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Success for Women’s Rowing Teams in Heads of the River

(7 March 2005)

Durham University’s Women’s Rowing teams enjoyed tremendous success in the ‘Head of the River’ race last weekend.

The first eight finished sixth out of 250 crews in the race on the Thames, which starts at Mortlake and ends in Putney, beating all previous finishes by Durham teams in that race. This made them the highest finishing university team, after which came Imperial College London in a distant 21st position.

This feat becomes more commendable when looking at the only other teams to finish in front: Leander Club, a GB International crew, the Thames Rowing Club, a Dutch International crew and a combined Cambridge crew.

Most extraordinarily, in this race, Durham had two university crews and twelve College crews entered, considerably outnumbering any other club or university with over 100 students.

Durham’s second eight also finished as the highest second team crew, beating forty other university first eights.

Remarkably, the Hatfield College crew finished in 100th place, only beaten by 14 university first eights.

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