The girls had a fantastic day out at Reading, in what was their first race this term, and the first in the 8.
Reading University Head is a final testing venue ahead of the London Heads over the coming weeks, and so it attracts a national level of competition. This was to be a tough event for the crew, but one in which their focus was to 'race their own race'. However their preparation in the week leading up to the race was faultless.
Not in anyway slighted by the 5:30am start, the girls executed the perfect race establishing their race rythmn early on and responding well to the excellent coxing from Amy Steventon. The crew rowed in a 'vacuum' with little contact with other crews, allowing them to concentrate on their boat without distraction. They completed the course in a time of 18:20.14 and finished 4th/8, seeing off two university crews in the process.
The crew now turn their attention to the Womens' Head, London next Saturday where they will have the opportunity to further develop their race skills against no fewer than 50 other crews.
The Crew: Amy Steventon, Amy Stockdale, Libby Wood, Bridget Lapage, Katie Williams, Rainbow Satchatippavarn, Eliza Hodgson, Georgia Bustin, Liv Levy.