Sunday, 30 October 2011

Nothing like a cheeky medal!

Another year has dawned upon us and the first race was Dee Head in Chester on 29th October. LUBC has only been in full training for 2 weeks and went to get experience in their new crews for the year and for fours' head next week.

We left Lancaster at a rather painful 6.30am to be ready in Chester for the first race at 9am. After a quick nap in the mini bus, the men's VIII was raring to go in the 4k IM2 race. They donned the much loved red and black lycra, grabbed water and got in the boat. Conditions were fairly good as they proceeded down to the start line, while the girls waited with cameras and cheering voices at Sandy Lane. The lads faced tough competition from Pengwern, Trafford and Athnole, Ireland. However, they stormed in ahead of every other crew in their category, with the first win of the season by 58 seconds.

As the afternoon began, there was a three hour delay in proceedings as the tide changed and there were huge trunks of tree going down the river as our worried coxes looked on. In the afternoon there were three LUBC races: the IM2 4+, IM3 4+ and the all new women's coxless quad. This was a tougher race, particularly as we had spent so long standing in the cold waiting for the tide to go out. However LUBC still managed a respectable result in all three races. The two men's fours, which will be attending Head of the River next weekend, came third in their respective categories. Finally, the women's quad rowed a very respectable time (as there was nobody else in their category, we shall say they won), despite a small incident involving their boat and the bank, making their time even more impressive.

Therefore, we concluded that the results of the day were pretty great, as the men went off home with their medals, particularly after so little time training. So bring on the head season LUBC!!

Over and out.

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