Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club will be holding its annual Trial Eights race on the 18th of December in Henley-on-Thames. The day is designed to simulate Boat Race day, when the selected crew will race Oxford over the same course, and to give athletes an opportunity to race under similar conditions.
With Trial Eights one of the highlights of the club’s calendar, the crews will have been preparing together for several weeks and will be provided with boats by internationally renowned manufacturers. This year, four-time Olympic champion and rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent will be umpiring the race.
The crews will boat in Henley at 1.30pm for a warm-up row before the race, which is scheduled for 2.30pm. Family, friends and supporters are warmly invited to spectate and enjoy a day out along the banks of the river Thames in one of the great traditional homes of rowing – all support is greatly appreciated. The race will be followed by tea and scones at the world-famous Leander Club at 3pm, which will be an opportunity to meet the crews and coaches in a relaxed setting. Race results will also be officially announced here.
CULRC are proud to be sponsored by Powertraveller, KPMG, Hudson Boat Works and WinTech Racing.
CULRC fielded 6 crews this weekend at the Cambridge Winter Head. Of these 6 entries 5 were in the top 10 for the event (of 250 crews). Only the scratch quad combination missed out on a top 10 spot.
(Penelope’s eight goes off the start in the first division)
Last weekend CULRC’s scullers took to the tideway to compete amongst 454 crews at the Four’s Head of the River 2011. Entered in the ‘Elite Lightweight Quad’ category, the crew of Liam Downes, Piran Tedbury, Rupert Price and James Wedlake went off 8th amongst some of the best scullers in the country including a few members of the GB Rowing Team likely to be representing the country in the Olympics next year.
Preseason training camp (19 to 30 September)
The season started with a 2-week training camp, during with the 24 triallists began this year’s Henley Boat Races campaign. Early groundwork was made with training, and the camp ended with an open-road cycle race 76-mile cycle race from Cambridge to Norwich. 3 members of the squad finished joint second in this race in a time of 3h 42m, and a notable effort was made by Alex Randall who completed the entire distance on a single speed (fixed gear) racing bike.
Cambridge Small Boats Head (1 October)
A group of small boats from the club raced at the Cambridge SBH at the end of the preseason camp. This was a successful day, with CULRC winning 5 events (IM2, IM3 and Nov 1x, and IM3 and Nov 2x), as well as losing narrowly by 1s in Sen 2-. Recent Alumnus, John Hale, also recorded the fastest 1x time of the day.