BUCS Head– The Tyne – 26/27th March 2022
On Saturday we had our intermediate women's 4+ race. The girls managed to achieve 22nd out of 27. This is a promising result for the girls and for some it was their first time racing on a 5k course, so we are all really proud of them. Flying the flag in their yellow bucket hats they definitely won best dressed. The month leading up to BUCS had some very poor weather, which lead to a lack of water time, so what the crew was able to do was a big achievement considering the circumstances. With hopefully some decent weather in the coming months, our women's squad is in a good place to start seeing some top results to reflect their hard work.
The Sunday saw the debut our beginner men's 4x. The boys managed to achieve 7th in a hotly contested line up of 14. This result is extremely promising as the boys weren't able to get much training on the water together, due to the same bad weather in the lead up to the race. With some better weather, the rest of the season's training (and maybe some steering...) we could be looking at some top results this summer. We are all extremely proud of our beginner squad and it shows their commitment to training is paying off.
The Scottish Indoor Championships were held virtually for the second year running, allowing competitors from all over the world to compete against each other. This year we had 14 members take part, compared to previous years this is an excellent turnout. Regardless of finishing position, we held a great day of racing at Oriam, and many of us managed to set new personal bests. The full event is available to rewatch on YouTube, the stream includes some live footage of our races.
SSS Beginner (2km) - Out of the four beginner men the club entered into this category, we had three of them place in the top 10. This includes a 3rd place from Nathaniel Fishburn. Nathaniel was 13 seconds behind the Strathclyde University Boat Club competitor who finished 2nd place.
SSS (2km) - The two competitors representing the club in this category placed 7th and 8th.
SSS Lightweight (2km) - The three competitors representing the club in this category placed 5th, 6th, and 8th.
Women’s SSS (2km) - Five of our senior women represented the club in this category, all finishing within the top 10. Vivienne Archibald, finishing 4th, was just 6 seconds shy of third place, taken by a competitor from Dundee University Boat Club.
SSS Team (4x90s) - Our men’s team were the only competitors within their category, therefore they achieved 1st place within this race.
Women’s SSS (4x90s) - Our women’s team were in a category alone against St Andrews University Boat Club, our team finished 2nd place to them by 16 meters.
The club entered 16 crews this year and had a brilliant weekend of racing with some very promising results, especially from our fresher men’s crews. The event had the largest turn out to date with a record number of crews in attendance.
1st place – Women’s R2 4x+
2nd place – Women’s Novice 4x+
2nd place – Novice 4x+
2nd place – Novice 4+
2nd place – Novice 4+
2nd place – Women’s Novice 4+
This event was the first of the new semester, the first chance for our freshers to get a taste of what its like to compete in a head race. With the incredibly windy conditions, events taking place the next day were cancelled, allowing just the fours race to go ahead.
The club achieved two gold medals in the Beginner Men 4+ category and the Novice 4+ category. These results boosted the club’s mentality and set us up for a great new term ahead.