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Adaptives at BRIC2015

BRIC2015We arrived on a bright crisp morning at the Olympic Velodrome along with hundreds of athletes and spectators. Registration was a very chaotic affair but eventually we were all signed in and made our way up to the spectator area for a coffee. Some of the early events had already started and it was a chance to see how it was laid out. Soon it was time to make our way to the bull pit and start a warm up for the first of the relay events, after the warm up we were called forward to take our place at the machine. We all took our positions with John up first, after the first 500 it was Hilary then Chris with Guy last. At the end of the race, despite being against able bodied teams, we had not finished last, an achievement in itself ! So we were pleased but knew more work was needed on the change overs.

Then a short rest for us all before being back on the floor for our individual 1k events, this was the big one. John finished in 8th, Chris in 9th only ½ a second apart, Hilary finished her category second and received a Silver medal!

After another ½hr rest we were back on again for the second round of the relay. This time the format was different, a six minute time limit with each member having to take at least one stroke, as adaptive rowers getting on and off is an issue. We came up with a plan, 1½ min each or as soon as our time was dropping, we finished just off the bottom but did not get through to the 3rd round, no surprise there!

Now we know the format we will work on our tactics for next year.

The event was well attended with 1300 athletes and 1000 spectators plus organisers, helpers and media.

A great experience and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, we all agreed that the icing on the cake was Hilary bringing home a Silver medal at the first BRIC.

Christmas Scratch Regatta

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Sixty members of the Club competed as 15 mixed crews at the Club Christmas Regatta on Sunday 21st December. The weather was cold but dry with a little wind and just enough bite in the air to make the bacon sandwiches cooked by Ross Dearsley and Paul Bond fly off the BBQ. Lauren Smoothy and a team of mums and dads ensured the bar served hot and cold drinks all morning and there were various cakes and biscuits to keep competitors and spectators going. Crews raced over 400 metres down the straight under the eyes of Richard Mattos, Steve Wright, Chao Yu and Rennie Chadwick, they demonstrated their watermanship skills by manoeuvring an aquajog judged by Mark Starling and Robert Hall and worked the ergos into a white heat by completing 2000 metres as a team watched over by Ian Pigram and David Stevenson. When all the times were in and added together the overall winners were a crew of Chris (from the adaptive squad), Steph Banks, Will Shepherd and Kirstin Davenport in 17 mins and 26 secs ahead of Oliver, Katie, Daniel and Laura who finished with a time of 18 mins and 6 secs. Full results are on the website. The Captain, Steve Wright, presented the medals to the top 4 placed crews. The mulled wine and mince pies all went and the event raised a significant amount of money for the development scheme – exact figure to follow.

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Bedford Autumn Head

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The club was represented by all of its membership groups on Sunday 12th October at the Bedford Small Boats Head. Juniors, seniors, veterans and adaptive rowers all raced on behalf of the club in a total of 20 events. Of 400 rowers taking part, the Guildford adaptives were the only para rowers. Guy Williams medalled as the fastest adaptive rower. In addition to this win there were wins for the novice mens double sculls, the masters mens double sculls and the womens novice coxed quad. The juniors also acquitted themselves well with one rower adding a third place in the single scull to her success in the summer regatta season.

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Mark Sinclair win’s Bronze medal

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This weekend was the British Rowing Championships at Nottingham Holme Pierrepoint National Rowing Centre which is the only time international competitors are able to attend the Senior Championships under their home club colours, outside the normal international training and competition schedule. Mark was rowing for Guildford in the 1x LTA category and in very tough racing conditions won a bronze medal in a time of 10.53 for the grueling 2,000m course. This is a fantastic result at this top racing event and many congratulations go to Mark for this achievement.

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