Sunday was the start of the build up to the Schools’ Head on 20th March.
Our 1st and 2nd 8’s started their campaign of build-up races at the The Head of the Trent, in Nottingham on Sunday.
On a beautiful, still February morning our 1st boat had an excellent paddle over the 6K course, winning their event by 16 seconds over Nottingham University 1st 8. They also achieved a very creditable 2nd place overall, beaten only by a slick unit from Star Club, Bedford, by just 2 seconds - presumably the crew who reached the final of the Thames Cup at Henley in 2011.
The 2nd eight again had a good paddle, with 4 J16’s on board. They rowed effectively to finish third in their senior event, racing against adult club and university crews. A very creditable 3rd place from 20 starters sets them up well for a good result on the Tideway in a few weeks’ time.
Both crews head off to the Tideway and Hammersmith Head next Sunday, where they will be racing over the first part of the Schools’ Head course. This will be a great practice, not only for the crews, but even more importantly for the coxes.