The Champion of the Thames Rowing Club ran Champs Eights Head last month on a 1450m course from the Plough to the site of the former Penny Ferry pub. Sidney Sussex Boat Club’s Publicity Officer and Medicine undergraduate, Fizz McNally, is here to fill us on how Sidney fared this year.

After a very successful rowing fortnight and subsequent crew selections prior to Easter term, Sidney Sussex Boat Club (SSBC) have been training hard on the land and water this term. SSBC entered the Champion of the Thames Head race back in March and came back with some amazing results!

Sidney’s first women’s crew were up first with a clean run and strong finish; a testament to the strength and dedication of the rowers in spite of technical challenges. The crew ended up winning their category by twenty seconds, even beating teams in categories above them.  

Sidney’s first men’s crew had an exciting trial including an incredible overtake of Pembroke down the reach. The men had a very closely contested category but Sidney still took the win here, by a four-second margin in a category with only eight seconds between the first and last boat, a significant win. 

Sidney’s second women’s crew also won their category, with their time placing them highly in the division above them. Louis Baxter, their cox, was highly commended in the Champion Cox award for his line around the Ditton Corner.

A huge thank you to all of the coaches and the bank parties for their support and help. These stellar results are reflective of the dedication of Sidney rowers along with the organisation, enthusiasm and support of our fantastic captains. SSBC has truly hit the ground running in the Easter term.

Written by Fizz McNally, Sidney Sussex Boat Club's Publicity Officer

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