Thanks to all for making Olympic activities a huge success!
Many, many thanks to ALL the members who gave up their time to make the Olympic Week such a great success.
The Olympic Week at MBC got off to a great start on Friday with The Best of British Supper cooked by the Ladies Squad. After several trips to Tesco by Lucy and Fiona Beef Bourguignon was followed by Sherry Triffle and the opening ceremony attended by around 100 members, friends and family.
On Saturday Ben Lewis tried to get the squad down for training but only two turned up -so they blew up a bouncy castle and put up the PIMMS tent instead. The result was HUNDREDS turned up to watch the Olympics on big screens. The Photos clearly demonstrate the Olympics were more popular than training!
On Sunday despite the weather many turned up to savour MBC hospitality and the Women's cycling. Without exception everyone went out of their way to say what a fantastic day they had had and even the local bobby turned up for a burger.
The Club was packed again on Wednesday and Saturday with rowing and cycling fans alike. The media had sussed we had more than a bit of interest in the rowing results so we had ITV, BBC five live and BBC Surrey down to film and interview the merry throng.
Many thanks to ALL who made the week a great success, whether it was cooking supper, manning the BBQ, tea tent, baking cakes, handing out flyers, putting up bunting, serving behind the bar cycling off to Tesco for more supplies or just turning up to on the off-chance to help. It couldn't have happened without you.
Sunbury Amateur Regatta
Magnus, Simon and Runner did their best to support Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club at Sunbury Amateur Regatta last weekend. Magnus takes up the commentary…
Although variously entered at Junior Mixed Double, Junior Single and Senior Double Skiffs with mixed levels of success, the real drama is to secure the Victor Ludorum, decided by the last race of the day, the Gondola final, competing to win the best trophy in the cabinet, the 1927 African Shield.
Sunbury, in red-and-silver vs Wraysbury, in green-and-black. Sunbury's finest are mustered to fill the six seats: four males and two females, according to the rules. The Victor Ludorum stands at Wraysbury 7, Sunbury 8.
I had not got through the selection, but Sunbury club captain John Graham (Runner’s brother) cannot race because of a clash with the punting final. So, I am drafted in. John quietly takes me aside to remind me of the seriousness of the situation. Leading me into the committee tent, he points to the trophy. “We won this last year; we need to win it again today. Don’t let me down.” He is in deadly earnest.
After boating, we start on our warm-up routine. A few minutes easy paddling then a series of race starts. We’re going well. Avoid looking at the opposition, concentrate on your own boat, visualise your own race. We attach to the start-boat. Silence. Concentration. Last few moments before the off, hearts thumping.
“Sunbury, Wraysbury. I shall start you in the following manner: Attention ... Go. Get ready please.”
We surge forward, a very good start, not too much water flying around. I can tell immediately that we’re ahead of the other crew, and pulling away. We veer slightly off-line, I skip a stroke to apply steering, then slot back into the rhythm. Power, focus, controlled aggression, muscles burning, eyes straight ahead. Thirty strokes to go. Runner shouts “We’re going to win this, keep it long!”, and we cross the line. I punch the air in triumph, paddle held aloft.
“Three cheers for Wraysbury, Hip-Hip, Hurrah!”
We CRUSHED them. The 1927 African Shield is ours, and so is the Victor Ludorum. Heady from our victory we disembark and walk over to shake the oppositions’ hands.
As we commiserate with them, it dawns on us that something is not quite right. A glance at the photo below might illustrate.
We have “crushed” a crew of 10-year-old children!
Wins for Molesey Women at Home Internationals
Molesey win in the women's coxed 4 - Congratulations to Gabby, Amber, Catie and Fiona.
Congratulations also to Sam Fowler who won the women’s coxless four for Scotland.
Well done our girls!
L-R: Gabby Rodriguez, Amber Anderson, Sam Fowler, Catie Sharrod & Fiona Schleisinger
Molesey Olympic Medalists
Molesey is proud to congratulate it's Olympic rowers on winning gold in the four and bronze medals in the eight and pair.
Molesey members Andy Hodge and Tom James dominated the fours final on Saturday taking gold from the Australians.
The eight which contained Molesey rowers; James Foad, Mo Sbihi, Tom Ransley and Greg Searle gave their all in a closey contested race. The GB eight were leading the field when they went for gold, but were unable to hold off the Germans who have had the better of them all year. They then narrowly missed out on a silver medal to the Canadians who came through strong at the end.
In the pair, George Nash who has had a fantastic Olympics, won a bronze in another closely fought race with the French.