Last weekend, we sent our First Women’s Eight team down to London to compete in Women’s eights Head of the River Race, one of Europe’s largest rowing competitions. This was the first time in three years that John’s have qualified to send a team down, so we would firstly like to congratulate the women on getting that far, especially because most of them have only been rowing for four months.
The women did the boat club proud in representing us in this prestigious competition, where they competed along-side some of the best teams in the country. With a time of 22:38, the women have rowed the second fasted time that SJCBC has ever recorded at WeHoRR. The team rowed consistently and excellently, powering down the race course, tackling tricky obstacles such as tidal waves and buoys along the water. They finished in a respectable 259th out of 320 boats, despite racing in the category above (IM3) rather than the novice category.
Congratulations to all who rowed, and the coaches (Sian Cogan and Seb Nickols) and team who went down to support the women, with an excellent end to this term’s rowing season. We are looking forward to a well-earned break, to come back fresh and ready for the regatta season next term.
Lucy Davenport (S)
Claudia Driscoll (B)
Cox: Fran Barkess-Kerr
Coaches: Siân Cogan and Seb Nickols