Men’s Rowing Success in the Winter League
In February, Hills Road students rowing for Cantabs (Cantabrigian Rowing Club) increased their lead in the second leg of the Winter League in the four events they have entered.
The Winter League is a local event run by the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association for clubs from Cambridge and other towns in the county including Ely, St Neots and Huntingdon. It covers three separate races in January, February and March and the times of each of the crews are added together to determine the winners.
There are various categories for men, women and juniors with performance levels on a handicap basis e.g. novices are crews who have never won an event before.
The Hills Road Men’s first eight had a strong row in the headwind improving their overall position to sixth fastest and increasing their lead in the club B event. The second eight also improved their position in novice eights and the first quad now lead junior quads by over a minute.
The biggest improvers however were the second quad who were 18 seconds quicker on a day when results were on average 25 seconds slower, an excellent result that reflects the extra training they have put in since the last race. Coach Andy Johnson acknowledged the work put in by coach Nick Sirager with the 2nd eight and quad. He said “It was very pleasing to see improvement across the whole squad.”
1st eight: Robert Steyn, Phil Sosnin, Jeremy Austin, Jed Beynon, Joshua Pearson, Sam Askew, Ethan Collier, Laurence Beauregard.
2nd eight: Bertie Wilkinson, Joe Comyn, Sonny Osman, Luke Vanderstay, Matt Melloy, Will Crawford, Borisz Kantor, Emanuel Merhan.
Anthony Austin coxed both eights
1st quad: Robert Steyn, Jeremy Austin, Jed Beynon, Phil Sosnin.
2nd quad: Bertie Wilkinson, George Lawn, Alex Hunjan, JP Levick.