Nottingham Autumn Head 2018
A week on from the Senior British Championships and another local event for the club. Nottingham Autumn Head is the first of the events in the head season for the crews, and a chance for the senior and intermediate crews to stretch out from the standard 2km to the longer time trial formats.
In the morning the first division saw single scullers take to the water for the longest of the divisions, a high quality event with a number of athletes preparing for the upcoming GB trials. Topping their categories, George Crouchley and Lucy Gillbanks came away with wins in their singles and set the tone for the rest of the day. Other notable performances included Jade Lindo and Lewis Howlett on their first run out for the club at head races for the season.
As the wind picked up more athletes arrived for the afternoon to prepare for the third division. Into the crew boats now, this division gave a good number of new and returning members to the club a chance to match up against crews from around the region. With a long wait up at the start leaving them keen to get going, the mens quad lead off the division with the aim to retain the headship from last year. Putting together a technical row in a new crew, the men came away winners of their category, and with the fastest time of the day to keep the headship. Following suit, three more crews would put on strong enough displays to win their categories. The womens coxless four went off hard enough that a mechanical in the last 500 metres wouldn’t stop them from collecting their pots. Against strong opposition the mens coxed four took the race by the horns in the headwind and comfortably took the win for their category. Rounding off the division, the mens pair also maintained their result from last year, taking the win and completing a strong set of results for the club at the event.
Summary of wins;
M4x-, M4+, M2-, W4-, M1x, W1x