Head of the Taff, 02/02/2014

Despite the terrible weather last week and a constant flow of texts and emails between Paula and Phil Reesself and Phil Rees at Cardiff City RC the event went ahead on Sunday. We had our WIM 8+ racing both divisions, Will Fraser, Jacob Mileson, Sam Towle & James Scott entering the morning division in their 4x- and two 2x in the afternoon plus Ed Rees in his J18 1x.The ladies had an exciting race in the morning, braving a skin-ripping hailstorm on the way down followed by a clash of blades as they went past Cardiff Uni’s crew. They were victorious in their WIM3 8+ class. In the afternoon the adrenaline had settled and the weather improved and they were able to improve on their morning time by nearly 20s, beating the Cardiff Uni Senior Crew and finishing less than ten seconds behind Cardiff Uni Elite crew that had raced in the morning. Big thank you to Zach who has been coxing the squad for a few weeks now, he did an excellent job on Sunday. Really good day for the Womens Squad, there is a lot of time and effort going into training with a lot of new technical work introduced by Jed. Going by Sunday’s performance, this is paying off.

Hereford juniors performed admirably, finishing as the fastest junior crew for the second Cardiff head in a row, along with two division winners and a winning cox.
Starting first of the junior crews to race, the J16 coxed quad of Jacob Mileson, Sam Towle, James Scott and Will Fraser finished the 2.5 kilometre course 25 seconds ahead of their nearest challenger to win the junior event outright.
In the second division Jacob and Will teamed up in the J16 double scull to take victory while Ed Rees finished so far ahead of his J18 singles opposition that at first the organisers failed to notice and mistakenly awarded his victory to the second placed
sculler – it was only when Ed and his coach, Rodney, pointed out that he had overtaken the entire field that the mistake was corrected.
A great result for the club where every Hereford junior who started a race, won.

British National Championships for Juniors held at Nottingham Water Sports Centre 21st/22nd July 2013.

Hereford Rowing Club had two entries at the National Championships. The Single scull of Nathan Morawiecki entered in the J16 event and the double scull of Ed Rees and James Mileson entered in the Open Junior 2x event for 18 year olds.

All entries had to submit to a 1500m. time trial for selection to finals or semi finals. The top 12 crews from each time trial then progress to a semi final. The top 3 crews in each semi are then selected for each ‘A’ final, and the remainder compete in a ‘B’ final. Crews outside of the top 12 take part in a series of “Finals” based on their time trial result. All of the races take place over 2000m.

The time trials took place on the Saturday, with minor finals that same day. Nathan was competing in a very large entry and in his final finished 5th. This was Nathan’s first entry into a large event of this kind and the experience proved very useful to him.

Ed Rees and James Mileson had a very good time trial knocking 57 seconds off their same time trial at the National Schools Regatta. Through to the semi finals they had to compete the next day when the weather turned nasty with a strong wind down the course making the water very choppy. Hampered by the rough conditions they finished 5th and progressed to the ‘B’ final.

In the ‘B’ final, the weather had abated. They had a tough race for the full length of the course, finishing 3rd in a tight finish, where 3seconds covered the first three boats with all three boats overlapping. This gave them a creditable final ranking of 9th out of the 17 competing entries at a National Championships. Interestingly their time was faster than two of the boats in the ‘A’ final.

 

LLANDAFF REGATTA & SPRINT Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013

Hereford Rowing Club were seen out in force at a very hot Llandaff Regatta this weekend. The action started with the first race of the day on Saturday with

our Mx IM3 8+ ‘A’ crew guaranteeing an all Hereford final, comfortably beating Gloucester!! The wins continued to come thick and fast for the club.

Tris Lee-Jones and Kevin Yau brought our next win in the first heat of their Novice 2x, winning again in their second heat after a dramatic re-row following

a collision with slow competitors in the race before them! Sadly missing out on a win in their final.

Next up, Tom Gilbert and Bob Bouchier secured a win in their double, racing Swansea City in the final.

Now came the all Hereford Mx IM3 8+ final which saw some of Hereford RC’s finest battle it out over the 1000m course. Hereford ‘A’ crew took an early lead,

stroked by GB international Jamie Coombes and ably coxed by Claire Boyd.  Hereford ‘B’ crew fought back well to come within length but eventually power

and experience took Jamie’s crew to a one and half length win.

