On Saturday 27th February, all of the Shell Wet-Bobs were invited to Bedford School for a training head race. This was in order to identify the best rowers in the year, and eventually put us in our boats. We arrived after a 2 hour journey, all psyched up and ready to thrash our first sport enemy in rowing, then we realised that we had to build the boats. After using spanners and brute force we looked across to the other team, of which had a swanking new boat, of which had clip in riggers. The positive people amongst us thought that it wouldn't make a difference and we were getting better practice. The less positive people immediately began staring, their mouth agog, at their new boat. After this hold up, we eventually regained our positivity and began to build the boats quickly to warm up.
Overall there were four boats of which had eight people in who all had two oars each (octos). To begin our time trial we had to row all the way up the river under many bridges and through many live risking areas. After we endured the freeze-thaw cold and blistering chills, we eventually reached the end. The clever ones among us decided to wrap up warm and wear many clothes but the silly people did not wear much because they thought we would be pushing our limits to the very edge, and seeing how far our bodies could go (our coaches assured that we would be doing that part later).
The coaches were not joking. After we began it became immediate that the wind was strong and water was choppy. We all powered through, some of us catching crabs, and approached the finish. It was a thrilling experience, some crews overtook others, and some were side-by-side crossing the finish. No Radley crew was overtaken except one (it was overtaken by another Radley crew) and this was a good sign.
The whole day was a brilliant and fantastic, the first head went down very well and it was a brilliant opportunity for a good insight to rowing. We all thank the people who organised it and the coaches, and we also thank all of the marshals.
Bedford Head Results
Report by George Head, K Social, Shell