Apologies for not writing before now but with training and competing it’s been busy, busy busy!!!!
After a period of time of being unwell and with the possible diagnosis of Glandular Fever hanging over my head I am so pleased that progress and improvement has been good.
Taking part in many regattas across the breadth of the UK there have been a few high level competitions.
Firstly, I must start with Women’s Head of the River Race which i competed back in March. This is one of the biggest head (long distance) races rowed on the River Thames travelling from Mortlake to Putney in London. Over 300 women crews, travelling from all parts of the country, competed in the event.
Each boat consisting of 8 Rowers and one Cox. The Cox directs and helps steer the crew making calls throughout the race. The Crew I was in consisted of 3 Girls from the North East, 4 Girls from Scotland and one from Bath, all of whom are on the Siemans Start Programme (formerly the World Class Start Programme).
The race itself is a brutal 7.5 kilometres (approx 4.7 miles) rowing as fast and as hard as you can. My position was at Stroke, this is the seat that everybody else has to follow. Therefore i had to create a strong but fast rhythm that we could all row together at. I rowed 33/34 strokes per minute with the race lasting 20minutes. That is an awful lot of strokes!!
As our crew composed of athletes from a number of clubs we are known as a composite crew and therefore had to start further back in the race, 238th. The category we raced in was Intermediate 3 of which there were many other crews racing in the same category. We had set out to win the Category but with this in mind we had to row extremely hard and in doing so hopefully overtake a few crews along the way.
We actually overtook 6 crew boats (an achievement in itself). At some points it was difficult as certain crews would not move over to let us past which meant that on occasions blades (oars) got entangled. As exciting as it is this can cause the crew to lose the momentum and put them off their stroke. We managed to maintain our stride and finished 33rd overall and Winning in our category. Exactly what we had set out to do.