Tom and Rosie Snell then added to the points with a hard fought win in the Mx IM3 2x. For many of our Juniors it was a debut performance. James Scott,

Sam Towle, Kiri Birch & Ruby Powell who, despite valiant efforts, could not gain their first wins on this occasions. Based on this weekend’s performance

the wins will soon come!

The day was finished by the IM3 4+ (Andy Marlow, Tom Gilbert, Simon Calvery and Russ Williams), skillfully coxed by Clare Fenton. Despite blistering heat and very low water they demolished their opposition to chalk up a treble winnng day for Tom Gilbert and put Hereford into second place for the Victor Ludorum.

Sunday saw the hot weather continue and after good night’s rest for most, Hereford returned to battle.

Juniors were first up. Will Fraser, Jacob Mileson, James Scott & Sam Towle fought amazingly hard representing the club at a high level but unfortunately

missed out on the wins this time.

With the Victor Ludorum in sight for Hereford and the confidence building on Saturday wins. Sub Capts Paula and Stuart decided to continue with the Mens’

IM3 8+...only problem was that Hereford didn’t have eight men and those they did have were well past their sell-by-date (must have been the heat or

something they drank). Hereford women saved the moment by offering up more experience, skill, general fitness & good looks. Hereford had a mixed 8+,

bring it on City of Oxford!! The crews lined up with a very confident Oxford being told by their coach “Lose this and you’re walking home”! Off the start Hereford gained the lead and Oxford must have been thinking of that long walk home. Sadly, it was not to be and Oxford pulled out into the lead to finish a length and a half ahead.

Next up the Womens IM3 8+ had their chance to shine in the heat of Llandaff, with Hereford still in second for the VL there was all to play for. This was a straight final so no time for nerves over the short 500m course, cool heads required. However, no need to worry the with experience of Chloe Willimont in the cox seat and Sub Capt Paula at stroke the crew were in good hands. Off the start the power shone through from Sarah Spencer, Linda Willimont and Caroline Wright-Fowler to gain a comfortable lead. Cool heads in the bow four of Kate Hatch, Kay Mileson, Adele Llewellin and Angela Tempany meant this lead was extended to achieve a comfortable win for the crew and a first win for six of our novice ladies.

Finally, just as they thought it was all over, the mens Masters rolled into town.  Some said they had past their finest hour, some said they were uncoachable, some said their stroke was so short it needed a microsope to measure it, all we know is that they turned up and were ready to race. After a convincing win in their heat against Avon County they went on to meet their nemesis, Ross Masters, in the final. With age playing to their advantage Hereford had a four second head start. Not that they needed it as our Ol’ Boys maintained that lead throughout to finish the weekend in style. How wrong we were! This win brought their cox, Guy Williams, his first pot!

Despite many entries and many wins, Hereford were not able to gain the Victor Ludorum, but nevertheless this was a very successful weekend for all who took part. Big thanks to all everyone with a special thanks to our coxswains Guy Williams, Chloe Willimont, Clare Fenton, Claire Boyd and Tris Lee-Jones.

FINALLY THE FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON ! Monmouth Saturday 25th May 2013

Tom Gilbert won his first sculling point, losing his novice status, winning the IM3 2x event with Philip ‘Bob’ Bouchier on the Monmouth 1500m Saturday course.

AND HEREFORD LADIES WON THE INAUGRAL ALEC WOODS PLATE !

An Invitation event for WOMEN’s EIGHTS (750m Sprint)

(This was a new event and follows the recent sad loss of Monmouth club President, Alec Woods, who was a huge supporter of Women’s Rowing.

Hereford ladies won a splendid silver platter .

Coxed by Chloe Willimont and stroked by Clare Fenton. With Alex Champ, Hayley Birch, Kay Parker, Sarah Simpson, Veronica Preedy, Kate Apperley-Hatch, Paula Urry

The final against against Bewdley was adramatic race as the Hereford crew caught a crab (it can happen to even the most experienced!) but recovered with mega speed and won convincingly!

