Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: 1st VIII and U15s both win at Wallingford Head

Sunday 5 December 2021

1st VIII at Wallingford December 2010

Three School eights had a very early start to get down to the first major eights head of the season on Sunday, this would be the first pointer to the Schools' Head next March, this being the first of the big three of the rowing calendar. Being Thames Valley based, we always knew that all the top rowing Schools will be well represented at this event.

Arriving at 8.30 meant a quick scramble through the mud to rig and boat for the paddle to the start of this 4 K race.

As the crews appeared out of the gloom at halfway, predictions as to the result could be established, our IM2 crew, being a 2nd and 3rd 8 unit was in an event above the crews' experience, however a mature race resulted in a decent result.

The 1st boat had coaches smiling for the first time in a while after the awful weather over the last few weeks. We had nearly caught Abingdon by halfway and the crew looked smooth and determined, the result was a significant 22 second victory against all the top rowing Schools, unfortunately bar one, Eton. That battle to commence next term on the Tideway........

Congratulations to all our competitors, a great day after a particularily miserable few weeks on the river.

Paul Manser

The winning U15 crew at Wallingford December 2010

Phew! They don't come much closer. After a testing week with numb fingers and icy waters, the J15 rowing squad made the trip to Wallingford to finally face up to the major competition.

Racing in VIII's the A crew came down the course looking technically sound and well within rating. Little did they know that Bedford Modern School would finish a mere 0.1 seconds slower over the 4250m course. A winning time of 16:44.8 on an upstream course is by far the longest they have raced to date and the nine members can be very happy with this finale to 2010. With Northwich and Agecroft medals also won by the squad it has been a long but very successful term and a well done should be be sent to all those rowers and coaches involved.

Richard Johnson

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