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Bristol 10k

Dan Mapp 8th in 0:32:13, Neil Marke 0:41:49, Jo Bedler 0:42:31, Linda Eastmond 0:51:11

Junior inter regionals regatta, Nottingham

Two young crews from Bideford Blues travelled to Nottingham this weekend to take part in the Junior Inter Regional Regatta. The crews were picked to represent the West which was held at the Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

Both junior 16 coxless quad crews faced stiff opposition from their strong competitors but put in fantastic performances. The girls crew of Sadhbh Connor, Olivia Weston, Nell Gierke and Hannah Evans qualified for the B final and finished in a very respectable 4th place whilst the boys crew of Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill, Tom Picallo and Jack Berry also qualified for the B final and fought hard to finish 5th.

A great weekend of rowing was had by all, both crews did the club proud and agreat experience for all concerned.

End of season rowing report

On Saturday 28 October Bideford AAC rowing crews attended the Annual Presidents Dinner and Dance at Plymstock to receive five West of England Championship awards. The following crews received awards for their performances throughout the 2017 rowing season:
Men’s SC 4 – Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Declan Monaghan, Brian Andrew and Alex Dualibi-Wilson.
Ladies SC 4 – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Hayley Wilson, Becka Brown and Renata Dualibi-Wilson.
Men’s vets 4 – Brian Andrew, Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheels and Ali Peake.
Men’s J16 4X+ – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill and Nell Gierke.
Men’s SC scull – Declan Monaghan

Welsh Indoor Rowing Championship

Bideford AAC rower Alistair Peake was in action in Cardiff this weekend for the
Welsh Indoor Rowing Championship. Alistair took part in the men’s lightweight
50+ category and finished in first place in a very impressive time of 6:34.2. Not content with just winning his category Alistair was the fastest lightweight competitor overall on the day.

Wimbleball Regatta

It was a fantastic day of rowing for the Bideford Blues this weekend as they travelled the short distance to Wimbleball Lake for their annual regatta. Coming home with seven wins proves the club is going from strength to strength with rowers young and old putting in strong performances.

It was a well-deserved win for the men’s junior 16 crew who gained their first win of the season, the young crewof Tom Picillo, Jack Berry Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill have certainly put in the training and are nowstarting to reap the rewards.

Seven second positions and three thirds finished off a very successful day of rowing.

1st place
Ladies junior 15 2x – Sadbh Connor and Nell Gierke
Mens Senior C 4+ – Matt Colwill, Declan Monaghan, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Mens Junior 16 4x+ – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill and Nell Gierke (cox)
Ladies Novice 1x – Charlotte Berry
Mens Senior C 1x – Declan Monaghan
Ladies Novice 2x – Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Mens Novice 4+ – Lucas Wilson, Dan Talbot, Tim Henry, Alex Dualibi-Wilson

2nd place
Open Junior 13 4x+ – Casey Colwill, Harrison Beer, Barney Evans, Jamie Milsom and Matt Colwill (cox)
Mens Junior 18 1x – Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Ladies Senior C 4+ – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson
Mens Senior B 4+ – Dan Talbot, Declan Monaghan, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Mens Junior 15 1x – Toby Evans
Mens Masters 4+ – David Bates, Dave Powe, Brian Andrew and Alistair Peake
Mens Junior 15 2x – Toby Evans and Nell Gierke
Mixed Senior C 4+ – Kirsty Andrew, Dan Talbot, Alistair Peake and Hayley Wilson

3rd place
Mens Open 2- – Tim Henry and Nick Dualibi-Wilson
Mens Masters 4+ – Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington
Mens Junior 15 2x – Tom Picillo and Jack Berry

Exeter Regatta

This weekend the Blues travelled to Exeter for their annual regatta. 234 crews competed in over 140 races which made a good day of rowing along the canal. The Bideford Blues had a tough day of competing in the 400m sprint races. It was first place for the ladies senior C crew who picked up their first win of the season, whilst the mens masters gained a first and second place in their races. With four wins, six seconds and six third positions the season is proving to be a successful one so far for the Blues crews.

