Dear Parent/Pupil,
Due to there being a fault in the boathouse’s water supply, there will be no more rowing until the New Year. The sessions that had also been planned for Monday-Wednesday are also cancelled due to some logistical issues!
I have been thoroughly impressed with the level of commitment at the boathouse this week, and in fact all term. I am looking forward to starting 2016 with such a good group of driven and determined individuals.
Christmas Octo’s is also currently in doubt. This event is organised by BGS and welcomes all Yr10+ students to race in mixed octo’s with rowers from BS and BGS, 12pm-2pm. If the water company cannot rectify the problem before Saturday then this will also be cancelled. I will update the website when I hear more.
I hope everyone has enjoyed this terms rowing and looking forward to 2016!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mark Bavington and the BMSBC Coaching Team.

British Rowing Indoor Championships

Whilst Friday was the last day of term before Christmas for most of Bedford Modern School, 17 students from the Boat Club still had the British Rowing Indoor Championships to compete at on Saturday. Arriving at BMS at 7am to make the journey to the Lee Valley Velodrome at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Whilst the recent windy weather has limited the amount of outdoor rowing sessions, the extra time inside on the ergos has clearly paid off with some brilliant performances across the day. First off, the senior boys and girls competed in the Sixth Form 2000m races. In the boys race, Alex Ventisei produced a personal best to finish 8th in 6:32.4. Alex was closely followed by Sam Kavanagh finishing in 9th place in 6:35.3, another big personal best performance.

In the girls race, Natalie Graham missed out on the bronze medal by just 3 seconds, finishing 5th in 7:19.6. This was another personal best, the atmosphere and close competition clearly bringing out the best in the BMS rowers.

In the same race, Izzy Glanvill finished 22nd, Hannah Cowie pipped Emma Dobson to 26th place by 0.1s and Georgia Goddard was 44th.

In the younger age categories, Glen Mulkerrins was 9th in the Year 11 Boys race over 6 minutes, with Sam Hodgkiss 21st. The Year 9 boys and girls competed in their first ever competitive rowing race, and inspired by watching GB Rower and World Champion Mo Sbihi set a new 2000m British Record in the race before, they all showed huge determination and commitment to their race. Imogen Eales was the highest placed girl finishing 14th out of 46 with 989m in 4 minutes, ahead of Hannah Heapey and Molly Kemble. Caleb Avis was the highest place BMS rower in the boys’ race in 23rd with Jake Young, Tim Evans, Aaron Smith and Charlie Tillett also competing.

The day finished on a high with the final of the Boys and Girls Team Relay competition. Raced over 2000m, with 4 rowers sharing one rowing machine and rowing flat out in short bursts, the race brought huge cheers from the crowd and produced some thrilling racing. The BMS Girls team of Hannah Cowie, Emma Dobson, Izzy Glanvill and Georgia Goddard briefly led off the start before settling into third place which they held to win the Bronze Medal.

Finally, the BMS team of Sam Kavanagh, Alex Ventisei, Sam Hodgkiss and Glen Mulkerrins put in a huge performance in the boys race to finish in 1st in a time of 5:47.1, 12 seconds ahead of the next placed team from Peterborough City Rowing Club. Rowing explosive shifts of 250m at a time, they were regularly hitting splits lower than the Senior GB athletes could manage in their 2000m race, and fully deserve their Gold Medals and title as 2015 British Champions.

Below are some pictures of the day, including the Yr9’s warming up next to the GB Senior Team…


The Boat Project – Target Reached!

Hello All,
I have some good news to pass on, we have now reached our funding target to buy a boat for the school boathouse. Following on from the very successful raffle at the Christmas Party we have received a number of generous donations to bring us to the target total of £4,320.
I assumed it would take us most of the school year to raise the funds, but I’m obviously delighted to be proved wrong and I believe it demonstrates the strength of feeling and goodwill for rowing at BMS. Thank you all for your help in making this a reality.
For those that can join us at Christmas Octo’s on Saturday 19th Dec, there will be plenty of hot drinks and perhaps the odd mince pie on offer.
Iain McWilliams

Weekend Rowing CANCELLED

Dear Parent/Pupil,
Due to the very high winds that are forecast for this weekend I have taken the decision to cancel all rowing. The winds are due to be consistently blowing well over 20mph and gusting over 40mph.
Please share this information via any social media groups that the squads have running.
As an alternative to your rowing, Bedford Park offer a timed 5km Park Run, you need to pre-register here:
I hope everyone enjoys the weekend,
Mr Bavington
Director of Rowing