For the first time in the club’s history, Bewdley entered three eights for the Women’s Head of the River, a time trial race over the same 4 miles and 375 yards of the River Thames in London used for the famous Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race.
Bewdley’s 18 year olds, Intermediate 2 and Masters crews joined around 300 others on the “Tideway”.
The Veteran Masters, rowing in the category C (average age 43-50) age group fared best, finishing 8th out of 14 in their class – just over 1.5 minutes behind the category winners. Beating quite a few Thames based clubs along the way.
The 2015 race saw double the entries in the masters category compared to that of 2014.
For the Junior crew and half of the Senior crew this was their first time competing on the tideway, with not only the distance to conquer they had to battle a head wind at the start, which made the water quite choppy.
The crews were:
Masters C – Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell, Helen Hugo, Rhiannon Jones, Sally Levell, Zoe Benson, Sally Gittins coxed by Jo Atkinson
IM2 – Kat Carlyle, Emily Shepherd, Laura Tuckwood, Rachel James, Alicia Gulliver, Sophie McCafferty, Adi Rogers, Beth Chase coxed by Laura Ray
Junior – Ellie Payne, Grace Cox, Kiah Bradley, Victoria Williams, Alice Parker, Holly Clifford, Penny Gunn, Sophie Evans coxed by Sam Clifford
Bewdley Captain Kat Carlyle said: “Women’s rowing in Bewdley is on the up. Since 2010, we have sent two women’s crews to the Tideway.
“This year, for the first time ever, we sent three. Each year we have continued to move up in finishing places. This shows we are constantly improving and getting stronger as a squad.”