Jam packed weekend for Bewdley


The weekend just gone saw a great deal happen for Bewdley Rowing Club.

Saturday 11th June
There was Bridgnorth Regatta, British Rowing Masters Championships, another Learn to Row course and the town carnival!

Sunday 12th June
Saw the second day of the Learn to Row course and also the final day of the British Rowing Masters Championships and Holme Pierrepont Nottingham.

Bridgnorth
Bewdley’s juniors were racing at Bridgnorth along with the novice men’s 4. Most of the juniors won their first race of the round robin format regatta, for some it was their first regatta so they did extremely well. We came away however with only one victory, the IM2 4+ junior crew of Ed Frost, James Myatt, Brendan Wrighton and Joe Smith coxed be Sophie Osborne. The lads overcome some strong opposition along the way.
We had a very close race for the novice men racing in the primary event for beginners they beat Pengwern in the first race but were pipped to the line in the second; they lost out by 0.2 of a second!

Learn to Row
We ran the 2nd of four Learn to Row course planned for this year on the weekend. Following on from an intake of new members after Pub and Club the attendees from this learn to row course will join forces with them to hopefully create a men’s and women’s novice eight to race at Bewdley Regatta the end of July. The other two courses are set for 6th and 7th August an Olympic special and the 3rd and 4th September. If you would like to book a place on either of these courses please contact the Captain Kat Carlyle kat@bewdleyrc.co.uk

Carnival
This year’s town carnival was the 50th anniversary which coincided nicely with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. The rowing club entered a float into the carnival for which we won 1st Prize for the Sports Club Category. Not only did we have a float, we also had a stall on the carnival field for people to find out more about Bewdley Rowing Club and what we have to offer as well as having a go at our ergo race competition; who can row 100m the fastest. Many thanks to Hickmans of Kidderminster for their support and lending us a truck and a driver for the day, Dave the driver has big plans for next year’s float! To end the day of celebrations the Town Council put on its annual firework display which was as impressive as always.

British Rowing National Masters Championships
Bewdley took a full trailer load to Nottingham’s famous man-made lake for the two day event purely for masters. We had quite a good day Saturday with most of the crews getting through to the finals, this continued through to Sunday where we bought home a medal. The women’s master c coxed four crew of Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell, Helen Hugo cox Kat Carlyle won their heat to come up against a tough field in the final. All six finalist had times for their heats spread across just 3 seconds, so the final was going to be a close fought race. Sandwiched between the winners and runners up of the other heat Marlow and Nottingham Composite, Bewdley fought hard but couldn’t quite overcome either of them and came away with a bronze medal in a time of 3.53 seconds. The winning time was 3.49 Marlow and second place 3.52 Nottingham Composite.