 

Hereford Rowing Club Celebrates Success at Monmouth Winter Head of the River race Sunday 9th December 2012

2,250 metres downstream on the River Wye timed against clubs from all over the Midlands.

7 out of the 10 participating HRC crews won their category:

IM1 Sculling quad  Ed Rees, Philip Bouchier, Tom Gilbert, James Ford 6.12min – This new crew combination has won every time it has gone racing !

W.IM1 Coxed Four  Jen Preedy, Catherine Preedy, Claire Taysom, Paula Ingram, Cox Jake Morris 7.34min

Elite single Scull Jamie Coombes 6.55min

Novice double scull Tom Snell and Matthew Kettyle 7.03min

Masters G coxless pair Pete Knight and Bob Freeman

WNOV 8+ Linda Willimont (stroke), Angela Tempany, Adele Llewellyn, Sally Nicol-Blair, Kay Mileson, Caroline Fowler-Wright, Sharon Pullen, Sarah Simpson, cox Chloe Willimont 7.08min

WJ16 Double scull Eleanor Scott and Charlotte Hodgkin-Byrne

 The highlight of the day was the Womens’ Novice 8 crew winning in a fantastic time of

7m8s, over forty seconds ahead of their nearest competition. Most of this crew only

started rowing earlier this year when the club advertised their ‘Learn To Row’ course. The

ladies have been training three times a week for several months and saw their hardwork

rewarded when they collected their medals on Sunday. The win was particularly lovely as Mum Linda stroked the eight and daughter Chloe coxed.

 Only 100th of a second separated the Mens’ IM1 8+ from winners Cardiff University and the Womens IM3 8+ came a very close second behind

the Monmouth Haberdashers crew who were racing on their home turf.

BRISTOL CITY HEAD Sunday 18th November 2012

3300m through the centre of the City of Bristol, passing the SS Gt Britain in the harbour.

Ed Rees and James Mileson brought home a win for the J17 double sculls with 12.33 against competitor’s Staines 13.10.

The ladies entered W. IM3 Eights in the morning division, (Captain has posted an action video on facebook), coming third:

Bristol Ariel 12.21

Tethys RC 12.32

Hereford 13.50

Bristol City 14.01

Avon County 14.13

Bristol Ariel 14.59

Crew – Paula Urry, Angela Tempany, Kay Mileson, Linda Willimont, Sally Nicol-Blair, Kate Hatch, Sharon Pullen, Alana Thomas, cox Alex

Most of the crew then rowed again in the afternoon division in the W.IM2 Eights event:

Tethys RC 12.02

Avon County 13.19

Hereford RC 13.25

Crew – Laura Evans, Alana Thomas, Paula Urry, Angela Tempany, Kate Hatch, Donna Williams, Sharon Pullen, Kay Mileson, cox Alex

 

Gloucester Head 4th November 2012

Disappointingly most HRC crews had no opposition, so posted Time Only:

Clare Fenton and Alex Champ – W.masB. 2x in am div – 22.56 – W.IM1 2x in pm div – 22.46. As their competition did not turn up for this latter event HRC were awarded the winners medal.

Jamie Coombes – ELI 1x in am div – 20.13

In pm Div :

Ed Rees, ‘Bob’ Bouchier, James Ford, Tom Gilbert – IM2 4x – 18.19

Paula Urry, Ang Tempany, Caroline Fowler-Wright, Linda Willimont, Sharon Pullen, Kate Hatch, Kay Mileson, Sally , cox Chloe – W.IM3 8+ - 21.04

Only Crew with competition was W.IM2 4+ in afternoon div of Laura Evans, Donna Williams, Sophie Cartwright, Alana Thomas – 24.20 against Gloucester RC’S 20.50

 Ed, Bob, James and Tom Gilbert for IM2 4x- - won a medal for the fastest time of the day. The nearest crew was 37 seconds behind them!!!.

Ross Regatta 26th & 27th August 2012

Hereford RC enjoyed the rowing at neighbouring Ross rowing club’s regatta this weekend – both on sunny Sunday and the rather grim and damp Bank Holiday Monday.

Hereford sent representatives from all squads – senior men and women, masters and juniors. For some senior novices and juniors it was their first ever racing experience. The men’s novice Four, attending their first ever regatta since joining through Learn To Row, did themselves proud by winning 2 heats of their event.

