Head of the River Race 2015

The biggest head race of the year always comes with lots of excitement and this year was no different. The weather forecast looked bleak in the week before with high winds predicted and yet another cancellation looking likely however the weather gods smiled on the day and conditions were rowable if a little tough.

SUBC entered two eights, a senior and a novice boat, Unfortunately due to academic commitments several of the senior squad could not attend so the final lineup of the 8 was (from stroke to bow) Angus Prosser, Will Grace, Dan Regan, Nick Adams, Hugo Loynes, Roman Martin, Alex Holbrook and Ed Crampin. The novice men’s line up was Peter Kille, Josh Cullen, James Phillips, Andy Stott, Rob Briggs, Hidde Ottens, James Graham and Andy Rrapo.

The senior’s headed off 108th and had a solid race settling in to a good rhythm early on and overtaking a couple of crews finishing in 125th with a time of 19:24.22, a good result for a scratch crew with only 2 weeks together and a boat with 4 lightweights in it. Much to the relief of everyone in the boat it was finally a drama free race where we managed to keep all 8 blades intact!

The novice men had a great first ever race on the tideway despite battling wind and other crews to stay in place for 2 hours waiting for the start! The guys started in 316th and finished in 201st in a time of 20:10.54 as well as coming 7th in a highly competitive novice category. A brilliant achievement to add to a successful winter.

The head is always a great race signalling the end of a long, hard winters training and the start of regatta season. All of our crews are now looking ahead to build on winter performances and bring home the silverware in the summer!