GB Rowing Early Identification Trials, Boston, Lincolnshire
GB Rowing Early Identification Trials, Boston, Lincolnshire, 18th November
Radley College Boat Club travelled to Boston for an overnight stay on Friday, so six senior boys could tackle the tough 5000m time trial held on the River Witham in their single sculls the following morning. The event marks the begin of the trialling process for candidates to start staking their claim for seats at the Junior World Rowing Championships or Coupe de la Jeunesse later in the summer of 2018.
Radley had six single scullers taking part in the event. These boys were Archie McChesney, Felix Ralwinson, Ned Rae-Smith, Max Senior, Theo Metcalf and Luke Miles. All of the boys raced extremely hard over the course, and produced some encouraging performances, which should act as solid building blocks to work from as the season progresses.
The top Radley sculler was Archie McChesney, finishing in 24th place overall. This follows on from Archie’s previous strong showings at Henley Sculls, and winning the Woodgate Sculls earlier in the term. The next Radley sculler over the line was Felix Rawlinson, in 55th place, which signalled a significant step up for him. There was a cluster of four Radley scullers within 10 seconds of each other in the middle of the pack, ranging from Felix in 55th, to Theo Metcalf in 72nd.
The final Radley sculler was Luke Miles, who, competing at his first GB Trials, showed some very encouraging signs of speed in the first half of the course, keeping speed with some of the scullers in the top 30. However, Luke struggled to maintain boat speed in the second half of the race, finishing in 105th overall.
Overall, a solid showing from our GB trialists, who now will need to post their best score over 5km on the rowing machine as the next stepping-stone in the selection process.