Success at Women’s Eights Head of the River 2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015

GB women's eights crew

The Oxford Brookes Boat Club had a successful day on Saturday (14 March) with a number of triumphs at the annual Women’s Eights Head of the River Race held on the River Thames.

The overall winners and fastest time of the day came from the GB Women’s Eights team which included former Oxford Brookes student Olivia Carnegie-Brown and our soon-to-be Chancellor Katherine Grainger. The GB Women’s Eights team completed the four mile and 374 yard race in 18 minutes and 58.6 seconds. 

The race is the eighth win for Katherine Grainger in this event which is more than any other female rower and beats the previous record which has stood since the 1960s. The event marked the start of Katherine’s return to public competition and she is currently training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers. Katherine will become the Chancellor of Oxford Brookes at an event to be held at the University tomorrow (20 March).

Oxford Brookes A crew

The Women’s Eights Head of the River competition is a time trial race beginning at the University Pole in Chiswick to the finish at Putney Pier.  This year was the 75th annual race and saw 300 women’s eights crews from clubs, schools and universities from across the UK and Europe.
Oxford Brookes also entered two student teams into the race for the first time in many years with these boats competed for the Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 3 Pennants. 

The results for these races showed a fantastic performance by both boats with the Brookes B crew winning the Intermediate 3 competition and placing 20th overall, the highest ever position for a second Eight team. The Brookes A crew won their Intermediate 2 competition and placed in joint seventh place overall with the University of London.  The A crew win meant Brookes finished as the top UK non-Ox-Bridge University crew, only beaten to the fastest University award by the Cambridge University crew by just 14 seconds. 

More information about the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club can be found on their dedicated website.