UoNBC win Women's 4- and get silver in Lightweight 4- at BUCS Head
We made the long journey north to Newcastle to compete in the BUCS Head - a processional race on the River Tyne against Universities from across the UK.
Saturday was dedicated to the Novice events in which we had some great results despite the wet and wild weather. Our Novice Eight raced in the morning division and placed 15th out of 34 crews with their time of 13:20.8, with the Women's Novice Eight repeating their success in the afternoon division finishing 13:56.6 placing them 15th out of 29 crews. Also racing in this division were three Novice Men's Fours who finished 24th, 33rd and 36th.
Then on Sunday it was the turn of the Seniors to face the challenge of the Tyne. The morning division saw our infamous lightweight men's four do it again, pulling off a time of 15:44.8 to earn silver medals - just 5 seconds off Imperial College. The Women's Eight had a fantastic row finishing just shy of a medal in 4th place with their time of 16:29.4, but still earning us a valuable BUCS point.
The afternoon featured the Battle Royale of the Championship Eights, where our crew came in 7th place in 17:23.4. Our Intermediate crew despite some technical difficulties came in 33rd. The Women's squad took the opportunity to split into fours, racing in the Intermediate Four and Championship Quad races coming 21st in 25:47.4 and 6th in 21:55.6 respectively.
However it was our Women's Champ Four who stole the show by winning their race in 21:43.7! This made the cold and wind worth it for the everyone involved, and we now look forward to the tail end of the winter season with the Trent Head next weekend followed soon after by the Women's and Men's Head of the River Races in London.