Two Senior Men's Eights took part in the Head of the River Race on Saturday March 19. Conditions were relatively benign by Tideway Standards with a 10mph north easterly wind.
The 1st 8 finished 29th, which is the best result for KRC for about 10 years. Going over the course at about 35, they built from Barn Elms in and crossed the line at 38, having moved away from the Newcastle crew following, and gaining on the Lea 1st 8 ahead by some distance. This was a mature performance from a young crew. We had a 17 year old junior at bow, a 2nd year rower at 2 and a lightweight novice at 3. The stern five and cox were part of our squad from the past two years.
The 2nd 8 that raced on the day was compromised exclusively of new members to the senior squad apart from returning cox Prue Seaward. The majority came from other clubs and a couple from our novice squads from last year. They were unlucky to lose their leader and stroke man Rich Sharratt, the only returnee from last senior's squad, to illness before the race. His absence required a major line up rearrangement and inclusion of a substitute. Their position of 135th did not reflect the true quality crew. They will be back!
Overall the squad had a decent performance giving us optimism and encouragement for the upcoming season.
1st 8: Josh Burrows (Bow), Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, John Ciccarelli, James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne (Stroke), Adele Hing (Cox)
2nd 8: Tom Hopkins (Bow), Manny Powell, Marko Manning, John Coughlan, Jonty Webber, Ivan Zovich, Emil Biese, Ed Davies (Stroke), Prudence Seaward (Cox)
*** KHORR - EVENT CANCELLED ***
Further to our earlier bulletin on river conditions, following consultation with the Environment Agency, the organisers of the Kingston HoRR have decided, with regret, to cancel the event. The EA is currently (Friday 11 March, midday) showing "red board" stream warnings on the Teddington Reach and have informed us that it is 99% certain that the same warning will be in place tomorrow for the time we plan to hold the event. With the safety of competitors as the prime concern, the event organisers' decision, therefore, is that the race must be cancelled.
This is the first time for many years that stream conditions have caused the cancellation of Kingston Head. We hope that this will not reoccur for several years and look forward to welcoming competitors back to Kingston for the Small Boats Head in November 2016. Further notices will be made concerning refunding of entry fees.
KRC had one full crew entered into the race and two other KRC women rowed in composite crews. The senior women's squad targeted the novice (club) category this year, in part due to the composition of the squad but also due to the decision by the race committee to no longer offer IM3 or IM2 categories. The goal was to come top 3 in the novice (club) category, top 100 in the overall ranking and to beat the Thames RC novice crew, who were 4 seconds faster than us at the Hammersmith Head two weeks prior. We achieved all of these targets:
- 3rd place out of 23 novice (club) crews in a time of 21:21.6
- 4th place out of 67 novice (club and academic) categories combined
- 73rd place overall out of 299
- 24.3 seconds faster than the Thames RC Novice crew
All of the hard preparation work paid off with the crew producing their best performance of the season so far. Cox Scott Cockle steered the perfect line from start to finish making sure we had full advantage of the stream, and the girls rowed long and efficiently, maintaining technique throughout the course. Given that we are not a big crew (average 5k time being 21:01 and no one over 5'9" tall) this is an excellent result.
We also had representation in two composite crews in Masters events. Birgith Sims rowed with three Dutch ladies and a mixture of women from British clubs in a Masters F crew for Time Only. Megan Addis rowed with our friends at Putney Town RC in a Masters D crew with a time of 22:50.4 (21:54.4 with handicap applied).
Novice 8+ Crew Listing: Scott Cockle (cox), Rachael Kugele (Str), Kakay Halle, Kirsty Warner, Henriette Storen, Amy Sims, Julia Dickman, Jo Berry, Holly Walmsley (Bow).
Five crews raced at the Hammersmith Head on 20 February.
IM1 8+ - 5th overall, won category
IM3 8+ - 10th overall, 3rd in category
MAS E 8+ - 61st overall, 4th in category
WNOV 8+ - 74th overall, 2nd in category
WJ14 8x+ - 108th overall, 1st in category (pictured)
Both senior men's crews had good races and had a good chance to experienced all the conditions the Tideway has to offer. It was great to have both crews come in the top 10 crews, especially a strong result for the 2nd 8+. The 1st 8+ had an encouraging result placing 8 seconds ahead of Molesey's IM1 8+.
The Junior girls, having come 6th at Hampton Head (after breaking a blade 200m from the finish!) were determined to come out fighting at Hammersmith Head. The crew stormed to the top of their category with a win of almost 1 minute ahead of the 2nd place crew from Emanuel. The girls are now in a confident place as they train hard to come out strong at National School's Regatta later in the year.
The days racing was invaluable for all crews in the run up to the Head of the River Race, Women's Head of the River and Vets Head of the River next month.
We are pleased to announce an Easter KRC "Junior Learn to Row" course. This popular course will be held from 4-8th April 2016. Monday to Friday inclusive from 1000 to 1600 and will cover the following activity:
- Introduction to the Boathouse
- Introduction to the rowing stroke on the indoor rowing machine (ergo)
- Introduction to the equipment used, parts of the boat and oars
- How to get into and out of the boat safely
- Water safety / confidence drills / capsize drill
- Building rowing strokes in the boat on the water
- Rowing in time together as a whole crew
- Fine tuning blade work, power application, balance and teamwork
The coaching team for this course will be headed up by Course Leader Chris Griffiths. All KRC coaches are CRB Checked and British Rowing Qualified. Minimum age is 11 years.
The total course cost is £225.
To register interest, ask a question or apply for a space, please complete this form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Please note these courses are popular and always oversubscribed!