For the first time ever the Men’s and Women’s Heads of the River were run on the same weekend, resulting in UL posting the best combined performance across the club for many years
The Women’s Head of the River, on Saturday, saw the UL Women’s 1st Eight come 5th overall, edging rivals Oxford Brookes University into 6th. The UL 2nd Eight came 15th overall, the highest ranked University 2nd Eight after Cambridge’s reserve crew for the Boat Race. The 3rd Eight came 32nd. In 2011 the UL Women’s 1st Eight came 36th at WEHORR. So for UL to now boast three eights ahead of that position, make the top 5 for the 2nd year in a row, and boat a 4th Eight for the first time ever shows the excellent work done in growing the UL women’s programme over the last few years.
HORR ran on Sunday with the UL Men’s 1st Eight coming 6th overall, as the 2nd fastest univeristy eight in the event. Oxford Brookes impressively dominated the Head, but boated a number of non-students in their top two boats. The UL Men’s 2nd Eight made the top 20, the fastest university 2nd eight in the race after Oxford Brookes.
Phil Gray, UL Chief Coach: “We’re incredibly happy with our results at both HORR and WEHORR. On the Men’s side we’ve posted strong time gaps to all our main rivals, including Imperial College, Newcastle University, Molesey Boat Club and Thames Rowing Club, but Oxford Brookes University continue to push the bar up to previously unseen levels. UL though are leading the charge to get them! To have the UL Men and Women performing at this high level at the same time is very pleasing.”