Yet again the juniors put the seniors in their place by achieving 4 out of the 5 HRC wins.

Most impressive was the HRC Eight entered in the mixed IM3 VIII event. Largely made up of junior squad Ed Rees, Izzy Hancock, Simon Calverley, Stephen & Tom Griffiths, Rosie Snell, Caitlin Bissell and cox Emma Adams, the crew also utilised the experience of masters rower Helen Philips. This VIII comprehensively beat senior opposition from clubs and universities from Nottingham Trent, Liverpool and Bewdley

Ed Rees also won the J16 single scull event and J16 double scull, with James Mileson.

Husband and wife, Rod and Helen Philips  won the mixed masters C Double Scull event on Saturday but found themselves facing the HRC junior crew of Izzy Hancock and Stephen Griffiths in the mixed IM2 doubles final on Sunday - and Izzy and Steve were victorious over the more senior crew!

Helen and Rod Phillips

Stourport Regatta and Sprint 11th and 12th August 2012 

Saturday saw fine sunny weather, although the wind got a little tricky in the afternoon. HRC entered women’s IM3 coxed fours (Lee Hawkins, Angela Tempany, Adele Llewellyn, Kate Hatch, coxed by Jake Morris) and masters C single sculls (Steve Thomas) over the 1100m downstream. The ladies won the first 2 rounds but narrowly missed out on victory in the final.

Sunday saw wetter conditions, improving in the afternoon. HRC entered mixed IM3 Eights, men’s IM3 coxed Fours (Stuart Rowney, John Moore, Clive Stewart, Ben Botwright, coxed by Matthew Kettyle), women’s IM3 coxed fours and masters A and Elite single sculls (Philip ‘bob’ Bouchier).

All the glory of the weekend went to the ladies - Laura Evans (stroke), Alana Thomas, Sophie Cartwright and Donna Williams, coxed by Matthew Kettyle  - they sprinted 650m in 3 rounds winning the Womens IM3 coxed Four event.

The ladies only started rowing 2 years ago on one of HRC’s Learn To Row Courses and have been winning races all year. This latest win puts them up to IM2 status.

 

Ironbridge Regatta and Sprint 23rd & 24th June 2012

HRC sent Eights, Fours and Sculls to Ironbridge, with crews from junior, women and men’s squad. Saturday stayed dry but the river Severn kept rising and stream conditions, particularly on club side, got increasingly tricky. In the end racing was abandoned and Sunday cancelled all together. But not before HRC bagged a few wins:

 1. James Ford & Bob Bouchier IM1 double sculls

 2. James Mileson & Ed Rees Junior double sculls

 3. Eleanor Scott & Charlotte Hodgkin-Byrne womens junior double sculls

Monmouth Regatta and Sprint 26th & 27th May 2012

The sprint season has been late starting this year with several early regattas having to be cancelled in the region due to heavy rain and high river levels so members of Hereford Rowing club were eager to get racing this weekend and turned out in force to Monmouth Regatta.

The HRC squad collected an impressive 10 wins in total in both rowing and sculling events.

Wins on the Saturday 1500m course included Junior, Novice and IM2 double sculls and a highly impressive win by the junior squad in the senior mixed Eight IM3 event.

NOV 2X – Ed Rees and James Mileson

IM2 2X – James Ford and Bob Bouchier

MX IM3 Eight – Caitlin Bissell, Rosie Snell, Simon Calverly, Thomas Griffiths, Mathilda Hodgkin-Byrne, Izzy Hancock, Stephen Griffiths, Ed Rees coxed by

WJ18A 2X – RosieSnell and Caitlin Bissell

WJA15 2X - Eleanor Scott and Charlotte Hodgkin–Byrne

WJA17 1X - Mathilda Hodgkin-Byrne

Wins on the Sunday 750m course included the women’s IM3 and Men’s IM1 coxed Fours; IM1 and mixed IM3 double sculls and women’s novice single sculls.

