Downing and Emmanuel Colleges provide the pace at Winter Head

PUBLISHED: 06:59 24 November 2017

Winter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul Sanwell

Winter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul Sanwell

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University crews quickest on the Cam

Winter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul SanwellWinter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul Sanwell

Downing and Emmanuel Colleges were fastest of nearly 250 crews at the annual Winter Head on the River Cam.

With a total of 1,807 participants at the Cantabrigian Rowing Club event, there were five divisions competing under the new British Rowing competition framework.

Downing were the fastest men’s eight in 8min 40sec, with Pembroke two seconds back in second.

And Emmanuel were the fastest women’s college crew in 9.54, with Downing second in 10.11.

Winter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul SanwellWinter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul Sanwell

The event often sees many novices take part in their first race, and Fitzwilliam College were the fastest women’s beginner crew, eight seconds clear of the University of East Anglia.

King’s College took the honours in the men’s classes, as they finished five seconds better than St Catharine’s College.

There were three crews from the Germany club Heidelberger Ruderklub 1872 taking part.

Heidelberg is twinned with Cambridge, and this summer a Cantabs women’s masters crew raced in the city, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge doing the coxing.

Winter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul SanwellWinter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul Sanwell

So on their trip to the UK, Heidelberg’s men’s eight were second in the senior one category.

The women’s eight included two athletes who raced for Germany at the European Championships, and they were second in the senior one event, which was won by Cantabs, who included seven of the women who won at Henley Women’s Regatta.

There were also wins for Cantabs in the women’s novice eights, which was won by a crew from the junior performance squad, and in the senior three eights, which was won by a crew from the intermediate women’s squad.

Cantabs also had a one-two from the Hills Road Sixth Form College rowers in the men’s novice eights.

Winter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul SanwellWinter Head on the river Cam. Pictures: Paul Sanwell

There were 129 crews competing from outside Cambridge, and that included Leicester, Essex UEA and UCL, with 159 student crews in total.

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