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Hills Road students compete in the Schools Head of the River Race

20 Mar 2017
Hills Road students are making up six crews of rowers to compete at this year’s Schools’ Head of the River Race on the River Thames on Thursday 23rd March along with several hundred crews from schools and colleges from all over the country (and a few from overseas too).

Hills Road students who choose to take the ‘Learn to Row’ Enrichment course when they join the College, are coached by volunteer coaches of the Cantabrigian Rowing Club.

As well as being extremely popular, the standard of rowing is excellent and the commitment of the students is remarkable. Within a few months of training, they form crews of fours and eights and compete at national level.

Mike Hunter, Andy Johnson, Ollie Frazer, Gill Cooper, Rachel Bryant Davies and Leanne Fiddian from the Cantabrigian Rowing Club dedicate huge amounts of their time to coaching the students.


Coach to one of the girls crews Rachel said, "We've been thrilled by the number and enthusiasm of the girls rowing this year. As a squad, under the captaincy of Emily May, all the girls have worked really well together in different combinations to gain experience in sweep-rowing and sculling.”

“They are looking forward to experiencing the challenges of Schools Head. The Cantabs Quad, with three of its four members from the Hills Road squad, also did extremely well in the latest Winter League race, posting the fastest time of the series in their category.”

Leanne Fiddian - Hills’ Belles Coach said, “I started coaching the Hills’ Belles in September. Since then I have seen them go from strength to strength. They are all fully dedicated to their training and work really well together as a crew.”

Hills Road Girls VIII
Cox: Susan Rutter
Stroke: Emily May
7: Sophia Rodrigues
6: Emily Stephens
5: Emma Burnley-Davies
4: Roseanna Allwood
3: Chloe Moulding
2: Fiona McBride
Bow: Kitty Hardyman

Hills Belles
Cox: Ben Whitelaw
Stroke: Ellie Stephens
7: Anna Norgett
6: Kiah Conroy
5: Becca Durrant
4: Elise Burgess
3: Fay Amstutz
2: Alice Haddow
Bow: Beth Bradshaw

Hills Road Women’s Quad
Stroke: Eva Hill
3: Izzy Ritchie
2: Franky Bailey-Tait
Bow: Tabitha Thornton-Swan

Hills Road Men’s 1st VIII
Cox: Ben Whitelaw
Stroke: Eddie Crampton
7: Finlay Beauchamp
6: Robert Oxford-Pope
5: Shaun Rackley
4: Sam Gibbs
3: Will Topping
2: Will Bryant
Bow: Inigo Hunnable


Hills Road Men’s 2nd VIII

Cox: Angus Hutchinson
Stroke: Ben Hunt-Doel
7: Abdel Had-Haque
6: Oliver Brigstocke
5: Harry Selwyn-Smith
4: Owen James
3: Simon Powell
2: Thomas Holmes-Chatfield
Bow: Aidan Bennett

Hills Road Men’s Quad
Stroke: Michael Welsh
3: Matthias Hargrave
2: Nick Brown
Bow: Olly Foo

Andy Johnson of the Cantabrigian Rowing Club said, “I never fail to be amazed by how quickly the students mature and develop in the 18 months they are with us. Many, if not all, of the Year 13s rapidly take on leading roles which is great to watch!”

Ann Hemming, Head of Sport at Hills Road, said, “Entering six crews into the National Schools Head of the River Race is a major achievement, whatever the outcome.”

“The Cantabrigian/Hills Road partnership goes from strength to strength. The enthusiasm and commitment of the Cantabrigian coaches is unbelievable. They are inspirational, encouraging Hills Road students to set the bar high, on and off the water.”

“The students also show an amazing ability to balance their academic and rowing commitments. Competing against some of the top schools in the country is testament to how far the rowers have progressed in a short period of time.”