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Two Senior Men's Eights took part in the Head of the River Race on Saturday March 19. Conditions were relatively benign by Tideway Standards with a 10mph north easterly wind.
The 1st 8 finished 29th, which is the best result for KRC for about 10 years. Going over the course at about 35, they built from Barn Elms in and crossed the line at 38, having moved away from the Newcastle crew following, and gaining on the Lea 1st 8 ahead by some distance. This was a mature performance from a young crew. We had a 17 year old junior at bow, a 2nd year rower at 2 and a lightweight novice at 3. The stern five and cox were part of our squad from the past two years.
The 2nd 8 that raced on the day was compromised exclusively of new members to the senior squad apart from returning cox Prue Seaward. The majority came from other clubs and a couple from our novice squads from last year. They were unlucky to lose their leader and stroke man Rich Sharratt, the only returnee from last senior's squad, to illness before the race. His absence required a major line up rearrangement and inclusion of a substitute. Their position of 135th did not reflect the true quality crew. They will be back!
Overall the squad had a decent performance giving us optimism and encouragement for the upcoming season.
1st 8: Josh Burrows (Bow), Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, John Ciccarelli, James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne (Stroke), Adele Hing (Cox)
2nd 8: Tom Hopkins (Bow), Manny Powell, Marko Manning, John Coughlan, Jonty Webber, Ivan Zovich, Emil Biese, Ed Davies (Stroke), Prudence Seaward (Cox)
KRC had one full crew entered into the race and two other KRC women rowed in composite crews. The senior women's squad targeted the novice (club) category this year, in part due to the composition of the squad but also due to the decision by the race committee to no longer offer IM3 or IM2 categories. The goal was to come top 3 in the novice (club) category, top 100 in the overall ranking and to beat the Thames RC novice crew, who were 4 seconds faster than us at the Hammersmith Head two weeks prior. We achieved all of these targets:
- 3rd place out of 23 novice (club) crews in a time of 21:21.6
- 4th place out of 67 novice (club and academic) categories combined
- 73rd place overall out of 299
- 24.3 seconds faster than the Thames RC Novice crew
All of the hard preparation work paid off with the crew producing their best performance of the season so far. Cox Scott Cockle steered the perfect line from start to finish making sure we had full advantage of the stream, and the girls rowed long and efficiently, maintaining technique throughout the course. Given that we are not a big crew (average 5k time being 21:01 and no one over 5'9" tall) this is an excellent result.
We also had representation in two composite crews in Masters events. Birgith Sims rowed with three Dutch ladies and a mixture of women from British clubs in a Masters F crew for Time Only. Megan Addis rowed with our friends at Putney Town RC in a Masters D crew with a time of 22:50.4 (21:54.4 with handicap applied).
Novice 8+ Crew Listing: Scott Cockle (cox), Rachael Kugele (Str), Kakay Halle, Kirsty Warner, Henriette Storen, Amy Sims, Julia Dickman, Jo Berry, Holly Walmsley (Bow).
Five crews raced at the Hammersmith Head on 20 February.
IM1 8+ - 5th overall, won category
IM3 8+ - 10th overall, 3rd in category
MAS E 8+ - 61st overall, 4th in category
WNOV 8+ - 74th overall, 2nd in category
WJ14 8x+ - 108th overall, 1st in category (pictured)
Both senior men's crews had good races and had a good chance to experienced all the conditions the Tideway has to offer. It was great to have both crews come in the top 10 crews, especially a strong result for the 2nd 8+. The 1st 8+ had an encouraging result placing 8 seconds ahead of Molesey's IM1 8+.
The Junior girls, having come 6th at Hampton Head (after breaking a blade 200m from the finish!) were determined to come out fighting at Hammersmith Head. The crew stormed to the top of their category with a win of almost 1 minute ahead of the 2nd place crew from Emanuel. The girls are now in a confident place as they train hard to come out strong at National School's Regatta later in the year.
The days racing was invaluable for all crews in the run up to the Head of the River Race, Women's Head of the River and Vets Head of the River next month.
*** KHORR - EVENT CANCELLED ***
Further to our earlier bulletin on river conditions, following consultation with the Environment Agency, the organisers of the Kingston HoRR have decided, with regret, to cancel the event. The EA is currently (Friday 11 March, midday) showing "red board" stream warnings on the Teddington Reach and have informed us that it is 99% certain that the same warning will be in place tomorrow for the time we plan to hold the event. With the safety of competitors as the prime concern, the event organisers' decision, therefore, is that the race must be cancelled.
