On the 11th of November 2014, HCBC arrived at Queens’ College to contend for the first prizes of the year. For most, this was their first competitive rowing event and nerves were aplenty as we set up camp in Queens’ JCR and waited our turns for our respective 500m sprints.
First up were NW1. Appropriately face painted, NW1 started the evening off with an impressive showing, finishing 7th in their heat, posting a time of 1:59.1. The girls waited hopefully for the following heats but sadly it was not to be and they did not make it through to the final.
Then the turn of NM1. NM1 showed true Homerton spirit, fighting to achieve an average overall split of 1:34.8 and fourth position in their heat. An antagonising wait followed whilst the other heats progressed, only to result in the missing out on a slot in the final by 0.2s. A gallant first showing from the men in blue and white, leaving me wondering what else they could achieve this term.
Next it was the turn of NM2 to apply the pressure. Due to availability issues, NM2 received a couple of fortunate substitutes in the form of a 4th year body builder and an NM1 sub. The result was devastating, with NM2 smashing their heat with an average split of 1:36.2, with the speediest being 1:25.0.
The last showing of the evening was from the Mixed Senior crew, posting a 1:39.7 and finishing 8th from 14 boat clubs. Personally it was brilliant taking the last leg of this particular race and facing the tunnel of noise in the dying moments - support that I look forward to welcoming for the rest of the year to come! I’d like to thank the Women’s Captain, Charlotte Edgerley, and the LBCs, Alice Huntley, Jack Struthers and Jack Hugo for their organisation of crews for the event and their encouragement for all of the novice rowers involved!
Men’s Captain 2014/15