Great to see so many different HBC crews competing
Huntingdon’s Head of River Race went ahead on the 25th October with the good fortune of relatively calm conditions and sunshine. Considering the amount of rain the previous week and the tail end of a hurricane we were very lucky. The conditions were very calm for the 1st division with the wind picking up during the course of the day.
Safety boats were in place along the course with many thanks to Terry and Jill of Purvis Marina and a number of volunteers.
56 Races were booked in for the day and each and every one attended, competed well and completed the 4000m course. Crews ranged from those further afield such as Ancholme and Norwich to the more local teams of St Ives and St Neots.
Edward Adams and Mark Smith won the Masters A/D Hcap 2x in a time of 16:22. Edward then went on to race SEN 1x in a time of 18:14.
The Huntingdon Mens 8+ of Mark Smith, Andy Wood, Chris Jones, Elliot Hammond, Iain Rickerby, Joseph Hardman, And Johnny Mosebaur achieved an excellent time of time of 15:50 but were unfortunate to lose out to a crew from St Neots with a time of 15:09. Andy Wood had already competed in the Mas F.1x with a winning time of 21:18. Iain Rickerby and Mark Smith had also competed in the 1st division in the IM1 2- category with a time of 17:56.
Elliot Hammond and Johnny Moesbaur competed in the IM3 2x with a fast time of 17:08 but with no competition against them sadly they didn’t receive pots. Elliot also raced with Laura Fozzard in a Mixed IM3 doubles racing debut with a very creditable time of 18:24.
The first ladies 8+ that the club has put out for a number of years set on the water in division 2. Despite very little practice and with novices and retirees in the crew, they managed a time of 19:46. It was great to see the 8 out twice in the day. The Ladies 8 coxed by Jon Deacon comprised Emily Ray, Laura Fozzard, Sophie McGinley, Charlotte McGinley, Karen Jacques, Alice Ray, Wendy Jones and Sarah Adair.
Amongst the Juniors, Gatley Searle started the day with a winning time of 18:44 racing in the J16 1x category. He then competed with Joseph Hardman at J16 2x achieving another win in a time of 17:32.
Probably the most delighted of the day were Tawney Evans and Isobel Hopkins who finally won their first doubles race together in a time of 19:49 racing at J17. They had been pitted against the twins, Sophie and Charlotte who had achieved a full on day of racing in all divisions. Isobel and Tawney also achieved a win at J16 4x coxed by Lottie Hardman and alongside Ellie Watson and Harriet Heylen from St Ives. This 4+ competed against a full HBC crew also coxed by Lottie Hardman of Evie Andrew, Louise Hinckley, Isabel Searle and Molly McKay who rowed a superb time of 20:49.
The youngsters of Chris Jones, Joseph Hardman, Charlotte McGinley and Sophie McGinley also put in a winning time in the first division with a mixed Nov 4+ rowing at Mx IM3 4+ in a time of 18:18. Chris followed this up by taking out his new single for its first venture competing at IM3 1x in a time of 20:24.
The day was a great success thanks to the detailed planning and organisation of Jon Deacon with a number of volunteers. All those who attended seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day. The BBQ, cake stall and bar were busy throughout the event. Further thanks to all those who helped set these up and man them during the day!
Roll on Club Races on Nov 8th…