Brookes Rowing makes history at Head of the River 2016

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

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Oxford Brookes students made history this weekend by winning the Head of the River 2016 race for the first time and claiming the University pennant in the process.

This is a massive result for the club and it’s been a long time coming. We knew after racing Oxford that we were going well, and thought we might be able to get the win but it is testament to the hard work of the whole squad that we have achieved it.

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing, Oxford Brookes University

It was also the first time the race has been won by a full student crew for over 50 years. The provisional result saw Oxford Brookes record a time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds, beating Leander by nine seconds.  

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes University said: “This is a massive result for the club and it’s been a long time coming.

“We knew after racing Oxford that we were going well, and thought we might be able to get the win but it is testament to the hard work of the whole squad that we have achieved it.”

In February, Oxford Brookes raced the University of Oxford and won, in an official pre-Boat Race fixture.

Womens-head-of-the-river-2016There was further success at the race with the club’s second eights crew winning the Senior pennant and retaining fourth position overall, remaining the highest-finishing Brookes second eights crew of all time. This crew comprised of current students and alumnus and double Olympic medallist Alex Partridge. 

Brookes’ third and fourth eights crews also had fantastic results with the thirds maintaining 12th place following a very well-paced row, and the fourth eights improving on last year’s position, to get four Brookes crews in the top 20 overall – the most a single boat club has ever been able to do. 

On Saturday 11 March, Brookes’ women’s squad had fantastic results at the Women’s Head of the River Race with the first eights crew taking fourth position overall out of 325 competing crews.

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