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Results : 2001

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Race reports from events during 2001 are shown below, most recent event first.

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Informal Club AGM : 30 November 2001

Members can view the minutes of the AGM.

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Fairbairn Cup Races : 30 November 2001

(See results from 2000 and 1999)

4300 metre downstream course on River Cam

Event report to follow... We came fifth! Jim won! 9 seconds in it! (Queens' raced too...)

Men's Senior VIIIs : 5th overall (3rd fastest invitation crew)

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: Adam Gray
  • 7: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 6: John Webb
  • 5: Clennell Collingwood
  • 4: Matt Jaggard
  • 3: Olly Burstall
  • 2: George Harpur
  • B: Chaz Murray
 

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Jesus College Boat Club have event history, information and a course map on their pages. The full Senior results also available.

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Fullers' Head of the River Fours : 10 November 2001

(See results from 1999)

4.25 mile course on the Thames Tideway between Mortlake and Putney

Despite the week in advance of the race lurching from farce to tragedy and back again, this year's HOR4s turned up a Top Level result.

The week began with a disasterous Sunday outing in Cambridge – those involved promised never to talk about it again! The following evening a road accident put Shailen in hospital with a broken jaw making him the second Boar in a little over a year to need internal metal work. A desperate search for subs meant it wasn't until Friday that the final four oarsmen were known and it was Saturday morning before the crew met the cox. The pre-race outing was not much improved from the beginning of the week.

The race was another matter. A solid start had the crew settle to rate 33 immediately. Katie's excellent race plan and control of the racing line saw the Boars regularly sweep past other crews. The rate was a consistent 31½ and the work was solid throughout. The crew responded to good coxing and at the last marker made a strong final move, sustained over the final 500m.

Given the scratch crew, the result was impressive: 3rd highest out of the 33 boats entered at Senior 3 (Club) level, 223rd overall. The Boars also finished ahead of all but four of the sixteen Oxford and Cambridge college crews.

Two other BHBC members did very well. Adam Gray stroked the Crabtree S1.4+ which was beaten only by Isis in Senior 1. John Webb rowed in the London RC S1.4+ which finished 3rd, just a few seconds behind Adam.

S3.4+ (Club) : third from 33 (223rd overall)

  • C: Katie Dalton
  • S: Howard Stone
  • 3: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 2: Jim Kirton
  • B: Chaz Murray
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Full results are available on the Fullers' Head of the River Fours website.

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Head of the Charles (Boston, U.S.A.) : 20 October 2001

(See results from 2000)

3.5 mile upstream course on River Charles

All those who went last year were sure that the trip couldn't have been improved upon. They were wrong. Boston organiser extraordinaire, Shailen "hot air" Majithia, tells it how it is: (if you're just looking for the results we suggest you scroll down...)

With the inimitable James Baker waiting until the very last minute to perform an ergo test (in his own words, as five man he had to have the "biggest score"), the Boars, uncharacteristically ergoed-up and (on average) fitter than ever before, travelled to the historic city of Boston once again to sharpen their tusks and compete with the best in the world.

After a spot of shopping, the Boars got down to business and managed to consume rather a large amount of pale ale on the first night, spending the evening in enjoyable company provided by Steve Muir, and getting an opportunity to finally acquaint ourselves with our cox Ben, who had decided to temporarily ditch the "filth" in the hope of better pastures with some over-the-hill "tabs" (clearly, the filth must be pretty bad...).

Despite the usual amount of faff, the Boars, once again boating from the splendid Newell Boathouse of Harvard, took to the water the following day in an Empacher, the paddle immediately showing sweeter signs than 12 months before. After transferring that afternoon to the Dirigo, our trusty steed from last year, the Boars descended on John Harvard Pub, where again, perhaps rather foolishly, large amounts of local ale and Sam Adams were summarily dispatched. Much merriment resulted, with Adam Gray and his suspicious Dutch comrades joining us. On the next table, Crabtree were looking rather glum after a first outing in which their cox Vian "always dressed for clubbing" Sharif managed to mangle a section of their shell. Some time later on, the remaining hardcore Boars shambled their way back to the navy yard, once again our chosen $100-a-night palace of pleasure.

Outings the following day in some fantastic weather helped continue to develop a strong rhythm, and resulted in multiple visits to the much acclaimed pizza parlour par excellence, Pinocchio's, where Jim and Clennell discovered the missing element in their dreary existences – the Boston steak sandwich. The day ended with a reconnaissance team making a preliminary excursion to Whisky Park, a thoroughly sound shower-room tip-off from the Australian National Squad.

