Henley Head 2015 - Senior Men

Fresh from a tough week of training following a strong showing at the Head of the Nene in Peterborough last weekend, the Senior Men made the journey to picturesque Henley to take on yet another head race. Only two boats were entered this week, reduced from four that competed in Peterborough as Henley Head catered for 4s and 8s only. With the race being held on Valentine's Day, those already spoken for had to put relationships to the backs of their minds for the time being as we headed for Henley at the comparatively late time of 9am, with scorching temperatures of 8 celsius forecast for the day, hopes were high amongst the squad. 

The day did not get off to a smooth start. With a 40 plus car pile up, Jack and Paddy, with the trailer of boats found themselves at a standstill on the M40 for at least an hour. The 4+ now had a dilemma on their hands as it became apparent that the trailer was not going to be their in time for them to get the Hudson 4+ on the water for the allotted boating time. 

However, cometh the hour, cometh the man, as Senior Men's coach OJ turned to the local Leander Club, who kindly lent the 4+ a boat and blades so that they could compete. We arrived at Henley with a splendidly handsome vessel ready and waiting for the 4+, who would tackle the Senior category in division 2 of the 3km Head Race. 

Cyril Maus, Christian McCaffery, Nathan Holt, Ryan McKay and cox Nat Kernan were anything but fazed by the change of rowing apparatus as they charged down the course, donning Leander's pink blades, to win the Senior Category and post the fastest time for a 4+ on the day. An excellent result for the guys as they posted a second win in two races, beating some very competitive crews whilst they were at it.

However, much like the weather, it was a case of sunshine and showers for Warwick's Senior Men as the 8+ of Paddy West, Christopher Krupke, Alex Holland-Shanly, Tristan Latarche, Ollie Noble, Adam Young, Reimund Schultz, Gus Harris and cox Emily Peacock raced later, in division 3. Competing a division up from usual, at IM2, the 8+ were unfortunately unable to match the feats of the 4+ as they finished 7th in IM2 8+ in a division comprising strong crews from Nephthys and Oxford Brookes University in particular. Despite this, it was a race in which the guys never really got going. 

So a mixed day for Warwick's Senior Men, but invaluable experience, boat time and lessons to be learnt for both crews. The Senior Men now look forward to BUCS Head in two weeks time and some more competitive performances to come.