“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali
The AKRC Men’s Squad has had another very solid season, culminating in qualification for the Thames Cup at Henley Royal.
After a solid block of training in the Autumn, racing got underway in the early winter months with strong performances in small boats at Star Head, including wins for the pair and coxless four. The season really got into full swing in the new year with a 3rd place finish for the 1st VIII in the IM3 category at Quintin Head, and then followed up with a great win at Hammersmith Head. Confidence was high going into the Head of the River and the top boat delivered with a highest ever placing of 75th (out of 335 starters) – a fantastic result. The squad boated a second eight throughout the head season which pushed the top boat hard and kept competition for seats high.
The squad was very active throughout the Regatta season, and included category wins at Hammersmith and Kingston, 4+ and 8+ Finals places at Wallingford and Semi Finals at Met. Such strong performances boded well for the chances of qualifying an Eight into the Thames Cup at Henley, and the boys didn’t disappoint, going one better than a year previously and qualifying through the time trials into the regatta proper for the first time in 10 years!
The squad will be looking to make further progress next season and seek experienced rowers to bolster their strength in depth.
The Men’s Senior Squad train 6 days a week from September through to June, with additional water sessions added to the schedule in the lead up to major races. The typical breakdown of training is as follows:
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Crew selection is based on ergo test scores, on-water performance, and the coaching team’s assessment of the fastest boat combinations and a rower’s commitment to training.
If you are interested in joining the Senior Men’s Squad please contact the Men’s Captain.