Success at BUCS Head - RUBC medal in every event entered!

Last weekend saw our first race of 2018 and an opportunity to set a marker down for the rest of the year. We came away with one of our best results with medals in every single senior sculling category including golds in all the openweight quad events! 

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Not only was it our first race of the year, it was also the first ever race for our novice squad. We sent two mens quads who came away with a gold and a bronze. A fantastic result which shows the strength and depth of our novice program. 

Gold: Joe Pitt, Ed de Boehmler, Jordan Sale, Alex Crane

Bronze: Rory Morrison-Low, Jack Footer, Lesh Lethbridge, Joel Keeble 

After the success of the novices on Saturday it was time for the seniors to take to the water on Sunday. First up in division one was the mens Champ quad of Rory Harris, George Lawton, Luke Reiser with Franklin Hamilton in bow. The quad raced extremely well to come first and take the gold medal over Newcastle. Also winning a gold medal was our Inter A boat of Sean O'Mahony, Olly Dix, Laurence O'Connor and Alex Badcott. They won convincingly with a 26 second gap to the next crew! Our next medal came from the second Inter mens boat of Ollie Irwin, Rob McPherson, Henry Parrish and Harvey Jacklin who came away with a bronze medal. An amazing result for RUBC to have two boats in the medals! Our third inter boat (Tom Stothart, Joe Pitt, Alex Crane, Harry Hannam) placed 18th, an impressive result considering the crew contained two novices who had raced the day before! Finally in division one was our lightweight women's quad of Chloe Knight, Anna Smart, Emily May and Vic Norton. They had a good race and ended up coming joint silver with Nottingham, the first time an exact draw has ever happened at BUCS Head! 

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Division two began with some uncertainty when the race was shortened and split into two divisions, but our athletes coped well with the change and came away with more medals! First up was the men's lightweight quad of Franklin Hamilton, Ollie Irwin, Rob McPherson and Sean O'Mahony. They raced well to come in the silver medal position behind Nottingham A. Next to come down the course was the women's Champ quad of Chloe Knight, Fran Bratt, Bea Roe and Lucy Ryan. These girls continued the gold medal streak of the openweight boats and came away with another first place for RUBC. After the break in the division our inter women's quads took to the water and the A quad of Amber Mayall, Emily May, Anna Smart and Sophie Lewis won their category and took home the gold medal. Last but not least our second quad (Molly Regan, Hettie Horler, Charlotte Bawn and Franky Bailey-Tait) also raced admirably to come sixth despite some issues with steering. 

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