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Rowing: Bedford round-up

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 05, 2013

The winter league crew from Bedford Rowing Cub

The winter league crew from Bedford Rowing Cub

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A CREW from Bedford Rowing Club will go into the Bedford Small Boats Head next month with confidence after they completed a successful series of head racing.

Competing in a series of time trials against the clock on the River Cam in Cambridge, the Bedford 4 boa – cox’d by Laura Henman and with a crew of Simon Thomas, Tim Coles, Martin Fraser and Phil Dickens – achieved a substantial improvement in times over the three legs, recording times of 12.47mins in January, 12.27mins in February and 11.36mins in the March leg of the competition.

The nearest boat in the same category as the Bedford boat was nearly two minutes behind.

Bedford Rowing Club's top men were testing their speed over a longer course in Nottingham on Sunday.

All the top crews from across the county were racing on the Trent testing the water for the big race at the end of March on the Tideway.

The senior 2 eight finished 19th overall and eighth in their category.

"They stuck to the race plan and I know we can still go faster," head coach Alan Clarke said.

Emma Crouch from Bedford Rowing Club teamed up with Imogen Leigh from Yarm School to race at the GB trials in Boston over recently.

The trials were held in freezing conditions over a 5km course and are designed to test the mettle of the trialists.

Crouch, a Year 12 student at Sandy Upper School, started her rowing career three years ago and has really committed herself to the project.

"They [Emma and Imogen] just clicked after the first outing," their coach, George Tallboys, said.

Tallboys was really pleased with the girls’ performance which saw them finish third and then sixth in a larger and stronger field of pairs.

Star Rowing Club's Senior and Junior Squads continue to make waves, coming away with three wins at Head of the Trent and a third place out of the four crews entered.

The Senior Men's 8 continued their preparations to retain the Jackson Trophy at Head Of The River due at the end of March.

Starting off first following last year's victory and despite some last minute crew changes, Star performed exceptionally to move away from the field to win by 19 seconds ahead of Agecroft.

The result gained against top boats from clubs across the country is a good indicator of the crews ability to retain the Jackson for the third consecutive year on March 23.

The Senior Women's 8 continued their winning streak, by taking the Women's IM2 title ahead of some very strong crews.

Of the three events entered this season in the 8 they remain unbeaten. This hold them in very good stead for next weekend Women’s Head of the River where they will compete against over 400 other crews.

Not to be outdone, Star’s Junior Boys Quads also put in brilliant performances, taking the J16 Quads title and coming third in the J18 Quads.

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