20 March 2017
The 1st VIII went off the start at a high rating and caught the university crew ahead of them, the crew settled onto their race pace and maintained a slight lead on Kings College London. Behind a stroke for stroke battle was unfolding between University of London, Warwick University and Quintin Boat Club, these three crews pushed each other all the way along the course and the 1st VIII did well to hold off their surges. Towards the end of the seventeen and a half minute race the university and club crews clawed their way passed the 1st VIII who had in turn gained on Kings College, London ahead of them. This was a solid race for the 1st VIII who will go into Thursday’s Schools’ Head of the River with confidence they can achieve their best race of the season thus far.
The Junior 16 coxed four who had been hampered by illnesses and injuries rowed well in challenging conditions. Racing in the Novice category they held their own against some much bigger and older athletes, beating a number of university fours and eights.
The third form quad of Wood, Roberts, Kibble, Staples and Dickson were racing in their first event in what was their first row away from the Hardwick reach. All members of this quad started rowing this term and were not daunted by the prospect of racing over the 5.2km course. The crew, marshaled superbly by Matthew Dickson in the coxing seat raced against crews that all came from the Kingston or Molesey stretches of the Thames. The crew raced well overtaking Kingston Grammar School and Tiffin School finishing fifth in their category. This bodes extremely well for the summer regatta season where the crew with more time on the water will move up this ranking.
On Thursday this week, the 1st VIII and the Junior 16 coxed four race The Schools’ Head of the River on the Tideway.