The Club's Results
Head of the River Race, Lent Term 2010
A huge head race on the Tideway (tidal river Thames) over the University Boat Race course
Sat 27th March
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We set off number 60 amidst total chaos at the start, being told to start ahead of number 59 and very close to the crews in front (who had been set off with overlap!) and wound to a chunky 36. We held this for around 20 strokes, before striding onto our planned race rate of 34. Conditions were extremely choppy but we found a long loose rhythm, and the boat felt good. Throughout the race the boat felt light and we held 34, always out of our puddles. The race was certainly not perfect but we felt happy with the row.
Emma was careful to start timing as the umpire said 'Number 60, go'. We had an idea of what time we wanted to be on at various landmarks and so she was calling the elapsed time at regular points during the race. What confused us is that the time at winding down read 18:42. The results place us 154th with a time of 19:02. We don't really know what conclusions to take away from this race - to be honest we're all slightly baffled. That's not supposed to sound arrogant or conceited - we simply don't feel that our performance would have placed us there and are confused about the timing discrepancy. There is nothing we can do though, so we need to draw a line under that result and look to a new term of racing after a couple of well-earned weeks off.
Congratulation to the other colleges who performed well, and especially to Downing for a great result - well deserved.
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