BMS @ BRIC – Individual Race Report

On Saturday 9th December a team of 40 students attended the British Rowing Indoor Championships, held at the London Velodrome. The event attracts over 2500 competitors; these range from 90+ yr old rowers, the GB Team, schools and this year an appearance from Britains most decorated Olympian, Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The Yr11 girls got us started with Jess Read, Imogen Eales, Hannah Heappey and Eda Colliver. The girls were competing over a time of 6 minutes; Jess Read rowed exceptionally well starting amongst the pack but slowly clawed her way to lead the field through the half way point. Unfortunately Jess was unable to hold off the large field and finished the race in third to win a bronze medal. The rest of girls put in good performances to set the standard for the rest of the day, Imogen(14/40), Eda(18/50) and Hannah(36/40).

The Yr11 boys had a lot of competition amongst themselves with bragging rights up for grabs. It was Caleb Avis(12/50) and Mathew Fox(14/50) who lead the way over their 6 minutes race finishing just 8m apart. Aaron Smith(22/50) and Jake Young(30/50) continue to put in consistent performances. The competition went all the way down the squad with more close finishes between Ethan Carr(34/50) and Jack Hill(33/50) who finished a mere 9m apart, Jack just in front.

The Senior boys were next to race in the middle of the velodrome, amongst a large field of competitors. Between the squad we had three PB’s, Glen Mulkerrins was the quickest with a 6:33.5, which placed him third in his race, but unfortunately some went faster in the heat before. Tom Rowe and Rajesh Paul also pulled big PB’s, with the rest of the squad putting in reasonable rows but are obviously feeling the effect of a long term of training. Glen Mulkerrins (8/63), Tom Rowe(15/63), Jack Colliver(19/63), Rajesh Paul(36/63), Sam White(47/63).

Lara Britain was our only senior girl attending the event and racing amongst some serious fast junior women. Lara produced a good row completing her 2k in a time of 7:58.5 (30/47).

The Yr10 Girls have some experience of this event from last year so know how tough the competition is. Emily Watson rowed the furthest over the 5 minute piece completing 1233m (32/72), Ellen Fletcher had a good start but couldn’t quite match Emily’s pace finishing 18m behind her (45/72). Hope Chouffot was not to be left behind finishing a very close 5m behind Ellen (50/72). I’m sure these girls will step on next term when they start rowing in their Games afternoon.

Yr10 boys also were amongst a very large field, both in terms of quantity and size! William Hartshorn was the fastest from BMS finishing 15/61 rowers. There was some self confessed passing issues with Josh Noble-Lyang (30/61), Huw Sheppard (31/61) and Miguel Carr (38/61). Ivor is known for his long stroke length which perhaps wasn’t suited for this short sprint finishing (45/61) and was backed up by Foster Holt (54/61).

This was the first event for the Yr9’s, so being thrown in at the deep end is probably a slight understatement. The boys had good rows and were all very close together; Max Hanford (37/52), Zachary Chinn and Conor McCormack draw (38/52), Arun Kumar (46/52) and Omar Mehrez (49/52). Josh Inksun was a last minute substitution, being a cox, indoor rowing is probably not his strong point, but he soaked up the atmosphere and gave it a good go. Josh finished (51/52).

The Yr9 Girls also performed well, Lilly Brittain finished highest up the order (47/92). Ellen Faysse was only 15m behind Lilly placing her (54/92). Charlotte Clancy (71/92) and Grace Brady (75/92) were down the order in the main competition but were only separated by 6m. Freaya Rudd (87/92), Priya Lehal (90/92) and Elin Thomas (91/92) struggled amongst the strong field but hopefully learnt a lot from competition get at such a prestigious event and venue to come back stronger next year.

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