An up-and-coming senior men’s crew, one member of whom had just completed a British Rowing “Learn2Row” course, posted an impressive time at the Head of the River race on the Thames in London last Sunday. Battling gale force winds and driving rain with choppy water, the Intermediate 3 men’s eight covered the same four miles and 375 yards rowed in the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race in just 19 minutes 43 seconds finishing 14th out of 50 in their category. For many of the crew it was their first time on the Capital’s river.
Saturday saw the same course raced by veteran rowers with Bewdley entering two men’s eights in the Masters D category (average age 50) and one women’s crew in Masters B (average age 43). The men finished 23rd and 38th out of 40 crews in their category, the women came 4th out of 10 in theirs. The conditions were much the same, with gusts of wind after Hammersmith bend making it even harder for the crews to push against the strong headwind.
“This has been a fantastic weekend for Bewdley, continuing on the good results we had two weeks ago at the Women’s Head; we have had 6 crews in total compete on the famous course, all producing some great rowing amongst some of the best crews in the world.”
A message from the Captain Kat Carlyle.
The crews were:
Masters D – Matt Floyd, Simon Thornycroft, Mick Edmonds, Simon Collingridge, Nick Hinton, Hadyn Hughes, Jem Rogers, John Fazakerly coxed by Alex Bushnell
Masters D – Chris Kowalik, Drew Gittins, Steve Brazier, Pete Simpson, Tony Clay, Nigel Morriss, Doug Jackson, Richard Gunn coxed by Fizz Gunn
Womens Masters B – Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell, Helen Hugo, Rhiannon Jones, Laura Tuckwood, Kat Carlyle, Sally Levell coxed by Jo Atkinson
IM3 – Oli Tustain, Callum Clifford, Alex Wohling, Jimmy Watson, David Bedford, Arran Gulliver, Mat Hocking, Aston Carter coxed by Alex Bushnell