Worcester Main Head 2018
After the disappointment of Stourport Head being cancelled at the end of January, BRC sent four crews to Worcester RC’s Main Head. After nearly 3 months since the last race at Newark on 2nd December, it was a welcome chance to blow off the cobwebs and see how crews had progressed over the winter.
From the Senior squad, we had a Men’s IM3 4+ racing, featuring (Stroke to Bow) Nick, Max, Moritz & Mindy, with Clare in the cox seat. The Women’s 4+ were also racing IM3, with Grace, Eve, Emma and Maria, with Emily (WRC) coxing.
The Development squad sent a Novice Women’s 4+, who got a first race under their belts, after the majority of the crew started in the sport in 2017.
The Juniors were represented by a J15 4X+, consisting of Josh, Tom, Harry and Henry, coxed by Chris Finch.
Finally, we also had Harry & Richard rowing in a composite crew with City of Birmingham University IM3 4X-.
Men’s IM3 4+
After a solid start overtaking two Women’s 4’s within the first 2k, the crew started to bear down on the Bristol Ariel men’s 4+. It was a frustrating couple of kilometres from then on as the Bristol crew put in some aggressive steering to block a path through, meaning our guys had to put up with their wash until a better opportunity to pass came about.
It all came to a head with about 1k to go, when the river widened enough to take a wide line and pass. After a clash of blades and some choice words between crews, the BRC crew pulled away comfortably.
Unfortunately, the time lost meant it was too big a task to try and push on for the win, which they eventually lost out on by an 8 second margin to King Edward VI School.
Women’s IM3 4+
This was the first race in a new combination and a chance to see where they stacked up in relation to other local crews.
The girls went off first in their category and managed to increase the gap on Bridgnorth’s crew. However, an impressive crew from Stratford-upon-Avon stormed through the field and overtook all three of the others for the win.
They managed to edge the Bridgnorth girls by 12 seconds, but finished well back of the Stratford crew by nearly three minutes.
There’s some good potential in this crew and with IM3 being such a competitive category, it won’t be long until they pick up some pots.
Women’s Novice 4+ (racing IM3)
This marked a return to competition for Meg after a long layoff with injury. Whilst it also included super sub Mia, stepping in at stroke in place of Sarah.
It was always going to be a tough task for the girls, racing up at IM3 instead of Novice and having to cope with the disruption of a last minute crew change. Not to mention, the 6k row to the start would’ve been their longest stretch of rowing since getting into a boat last year (750m is the longest we get at BRC).
It was a brave row and the girls showed some serious grit getting down the course. It was all smiles at the finish line despite the result and it’s safe to say they’ve got the bug now to put in some hard miles up until Regatta season, with the aim of getting their first win in summer 2018.
The boys had a straight fight against Kings School Worcester. Despite a good showing, they just lost out on the win by 21 seconds.
Men’s IM3 4X- Composite
Harry & Rich joined the guys from BCU to form a handy 4X-, up against crews from Hereford and Kings School Worcester.
The result didn’t go their way in the end, finishing about a minute off the win and just being edged out of second place by the Kings School crew.
A special mention also has to go to the BCU Men’s Novice 4+, who were competing in their first ever race in the IM3 4+ category. A shock to the system rowing 6k at race pace, after training purely on the reservoir at BRC. However, they put in a solid performance and showed great potential to push on between now and BUCS, where they’ll be competing next week.
Also a big thank you to the cox’s on the day, who stepped in to help out. BRC’s Chris Finch, BCU’s Claire (Men’s IM3 4+) and Ella (Women’s Novice 4+), as well as Emily (Women’s IM3 4+) from Worcester who all did fantastic jobs.
Written by Max Morgan, Senior Squad Captain