Last Sunday saw a women’s masters C (average age 43) coxed four crew of Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell and Helen Hugo coxed by Kat Carlyle, cruise to victory over their national opponents on the famous Oxford/Cambridge boat race course.
Due to testing weather conditions, torrential rain and gusty winds, the course was shortened on the morning of the race by the officials, finishing at Hammersmith Bridge. This gave the women less of a distance to enable them to pass their opposition; which they did in style needing only half of the course to complete the task.
This is the first time in the history of Bewdley Rowing Club that a women’s coxed four has won their category at the Veterans Fours Head of the River Race, the emphatic win saw them beating the second place crew by 22 seconds.
After racing past all the rivals in the first half of the course the cox made the call to push the crew further and turned her attention to chasing down the men’s crews. As a result not only did the crew win their category but were the fastest women’s masters coxed four crew of the whole event beating many younger A and B category crews with average ages of 27 and 36 respectively.
Coach Jo Atkinson was hugely pleased with the efforts from all ‘hard work and determination really does pay off’.
Club Captain Kat Carlyle says – ‘it proves that you do not need miles of water to row on to be able to win long distance races- you don’t have to train on the Thames to win on it’.
The celebration is one that will go down in history at the club as a superb win for a Midlands Club, recording such a great result on the Thames.