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"Not A Care In The World"

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"The Cam Never Looked This Good..."

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"How Does This Oar Thing Work Again?"

Race day arrived with the usual head wind and glorious sunshine. The best warm up the crew had performed ended with James requesting a cox-swap with the Dutch national team, ASR Nereus – something to do with the young lady's attire – lycra over tight black jeans – rather than any fault in Ben's coxing!

The race performance was very strong, kicking off with a business-like rate 35, and holding rate 31½ into the heavy headwind, helped no doubt by lard master Gareth performing admirably as a windbreak in the bow seat. With "man of the match" Ben steering a superb course and some choice calls for the Boars to "unleash hell!" and gallop on a "yeehah!" in the closing stages, the Boars produced their best ever performance in the three year history of the club, smashing all expectations to finish 22nd overall. This is 21 places higher than in 2000 and only one place behind Crabtree who 'suffered' (we suspect for an invalid entry) a one minute time penalty. The Boars left arch-rivals Black Prince trailing in their wake, though of course there was never any doubt about this particular result. Who know where we might have finished if Howard's ergo score had been better than his girlfriend's? Already the crew is booking up for 2002 with a view to finding out...

Photographic evidence backs up the fine racing form, as well as making plain that Tim "Casper" Rollingson and others ought to have sought out the tanning centre prior to departure. James' dubious head gear – backwards baseball cap – at least ensured his international female fan club could appreciate his visage from afar. Or at least that's what he told us.

The aftermath could not have been more mammoth. With shirts ironed and adorned with colours ties, the Boars returned to Pinocchio's for feeding, then descended upon Hong Kong's, where scorpion bowls were once again sucked dry in seconds. Moving swiftly on to the teenage house party arranged by Ben's girlfriend Julie, the Boars took control of the evening with excessive consumption of vodka red-bull. Arriving ultimately at Whisky Park, James made a brave decision in putting his card on the bar tab.

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Some hours later, hangovers and deluxe pancake specials at The Greenhouse on Sunday helped restore decorum, and the Boars whiled the afternoon away acquiring merchandise, watching the racing, and loitering on the Newell dock. With the Sunday flight posse departing, the conclusion was obvious – an incredibly top-level weekend.

The Boars are again grateful to Charley Butt, Joe the boatman, Paul Knights, the HOCR organisers and all our friends in Boston for their contributions to an outstanding holiday. Watch this space – the Boars will be back on the Charles in 2002!

Club 8 Men : 22nd from 67

  • C: Ben Crystal
  • S: Tim Rollingson
  • 7: Shailen Majithia
  • 6: John Webb
  • 5: James Baker
  • 4: Jim Kirton
  • 3: Clennell Collingwood
  • 2: Howard Stone
  • B: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
 

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The Head of the Charles Regatta website has a full results index – but there's no point my providing an exact URL as all the site navigation (beautiful though it is) involves many many frames... Follow the link to the main index, then Results and on to Club 8 Men. Look for BHBC!

There are photos from JET Photographic(1) (2) (3) (4) – and a few more can be found at SportGraphics(1) (2) (3) – their HOCR 2001 photos are also indexed at RowersWorld.com.

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Bedford Small Boats Head and Autumn Fours : 14 October 2001

(See results from 2000 and 1999)

2000 metre downstream course on River Great Ouse

Despite the usual four-corners-of-the-earth travel arrangements and a thick fog blanket across most of the country, top level organisation from Shailen, Clennell, G and the rest of the Boars meant no repeat of that van fiasco. Back to trusty Value Auto Rentals for BHBC...

Named for their likely excuses, the three Boars' combinations, "Hangover", "Hunger" and "Fatigue", prepared to do battle. With only six oarsmen available (including an eleventh hour substition) and some coxes to try out, this year's scratch crews were ready with all the makings of a classic Boars in Bedford experience.

First off in the still thick mist were "Hangover". The somewhat re....laxed approach meant a comfortable row striking 31-2 over most of the course with a soggy patch between Bedford RC and the suspension bridge. Nothing to set the world alight. All this while the missing pair digested their McDonald's breakfasts.

