Head of the River Race 2018 – Race Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | March 15, 2018

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The HoRR event is the premier eights race for men’s Eights in the United Kingdom. The Tideway, a mistress to the weather, has often seen this event called off. This year the weather behaved itself and with mild winds, the event was run on Sunday 11th.

This year we entered two crews:

A: 112
Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Unmarino
7: Rick Bolton
6: Ryan Cheale
5: Phil Robinson
4: Steve Turner
3: Russell Theobald
2: Graham Walker
B: Ben Hughes

B: 249
Cox: Cerys
S: Dan Richardson
7: Dan.L
6: Richard Watkins
5: Husayin Aysen
4: Brian O’Purcell
3: Giles Dunk
2: Andrew Jones
B: David Pike

The A crew saw a last-minute illness and forced an unplanned substitution. Nevertheless, we set off hard chasing down Vesta-C boat. We comfortably walked through them at the Chiswick Eyot and begun using them to push off. Post hammersmith the toll of racing was starting to get to us but with some strong calls from our cox we picked it up and continued to push. Up ahead we had begun closing in on a group of crews, sadly (or perhaps luckily) we didn’t catch them in time to be part of the mess of boats. We placed 112th overall.

It was a solid row for the men’s B boat, the conditions were good and we were able to settle into a decent rate off of the start. Unfortunately, the snow had messed up training so we had not done much high rate training, but on the day the crew coped well. Cerys coxed us well through the race, including pulling off a clean overtake in the last stretch. Hopefully, with more training at race pace, we should be in good shape for Bedford 4s.

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