On Saturday 3rd November BMSBC travelled down to the Tidewayt in London where the Senior girls quad of Lara Brittain, Abi Ngwang, Jess Read and Lizzie Rowe competed at the Fours Head of the River featuring in the Junior Challenge coxless quads category.
The weather was looking promising, it was dry and not too cold. After a pot of pasta and a pre-race chat to go through the race plan, the girls were ready to get on the water. Knowing they’d be on the water for a couple of hours, they made sure their pockets were stuffed with Haribo.
Being the first boat off in the category, combined with not bad conditions, the girls were prepared to create some distance between them and the Tideway Scullers crew who were chasing them. Their fitness really started to show through the middle of the race where the gaps were increasing behind them, consequently catching up with the category in front!
Through Hammersmith Bridge, the boat picked up in speed, which was all down to all the supporting parents enthusiastically cheering them on. This really gave them a boost as they came into choppy water, which is always expected on the Tideway. Their new focus was gaining and overtaking the other boats in front of them, which really highlighted Lara’s steering skills.
The last 2K of the race was all about holding on to their blades as the waves became bigger At this point, everyone is rowing in the same conditions but what it comes down to is, who copes the best. Our Girls did just that and went on to win their event.
With a brilliant result like that really shows their hard work paying off. We are all excited to see the continued success.