As the mist lifted, the second combination of the day set out and wished the mist would come back down. With possibly the worst warm-up row that Bedford has seen, it needed Clennell's reverse psychology for him to declare he knew "something big" was going to happen in the race itself. With Ruth coxing aggressively, the row was more determined but still messy and lacking cohesion. It can only have been the killer 3rd 500 move that shaved ten seconds from the morning time?

The third effort of the day saw the crew fully stoked on banana and sausage-in-a-bun and eager to claim top Boars spot. The row was good and from the suspension bridge it was obvious that this combination were smoother and less splashy than before. Everybody was somewhat surprised to find that "Fatigue" were 3 seconds off the pace of "Hunger".

In summary, a good day's racing to blow the cobwebs away before HOCR and the Fours Head. Thankfully this year the Boars just about squeaked home ahead of the veteran Hornets combinations with Paul Knights on board!

S3.4+ "Hangover" : 8th from 13 (7:35)

  • C: Ruth Teacher
  • S: George Harpur
  • 3: Shailen Majithia
  • 2: Phil Lloyd
  • B: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
 

S2.4+ "Hunger" : 2nd from 7 (7:25)
Fastest Boars of the day

  • C: Ruth Teacher
  • S: Phil Lloyd
  • 3: Clennell Collingwood
  • 2: Jim Kirton
  • B: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
 

S2.4+ "Fatigue" : 3rd from 7 (7:28)

  • C: Emily Spence
  • S: George Harpur
  • 3: Clennell Collingwood
  • 2: Jim Kirton
  • B: Shailen Majithia

Bedford RC has full results by event and also sorted overall on their site.

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Bedford Quarts Sprint Regatta : 15 July 2001

600 metre 2-lane downstream course on River Great Ouse

Three Boars competed with Cantabrigian Rowing Club at the Bedford Quarts. Matt and Gareth "led" the top boat's challenge – from the stroke seat and from the bow seat (first across the finish line in every race ;-). Jim rowed in the second eight and he and Gareth were also bow pair for the completely scratch coxed four that was runner-up in Senior 3 – to a Derby RC four that had also won Senior 2.

The Senior 1 eight beat Black Prince again and then recorded 1:43 in the final, the fastest time of the day by a good margin, beating Granta (CULRC trial squad) to claim the quart-sized pots from which the regatta gets its name.

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All the results are on the Bedford RC website. There was a short write-up in the Cambridge Evening News too.

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Henley Royal Regatta Qualifying Races : 29 June 2001

2200 metre upstream course on River Thames

Race report to be written. The composite had a very solid row recording a time of 7:09.0 – 9 seconds slower than the fastest non-qualifier and 9 seconds faster than our old friends at Black Prince Boat Club.

Thames Challenge Cup : 18th from 26 (DNQ)

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: Matt Jaggard
  • 7: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 6: Paul Adams (Corpus)
  • 5: Rob Milner (Cantabs)
  • 4: Dave Clarke (Cantabs)
  • 3: Shailen Majithia
  • 2: George Harpur
  • B: Rob Rippengal (Cantabs)
 

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Results of the qualification races can be found on the Henley Royal Regatta website. It is a frames-based site; here's a link directly to the results of the Thames Challenge Cup qualifying race.

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Metropolitan Amateur Regatta : 26–27 May 2001

1000+ metre 8-lane course on Dorney Lake

A full race day report was never compiled. However in short:

  1. The rowing was somewhat hampered by the very late arrival of the Cantabs boys with the boats.
  2. The Boars' four lay second in their heat at half way but succumbed in the last third of the race, finishing fourth from 5, one length behind the winners.
  3. Unfortunately only three from each heat progressed to the next race.
  4. Fifteen crews raced Senior 3 coxed fours of which 5 were faster than BHBC to half way but 9 were faster to the finish.
  5. Put it down to experience...

S3.4+ (racing as Cantabrigian and also making up half+ of the Cantabs/Boar's Head composite S2.8+)

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: George Harpur
  • 3: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 2: Matt Jaggard
  • B: Shailen Majithia

The full results are on the Metropolitan Amateur Regatta website.

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Summer Head-2-Head : 13 May 2001

5200 metre course (2600m downstream swiftly followed by 2600m upstream) on River Cam

A last minute entry was made because we wanted to have an outing; Shailen had a nose-bleed. Good solid training row anyway!

4+ : 2nd from 3

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: George Harpur
  • 3: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 2: Matt Jaggard
  • B: Shailen Majithia

The full results are on the City of Cambridge Rowing Club website.

