The Club's Results

Head of the River Race, Lent Term 2008

1st men's VIII (Senior3 VIIIs)

Coxed by: Ming-Chee Chung

88th
Time: 19:11.61
A strong line-up, but not the best two weeks of training. The post-lents hangover always lasts longer than you expect, and the weather was rubbish. In particular our 15 minute practise piece was rowed into a vicious headwind, and we didn't learn much from it except that we aren't so good at keeping the rate up.

The race started well, and we weren't put off by a little clash with the crew in front (although they were keen for some "banter" at the finish). It started to go a bit wrong after we overtook Clare (apologies for the abuse, too eager to avoid another clash); we made a good surge to go past but weren't able to maintain it.

Hammersmith bridge was the crucial point. We had a fair amount of cash in the bag, but needed to attack the headwind if wanted a really good result. Maybe some of the guys were suffering. It felt a bit like the practise piece. We need to learn to force the rate when the legs aren't keen.

Given our preparation and the crap start position, we're pleased with how it went. And it was a lot of fun.

Suggestions for next year:
-Row at least one 5k race in lent term
-Do a weekend trip to the tideway
-More pieces over the lock
-Leave lents to the 2nd eight

Big thanks to JPD for coaching and support, and Sarah Jane for beds and teas. (Tom C)

1. At Hammersmith Bridge
2. Passing through the ...
3. Overtaking Durham ARC
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