Two boys’ crews from the Hills Road squad at Cantabs raced at the National Schools Regatta on 24th-26th May.
The Non-Championship 8+ of Robert Steyn, Phil Sosnin, Jeremy Austin, Jed Benyon, Ethan Collier, Joshua Pearson, Sam Askew, Laurence Beauregard and cox Emily Staplehurst finished 27th in their time trial, just 2 seconds off qualifying for the C final.
In the subsequent side-by-side race, they had a much stronger start, making ground on Bedford Modern School and Reading Blue Coats to eventually lead by a few feet at the 100m mark, extending that to a canvas by the 1500m mark. In the last 500m, the heavier crews started to pull back and in the final metres, Bedford Modern put themselves a foot in front.
Having raced in the 8+ on Saturday, Sam Askew and Joshua Pearson then raced on the Sunday in the Championship 2-. They finished a very creditable 15th in their time trial in a very competitive event.
Andy Johnson, coach for the Hills Road boys, said:
To be able to compete with the big rowing schools is a real challenge for a club entry. Both of these results are outstanding. This is the fastest 8+ we’ve sent to the event, and to finish 2nd to Bedford Modern by 0.4s in a time of 6:24 reflects the dedication and commitment made by this group of boys. For the pair, which are a product of the Cantabrigian Junior Performance Squad led by Oli Frazer, the future beckons as they were competing in the J18 open event as a J17 pair. They have another year to improve, and should be excited about their prospects at next year’s event.