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Bedford Amateur Regatta : 12 May 2001

1200 metre 2-lane downstream course on River Great Ouse

This was our first race in this combination and it came on the back of just four or five outings. Believe it or not, this is the first time ever a Boar's Head crew have done any side-by-side racing!

The starts were pretty good, a little scrappy but comfortable at rates 38 and 39. The crew were able to work hard and together and held the opposition well through to 800 metres, easily clearing their puddles rating 33 or 34. At this point, the lack of water time, fitness and strength told and in both races, the crew were unable to raise their game and overturn the small deficit in the last minute.

The results speak for themselves really. We were involved in some very close racing, and got narrowly beaten in the fastest time of the day. Of almost thirty fours competing, there were only 3 or 4 who were faster than the Boars.

Exciting news is that the Cantabs four who beat us are interested in trying out a composite VIII for the Met and beyond. The training sessions the following day turned into more racing at the Summer H2H. With coach and camcorder on the bank however, there was "compelling video evidence" that there is plenty of improvement and boat speed to come.

S2.4+ : beaten by Cantabs RC by 1.25 lengths in the fastest time of the day, 4:03
S3.4+ : beaten by Bedford Modern by 1.25 lengths in a time of 4:08

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: George Harpur
  • 3: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 2: Matt Jaggard
  • B: Shailen Majithia

The full results are on the Bedford Regatta website.

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Boar's Head Dinner : 31 March 2001

(See reports from 2000)

The Fifteenth Annual Dinner of the Boar's Head Dining Club in the Armitage Room at Queens'.

Full report will no doubt appear just in time for next year's invitation but needless to say, a great time was had by all. The Williams Cup was won by a BHBC stroke-siders pair of George Harpur and Jim Kirton, ably coxed by the current Queens' Men's cox, Ben Read.

The results of the Boars' 2K test ergs. are in the members area.

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World Marathon Challenge : 16 – 25 March 2001

The marathon distance (26.2 miles – 42,195 metres) on a Concept 2 Indoor Rower

It turned out that Gareth was the only one of the Boars to attempt a marathon in Concept 2's official marathon week. He persuaded one of his gym's instructors to give it a go at the same time and to the bemusement of the other people in the gym on Friday afternoon, they duly set out to row 42,195 metres.

With encouragement from Chaz Mallett (age-group finalist at BIRC in 1999) who just happened to be in the gym at the time, Gareth's sensible race plan for the first 10K went out the window early on. His accomplice's 1:59 splits were also putting the pressure on and after an hour and a half, trailling by 1,000 metres, the only thing that kept him going was realising that he'd passing half way in 1:29:20, safely ahead of the (arbitrary, but nice and round) 3 hour target. With a consistent pace and fewer stretching stops than his training partner, the 1K lead was soon down to 750 metres and eventually 500.

At 8K to go, the lack of carbo-loading told, and without an equally stubborn guy sitting on the next erg and some encouragement from the other gym staff and onlookers, neither of them would have made it. With 5K to go, Gareth saw the end of the tunnel and with just 3,000 metres remaining he took the lead for the first time. A last 1,000 metre push meant that the second half was actually a few seconds faster than the first!

Concept 2 World Marathon Challenge

  • Gareth Sylvester-Bradley : 41st from 197 (10th, lightweight men) (2:58:19.7)

The full results are on the Concept 2 world rankings site (though this may not be a permanent link).

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Head of the River Race : 17 March 2001

(See results from 2000)

4.25 mile course on the Thames Tideway between Mortlake and Putney

Boar's Head's scratch crew had a promising training session after a 5:30 a.m. arrival at the Embankment but a few hours later finished 254th after a row with which the crew were all a little disappointed. Queens' on the other hand were very pleased with their race and for the first time in a long while beat the Boars, finishing 19 seconds quicker to place 209th (seventh in novice eights). Photos and a race report from one of the crew will be along soon.

S3.8+ : 23rd from 39 (254th overall)

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: George Harpur
  • 7: Shailen Majithia
  • 6: Matt Jaggard
  • 5: John Webb
  • 4: Jim Kirton
  • 3: Olly Burstall
  • 2: Olie Morris
  • B: Chaz Murray
 

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The Head of the River Race website redirects to Kingston University for the overall finish order.

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Red Nose Row : 16 September 2000 – 16 March 2001

1,000,000 metres on a Concept 2 Indoor Rower

There's a separate page with full details of Gareth's million metres in 67 days in aid of Comic Relief.

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