Over the weekend the Queen's Ladies sent a contingent of 2 inter eights and a novice eight over to race in the London Head of the River Race. They were delighted to be met by beautiful weather throughout their time at London. All crews performed exceedingly well performing in the Elite Category due to being counted as overseas crews.
The Ladies' 1st VIII pictured above at Caversham of (from left to right) Rebecca Mackey (7), Rebecca Edwards(5), Rebecca McGookin(bow), Emma McKee(stroke),Catherine Campbell(cox), Jill Thornton(2), Ruth Taylor(4), Dineka Maguire(3) and Jane Cunningham(6). The Ladies smashed through into the top 50 crews placing 45th with a time of 19:55.93.
The Ladies' 1st VIII was also invited to row at a under 23 senior level at the Caversham race course. They posted a blistering time of 7:05 winning the C Final, beating the Cambridge LW8+, University of London 8+ and Durham 8+. The Ladies knocked 10 seconds of their heats time in which Cambridge beat them.
The Ladies club wishes to thank Peter Shepard for inviting them to Caversham to take part in the event.
The Ladies' 2nd VIII pictured above in London of (Back row left to right) Alice McPherson(bow), Laura-Jane Watson(2), Rachel Brown(5), Mary-Beth Toner(3) (Front Row left to right)Hannah Todd(6), Alicia Green(7), Carol Moorehead (cox), Ellie Holmes (stroke), Rachel Abbott(4).
The Ladies rowed hard to claim joint 114th with York City A crew with a time of 20:48.87
The Ladies' 3rd VIII pictured above in London of (from left to right) Molly Kerr (bow), Samantha Fisher (2), Alice Foynes (3), Niamh Cassedy(4), Carrie Kelly(5), Stephanie Mclvor(6), Lana Mullen(7), Lois Kelso(stroke) and Alice Murdoch(cox).
The Ladies' rowed very competitively for only having 6 months of rowing, and even less rowing as a crew. They placed 169th with a time of 21:30.44.
Putting these great results into perspective by aligning the crews in their competitive categories. The 1st VIII would have came 7th out of 29 Inter 2 crews The 2nd VIII would have came 36th out of 112 Inter 3 crews The 3rd VIII would have came 18th out of 41 Novice crews
For more results - http://www.wehorr.org/results.htm
While the Ladies' Club were competing in London the Men's Club sent a contingent of Trialists and a few enthusiastic scullers to Loch Rynn to do some straight line pieces.
Those that took part in the training camp were Mark Magill, Tiernan Oliver, Christopher Beck, Gareth McKillen, James McKelvey, and Adam Borum.
The Men battled the conditions to test their abilities rowing a straight 2000m course. Something that we do not get the luxury of on the River Lagan. Needless to say Mick Desmond gave the men a productive and intense weekend away.