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.

BMSBC at Wallingford Head…

An extremely fresh and crisp morning saw the first competition in the senior eight. The squad have been training very hard since September and have shown some great commitment. The crew of Joe Herbert, Sam White, Rajesh Paul, Joe Walker, Glen Mulkerrins, Sam Hodgkiss, Tom Rowe, Jack Colliver and cox Zac Wilde performed brilliantly. With no time in the eight during training, the boys showed real skill being able to get in the boat and row to a high standard.

The course at Wallingford is very technical, which Zac negotiated brilliantly, allowing the boys to focus on doing their jobs. The crew finished 6th amongst a strong field of J18 8’s. This should give the boys confidence and motivation moving into the next block of hard training throughout the rest of this term and into 2018.

The J16 8+ travelled down later ready for Div2. The 16’s have spent limited time training in their eight and have never competed at Wallingford Head before. Again, Sam Szeto did a good job negotiating the tough course and apparently showing all the crews around him how to take the challenging ‘S’ bends at speed. The crew of Ethan Carr, Matej Sanders, Jack Hill, Evan Potts, Caleb Avis, Aaron Smith, Jake Young, Matt Fox and cox Sam Szeto, were amongst a tough field of “16 Champ eights” but performed very well. The crew finished 10th, at the back of the category, however were in contention with the rest of the crews and should be proud of their row.

Many thanks to all the parents for their support on a cold November day.

Next up for BMSBC is the British Rowing Indoor Championships on 9th December.

Half Term is here…

Well done to all students that have made it down to the boathouse this half term. We have enjoyed success at the events we have attended and have also achieved many PB’s on the ergo, lets hope there is more to come.

Please enjoy the break, rest, recover and make your mum a cuppa to thank her for driving you to all the training sessions!

You can find the half term training timetable here: Training Timetable

Kit Window Open…

Our ‘Team Room’ is now open to order BMSBC kit.

This documents briefly outlines how the kit ordering works: BMSBC KIT

The window for ordering kit will remain open until 17:00 Monday 2nd October.

You can access the specific BMS kit by logging in here: TeamRoom Login Page

Our log in details will be circulated in an e-mail at 17:00 on 22/09/17.

This is the window to buy any “winter” items; as they will be delivered in December. The next kit window is likely to have an Easter delivery time so any warm items will be in the drawer until next winter!

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact me. If your question is regarding sizing then please contact Crewroom directly and speak with Richard Morris who is our account manager.

We’re recruiting…

BMSBC is looking to appoint two part-time rowing coaches to work with our large and enthusiastic rowing team. The roles offer competitive pay releative to experience.

Job advert and personal spec is available below.

If you have any questions regarding the roles then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bavington, Director of Rowing. DoR E-mail

Rowing Coach Job Spec September 2017

Rowing Coach Job Advert September 2017

HRR – Senior Girls Race Time

Our senior girls will be competing against Beckett B at 19:30 this evening. 

The crew have been preparing well by paddling on the course, resting at our house just outside of Henley and having the odd match race against Marlow RC and the NZ national team eight! (We let them past!)

If you are able to give our girls a shout then please do, if not just scream at the laptop screen as all races are streamed live on YouTube.