Senior School news

Rowing Report: The Schools Head of the River Race

20 March 2024

On Wednesday 20 March, we saw the boat club travel down to the tideway for the culmination of the head race season: The Schools' Head of the River Race. Unfortunately following more recent wet weather affecting the river conditions prior to the race, our J15 rowers were cut from the draw. However, they’re hard work in training despite not racing must still be noted. We still had 3 boats racing in the Boys 1st 8, Girls 1st 8 and Boys second 8. The girls first 8 had a strong race to finish 12th in their category and put them in a positive position going into the regatta season. The boys second 8 produced an equally positive result, to finish 15th but beating all other non-championship schools. The stand out result of the day came from the boys 1st 8 who won the Boys 1st 8 category by 0.6s and breaking a course record that has stood for over a decade in the process. This is the best result in the school's history and shows the exceptionally high level that the boat club competes at.  

Last Friday, saw 47 rowers travel to Dorney Lake, Eton to compete at the National Sculling Head. With 2 timed runs of the 2000m Olympic course over 350 Quads and Octuples raced over the day. The Senior boys raced as  J18 and J17 Quads. The Senior Girls who had not raced at Schools Head competed at their first national race.  

The J15 crews raced well with the Girls Octuple finishing a fantastic 4th place, the Boys Quad finishing 10th out of a field of 51 crews- an excellent result. The J15 Girls quad, and the J14 Boys and Girls Octuples rowed well, in what was for many their first race.  

Well done to all who have competed this week and with the 60 members of the boat club heading to France this week for training camp the summer season is looking promising for the Boat club.