Runcorn Eights Head – 6000m – 25 February 2012
Six thousand meters is a long way! Fortunately, an 8+ moves quickly. I believe quick reflexes are required in an 8+ to (1) get the hands down and away for a clean finish, and (2) catch the catch. Of course, this is good practice in all boats, but much more detrimental when ineffective in an 8+.
In the morning, our MasD/E.4x- took to the water and, after catching just one crab, finished nearly 40 seconds ahead of their rivals.
In the afternoon, the MasD.8+ overtook two crews – clashing with one of them on a narrow bend near the finish – to earn a medal, and a few of the women in our W.IM3.8+ were suitably exhausted and bewildered after their maiden head.
Number Event Crew Place Elapsed Time
Division 1 – 11:00
21 MasD/E.4x- Bow: R. Jepson, K. Lawton, P. Clay, T. Booth (1/2) 22:10.92
Division 2 – 14:00
52 MasD.8+ Bow: J. Hardman, K. Lawton, B. Collins, D. Sykes (1/5) 22:30.82
R. Jepson, N. Price, T. Booth, P. Clay
Cox: C. Boardman
71 W.IM3.8+ Bow: L. Collier, H. Yusuf, M. Robertson, D. Draper, (5/5) 28:29.92
A. Edmondson, A. Jones, J. Miller, J. Cragg
Cox: B. Yusuf
Towing: T. Booth
Umpiring: R. Chicken
Supporting: A. Collier, N. Collier, S. Darnborough, R. Tyrrell, J. Riley.