Bedford 4’s & 8’s Head

A bottle of Champagne was popped and poured over the bows, christening our brand new Hudson eight. Named after an OBM who attended BMS between the years of 1991-2001, Michael Biggs, or better known as ‘Biggsy’. Dedicating a lot of his own time and effort into the boat club both in his BMS years and currently still, made naming the new first eight not to be a difficult task and a perfect way to recognise his dedication to the boat club. ‘Biggsy’ was to make her debut, racing later on in the day.
Now over to our other stars of the show, our rowers. Bedford Head saw a very competitive bunch from our boat club compete this weekend. Racing on home turf, our crews love to show what they can do on ‘their water’.
Starting off the day we saw a J16 boys fours of Matt Fox, Caleb Avis, Aaron Smith and Jake Young, coxed by Sam Szeto race down the familiar course. After not achieving the result they were hoping four, they teamed up with the rest of their crew and the Senior Boys Squad to form two J16/Senior Boys Eights. Coming 5th and 7th in Open Eights were results they weren’ t too disheartened about, especially when competing against the Bedford School first Eight and other College Crews.
The Senior Boys have been busy on the land. Getting their training done on the ergos and in the gym has proven not to weaken their performance on the water. The four of Glen Mulkerrins, Jack Colliver, Sam Hodgkiss and Tom Rowe, coxed by Georgia Bygraves came away with a dominant victory in Open Fours.
The time had come when Biggsy was to be launched and raced. The Senior boys eight of Jack Colliver, Tom Rowe, Glen Mulkerrins, Sam Hodgkins, Sam White, Joe Walker, Rajesh Paul and Joe Herbert coxed by Zac Wilde had the pleasure to race down the Bedford course achieving third place and 5th place on the overall results of the day. The boys will continue to smash their training and of course continue enjoying doing so in their new boat.
Trying out a slightly new boat type, the J16/Senior girls squad divided into two coxed fours. Pre-race chats consisted of a little uncertainty about not having swept in a while, but after some great advice, being told ‘you’ll be fine’ consequently seemed to work. Racing in Women’s Fours, both boats came off the water feeling like they had a good row, despite only using one oar for a change they achieved first and second place.
Both girls fours got back into their quads which they have been racing in almost every weekend now. With a few races and good results under their belts, they had set the bar high for themselves. Its fair to say the quad of Lizzie Rowe, Jess Read, Imi Eales and Lara Brittain were disappointment with their time, coming second to Star Club. However this hasn’t dampened spirits and has only encouraged more determination.
The J16 girls quad of Katie Gell, Lauren Burchell, Abbie Davis and Jace Woodworth have continued to show improvements these last few weeks, climbing up the results table, they rowed a well steered race resulting in second place.
Aswell as focusing on improving boat speed, the J15 girls have been focusing a lot on their technique which really showed this weekend when slightly different combinations raced. Both quads came away with 3rd and 9th place in a busy category.
The J15 boys have have been working hard to improve their sweep skills in their eights recently. Changes in the crews and few switches are being tried out to achieve the best combinations to race. During the day we saw two eights compete in the J15 Boys Eight category achieving 5th and 7th place.
Another event making Bedford Head such a special day for us was the J14’s  first ever race. Both Boys and Girls Squad’s have taken a particular interest in everything rowing has to offer this year. They have all also shown such a mature approach to their training and have been itching to show off what they’ve been working on these last few weeks.
It all seemed to come together for the girls race. No one caught a crab, no one fell in and everyone stayed roughly in time, making us coaches very proud, coming in 5th place. Unfortunately, due to availability on the boys side, their Octo was unable to race, which is a shame, however theres plenty more races coming up.
It was lovely to see so many supporters along the bank on Sunday. Hearing the roar from our tent really makes all the difference to the rowers as they come by.
This weekend we see five members of our Boat Club attend the GB February Trials in Boston Lincolnshire. We will be sure to inform you on how they get on.
Well rowed BMS.

Hampton Head

On Saturday we had a large number of crews competing at Hampton Head, an event renowned for the amount of big schools competing and of course, being cold.

First up in division one we saw our senior boys four race the 3km course. Getting off the water they felt they had rowed well, coming in 6th place out of 12. Two of our other senior boys, a pair of Glen Mulkerrins and Jack Colliver transferred their sweep skills into a smaller boat for this division resulting in 8th place out of 13.

Two very competitive J16 fours raced down the course to achieve their best time. With both boats only being 5 seconds apart, keeps all the boys focused and ready for their upcoming training.

Boats in division two started boating in what can only be described as a mud bath. It became very normal to see people get completely caked in mud whilst trying their very best to stay up right.