WIM3 4+ - Laura Evans, Alana Thomas, Donna Willams, Sophie Cartwright coxed by Charlotte

WNOV 1X – Catherine Preedy

MX IM3 2x – Stephen Griffiths and Izzy Hancock

IM1 4+ - James Ford, Bob Bouchier, Russell Williams, Alex Deutsch coxed by Emma

WIM1 2X – Izzy Hancock and Mathilda Hancock-Byrne  

 

Ball Cup -Dorney Lake 13th May 2012

Hereford Girls Success on Olympics Course

Hereford Rowing Club juniors travelled to Windsor to race in the Ball Cup on Dorney Lake - the venue for rowing in the London 2012 Olympics - a multi-lane course where up to 6 crews race at once instead of just the usual 2 side by side in river racing.

The HRC girls double scull of Rosie Snell and Caitlin Bissell stormed to victory with 2.58.35 in the WJ18 category, winning gold medals

Boys squad of Tom Griffiths, Stephen Griffiths, Ed Rees and Simon also brought home some silver medals.

 

Tideway Head of The River Race Saturday 17th March 2012

2 men’s eights from Hereford Rowing club took part in the prestigious Head of the River Race this weekend on the Tideway in London. The 6,800m Championship Course is that of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race but, unlike the Boat Race, the Head of the River Race is raced on an ebb tide from Mortlake to Putney. The race attracted the top UK crews as well as foreign clubs, a total of 399 boats. Provincial crews compete for the Jackson Trophy .

The Hereford first 8 of Ed Rees, Stephen Griffiths, James Ford, Russell Williams, Tom Griffiths, James Mileson, Jim Williams (HRC Captain) and Philip Bouchier, coxed by Emma Adams finished 172, having started 327, placing them 38 in their category, with a time of 19.49.16.

The second 8 suffered a disappointing row after damage to the fin of the boat.

 Gloucester Spring Head Sunday 4th Mach 2012 

Two eights and a coxless four from the HRC men’s squad entered the 4000m racing at the Gloucester Spring Head, braving a ghastly morning of rain and and cold weather. Out of a field of approx 77 crews the IM2 HRC eight, stroked by Ed Rees came second, only 23 seconds behind the winners, Gloucester RC. The men get their chance to shine on the Tideway in a couple of weeks time.

Women's Eights Head of the River RaceSaturday 3rd March 2012

The HRC ladies eight left in the early hours of Saturday morning 3rd March, to travel to London and enter the 72nd Women’s Eights Head Of The River Race - from its humble beginning in 1930 this race is now the biggest women’s rowing race in the world, with just under 300 participating university and club crews from the UK and abroad, roughly 3,000 athletes. A gruelling 6,800m along the Tideway ‘Boat Race’ Championship course on the Thames from Mortlake to Putney.

 Training started back in September under the watchful eye of coach Frank Ford. As winter set in commitment was brutally tested through test races at Monmouth, Stourport and Worcester in the biting cold and wet. But all the hard work was rewarded. The crew of Lee Hawkins, Paula Ingram, Izzy Hancock, Caitlin Bissell, Adele Llewellyn, Angela Tempany, Rosie Snell and Kate Hatch, coxed fantastically by Chloe Willimont finished 195th overall, ahead of 41 other IM3 crews  and 4 of higher status!

 Women's Tideway Eight

 

Worcester Head of the River - Saturday 18th February 2012

Four Hereford Rowing Club crews took part in the 6000m Worcester Head of the River Race on Saturday 18th February, in a field of 100 crews.  The HRC Masters I coxless quad, and both IM2 and IM3 men's eights were all placed second in their categories.  The women's IM3 eight came third.  All 3 eights crews again comprised a mixture of youth and expperience with juniors and seniors combined in each boat.  This race was a key training event for the 3 HRC eights crews, in preparation for the 6800m Head of the River races on Thames Tideway Championship course in London which take place in March.

 

Stourport Winter Head of the River - Sunday 29th January 2012

Winning men’s IM2 VIII

Hereford crews were amongst a field of 120 at the 4500m Stourport Winter Head of the River on Sunday 29th January. In freezing conditions, Hereford RC came out as the most successful club in the event winning 7 out of 9 competitive events. Fielding an impressive 5 Eights as well as 2 fours, 3 doubles and 2 single entries, Hereford were the 2nd fastest crew of the day winning the Open Intermediate 2 class

The winning Hereford crew comprised a mixture of youth and experience with 3 of their junior members: Ed Rees (Bishops School) and twins Tom & Stephen Griffiths (Hereford 6th Form College) teaming up with senior members James Ford, Ben Botwright, John Moore, Tristram Lee-Jones and captain Jim Williams as well as Emma Adams (Hereford 6th Form College) cracking the whip in the cox’s seat.