1st place
Mens masters 4+: Dave Bates, Steve Cheel, Dave Powe, Alistair Peake and Jo Grigg (cox)
Ladies novice 2x: Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Ladies senior C 4+: Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown, Hayley Wilson and Nell Gierke (cox)
Mens junior 15 2x: Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill

2nd place
Mens senior C 1x: Declan Monaghan
Mens junior 16 4x +: Tom Picillo, Toby Evans, Jack Berry, Charlie Colwill and Nell Gierke (cox)
Mens masters 4 x +: Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel, Alistair Peake and Jo Grigg (cox)
Ladies junior 14 1x: Charlie Smale
Mens senior C 4+: Matt Colwill, Declan Monaghan, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Mens junior 15 2x: Tom Picillo and Jack Berry

3rd place
Mens senior C 1x : Nick Dualibi-Wilson
Ladies novice 1x : Charlotte Berry
Mens open 2- : Matt Colwill and Adam Curtis (Blues / Reds composite crew)
Ladies senior B 4+ : Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown, Hayley Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies junior 16 4 x + : Nell Gierke, Sadhbh Connor, Charlie Smale, Hannah Evans and Jo Grigg (cox)
Mens senior B 4 + : Declan Monaghan, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Matt Colwill, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)

Totnes Regatta

Perfect conditions welcomed crews for this weekend’s regatta in Totnes. Held over two days, rowers from Bideford Blues travelled down on Saturday to take part in the 500m sprint event, whilst Sunday hosted the 1000m Championship regatta.
It was a great day for the junior 13’s on Saturday who won their first regatta, the crew of Casey Colwill, Harrison Beer, Jamie Milsom and Barney Evans proved that all their hard work at training is paying off.
Saturday saw six first and two second places whilst Sunday resulted in two first, six seconds and two thirds. A great weekend of rowing for the Blues.

Saturday 1 July
1st place
Junior 13 fours – Casey Colwill, Harrison Beer, Jamie Milsom and Barney Evans
Mens master sculls – Ali Peake
Mixed senior C fours – Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Matt Colwill, Kayla Johnson and Lorna Colwill
Ladies novice double scull – Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Mens junior 16 double scull – Charlie Colwill and Toby Evans
Mens open double scull – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and Tom Enright (from Wimbleball Rowing Club)

2nd place
Mens junior 15 fours – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill
Mens junior 16 double – Tom Picillo and Jack Berry

Sunday 2 July
1st place
Mens junior 18 fours – Lucas Wilson, Jasper Beer, Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Mens senior C scull – Declan Monaghan

2nd place
Ladies senior C fours – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson
Mens junior 16 fours – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill
Mens master’s fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel and Ali Peake
Mens novice scull  James Jordan
Ladies novice scull  Charlotte Berry
Mens junior 18 scull  James Jordan

3rd place
Mens senior B fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel and Ali Peake
Mens senior C fours – Declan Monaghan, Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson and Brian Andrew

Bideford Regatta

It was hot and sunny for this years Bideford Regatta and the sun certainly shone on the Blues rowers. Not only did the club win the Billy Little cup which is presented to the Bideford club with the most points on the day but they also claimed Champions of the water. With three firsts, eight seconds and four thirds the club is going from strength to strength and certainly making a good start to the regatta season.

