Nottingham Rowing Club men win at Hammersmith Head

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 23:17 Written by Administrator

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Hammersmith Head is run by Auriol Kensington Rowing Club over a 3 mile course on the River Thames from Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge. It is traditionally seen as a good warm up for the longer Head of the River Race, which is held a couple of weeks later over the reverse Boat Race course.

The race was held on the day after the Women's Eights Head of the River, but in very different weather. With a strong, cold easterly blowing against the stream, conditions on the course were grim; several crews sank. Nottingham Men's Coach Dan Johnson said: "That was an ordeal - we were pleased not to sink. You can’t read too much into these results". Club President Keith Atkinson commented: "It looked like hell and high water from the race photos! It's not every day you see the top crews shipping so much water".

Neverthless, the Nottingham Rowing Club men’s first eight, who missed the Head of the Trent due to illness, won the club’s first ever pennant at Hammersmith. The crew of Alex Evangelidis, Craig Turner, Ben Farrell, Ed Couldwell, Peter Dean, Ed Mace, Anthony English and Alex Kratzer, coxed by Tamsin Cottle, won Intermediate 1 eights, finishing 8th out of 100 crews. The second crew was 32nd.

The men were under some pressure because the women had won three eights events at Nottingham and one the day before in London. Their swift response is welcomed by the club as attention shifts to the Men’s Head on March 23rd where they start 28th.