Men’s Head of the River race

Last Sunday saw the Men’s Head of the River race take place on the Tideway. The 6.8km timed processional race from Chiswick to Putney (reverse of the boat race course) is the highlight of the head season for all British clubs. Having spent the past few weeks training at Caversham it was great to be back at Leander for a few days. Originally I was placed in the Leander Ladies plate 8 for the event, however due to Pete Reed injuring himself early in the week I was called up to race in the top Leander VIII.

The week started with a race against the Cambridge blue boat, this is the title given to the first eight of the university meaning the crew who you will see racing the boat race on TV in a few weeks. I was particularly excited about racing them as my pairs partner from last year William Warr was in the cambridge eight. Last year William and I also went on to race in the Leander ladies plate eight which lost the final of Henley Royal Regatta by 3 foot in a very exciting race against University of California, Berkeley. We also raced with each other at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. Cambridge raced us over two pieces each roughly 3 minutes long, due to the boat race being near I’m not allowed to say what the results were but both of us were happy enough with the outcome of the race.

Due to weather the last two HORR’s have been cancelled and judging by the weather forecast earlier on in the week it looked like it might be cancelled for a further year. Luckily the 50+ mph gusts which were forecasted never arrived and the race ran ahead smoothly. My eight had a good race and finished 16 seconds ahead of our rivals from Molesey winning the head overall. It was a phenomenol crew to be a part of and a great week of training. Tom and I continue to push on in our pair looking forward to racing final trials in 3 weeks time.