The Hereford Juniors had already raced with the other club juniors in the morning division to win the Open Intermediate 3 category. The crew of Ed Rees, Stephen Griffiths, Tom Griffiths with Ben Botwright, Adam de Bell, Simon Calverley (both at Hereford 6th Form College), Henry Llewellin (Lucton School), Matthew Kettyle (Bishops School) coxed by Emma Adams narrowly pipped the senior crew of Jim Williams, Tristram Lee-Jones, Kevin Yau, Ren Crouse, Stuart Rowney, John Moore, Andy Marlow & Russell Williams coxed by Jordan Williams by 3 seconds.

Not to be outdone by the relative youngsters, Hereford’s veteran coxless four of Phil Hart, Richard Bissell, Keith Lawrance & Rod Phillips won their Masters C category.

Then it was the turn of the real youngsters - girls and boys. Tom Snell & George Davies (St Marys High School) managed to overcome waiting for what seemed like hours at the start to overtake all their opposition before the finish of the timer trial and so guarantee victory in the J15 double sculls event. Of course, anything the boys could do, so could the girls and Eleanor Scott (Bishops School) and Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne (Hereford Cathedral School) teamed up to storm the equivalent girls J15 event.

This just left older sister Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne to show how to do things all by yourself – and twice. Mathilda, who is preparing for trials for the GB junior team rowed in the J17 single scull event in the first division and despite the arctic conditions, got back in the boat less than an hour later to race again in the Women’s intermediate 2 event. Of course in keeping with Hereford’s winning streak this day she won both events in formidable style.

Hereford’s women also put in an excellent performance. Once again the combination of juniors and seniors worked well and the crew of Lee Hawkins, Paula Ingram, Izzy Hancock, Caitlin Bissell, Adele Llewellin, Angela Tempany, Kate Hatch and Rosie Snell coxed by Chloe Willimont tied in second place with Bewdley and only 17 seconds behind the winning VIII from Ironbridge.

Monmouth Winter Head - Sunday 11th December 2011

Despite the height of the river Wye on Friday levels dropped enough to allow racing to go ahead at the Xmas Head at Monmouth on Sunday. The stream was fast and the wind strong but Hereford rowing club senior and junior squad had an enjoyable days racing at the 2,250 m long event, which was very well run despite the high numbers of entries.

 West of England University’s Elite 8 posted the fastest time of the day with 6.03.6 mins. Trentham BC reigned number 1 in most of the categories entered by HRC.

 In the morning division the HRC J16 2x double scull, stroked by Ed Rees achieved the best HRC time, 7:30.7 mins, placing them 27 out of 85 entries overall.

 In the afternoon division the HRC J18 2x double scull, stroked by Miss Hodgkins-Byrne achieved the only HRC category win of the day with 8:14.8 mins

Full results can be found at www.monmouthrc.org uk

Ball Cup -Dorney Lake 7th May 2011

Hereford Juniors Success on Course for Olympics

Hereford Rowing Club juniors travelled to Windsor on Sunday to race in the Ball Cup on Dorney Lake - the venue for rowing in the London 2012 Olympics. For most of them it was their first race on a multi-lane course where up to 6 crews race at once instead of just 2 side by side in river racing.

Stephen Griffiths had the early start racing at 8:25 in the morning and after a tough heat in windy conditions, managed a silver medal in the final of under 16 single sculls. He then joined twin brother Tom, Lloyd Wyer and Ollie Campbell together with cox Jake Morris in a junior coxed four. Under very difficult cross wind conditions and a tricky start they narrowly missed bronze medal coming 4th. In the very next race the girls junior quadruple scull of Caitlin Bissell, Rosie Snell, Izzy Hancock and Leah Costello had an upset when the crew in the next lane crashed into them. Fortunately on the restart they avoided further mishaps and after a strong start managed to hold on for the bronze medal.

