|Erg testing with Leander Club (Screen capture)|
This week's video comes to us from the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames. The video, shot by Nick Middleton (check him out on Instagram here), gives a dramatic look into the intensity inherent to the approach of Leander's athletes, as well as a sense of being in the room—and we've all been there, packed closely together in the boathouse, on test day.
Leander Club weren't the only ones testing, however—in fact, it has been an intense period of testing, both on the water and on land, for many programs in the United Kingdom of late. By land, the British men's and women's national teams were in evidence at the 2015 British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC), and there were more than a few fireworks—the highlight performance was that of Moe Sbihi, who broke Matthew Pinsent's British record for 2,000m of 5:42.3, posting a very quick 5:41.8 to lead the way for his teammates.
Congratulations to @moesbihi who has broken @matthewcpinsent British 2k Record today. 5:41.8 to Sir Matt's 5:42.3 set in 2004 #BRIC— GB Rowing Team (@GBRowingTeam) December 12, 2015
Leading the way on the women's side was Emily Carmichael of Leander Club, with a 6:46.7. (You can view full race results from BRIC 2015 here.)
Great day at the @BritishRowing indoor championships!! What a great venue to photograph in! pic.twitter.com/2x8xml52zU— Naomi Baker (@NaomiBkr) December 12, 2015
A fun time was had by all—especially by Alex Gregory, it appears. (Sorry Alex! Couldn't resist!)
So that's the end of #BRIC2015. Four British records and a cracking day enjoyed by all, even @AlexGregoryGB we think pic.twitter.com/uGMc2wtvSA— Concept2 UK (@Concept2UK) December 12, 2015
Also in indoor rowing news, the Netherlands indoor rowing championships (AEGON NK Indoorroeien) took place over the weekend, and saw a new Dutch record for lightweight women, thanks to Maaike Head. (Full results here.)
Alle records worden verbroken! Maaike Head verbreekt het LDSA record met een tijd van 7:02,1! #records #nkir— NKIR (@NKIndoorroeien) December 12, 2015
Parool en AD plaatsten mijn foto's van de @NKIndoorroeien. Dit is Maaike Head in Parool bij verhaal @michieljonkman. pic.twitter.com/S6Oj9HIZLp— Merijn Soeters (@MerijnSoeters) December 14, 2015
There were also a number of very strong open weight senior women's scores at NKIR, with no less than 11 women under 6:50 and 20 women under 7:00 (!)—among them Olympians Chantal Achterberg and Inge Janssen, going 6:42.5, and 6:45.3 respectively (good enough for second and third overall, behind Jose van Veen's 6:34.4).
Meanwhile, on the Tideway, this past week and weekend marked the annual Trial VIIIs events for both Oxford and Cambridge's men's and women's programs. As usual, there was some banter surrounding the chosen names for the crews—this year, our top pick for Trial VIIIs crew names goes to Oxford University Women's Boat Club, who raced 'Scylla' versus 'Charybdis.' (You can read full write-ups of all four races—CUBC, CUWBC, OUBC, OUWBC—on the official website of the Boat Races.)
Great experience for both crews racing Trial Eights yesterday. Now on to the next stage of… https://t.co/TMnAXrB4X2 pic.twitter.com/7iXpKZ4N26— CUBC Squad (@CUBCsquad) December 14, 2015
As we've noted already this year, it has been an amazing 12 months for indoor rowing scores, around the world! We're looking forward to more as the 2016 Olympic Games draw ever closer. Check out our Indoor tab for more.
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