6th college VIII, 5th fastest 1st VIII
Came in 9s behind Girton. That means we need to find 9s this week.
Solid and committed; as always, a pleasure to watch!
For some reason the photos came out in the wrong order, they should have been in a nice moving sequence...perhaps someone clever could fix that?
13th fastest college VIII, 12th fastest 1st VIII
A simple start which effectively brought us up to racing speed and a 'tight' line around the first half of Ditton mean that we probably haven't won any prizes today. But we're not worried about that as the row was solid, the focus was there throughout the race and we never lost the rhythm for more than a few strokes. We put into practice what we've been working on this week and from here it's just going to keep getting better.
Edit: We did win a prize! Congratulations Mark, I'm sorry I doubted you.
A strong start had us moving quickly to the bunting line, but being a little too eager for a tight corner I overcooked the first part of Ditton, just scraping the bank with Harriet's blade, and cutting the grass with the a couple of others.
Despite this the push up the Reach was solid and fast, and the pushes brought good bursts of speed where necessary.
Overall, a really good row.
Edit to Harriet: Not at all! I am just as surprised as you - clearly the judge likes his corners tight, just like his rudder strings...
Cheers for the beer Mark!
Not the result we'd worked for, sadly, but we've got some good points to take into tomorrow's race. Our start wasn't the best one we've done but the push after it was good enough to get us our first whistle on Girton coming into Grassy. From there we didn't manage to find the solid rhythm we've had in training, and the pushes didn't come together. We kept the pressure on them the whole way to the finish, but it just wasn't enough.
Bumped by Downing
Our race plan was start, 30 stroke piece then 10 stroke pushes until we die. We knew it was going to be tough, but we went out there and gave it our all. Every stroke I took, I could feel the other seven pushing with me. However much my legs and lungs burned I knew that all eight of you were right there with me, and that made it so much easier. This was the best race we've rowed all term. It was my last bumps race and it's exactly the kind of race I wanted to end on - one where we can say that we found those extra inches when it mattered. No regrets.