1st place
Ladies senior C fours A – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson
Masters handicapped fours Vet E – Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann, Neil Pennington and Frank Branch (cox)
Mens senior C single sculls A – Declan Monaghan

2nd place

Ladies senior C fours B – Renata Dualibi-Wilson, Jo Moulder, Mandy Mills and Karen Curry
Mens junior 16 coxed quad fours – Tom Picilo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Wilson and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Masters handicapped fours Vet D – David Burton, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel, Alistair Peake and Nell Gierke (cox)
Mens senior C fours – Matt Colwill, Declan Monaghan, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies open double sculls – Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Ladies Junior 15 double sculls B – Hannah Evans and Nell Gierke
Mixed senior C fours – Hayley Wilson, Charlie White, Brian Andrew and Kirsty Andrew
Mens senior C single sculls B – Nick Dualibi-Wilson

3rd place
Ladies junior 16 coxed quad fours – Nell Gierke, Olivia Weston, Hannah Evans, Joanna Grigg and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Ladies novice single sculls A – Charlotte Berry
Mens open double sculls – Charlie White and Nick Dualibi-Wilson
Mens senior B fours A – Declan Monaghan, Matt Colwill, Dan Talbot, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)

Plymouth Regatta

Crews from Bideford Blues travelled to Plymouth this weekend for the first regatta of the 2017 season. The regatta attracted over 200 crews made up from 11 clubs from across the region. The rain stayed away but the crews had to put up with windy conditions down the 1000m course.

For two young crews it was the first time competing in a regatta. The junior 13 and 14 crews made up of Casey Colwill, Harry Fanson, Barney Evans, Jamie Milsom, Harrison Beer and Immy Paiano put in great performances and really made the club proud, especially as they had to row up an age group.

The women’s junior 16 crew had an interesting start to the season. After a poor start to the race which resulted in clashes between crews and the race being scrapped and re-rowed at the end of the day they stormed through to secure 3 rd place.

It was the men’s senior C crew that must have had the race of the day, despite the trying conditions they held their cool and cruised through to win by a matter of feet.

Results of the day below:
1st place
Men’s senior C scull – Declan Monaghan
Men’s junior 18 fours – Jamie Norton, Jasper Beer, Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Men’s senior C coxed fours – Matt Colwill, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Declan Monaghan, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s masters coxed fours (E) – Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann, Neil Pennington and
Frank Branch (cox)
Men’s novice scull – James Jordan

2nd place
Junior 13’s coxed fours – Harry Fanson, Immy Paiano, Jamie Milsom, Barney Evans and Matt Colwill(cox)
Men’s junior 15 double scull – Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill
Women’s junior 15 double scull – Charlie Smale and Nell Gierke
Mixed senior C coxed fours (A) – Becka Brown, Brian Andrew, Charlotte Berry and Alistair Peake
Men’s junior 18 double scull – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Men’s masters coxed fours (D) – Steve Cheel, Dave Powe, David Burton, Alastair Peake and Nell Gierke (cox)
Junior 16 coxed fours – Nell Gierke, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)

3rd place
Women’s junior 16 coxed fours – Nell Gierke, Sadbh Connor, Olivia Weston, Joanna Grigg and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Men’s junior 15 scull – Jack Berry
Men’s senior B coxed fours – Matt Colwill, Dan Talbot, Declan Monaghan, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Women’s novice scull – Shannon Monaghan
Mixed senior C coxed fours (B) – Hayley Wilson, Jamie Norton, Kirsty Andrew and Dan Talbot

4th place
Women’s senior A coxed fours – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson

5th place
Junior 14 coxed fours – Barney Evans, Jamie Milsom, Harrison Bear, Casey Colwill and Matt Colwill (cox)

Taunton Half Marathon

Brendan Patton 2nd in 1:13:28, Keith Shapland 1:18:20, Jamie Blackman 1:21:14, James Jewell 1:22:58, Ashley Jewell 1:38:07, Candy Jewell 1:48:54, Lorrie Woolgar 1:50:48 (1st in category), Ali Apps 1:54:10, Mark Fundry 1:57:23, Karen Shapland 1:58:27, Phil Thomas 2:00:42, Gemma Steele 2:01:37, Jo Hedderly 2:08:22, Frank Dunlop 2:51:14
Bideford AAC were 1st male team