On the 17th March, two Cantabs crews travelled to the Tideway for the annual Head of the River Race. Considered to be the climax of the head racing season, it is raced over the Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney by over 400 crews and 3,500 athletes. Indeed, until the advent of the London marathon, the HORR was the largest mass participation sporting event held in the UK and, like the London marathon, it is increasingly attracting competitors from around the world.
The 1st VIII, captained by Joe Baddeley, finished in 62nd position, just eight seconds away from breaking into the top fifty. This strong performance was the best from any Cambridge crew apart from the Cambridge University Lightweights, who were 18 seconds ahead over the 4.25 mile course. The result gave Cantabs its highest ever placing, bettering the previous best of 72nd place in 2006.
Meanwhile, in reaching 234th position overall, the 2nd VIII fell just short of another club record, finishing just five places behind the mark set for the highest finish for a Cantabs 2nd VIII, achieved in 2010.
This all suggests that the Cantabs’ men’s squad is in rude health and, with new recruits joining the squad, promises an exciting Summer racing season.