Building off some strong training throughout the season, the Senior Men put in a convincing performance at Worcester Head of the River. Following some efficient preparation (mainly thanks to Coach OJ's meticulously planned timetable), the boats were prepared to race in plenty of time, and the two VIIIs were primed and ready for division one. The 1st VIII, comprising Jack Breen, Ollie Jonas, Christian McCaffery, Paddy West, Adam Young, Tom Hall, Mikhail Glik, Tom Martin and cox Beth Savage, hurtled down the 4.5km(ish) course, followed by the 2nd VIII of Cameron Humphreys, Ben McWilliams, Will Brown, Steve Hutchinson, Tiago Fachada, Ivan Vilaplana, Scott Brayshaw and cox Chesky Grassi.
The 1st VIII put in a solid performance, scooping top prize in IM2.8+, and the 2nd VIII finished in 3rd place, which would have surely been better if they hadn't had to row in sixes for a considerable amount of the race. Following a successful morning, the 1st VIII split into two IVs and the 2nd VIII tackled the IM3.8+ event. Another good showing saw the 2nd VIII narrowly miss out on victory to home club Worcester, but were able to row all 8 throughout the race! The two IVs had contrasting races, both competing in SEN.4+, the 1st IV of Jack Breen, Ollie Jonas, Paddy West, Christian McCaffery and cox Beth Savage quietly went about their business, easing to victory; whereas the 2nd IV of Adam Young, Tom Hall, Mikhail Glik, Tom Martin and cox Sophie Hill were involved in a very intense encounter. Pursued closely from the start by a very handy looking crew from Stratford Upon Avon, they eventually overlapped at around two-thirds race distance. Determined not to be passed, the crews engaged in a titanic battle to the finish. With more theatre than the Boat Race and Henley finals day combined, amidst raucous cheering from those on the bank, the IV finished with their pride intact, successfully preventing the Stratford crew from overtaking, a great way to round off proceedings or the Senior Men. The 2nd IV finished 3rd in their category.
Overall, a very successful day and plenty of pride should be taken from all involved. Competitive performances throughout - including 2 victories and the accolade of fastest crew on the day for the 1st VIII - shows the rewards of the hard work put in. There were also plenty of lessons learnt and points for improvement noted as we move forward in our process towards Eights Head at the end of the term.