Ed Rees was next in the under 15 single sculls. Following a comfortable win in his heat, he had a tougher race in the final. He got off to a good start but was put under pressure towards the end - and it took a photo-finish to confirm that he successfully won the gold medal. Twins Tom & Steve Griffiths joined forces again in the under 16 double sculls event and came second in the fastest of three heats putting them in one of the pole positions in the final. After an extremely strong start they and a crew from Lea Rowing Club in London were clear of the rest of the field and despite several strong pushes had to settle for silver medal - a great performance nonetheless after 3 races already in the day.

Finally the girls split up into 2 double sculls. Leah Costello and Izzy Hancock made a brave third place in their heat narrowly missing the final while Rosie Snell and Caitlin Bissell just managed to make it through to the final. But despite their best efforts in a close fought race they were unable make the medals.

This was Hereford RC's first return to the Ball Cup after many years and with a gold, 2 silvers and bronze medals and a fourth place, the crews were delighted with their performances under very difficult conditions. London 2012 may be too soon for these youngsters, but who knows what this visit to the Olympic course may inspire in the future?


In the photo above are the juniors from Hereford Sixth Form College, Bishop's School, Hereford Cathedral School and Herefordshire College of Technology. Left to right: Izzy Hancock, Rosie Snell, Ed Rees, Ollie Campbell, Caitlin Bissell, Stephen Griffiths, Leah Costello, Lloyd Wyer, Thomas Griffiths and cox Jake Morris in front.

 

 

Evesham Regatta and Sprint April 30th and May 1st 2011

Hereford Rowing Club sent a contingent from Hereford to the first regatta of the Summer racing season hosted by Evesham Rowing Club this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Saturday was a 1000m upstream course and Sunday was a 500m sprint.

The club had various entries over both days but none so hotly contested as the very special event on the Sunday in the form of a Special Commemorative Royal Wedding Mixed 4s sprint event with a luxury hamper at stake - but the crews had to wear appropriate dress code: Top hat and Bow Ties for the men and Tiaras for the ladies!

Hereford duly took the challenge seriously and entered two mixed IM1 4s for the event, and both crews got well into the spirit of things, adorning themselves (and their boats) with an array of union jacks and other finery (the HRC racing colours of Red, White and Blue co-ordinating very well with this event!) In the round robin elimination rounds, both Hereford 4s ended up in the final against each other, so with a guaranteed Hereford win, it was all about who would get the luxury Hampers... after a close race, the crew of Catherine Preedy, Kay Parker, Andy Marlow and Tris Lee-Jones coxed by James Ford (in a very fetching admiral's cap) just got themselves over the line first to scoop the prize. (But it was fair to say both Hereford crews had the fancy dress well and truly in order!)

(The other win of the weekend went to the Masters D 4+ of Phil Hart, Richard Bissell, Rod Phillips and Keith Lawrence coxed by Robin Morris on the Saturday 1000m course.
Well done to all club entrants - and welcome to all the new learn to Row Contingent recently started at Hereford including many from the fun regatta - competitors of the future?!)

The photo below shows the 2 Royal Wedding Mixed 4 crews in all their finery....
L-R: Bob Freeman, Hayley Birch, Paula Ingram, Pete Knight, Catherine Preedy, Kay Parker, Tris Lee-Jones and Andy Marlow. (in front, coxes Jake Morris and James Ford) for more Evesham photos clik on the Gallery.

 

  

 Stourport Sprint Regatta 15th August 2010

The winning then continued on Sunday on the 600m short course with Clare Fenton this time wearing her coach and cox's hat to see all her Novice squad members winning their events. These Novices all started on the Learn to Row Course in January and in such a short space of time have trained together to successfully bring home their first winners pots this weekend - it was thanks to grants from Sport England to purchase new training boats that allowed us to have such a big intake and those boats have proved they're worth every penny with some ecstatic winners on Sunday. In the Men's Novice Coxed 4 were Philip Bouchier, Mike Price, Ben Botwright and Sean Bailey coxed by Clare Fenton. Clare also coxed her novice women to victory, well done to crew members Carly Perry, Tess Vandenberg, Sara Kirby, Sam Morris, Sarah Lillie, Kim Gristy, Laura Lawrence and Laura Phelps who looked every bit like they belonged on the water in the Women's Novice Coxed 8s event.

