The Henley Rowing Club Junior and Senior Women’s squad continued their impressive season with another four wins at the Reading University Head on Saturday.
The Reading University Head is perfect preparation for crews entered into the Men’s, Women’s and Schools’ Head of the River races along the tideway at the end of March, and attracts top crews from the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Leander, Moseley, Headington School and Lady Eleanor Holles School.
The Henley Senior Men’s squad entered an eight in a highly competitive field of 18 crews, and finished a commendable eleventh in a time of 14 minutes and 16 seconds.
The Henley Senior and Junior women combined forces to row in two senior eights events. The Womens Novice eight won their event in the morning division against eleven other crews in a time of 15 minutes and 50 seconds, despite being held up by a number of inexperienced crews through a narrow stretch of the river. In the afternoon division, the junior and senior combination competed in the IM1 eight, and competing against a much higher standard of field, finished fourth.
The Junior women contributed a further three wins to the Henley tally. The WJ16 eight finished ahead of five other crews to win in a time of 15 minutes and 39 seconds. In the afternoon division, with changing river conditions, the WJ18 eight finished first in their respective event in a time of 16 minutes and 3 seconds. Their fellow younger squad members in the WJ15 age group then had a magnificent race, winning the WJ15 eight event in a time of 16 minutes and 1 second.
The four wins from the Henley junior and senior women now put them in a good position to compete against all the top clubs and schools in the forthcoming Women’s Head and Schools’ Head of the River races on the 14th and 16 March respectively. The squad is hoping to repeat the four wins achieved at these two events last season.