WEHORR Success

1st VIIIBy Charlotte Peterson

Excitement and anticipation were high as three of Brum's women's eights made the journey to London on the 15th of March. Preparations were set for an exhilarating weekend racing on the Thames for Women’s Eights Head of the River Race (WEHORR), an international event which sees over 200 crews compete over a 6.8km course.




Races in the winter season consist of time trials on long stretches of river. Training therefore requires long, gruelling ergs and intensive weights sessions. The cancellation of BUCS head race back in February due to the bad weather was a major blow to UBBC. All three crews were determined to show what their training deserved, and that is exactly what they did.

Birmingham’s first eight put down an impressive performance with a time of 19:57.62 which left them 47th overall and 8th out of all university crews. Birmingham’s ‘B’ crew came 101st out of the 239 boats that competed with a firm time of 20:43.15. This put them in a position of being the 2nd fastest university ‘B’ boat in the intermediate 3 category.

The women’s head coach, Alex Darby, said; ‘It's very pleasing to have such strong results across the board because it demonstrates the strength in depth that we have this year, which should set us up for a good regatta season this year, and hopefully allow us to maintain similar results next year’.

A special mention is deserved for Birmingham’s novice crew who came 22nd in the novice category with a solid time of 21:54.79. ‘The beginner women once again proved their worth with girls who have only started rowing this year earning their seats in all competing boats’ said the novice women’s coach, Lois Milner. ‘The novice entry particularly impressed me keeping cool under the pressure of having to change around the crew at the last minute due to newly imposed race regulations bringing home a solid race time. Everyone approached the day with a great attitude and came away having had a fantastic day of racing, looking forward to an exciting summer season.’


These results emphasise yet again the potential the club now has. As we move into the regatta season, everyone seems confident that our women can achieve great things.