Our senior four and pair teamed up with two other senior boys to make our First Eight. After refuelling and changing into a dry set of kit, the boys were eager to get back out on the water to row fast! Not a bad result followed, 14/22.

Both fours from the J16 boys got together to form their eight. Results weren’t quite what they were hoping for in this race. The boys were quite disappointed that they couldn’t carry the speed from their fours. However, this hasn’t phased them and has pushed them even further to continue to smash their training.

The J15 boys continued their success from Cambridge last weekend. Their eight had such an impressive performance achieving 6th/22 in their category. Not only were they just behind crews such as Hampton and Westminster, they had also beaten Bedford School by a very impressive 10 seconds. The rest of the team were also competing in the J15 eights category. The crew were slightly frustrated with their result, however managed to find a silver lining, they had also beaten another Bedford School eight.

Over to the girls. Competing in the J18 category, we had our Senior/J16 girls who rowed a tidy race filled with plenty of determination. Coming home with 13th/25 puts the girls on the right side of the results table and a performance to take confidence from.

Our WJ16 quad had another chance to get out on the water and compete. After last weekend and a week of training gave the girls that extra bit grit to get the work done. All of the girls had taken what they’ve been working on in training straight into the race and sculled a very controlled and gutsy row.

Last, but not least raced our J15 girls. This year group have really stepped on this term and results so far has really shown their capability. After a long day of waiting around, these four girls raced a very lively and brave race. Walking away with 18th/41 this weekend is a huge achievement for these girls-a result to be proud of.

A huge thankyou to all the parents who came to watch, support and provide us all with tea and coffee, we really couldn’t do it without you.

Looking forward to Bedford Head this Sunday.

Well rowed BMS.


Cambridge Head to Head

On a typical Head season day, cold, grey and windy we travelled to the idyllic setting for Cambridge Head to Head, an event dominated by University crews and local clubs.

Our girls quad of Imogen Eales, Lizzie Rowe, Jess Read and Lara Brittain competed in the WJ17 category, steering well through the tight narrow corners to record a well deserved win.
The WJ16 quad of Hannah Heappey, Katie Gell, Lauren Burchell, steered by Abbie Davis gave a very gutsy effort and dug deep across the finish line to achieve a second place in their event, which they should take a great deal of confidence from.

A coxed quad of Hope Chouffot, Georgia Smith, Ellen Fletcher and Hannah Mackay, coxed by Anja Wharton rowed an impressive race despite the tricky conditions.

In the same category raced our other coxed quad of Sophie Lawrence, Romy Wharton, Phoebe Wright and Yas Canning, also coxed by Anja. The weather conditions took a turn for the worse where it got incredibly windy. This however didn’t phase them at all. Mr Grant Jones added that they alltook full control of the situation and rowed a brave and confident race. Both quads finishing in first and second place.

Over to the boys, who had a very successful day. The eights of Miggy Carr, Ivor Luffman, Huw Sheppard, Ben Williams, Joshua Noble-Layng, Will Hartshorn, James McDermott and Lewis Dunning coxed by Joe Smith won their event and achieved an incredible 30th place overall, out of 147 crews competing, which was the icing on the cake for their day.
The second J15 eight of Max Kroon, Luke Perrin, Oliver Little, Foster Holt, Jacob Suman, Toby Ajibola, George Miller and Matt Shaw coxed again by Joe performed a tidy race in the challenging conditions, taking second place. To have two eights competing, puts their year group in a very strong position.

We are very much looking forward to seeing what these crews will be able to achieve at Hampton Head next weekend.

Well rowed BMS.

Bedford Regatta 2017 Report

On Saturday 6th May BMSBC had a very strong day of racing at Bedford Regatta with an entry of 15 boats racing.

Starting the day off we saw a Girls J15 quad of Charlie Andrew, Lauren Burchell, Hannah Heappey, and Abbie Davis, coxed by Anja Wharton come down the 1200m course as the first race of the day. With a head wind starting to pick up, they had a good start and put up a good fight against Bedford Girls Schools A Quad. It finished with a victory for BGS. Another girls J15 Quad of Imogen Eales, Katie Gell, Jess Read and Lizzie Rowe, coxed by Corinne McWilliams won their first race easily against Norwich School, which meant they went on to meet Sir William Borlase and Norwich in the quarter and semi-finals. The girls eventually met BGS in their final. They executed their race plan perfectly, however BGS pulled it out of the bag and won by 1 ½ lengths. Although the J15 girls were disappointed, they stayed very professional and gave them their well-deserved three cheers. Both crews are taking this weekend on board to learn what they need to improve on to have a very successful National Schools in three weeks’ time.

