The Hexhaminer, October, 2018
Winter training starts here!
The clocks go back this weekend, so it’s time to get down to that all-important winter training.
A lot of people have already signed up for the Tuesday gym sessions, which have the accent on strength and conditioning. The class is now full up, but if there is enough demand, another session could be organised.
Kevin has set up adult erg sessions to be held in the clubhouse, rather than the boathouse, from Monday 5th November. The sessions then switch to Wednesdays for 14th and 21st November, before reverting to Monday evenings.
Because of the limited space available, the sessions will be 45 minutes long and spaced out between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. There will be four to six machines available at any one time, so crew squads can book slots to train together each week.
There’s a sign-up sheet for the first session on the boathouse notice-board. Please include your name and email address when booking a slot.
Remember the sessions will start promptly, so please be changed and ready to go at the start of your slot time.
If that’s not enough for you, the Friday evening hill running sessions are also about to resume, setting off from Eastgate and heading up into the Shire! See Kevin for details.
Saturdays and Sundays will, of course, continue as normal water sessions.
Heads we win...
As many of you will know from practical experience, the heads season is now in full swing, and we’ll be out in force at Wansbeck this weekend.
The WJ15 coxed quad recorded an impressive win in the opening event of the LDS series at Tyne, but the following competition at Tees was cancelled due to high winds.
The seniors sent a small but select squad up to Berwick last weekend, and the weather stayed almost kind for a change, with only a few choppy bits on the five kilometre course.
Kevin Oates teamed up with Talkin Tarn’s Dave Hart to record the fastest time of the day, crossing the finish line in 21:03.3 to win the Open 2x event.
Catherine Bowman also appeared in a composite crew, with Berwick’s Hilary Cairns, and they finished in 22:41:2 to take the women’s doubles trophy.
A bit further along the age scale, the Open Masters F 4x- crew came second in the CEFH category, recording a respectable 20:24:9, once the handicap had been taken off. Actual time was 22:18:4. The crew of Rob Patterson, Graham Marples, John Young and Bruce Howorth were beaten only by the all-conquering (and even older) Tees H crew, the winners of this summer’s British Masters national championships.
George Doody just missed out on the top spot in the Open Masters 1x GI category, despite crossing the line with the fastest time of 26:17:2. He was beaten on the handicap system by an older competitor from Tyne ARC. Maurice Searle doggedly finished the course in a respectable time.
In their first-ever outing together, our Open Masters E 4x+ crew, coxed by Beverley Beattie, had no opposition in their category. Masters coxed quads seem to be a rarity in the LDS series so far this year.
However, the crew of David Gold, Mark Styles, Jono Ewen and Neil Watson combined well and came in with a time of 23:55:1, gaining a lot of race experience in the process.
While we’re talking masters, a number of people have mentioned recently the rule that the spread of Masters categories should be limited to three. That meant, for example, you could have Open Masters CDE 4x-, but not CDF. You certainly could not have CEFH, which was in evidence at Berwick last weekend.
The Hexhaminer investigated and confirmed that the three category spread rule wasn’t a rule at all but guidance only. It’s still regarded as a policy to aim for, but it has been overtaken by practicalities.
BR Head Race guidance now says "The category spread can include all categories, if necessary, to give all entrants a race."
The official intention is to create the tightest possible groupings that make a prize viable. However, if that occasionally means racing A against K, then organisers can do it. Where they can create tighter groupings, they will.
Hope that clears things up!
AGM-- Ideas wanted
Time to get on your thinking caps with the AGM fast approaching. Now’s the time to think about the sort of club you want and how things should develop in the future.
Mark has already invited members to put any formal motions to the meeting, but there’s still a chance to have your say by attending the meeting at the County Hotel on Wednesday 21 November at 7:30 pm or speaking to a committee member in advance.
Do you want the club to continue to grow and become more ambitious in terms of competition, facilities and coaching, or are you happy with a friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy recreational rowing? Is there a way to combine the two?
Please let the committee know how you feel... what you like and what drives you mad!
You also have the chance to have a direct influence on the club’s direction by becoming a member of the committee. This year there will be vacancies for secretary, social secretary and safety officer, and volunteers are also sought for Learn to Row and Explore Rowing co-ordinators.
Mark is asking for nominations in advance for these roles, and indeed for any of the committee posts.
The AGM is of course followed two days later by the annual dinner, which is “black tie optional”. The official definition of this is that men should wear a dinner jacket if they have one, failing that a dark suit and tie and white shirt. T=shirt and jeans are definitely out then!
The guidance for lady members and guests, according to the code, is simply to look “glamorous” in evening gowns or cocktail dresses.
Lots of thanks go to Elizabeth Waterman, who has organised the event as her swan song as social secretary. It looks like being a big success, and hopefully it will become an annual highlight of the club year.