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Last minute wins at Liverpool

After the unfortunate cancellation of White Rose Head, SURC paid a visit to the River Weaver and went head to head with Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster.

Despite the frustration of the cancellation, our Senior Women still went out with the same vigour and fight as they have done all season and pipped Manchester to the top spot in the eights by just 4 secs. This was one of the closest races yet and still demonstrates the SURC women’s dominance this term, maintaining our record of bringing silverware back from every race thus far. Our Women’s quad narrowly missed out on victory by 5 seconds due to a minor steering mishap but still put in a solid performance.

Our senior men’s 4x came 1st in their event beating a Manchester crew that bested them at York small boats, whilst the 4+ fell short after a rushed row up to the start line. The men’s 8 had a great race, narrowly missing out on first place, 2 seconds off the home crew Liverpool. The senior men look forward to having the chance to race Liverpool and all the other universities we competed against at BUCS head in March.

The novice women had their first wins of the season in both the 8 and the coxed 4. Racing quadruple the distance they’d ever rower before, with some girls even racing twice. In the four the girls beat Manchester by over a minute and a half, and the eight beat Liverpool and Manchester in a tighter race, taking the lead by 8 seconds on Liverpool and 20 on Manchester. Though apprehensive of the increased distance, the novice women took it in their stride, improving on their results from last weekend.

The novice men also had their first proper length race, having never rowed so far continuously before. Whilst the 4+ didn't have any opposition, they still managed to achieve a good time rowing the best they have together as a crew. Although a disappointing result for the 8, coming 4th, the men health well with a last minute sub and scratch crew, showing great promise for their races after Christmas. The novice men have showed both confidence and composure, and the squad really have shown how far they have come since the start of the year.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Liverpool for organising this race with such short notice and giving everyone the opportunity to put all their hard work into practice, we wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.


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