Friday 1st July
Well done to the crew and coaches of the 1st VIII this week. Following two outstanding victories at Henley on Wednesday and Thursday against Winchester and St. Joesph’s (US) respectively, the VIII lost by a length to a strong Radley VIII on Friday.
We congratulate the Top Squad on another year of excellent victories and finishes up and down the country. They look forward to their dinner on Wednesday evening and an opportunity to take part in Bumps for change!
Thursday 30th June:
Shrewsbury won this afternoon's 2nd Round race vs St. Joseph's by ¾ length, in an amazing 6 minutes 26 seconds.
In a thrilling race, Shrewsbury took a ½ length lead in the first 2 minutes and held that slim lead right down the packed course, increasing the lead to ¾ length towards the end. Against a selected crew who were a stone heavier than our boys was a tremendous effort. Their time of 6.26 was the fastest PE time of the Regatta, and just 4 seconds off the course record.
Shrewsbury will be racing against Radley in tomorrow's Quarter Finals, at 3.40pm.
Wednesday 29th June:
In the first round of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup today, Shrewsbury's 1st VIII beat the Winchester College 1st VIII by 2¼ lengths. By the quarter mile, Shrewsbury had already established a lead, which they extended, paddling over in the latter stages of the race comparatively easily.
Shrewsbury race at 4.05pm on Thursday against St. Jospeph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, one of the 8 selected crews in this year's Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.
From the times recorded to the barrier today, this looks like being one of the closest races of the day, but certainly one which we are hoping to win. Although a heavier crew, the Americans looked less proficient than our boys. Let's hope for a positive outcome!
Please also see www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/henley for more information about the Henley Royal Regatta, Shrewsbury's successes there, and the huge number of Old Salopians at Henley this year, now racing for different universities and clubs both in the UK and abroad.