On Saturday 14th October, 7 Cantabs crews headed to London to race on the Tideway at the Pairs Head of the River. All crews enjoyed good results, in particular Eve Beere and Anita Holender who were victorious in the women’s intermediate pairs event.
Knowing that the tiniest margins can make a huge difference, after Eve came 2nd in the J18 2- event a few years ago, she and Anita put in a strong performance from the first stroke, taking some good lines along the challenging Tideway course and negotiating 2 overtakes along the way to finish 13 seconds clear of 2nd placed City of Bristol RC.
After finishing 2nd last year in W.MasBCD.2- in their first Tideway race in a coxless boat, masters C duo Gill Cooper and Judith Weik approached this year’s race with more confidence and experience, particularly after producing some good speed in training. Unfortunately, they were repeatedly impeded during the race by slower crews who crashed ahead of them, causing them to come to a complete halt more than once. This meant that, despite finishing as the fastest crew in their event on raw time by 5 seconds, they were pipped to the win by a masters D crew after handicaps were applied. Though disappointed, Gill and Judith will no doubt have confidence in their potential for the rest of the season.
There was a good 3rd place finish for Ellie Darlington and Bailee Stratton in W.INT.2x, finishing only 0.3 seconds off 2nd place despite struggling to put in a performance which reflected their speed in training. There was also a 3rd place finish for Andrew Morley and Nicola Person in Mx.MasBC.2x club. Emma Dalrymple steered on the Thames for the first time, racing with Georgia Vann in the lightweight 2x event, finishing 5th in a classy line-up after a minor altercation with a buoy cost them some time towards the end of the race.
After their training was seriously interrupted by bouts of illness, Men’s Captain Guy Fiddian and Tom Hetherington were pleased to finish 10th of 16 crews in the intermediate 2- event, with Sean Collins and Tom Wordsworth finishing 5th in the club 2- event.
Full results can be found on the Pairs Head website.