Our novices have trained hard both on and off the water over the last few weeks, getting in more erg and boat time than possibly any other college across Durham - and this dedication definitely paid off. SJCBC saw their most successful Novice Cup EVER this weekend, with John's dominating the new time-trial event on the Saturday and following up this success in the classic side-by-side races on Sunday. A big thank you to all the senior members of the club who have put a lot of hard work into coaching and coxing, hopefully this success will carry on into the rest of the season.
Race reports by Lucy Davenport and Katie Vause
John’s entered three men’s boats this year, all of whom trained hard, and worked well as teams out on the water. They faced some tough competition in the time trials, but still put forward strong times, placing 3rd, 5th and 19th out of 44 boats. Continuing onto Sunday, they performed strongly, with final places of 4th, 7th and 17th after an exciting set of races. Congratulations to all the men who competed, you’ve really come on as teams, and have done the college proud.
It was an incredibly successful weekend for the five women’s boats that John’s entered this year. A strong performance was made in the Saturday time trials, with boats finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 18th, providing a very John’s dominated final in the head to head races on Sunday! After a long and very cold day of racing, John’s women swamped the final podium, and our boats finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 20th. John’s have never had such a successful year at the Novice Cup. Everyone trained hard and it really paid off! It will be exciting to see the progress of the club this coming season.