We are now nearly at the end of the season but it has been, without doubt, one of the best regattas for the number of Hereford Club member wins for a long time. There were other crews racing who only lost out narrowly in their events but all the performances over the weekend were a credit to the club with members from the Junior, Veteran, Men's and Women's crews all racing. Club captain Robin Morris would like to extend his proud congratulations to all the rowers, coaches and coxes involved. Next stop, Ross on the Bank Holiday weekend!

 

Stourport Regatta 14th August 2010

Hereford Rowing Club competed at Stourport Regatta & Sprint on 14th and 15th August 2010 and notched up the best weekend of wins for the entire season so far, with some superb performances recognising the training and efforts all the squad members have been putting in.

On the Saturday the crews raced over the long course of 1100m with wins for the Women Masters B double scull for Clare Fenton and Alex Champ in a straight final with a great performance in a close race against Mortlake. Stephen Griffiths continued his recent winning streak in the J15 Single Scull category, while fellow Junior Squad Member Dan Hart won the J18 single scull. Dan then teamed up with fellow novice adult rowers Lloyd Wyer, Andy Marlow and John Moore and cox Robin Morris in the Novice Men's Coxed 4s event. After having a win snatched from them recently due to a faulty fin on their boat, this time they were determined to make up for it and tore through two races to finally win their novices.

Coach Trevor Pretty was then handed a double victory when his IM2 Men's crew of Jim Williams, Renier Crouse, Kevin Yau and Tristram Lee-Jones coxed by Jim's daughter Jordan Williams replicated their recent success at Bewdley with another fine performance over two races to take the IM2 Open Coxed 4s title. The IM2 Men were racing in a Hereford Club Boat named after long standing club stalwart Arthur Ford. Poignantly Mr Ford sadly passed away on the 31st July, the weekend after the crew had their first win at Bewdley and they were proud to win again this weekend in the boat named after such a dedicated Hereford Rowing Club Member. The IM2 Men's crew were also privileged to have their photo taken at the presentations with rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave who was spectating at Stourport.

 Men's IM2 Crew proudly show off their winners pots and pose with (back) Sir Steve Redgrave. L-R: Tristram Lee-Jones, Kevin Yau, Jordan Williams (cox) Renier Crouse and Jim Williams.

Henley Veterans Regatta 9th& 10th July 2010

Hereford Rowing Club returned from the prestigious Henley Veteran Regatta with three Gold Medals. The event attended by crews from all over the world is the highlight of Masters Rowing in Great Britain.

The first success came from the Men's Masters D Coxed Four (avreage age 50) of Rod Phillips, Keith Lawrence, Richard Bissell, Phil Hart and cox Sue Bissell who beat Ross Rowing Club in the final by 3/4 length. The second success came from the Women's Masters C Coxed Four (average age 43) of Veronica Preedy, Clare Fenton, Alex Champ, Helen Phillips and cox Robin Morris exacting revenge on Barnes Bridge Ladies RC, the crew who beat them last year. The third medal came from the Masters I Double Scull (average age 75) of Ben Bentley-Leek and Hugh Davies who beat York City by 4 lengths. All three crews mirroring their success in the British Masters Championships.

The other Hereford competitors although they didn't win, fared well in tough competition. The Masters E Eight (average age 55) of Frank Ford, Rod Minchin, Mike Gardiner, Nigel Birch, Bob Freeman, Pete Knight, Mark Fenton, Dominic Churcher coxed by Clare Fenton beat last years winners Crabtree in the first round but lost out narrowly to the eventual event winners Wallingford in the next. In the Masters G Coxless Fours (average age 65) Frank Ford, Hugh Davis, Bob Freeman and Pete Knight also lost out by 2/3 length to the eventual winners Occoquan/Tideway Scullers composite which included in the crew ex-Hereford oarsman Andy Kapica. Mark Beddoes and Mick Massam lost out to a strong crew from Melbourne University, Australia in Masters F Coxless Pairs (average age 60).

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