Sunday, 28 March 2010

WeHorr 2010

Mid March saw the ladies squad heading up for the Head of the River race on the Thames. The gruelling 4.5 mile course is the pinnacle of the national head racing season, making it the main event for crews up and down the country.

With competition getting harder each year the girls knew they had to row at their best to come away with a good result. Unfortunate last minute injuries saw Daz Harding having to sit out of the 8 and becoming the crew's cheerleader and official photographer. This saw Yifat Padan making a last minute entry into the crew as super sub, taking the bow seat.


With some very powerful crews starting directly behind them, the Minerva crew knew they had to get a positive start and managed to power away from the first bridge. With Helen at stroke the crew maintained an excellent rhythm throughout the race and found some extra energy to push off from Hammersmith bridge with only 9 minutes remaining of the course. Richard Tyler steered a fantastic course, coxing his first head of the river race, motivating the ladies to give everything in the last quarter of the race, pushing past another crew in the closing stretch.

(The crew from left to right; Yifat Padan, Anne Crozier, Jen Watt, Charlie Wooton, Vicky Fieldhouse, Elaine Hoyes, Bethan Smith, Helen Atherton and cox Rich Tyler)

The final result showed that the crew had improved by over 50 places to finish 175th out of nearly 400 crews, in a time of 21.36. Fingers crossed the squad can continue to improve. We now look forward to the men's Head of the River race in 2 weeks time.

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