It is an exciting time for the Senior Men’s squad this year. All of the old guard have left university (bar eternal student Iain Rice), making way for a squad that is made up of last year’s novices and Freshers who rowed as juniors at school; we are currently building a strong squad of young men that will be around for the next 3-4 years. In September we started with a group of 24 hopefuls, and through natural selection of the increasing brutal training we are now left with 10 hard, dedicated athletes and Emma our poor cox. It has been great to see a variety of rowing abilities all training as a unit to bring the whole standard of the squad up.
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Unfortunately most races this year have been cancelled due to the weather, so we have been largely untested apart from the odd race on the Clyde. These have been fairly successful, with each race showing progress from the last one. Most importantly though each crew has been able to pick up valuable race experience and lessons, that will help step up the crews for when they race down south. Currently the squad is in crew selection and preparing for Tideway Head of the River race in 5 weeks. Having spent the best part of the last 5 months in small boats it is a nice change being in the 8. There is a lot of work, early mornings, cold and pain ahead for the men, but they all seem up for the challenge. I am properly pumped for the rest of the season, and I’m only cycling along on the bank.

Michael McNaul
Senior Men’s Coach