In the depths of winter, when most clubs opt for the sunnier climbs of southern Europe or hide away at altitude, RUMSBC buck this trend and head for the internationally renowned waters of Marlow. With their captain missing in action (delayed by ‘clinics’) the rest of the squad departed from Paddington, laden with as much warm kit as they could carry. If the Friday evening rugby result (21-16 to England for those who missed it) was anything to go by, it was going to be a good weekend.
Entering into what Aubrey Capern-Burgess later described as ‘Cowan’s happy place’. Training began at first light on Saturday. What followed was as much on water time as could be physically fitted into a weekend. Taking full advantage of the glass flat non-tidal Thames, many miles were put in. Both crews came off the water after each outing tired but happy with the changes that were being made. There were laughs, there were tears (who doesn’t when a 6am alarm goes off) and there were stretching sessions where the majority of the squad found out just how painful it is to roll out an often ignored illiotibial band.
Gainz were made.
Cowan’s Commendation for the weekend goes to:
Pontoons - Because wading knee deep into the Thames in February just isn’t that much fun.
Special Thanks to:
Alan Sinclair and Henry Fieldman for their sage advice and wisdom over the weekend. Helping to craft a new and improved RUMSBC.
- Alex Cowan - Men's Captain
The women's firsts are a tough bunch and the cold chill of February isn't enough to stop us from training, especially with the biggest race of the year, UH Head looming ever closer. Bags splitting at the seams with warm layers, mountains of food and in the case of Kate, a duvet, we took off from Paddington in search of the calm waters of Marlow.
This is the first year that training tour has happened since 2012 and so not many of the women's crew had ever been to Marlow or experienced a weekend where all you do is eat, sleep, row, repeat. However we rose to the challenge and were all raring to go to see how much of an improvement we could make over the weekend.
With plenty of photo opportunities to accompany the rowing on beautiful flat water and the sun shining come the afternoon, it was a fantastic weekend to be a rower. A nice escape from the Tideway and a great way to fall back in love with rowing; it was also a good time for team bonding with W1 yoga sessions between outings and carb loading meals at the local restaurants.
Stellar coaching by Alan Sinclair and Henry Fieldman helped us make huge improvements to our rowing and we can't thank them enough for the effort they've put in in helping make us better rowers. Post training tour, W1 are looking forward to UH Head and showing off what we can do.
Special thanks goes to Tom Hughes and the other men for shovelling off all the geese excrement from the pontoon before our outings.
Middle Middle Middle.
- Eimear McKavanagh - W1 rower
On Friday 8th of February, all of the senior squads from the club went to Marlow for training camp. Despite Fabian somehow managing to forget to turn up to Marlow on the Friday evening, we were all present and correct for a focused weekend of rowing on a lovely flat piece of river, a welcome treat after years on the uncompromising tideway. We had Charlie coxing us for the first day, and having spent time with us in the boat before, he was well placed to get the most out of us. The calm water and strong maintenance of focus from the whole crew resulted in some of our best rowing to date. The second day was equally successful, with all eight of the crew coming out of the weekend feeling that it had been incredibly worthwhile. Training camp has set us up very well for UH Head, which is fast approaching and we are now training harder than ever. Middle middle middle.
- Sam Jackson - M2 Captain
The weekend was off to a shaky start for W2 after getting lost on the way back from a rather turbulent first outing. But determined to improve in all areas - including navigation - we kept at it, and by Sunday had a great 'hench' battle paddle which helped us to take on the firsts for some friendly leapfrogging! Big well done of the weekend goes to Grace who coxed us so brilliantly despite it being her second ever outing at the beginning of the weekend...like a duck to water! Also special mention to Georgie who, despite having a full-blown asthma attack in the 5th outing was determined to come back fighting for the last one. What a trooper! Well done to all of W2 for a highly successful weekend, keep at it girls!
- Laura Cousins - W2 Captain