Three BROOKES|Rowing eights travelled to London on Saturday to race in this year’s Women’s Head of the River Race. The race was part of a long weekend of racing which also incorporated the Head of the River Race and Schools Head- the first time all three have been run in this format. There were a record 320 entries at Women’s Head- more than the men’s race for the first time ever.
The women’s 1st VIII, featuring GB Rowing Team member Annie Withers, finished in a very strong sixth place overall, winning the senior pennant for the first time in the club’s history.
The 2nd VIII put in a great row to finish 16th overall, beating a large number of university and club first eights in the process.
The strength in depth that has developed throughout the squad in recent years was demonstrated by the 3rd VIII moving up 27 places and finishing in a fantastic 27th place overall- meaning Brookes had the highest placed three eights in this year’s race. In the intermediate category, the 2nd and 3rd VIII finished 3rd and 11th respectively out of 174 starters.
There is no time to waste as attention will now turn to the upcoming GB Rowing trials and preparing for the start of the regatta season.