This is the first time for many years that stream conditions have caused the cancellation of Kingston Head. We hope that this will not reoccur for several years and look forward to welcoming competitors back to Kingston for the Small Boats Head in November 2016. Further notices will be made concerning refunding of entry fees.
KRC fielded six 8's at the Remenham Challenge. Overall results:
Men's 1st 8, Intermediate, 5th
Junior Boys, Intermediate, 13th
Men's 2nd 8, Intermediate, 17th
Open Masters Men, 23rd
Masters Women, 32nd
Novice Women, 34th
The senior men's 8's both raced well maintaining good technique and pace. The 1st 8 placed 5th overall and 2nd in Intermediate, 17 seconds off the overall Elite Winners (Thames RC, containing a number of their 2015 winning HRR Thames Cup 8+ and a couple of full internationals on board). The 2nd 8, also racing as intermediate, placed 9th in the division. This was an encouraging overall performance for our young squad
Our junior boys were the only Junior Status crew entered, so they stepped up to race as Intermediate, against other clubs men's crews. They placed 7th out of 13 and had a solid performance in difficult conditions. The young athletes gained valuable experience of Tideway rowing and Captain and Coach Danny O'Dowd was very pleased with their result.
The women's squad entered two crews and came away with excellent results. The masters crew came 2nd (of 3) and the Novices won (of 8) with some efficient rowing in the rough water. (pictured below)
Winning crew: R. Kugele (str) / K. Halle / K. Warner / J. Dickman / A. Sims / M. Stalley / L. Long / H. Walmsley (Bow) / R. Brunning (cox)
More red and white success with another three wins at Walton Small Boats Head. Racing started with perfect conditions, but the 3rd and 4th divisions were unfortunately cancelled due to winds gusting over 40mph, so not all our crews were able to compete. Our Juniors fielded a large team and won in the WJ17 2x category, plus an encouraging 3rd place in WJ16 1x (Beatrice Williams). The Senior Women came away with 2 wins in WMasB 2x and WNov 2x, and 2nd place in WIM3 2X. Our WMasG 2x composite (Birgith Sims and Jackie Darling of BBL) raced time only (having scared away the competition!) but with handicap were the fastest Masters womens double by an impressive 18 seconds. We also had representation from the masters men with two single scullers. KRC has now racked up 24 wins at racing so far in the 2015 season.
KRC had a successful day's racing at a very wet and windy Teddington Head. The women's squad picked up four wins and the junior women gaining the fifth win of the day, whilst also subbing into one of the senior crews. We also had a number of very close second places with the WJ16 4x-, Mas F 1x and the IM3 8+ (pictured below) all narrowly missing out. The men's squad IM3 8+ had a good race, building experience from Kingston Small Boats Head and a great stepping stone for the main head season. The W IM3 4+ was also the fastest women's 4+ on the day.
Two crews raced at the Fours Head of the River Race on Saturday 7 November. Both crews rowed well in very tough Tideway conditions.
IM1 4+, placed 52nd overall, (climbing 80 places from last year) and 4th in their category, behind Tideway Scullers, Leander and Molesey Boat Club, all having GB U23's, triallists and ex Blue Boat squad members in their crews. Our crew coped well in the rough water and had a strong race, maintaining speed well and overtaking half a dozen crews over the course.
Our Jun4x, placed 83rd overall and 12th in a 40 strong field, climbing 17 places from last years result. The crew only rowed together a few days in advance of racing and pulled off a good result considering this.
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If you finished your rowing career a few years back, concentrated on climbing the corporate ladder or raising the family, but now feel the pull of the river, the KRC veteran squad may be just what you need.
This section of the club currently boasts competitors from 27 years to well above 60.
It is a very successful branch of the club, having returned from last years world meeting in Zagreb, Croatia with 21 medals with wins in all boat types from1x to 8+.
We had representatives in the first eights for both the men’s and the women’s Head of the River, as well as 2 eights entered for the sadly cancelled veteran Head.
The club is planning to send crews to Veteran Nationals at Nottingham in June, Veteran Henley in July and the World meet in Trakai, Lithuania in September.
We expect a significant number of wins.
As the club is operating an inclusive policy, we have had the benefit of training with the senior squad under the professionally led coaching team, headed by Ian South.
We are always looking to expand the group and welcome newcomers.
There is an opportunity to do as much training as you want, but also the benefit of being able to take a weekend off for less vigorous activities, without the risk of being dropped.
If you are considering getting back into a boat and rekindle the old competitive spirit, please contact Birgith via email to xxx or leave a message in the club letter rack.
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