A large team from Ryde Rowing Club consisting of over thirty athletes with
ages ranging from thirteen to over fifty competed in the Head of the Stour at
Christchurch on Sunday (25th March).
The Head of Stour is a processional race over a 3000m course, raced over two
divisions for men and women in a range of age groups, statuses and boat types,
both River and Coastal. This led to Ryde taking a very full trailer and a second
minibus being required to get everyone and all the equipment to Christchurch -
and the Club acknowledges the support of Wightlink in achieving this.
It was also a successful trip for the Club with a number of wins in their
respective sections and some encouraging results from the other crews and
The River Menís Open Coxless Quad of Russell Page, Ben Ade, Matt Allsopp and Ian
Hayden racing in the first division won their section comfortably Ė and achieved
the second fastest time of the day Ė just one second down on the winning
Bournemouth University Eight. In the same division Sam Cocker and Tom Clark
racing in the Menís Coastal Senior Pair finished 2nd in their section, a feat
equaled by the Menís Coastal Junior pair of Dale Buckett and Sam Corney and
Menís Senior Coastal Sculler, Mick Jenner. Also racing in the first division was
a Womenís Coastal Novice Four of Melissa Carroll, Sophie Brown, Leanne Mitchell
and Gemma Smith, with Katie Corny coxing who will be a little disappointed with
their 6th place and a River Womenís Open Double of Bryony Reeve and Abbie
Cornish who finished 3rd.
In the 2nd Division there were two more wins for the Club Ėthe Coastal Junior
Senior Crew of Harvey Kirkby, Joe and Charlie Norman and Charlie Gedling with
Katie Corney coxing winning their section and Matt Allsopp and Ian Hayden
winning the River Menís Open Double with Sam Cocker and Tom Clark finishing in
2nd place. The Clubs Coastal Junior Crew of Sam Corney, Dale Buckett, Andreas
Hicks and Max Reeve with Abbie Cornish coxing finished 3rd in their section.
Micky Jenner and Russell Page, racing in the Veteran sculls event came in 2nd
and 3rd respectively while Ben Ade finished 2nd in the Menís River Open Sculls
A young Coastal Menís Novice four Ė of Jono Bate, Luke Stubbings and Ed Newnham
Ė who were all racing for the first time Ė with Christian Lacey making up the
crew and Graham Reeve Coxing had an encouraging row for a first race.
Finally the Clubs J13 Boys development squad of Joe Groves, Matthew Jeacock,
Steven Soul, Joel Smith, Jacob Redstone and Sebastian Crouch Ė with Joe Monger
from Shanklin, raced twice, once in each division Ė with Steven Soul doubling-up
and Max and Bryony Reeve coxing and produced good performances for the youngest
crews on the river that day.
Winning J/S Crew.