Legendary Cambridge rower Brian Ellis is laid to rest
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Born in 1932, he used to go down canada goose clearance to the River Cam as a young schoolboy and offer to hold the horses during the Bumps in the days when crews were accompanied by coaches on horseback.
Having worked both as a chef and a butcher, as well as an army driver during his national service, Ellis later became a bus driver and was known for leading singsongs with his passengers when they were stuck in traffic.
Owen Patman, a friend since their schooldays, Canada Goose Coats On Sale said: “In the 1950s the CRA held a small regatta, and one of the races was Champion of the Cam, a sculling race over the Bumps course. One year, when Brian won, the trophies were to be presented by the Mayor at Lady Margaret Boat House. Everyone waited as Brian was due to row past, and as he drew canada goose store level with the boat house, he turned canadian goose jacket the boat over.
Canada Goose online “As a coach, he would be down the river at 6am to take out the first sculler and the last at 6pm, and this cheap canada goose uk he would do most canada goose uk shop days. He carried on until he was 80, when he uk canada goose outlet decided to buy an electric cycle to go up and down the towpath. The cycle was stolen, but the people he coached had clubbed together and bought him another one. That shows how much he was thought of.” Canada Goose online
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Brian married Mary Haynes, with whom he shared a love of cycling, in 1953, and they often cycled a tandem to Hunstanton and back. They had a buy canada goose jacket cheap son and two daughters Peter, Alda and Barbara.
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canada goose black friday sale Eric Smith said: “Brian was tasked with filling the 12th boat and announced that as this was his last competitive event he would only race for one minute, and after that he would dip his blade and let the rest of us race. We ended up with three bumps and a row over.” canada goose black friday sale
buy canada goose jacket One of his many successful scullers, Chris Owen, recalls: “Brian first started coaching me in 2003, slightly bemused by a junior from ’99s (not known as a sculling club) ploughing up and down the Cam powered only by brute force and ignorance. One of the most special wins for me was winning the fastest scull in the Rob Roy Small Boats Head, which canada goose coats Brian had won several uk canada goose decades before.” buy canada goose jacket
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canada goose Mary Twitchett, who won the World Masters double scull in 2009, believes none of her success would have been possible without Ellis’ coaching. canada goose
Canada Goose sale She said: “Brian started coaching me as a novice sculler in 2003 and never missed an outing always encouraging, always with a stopwatch and always telling us “legs, legs”. Pre race, he would always say ‘fill your lungs’, which is something I still do pre race and encourage the athletes who I coach to canada goose uk black friday do.” Canada Goose sale
buy canada goose jacket cheap Fellow sculler Cynthia Jones added: “Brian first came into Phil and I’s lives in 2008 when he saw our rather inept attempts to race in the autumn small boats head, but he saw we were committed and wanted to race. It was not an easy time for us and he gave us so much more than the skills to scull. He was really more an inspirational life coach his wife had died not long before, and I remember him saying he took the conscious decision to live what remained of his life to the full.” buy canada goose jacket cheap
Canada Goose Parka In his later years, Ellis cut a dignified figure in a thick blue jacket and bike helmet, riding that electric bike on the towpath. His Canada Goose Jackets favourite place on the river was Ditton Corner, where he was often seen judging crews for the best line around this bend, and a new bench is to be put there in his canada goose outlet memory. Canada Goose Parka
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