Alex W (cox), Jess Rankine, Alice Taylor-Bennett, Hannah Orrell, Eimear McKavanagh, Daisy Newberry, Claire Rowden, Libi Hawkes, Joy Schmidt
Hannah H (cox), Tintin Larsson, Georgie Lloyd, Katie Westbrook, Caitlin Healy, Zoe Bothamley, Beth Hughes, Livi Drewett, Laura Cousins
Full draw is available here WEHoRR Draw (external link)
Good luck to all the women racing. For those wishing to spectate it may be worth checking the Spectators Information (external link).
W1 Hammersmith Head 2014 (pre-race)
Hammersmith Head 2014
With weather like that the day could not go wrong. Just two short weeks since RUMSBC admirable performance at UH Head we had another 4 crews hitting the tideway for a 4.4km Head race Chiswick bridge to Hammersmith bridge.
This is potentially the last race before their respective Head of the River Races so both squads were determined to put down on paper what their training deserved and use this not only as a race but as a learning experience.
For crew complements see Crews for Hammersmith Head 2014
Our men’s crews were first to go, with M1 first they had a good race and were rewarded with more than they could have hoped for reclaiming their title as 2nd fastest UH crew by narrowly beating SGH. A bit more work required to beat the giants of ICSM but there is definitely improvements showing in the crew. The M2 followed after, confusing messages from the Marshalls meant that we started out of our boating order however with the Cox (Marcus Ghosh) timing the start perfectly as they flew through the start and held a good strong race. Gains were made.
“Resevoir Dogs” M1 Hammersmith Head 2014
The women’s crews must have been disappointed after GKT were a no show as they were unable to settle the bloodlust leftover from UH Head. They took to the water giving nothing and taking everything. The 1sts easily beating the only other UH rival. Coming off the water they all felt disappointed Captain Jess Rankine when asked how it was replied “no comment” this may have been a hangover from the high of UH head but preliminary reports suggest much more positive attitude towards WEHORR. The W2 were fielding a very new squad consisting of multiple (now-ex) novices and last minute damage to their boat meant they had to row in the novice 8. But they did not let that get them down and giving it all they crossed the line with a decent row and a decent time. Watch out WEHORR RUMSBC is coming.
W2 Hammersmith Head 2014
With Women’s Eights Head this weekend and the Men’s a few weekends after with both squads making huge gains over the year we can only hope to see that reflected.
The races coming up are big national events that are contain crews from around the world and are always worth a watch so don’t hesitate to come on down support your club and see some great rowing.
Results in Further Detail
M1 – 11:12.44
M2 – 11:33.26
W1 – 12:23.68
W2 – 13:15.55
McLay’s notable mention goes to the novices (Hannah Hickingbotham, Caitlin Healey, Beth Hughes) for their first senior race of the year.