The Senior girls quad of Hannah Cowie, Izzy Glanvill, Emma Dobson and Ella Monaghan were drawn against Oundle for their first race, which they won by 2 ½ lengths. In the next round the girls shot off of the start showing Shiplake College their slick start knowing that they would have to work very hard to get through this round. The senior girls were knocked out by Shiplake who were the heavy favourites coming into this regatta and finally went on to win the category.

The J16 Girls Quad of Zoe Ziaullah, Thea Hale, Zara Ziaullah and Lara Brittain had a very successful day. Firstly beating Sir William Borlase, to then beating Putney High School, to make it through to the final against Oundle School. The girls were punchy off of the start and sculled their race plan well- first ones to the bridge! Coming into the last minute of the race, there just wasn’t enough gas left in the tank. Oundle won by ½ Length. Defiantly one of the most exciting races of the day. All four girls are very determined to get in as much water time as possible before National Schools.

This was the J14 Girls first ever regatta and what a very successful one it was. We saw a Quad of Amina Eldin, Romy Wharton, Phoebe Wright, Hope Chouffot coxed by Amirah Zaman beat Kings School Ely in their first race and winning their second race against Kingston Grammer School, putting them into the final. Norwich won their final; however, with the girls having not rowed as long as some of their competition and competing in a smaller boat, this was a fantastic result!

The highlight of the day has to be the J14 Girls octo. A very excited and slightly nervous boat of Ellen Fletcher, Hope Chouffot, Georgia Smith, Emily Jones, Hannah Mackay, Emily Watson, Sophie Lawrence, and Yasmin Canning, coxed by Grace Donkin started the day beating the BGS B octo, which gave them the confidence to on to beat Mossbourne. A very exciting BMS V’s BGS showdown was the final for the J14’s. The girls stayed calm and knew exactly what to do to achieve the best possible outcome. They rowed a fantastic race and came out with a Victory, winning their event!

Four finals and a Win from the girls is a very good start to the summer season of racing and not a bad end to Bedford Regatta 2017.

The boys also had a exciting day of racing. BMS had a first eight of Sam Hodgkiss, Glen Mulkerrins, Sam Kavanagh, Alex Ventisei, Toby Harris, Will Thornton, Tom Rowe and Jack Colliver, coxed by Georgia Bygraves. Winning their first round against City of Cambridge they went on to meet Abingdon in the semi-finals. It was a victory for Abingdon, who then went on to win the category. A very strong performance was put in by the eight.

Alex, Jack, Sam, Glen and Georgia doubled up to compete in a coxed four, beating Lea in their first round. Up against Bedford School in their semi-final the boys didn’t make it easy for Bedford as they approached Town Bridge. In the end, Bedford had the edge and went on to win the round and the whole category.

A senior boys Quad of Will Thornton, Chris Gell, Sam White and Tom Rowe were, as well, up against Bedford School in their first round. Not having sculled in a while, the boys proved they could come together and scull with excellent skill. However getting knocked out to Bedford, who later went to compete in the final

BMS had two eights competing in the Novice eight category. The J15 boys squad of Evan Potts, Jake Young, Aaron Smith, Caleb Avis, Matt Fox, Ethan Carr, Tim Evans and Arjun Patel, coxed by Sam Szeto beat Bedford School in their first round of the day which gave them that little boost of confidence for their next race against Abingdon. Our boys just didn’t have the pace to be able to beat such a strong crew…this time.

Also racing against Colleges, Universities and other schools and clubs were the J16 boys squad. We saw an eight of, Rajesh Paul, Joe Walker, Damon Hall, Robbie Marquand, Joe Herbert, Izaak Hull, Jack Tindall and Austin Roberts coxed by Zac Wilde. Winning their first round to Norwich, and then going on to beat Abingdon, put the boys into the final against Pembroke College. They raced to the same high standards as they had been all day but had to admit defeat this time.

The J16 boys also doubled up and did a coxed four of Rajesh, Joe Walker, Damon and Austin coxed by Zac Wilde. They had a very successful day of racing not only making the final in the eight, but racing their way to compete in the final for their four, by beating Kingston Grammar School and Cheltenham to be beaten in the final by Norwich. Two finals from the J16 boys squad is very encouraging just weeks before National Schools.

A J15 boy’s quad of Jack Hill, James Willis, Lewis Dunning and Julian Smith, coxed by Alex Hogben raced their first round against Windsor boy’s school. Windsor went on to win this round and the category. We were very impressed with how this quad performed considering Lewis from the J14 boy’s squad had stepped up to the challenges of being super sub!

