On three consecutive days last weekend Ardingly Rowing Club competed at national rowing events away from their home water.
Four Juniors, Alex S, Todd B, Jake L and Billy S aged 16 and 17, raced at the National Junior Sculling Head on the Olympic Lake at Eton Dorney. They finished 9th of the 18 quadruple sculls in their age group which is superb for our first representation at this event.
The following day we sent nine Senior men to the Thames to race in the Head of the River Race where 360 crews of eight oarsmen and coxes raced in a time trial over the Boat Race course in reverse.
Our women won their class in this event just two weeks previously but the men weren't quite able to replicate their success although they finished just inside the top half of the entries!
Then on the Sunday over the same course we had 2.5 crews racing in the Veteran's Head of the River Race (for rowers aged over 27).
The older men finished 2nd in their age group for the second year running, the women came 6th in their age group and the younger men teamed up with another Club but came in tenth beating two German crews.
This signals the end of the time trials or Head Race season and we are about to move into side-by-side racing at Regattas.
The winter training is about to pay off.