Trent Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | February 29, 2012

The eights racing season has begun frustratingly late for Broxbourne’s men’s squad this year, with the cancellation of both Peterborough Head and Bedford Eights & Fours meaning legs weren’t tested until what is usually the mid-season marker race on the Trent in Nottingham.

Video of Trent Head
Trent Head Video

The first race was in the just-formed eight. With Rob Alexander and Chris Heathcote returning to the Senior Men’s squad after sojourning to the Masters squad for a few years, the crew had a more heavyweight look to it than it has had in recent years when populated by lightweights. With only a few outings under their belts the crew made the most of the warm up with a few good bursts, and then span on the marshall’s call ready to find out how they stood up to the opposition. The row was a robust start to the HORR campaign, with the 6k course acting as a good test of legs and lungs. The crew placed 8th overall and second in their category just a few seconds behind the winning crew.
In the third division the HOR4s club record holding quad took to the water again, ready to race strong opposition from Trent and Nottingham University. Another strong row saw them win their division with a time that was the fastest of the division and which placed them 11th fastest boat of the day overall. An IM2 coxed four containing Chris’ Sheppard, Turnbull and Heathcote and the contrasting sinewy Robin Mould also performed well with a 3rd place in category, 15 seconds off of an impressively drilled winning boat from Nottingham University.
After a long day of driving and racing the crew returned to the club pleased with the results. With some good scalps of other provincial crews and the feeling of plenty of speed yet to come in the eight, the squad now looks forward to racing at Kingston and on the Tideway in the coming weeks.

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