollowell Scullers

Inverness RC

Isle of Ely RC

King's School Rochester Boat Club

Kings College London

Kingston Grammar School BC

Kingston RC

Lea RC

Lewes Pilot Gig Club

Lymington ARC

Maidstone Invicta

Medway Towns Rowing Club

Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Boat Club

Norwich High School BC

Pembroke College BC

Poplar and Blackwell District

Putney Town RC

Shoreham Rowing Club

Strathclyde Park RC

Sudbury RC

Tees RC

Thames Tradesmen's RC

Tideway Scullers School

Weybridge RC

Yare BC





Thank you to everyone who took part in BBRC's ergatta. We had 504 entries from 41 clubs. Results:



Captain’s Blog December 2020


Dear Bewlers,


It’s been a long time since the last newsletter in June, but since then we were able gradually to increase the amount of on-water rowing over the summer and autumn as the restrictions were lifted. Members in aggregate have had nearly 2,300 outings since restarting in May.  This is despite the 2nd lockdown in November – it is amazing how it adds up! There was some glorious weather over the summer and I think that all those who managed to get out felt very refreshed and glad to be back out on Bewl again.

Sadly, there has been almost no racing at all since March - Rod and Hagen managed to enter and win two events at Weybridge Silver Sculls in October but I think that was it!  We couldn’t even manage to hold the Autumn Bewl Head on the water, but thanks to David and Jamie, we held our second virtual Bewl Head in November.  Whilst It was great to get those competitive juices going again, and we do hope to hold some Ergattas in the New Year, I do hope the Spring Bewl Head will be back on the wet stuff! A number of members entered BRIC, with some impressive results (report later in the newsletter), so well done to them.


We’ve made a few opportunistic purchases – 4 sets of sculling blades from the GB Womens LWT squad; a Janousek 4-/x called Simon Brooke from Pangbourne School which was funded by the sale of Tenterden (4x) and the money saved by not going ahead with its planned refurb; and 2 singles to add to our fleet.


On some of the hottest days of the year, a few members got out their chainsaws (boys with toys!) and coppiced the bank at the top of the site to clear it and make room for another new rack to cater for the ever-increasing demand for racking, which is now in place.

University of London BC enjoyed very much their visit to Bewl in October, visiting for the first time since 1980 – there is video footage of them from then, with our President Chris Willis featured briefly.  The links are below if you are interested – see if you can spot Chris!  ULBC hope to come back early next year if possible, and we have had enquiries from other clubs to do something similar, producing a good revenue stream if we can accommodate it.


The Juniors also hosted Lea RC for a joint training session, which went down very well with both clubs, particularly given the isolation we have all had.


John put up some great shelves in the boat shed over the summer, but unfortunately our leaky roof is doing them no good.  We will try to repair it asap, but in any event, the leak, the water under the door and general condensation makes the shed very damp in winter, so don’t leave any clothing around please.


Finally, as I write this, the tiering system has just changed, the coronavirus infection rate is increasing significantly in our area and so my crystal ball is rather cloudy as to what lies ahead.  However, to help us be able to stay open as much as possible, I ask you all to adhere to our COVID-19 protocols to keep you and others as safe as we can when down at Bewl.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may we all give 2020 a big kick in to touch!



ULBC training at Bewl in 1979:

ULBC 4+ at Bewl in 1979:



December 2020

BBRC Juniors join Virtual BRIC

A large squad of BBRC Juniors slowly but surely signed up for BRIC during lockdown. The event over the weekend of 4th and 5thDecember was in a virtual side by side race format. We had many BBRC Juniors looking for pb’s and some looking to make a statement as part of their Junior selection credentials.

With Jamie at the helm of the BBRC Juniors and Richard overseeing WCS athletes, we had 17 Juniors take part - Susi, Sarah, Oliver, Jack, Anna, Emma, Sienna, Amelia, Sofia, Lara, Emily, Ottilie, Saskia, Biba, Sophie and Keyan. All the Juniors had to ensure that they were BRIC ready and Jamie helped prepare and check that that we minimised any pre-Race technical panics – if your race was scheduled for 15:04 you needed to be ready to go and not be updating your Concept 2 firmware!

In SF G (Sixth Form Girls), Sarah did a 7:36.7 for her 2000m placing her 20th and Susi came 33rd in 8:10.5. Keyan came 4th in his SF B 2000m with 6:14.4 (beaten by Obholzer in a stunning 5:54.7 and then athletes from CZE and UKR) with Oliver 43rd in 6.53.7. Keyan picked up a win in the JM4 (4x 2min) with a team from Junior Trials including Sam O’Connor (Lea RC – visited at half term Bewl camp) and Max Bird/Ed Fuller. Olly came 24th in the SF B 500m with 1:28.5 and Susi came 29th in SF G 500m with 1:49.7.

In Yr 9 B 4min, Jack came 16th with a PB of 989m and Anna in Yr 9 G 500m came 27th with a pb of 2.02.7.  In the Yr10 Girls 500m, we had Emma 7th in 1:47.5; Amelia 18th in 1.53.8 and Sienna 22nd in 1:54.9. In the Yr10 G 5mins, Emma came 9th 1255m and Amelia 11th 1233m and Sienna 18th 1149m.

In the Yr11 Girls 500m we had 6 girls entered. Biba came 6th 1:41.9 and Emily came 9th 1:44.3 and Sophie 11th 1:45.5. Saskia, Sofia and Ottilie came 22nd and 27th equal. In the Yr11 G 6 mins, Biba came 3rd and came Sophie 6th. In the same event Emily, Saskia and Lara all set PBs.

Well done to all our athletes on eight top 10 places and many PB’s and stepping up and representing Bewl in this international BRIC event.



After 6 months on land our BBRC Masters 8+ took to the water on Sunday. A fantastic sight, missed you guys, welcome back.




Summer Sun and beautiful water, Bewl Juniors with no events and only use of singles and family doubles, created our own event of Summer Games. Over the day with different groups, we did 360 stand up turns, The Gondola, fetch the ball, backwards paddling race. Happiness all around in a beautiful setting. It was also a good way to refresh our capsize drills ?.





Celebrating 40 Years of Rowing at Bewl - BBRC's first outing July 1977. Celebrating 40 Years of Rowing at Bewl - BBRC's first outing July 1977.
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