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Head Racing 2021/ 2022

After a strong start at Fours Head in November, ICBC went on to achieve some great results over the rest of the 2021/ 2022 head season.

November GB Trials

At GB U23/ Senior trials in November, Lizzie Witt and Laura Ellington finished the 3rd fastest U23 W2- while Jake Smith and Noam Mouelé 4th fastest U23 M2-. Omar Ben-Gacem and Angus Millar finished 8th and 10th in U21.

Quintin Head

Nine eights represented ICBC at the first race of 2022 at Quintin Head, including three novice crews participating in their first ever race. The men's second eight, including three ex ICBC novices, took the win in the Open Intermediate 1 eights.


We were lucky to race many fantastic crews as part of the winter fixtures ahead of the 2022 Boat Races. The men's and women's squads raced crews including the Oxford and Cambridge reserve crews and lightweights and our neighbours London RC. The fixtures provide a great opportunity for different lineups to experience side by side racing over a range of distances and often over challenging conditions.

February GB Trials

Unfortunately we suffered with several cases of injury and illness ahead of the February edition of GB Trials, forcing withdrawals or medical for some of our student athletes. It was great to see Rebecca Shorten continuing to represent ICBC at the highest level with an overall win in the women's pairs while students Lizzie Witt and Laura Ellington put in another strong result amongst the U23s.


We had another good trip to Newcastle in February for BUCS Head with both the senior and novice

squads. We were treated to good sunny weather on the Saturday to take home six medals, including gold in the MInt4+, silver in MCh8+ and WInt4+ and bronze in WCh4+, MCh4+ and WChLwt4-.

On Sunday our novice squad took on their first BUCS event to take a fantastic bronze in WBeg8+ and MBeg4+. Overall, we took home 4th in the Victor Ludorum.


After several years of cancellations, it was great to race at the Women's Eights Head of the River. Our student women's eight placed an all time best of 17th overall, the 6th university crew. Unfortunately we were plagued with bad luck in the form of several injuries and illnesses, but our second eight and novice eight took home some promising results and lots of experience.


Head of the River was the final event of the 2022 head racing season. Six crews took to the water form our men's squad. Our first eight finished a fantastic 10th overall, the 2nd fastest university crew. Our 2nd, 3rd and 4th eights finished 30th, 69th and 130th overall. Our novice men's first eight put in a great performance to finish 3rd in beginner academic while the novice men's second eight were 20th.

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