BMSBC had two octos compete on Saturday. An octo of Miguel Carr, Oliver Little, James McDermott, Joshua Noble-Layng, Lewis Dunning, Oluwatobi Ajibola, Mathew Shaw and Tosan Awani coxed by Ben Cox were drawn up against Abingdon School A in their first round. The boys raced very well knowing that it was going to be a tough first race to get through. Despite their greatest efforts, the j14 boys were knocked out to very strong contenders!

The second octo of Huw Sheppard, Foster Holt, Ivor Luffman, Jacob Suman, George Miller, Max Kroon, Luke Perrin and Sohail Shaikh coxed by Anja Wharton were up against Hampton, another strong school. All of the boys put their training into practice and gelled well as a crew losing to Hampton who went on to win the category.

BMS also entered a J14 boy’s quad of Miguel Carr, Lewis Dunning, Joshua Noble-Layng and Oliver Little, coxed by Ben Cox. They raced Kingston Grammar in their first round and were unfortunately knocked out. For not being in a quad for long, they had a strong start setting them up for an impressive race. It was fantastic to see so many J14 boys racing and very exciting to see what National Schools will bring for them.

An excellent day all round, with special thanks to all the Parents who came to support and provided everyone with food and drink in the tent!


Nottingham Head of The Trent

On Sunday 26th February BMSBC raced at Nottingham Head of Trent.

The day started out with the first eight producing a very strong performance down the 6K course resulting in taking 1st place, by 9 seconds. Some of the squad moved into a coxed four to race in division 3. The four of Alex Ventisei, Sam Kavanagh, Jack Colliver, Glen Mulkerrins, coxed by Georgia Bygraves rowed a shorter course, due to to very windy conditions. They came home with second place with a solid time just behind Nottingham RC senior four, beating some rival schools racing in a different category.

The Senior girls stepped up their game this weekend. The quad of Hannah Cowie, Ella Monaghan, Natalie Graham and Izzy Glanvill raced to a high standard with a respectable time to match, even in the windy conditions. A well earned second place to Nottingham and beating some very strong competition. A very positive result before the junior sculling head coming up.

A J16 boys eight of Joe Herbert, Austin Roberts, Damon Hall, Joe Walker, Radjesh Paul, Mateo Peluso, Jack Tindall, Tom Van Der Sande coxed by Zac Wilde raced the same 6K distance against well known Champ schools, resulting in taking a pleasing second place.

Due to very harsh weather conditions, the race was shorted for the second and third divisions. The race was now just over 2.5K and saw the J15 girls race. The quad of Imogen Eales, Jess Read, Lizzie Rowe and Hannah Heappey came in 4th whilst the quad of Lauren Burchell, Charlie Andrew, Katie Gell, Molly Kemble, coxed by Anja Wharton, finished in 6th place. Both quads sculled well and consequently produced times 4 seconds apart from each other. This will lead to some forward planning to find the fastest combinations.

With some subs on board, the J16 girls raced a quad of Zara Ziaullah, Thea Hale, Lara Brittain  and Olivia Woodworth who  managed a pleasing 3rd place, beating the likes of Oundle school and Warrington!

The J15 boys eight of Mathew Fox, Arjun Patel, Aaron Smith, Caleb Avis, Evan Potts, Ethan Carr, Matej Sanders and Jake Young, coxed by Sam Szeto, rowed well in the conditions and produced a very encouraging performance coming in second place to Shrewsbury.

BMSBC saw out a very good weekend of results and times against our competitors.

Good work team.

Cambridge Head To Head

Whilst the older year groups were in London over the weekend, year 10 boys and girls competed in Cambridge at their Winter ‘Head to Head’. 

BMSBC took a J15 Boy’s 8+ of Rob Lay, Ed Harris, Jack Hill, Josh Drake, Austin Lawrence, Jack Cook, Jake Young and Aaron Smith coxed by Alex Hogben.  Two J15 Girls coxed quads of Imogen Eales, Jess Read, Lizzie Rowe, Abbie Davis coxed by Anja Wharton and the other quad of Lauren Burchell, Hannah Heappey, Charlotte Andrew and Katie Gell, coxed by Maia White, all raced the 2000m downstream course, to stop, spin and race back on themselves. 
 The boys hadn’t had many outings before the race and with a few illnesses on the day, they went out, gelled as a crew and performed well! As the wind picked up a lot of speed on the way back, the boys had to be really technically focused. Together they worked well and managed a win!
 All of the girls went out showing their competitive edge, trying to work and push off their opposition around them. They had taken every thing they had been working on, on board during training, by sculling well and applying grit! It was all worth it when they came home with 1st and 2nd place!

All three crews put in excellent performances, all in all, a very successful day and very encouraging for this weekend in Hampton! Well done team.