The last weekend of races this term and a good set of results, split across two days we had our novice women eight in their first race, over in Newark, and the senior squad traveled down to Wallingford with four crews to see how the bigger boats have developed so far.
For their first time at a competition, and with the novice boys setting the bar high, one of our novice women's eights headed to Newark on Saturday to race up a category against a range of local clubs Against the experience of the other crews competing they came second in their category, showing potential for next term's competitions, and putting down their first mark as a squad.
On Sunday the senior squads sent two eights each to race at Wallingford, one of the last high level events on the calendar before the New Year, and to test out the bigger boats after spending much of the last month in pairs and fours. After a patchy build to the event, the women's IM3 crew placed in the top half of their category, showing the increase in depth the squad has gained this year, and the competition for seats in the group. The IM2 crew had a good race in the quality conditions on offer, coming out with a 3rd place finish, and closing the gap on the Exeter boat that finished ahead of them at the British Championships earlier this semester.
The men's squad also showed their depth with a strong performance from the IM3 crew, after issues on the course, being impeded by a disqualified crew from another club, the boys put on a display to finish well in their category. Rounding off the day and the weekend the IM1 eight showed that the time and effort put in over the last few months is paying off, they came away 3rd in their category, and a healthy 8th out of the 240 boats competing on the day.
This weekend has shown us the strength of the squads as a whole and gives us more results to work off as we consolidate over the next few weeks with our Christmas training camp. Then we move into BUCS Head, the Head of the River races, and a weekend of match racing against Oxford University.
Women's Captain comment:
'Really proud of how the girls performed this weekend. We have been doing a lot of technical work leading up to the race so it was good to put that into practice, especially with some new memebers in the boats. It was also a useful learning experience from which we can continue to push forward and improve.'
Men's Captain comment:
'It's great to see such strong results even with both crews being slightly disappointed with their performances. Showing the ever increasing baseline standards we are striving towards.'