Bedford Head – Thea Hale

Apologies for the delay…

After a frustrating result at St Neots Head, which saw us lose out to our main rivals by 6 seconds, we were determined for a better result at Bedford Small Boats Head. We had worked hard with Miss Bruce through the week on our race plan and we were excited to see what we could achieve.

As we headed up to the start there was a mixture of excitement and nerves throughout the boat. The adrenaline kicked in and we got off to a good start. Coming out of Town Bridge we overtook a women’s four which gave us the push we needed to the Suspension Bridge. Here we were met with loud cheering which together with Anya’s brutal coxing lead us into the final part of the race. We pushed on under Butterfly Bridge to finish well.

Happy with how the race had gone we were anxious to see the results. Racing in division 2 we had a long wait but half-way through the day we discovered we had beaten our main rivals. The final results saw us missing out on a win by 2 seconds. We are now determined to improve and get some wins.

Well done to everyone that competed on Sunday and good luck for the next event.

Race Report – Eliza Ball

This year has been a very tough and full on year in terms of training, and St. Neots Head was our first opportunity to see how much our hard work had paid off.

Last year I was lucky enough to win my category and I was racing against some of the same rowers, so was definitely feeling the pressure. The start of the course is always very interesting to steer, and after several near misses with crashing, I made it to the town bridge where I was greeted by some very loud cheering from coaches, other rowers and many other supporters which encouraged me to keep pushing, and soon after this point I managed to overtake the rower in front, who was in my category.

By pushing past her boat, I also gained on a double near the end of the race, and this quickly became a race between our two boats to finish first. This, I know forced me into a strong finish. I felt I had done better than last year but wasn’t sure if it was enough to win my category.

As I was one of the last to row I didn’t find out the results until the very end. It was great to hear how well the BMS boat club had done overall, and I was really pleased to find out I had contributed to its success. Well done to everyone who rowed, and good luck for all the races this year.

Eliza Ball
Winner of WJ16 1x

St Neots Results

A very successful day at St Neots Head, our winning crews below:

IM3 4x – Jack Nicholls, Alex Ventisei, Kieran Smith, Sam Kavanagh
This crew posted the fastest time of the day.

J17 1x – Alex Ventisei
Alex was also the fastest single sculler of the day.

WJ17 1x – Natalie Graham

WJ16 1x – Eliza Ball

J16 4+ – Sam White, Tom Rowe, Chris Gell, Josh Marienfeld, Corinne McWilliams

IM3 4+ – Sam White, Josh Marienfeld, Harry Benson, Alban Luffman, Adam Cook

J15 4x+ – Michael Pompa, Rajesh Paul, Joe Walker, Matteo Peluso, James Read

All these are a promising start to the season!! Well done!!