Students aim for Medway Boat Race honour


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Students are getting ready to renew their sporting rivalry as they prepare for the fifth annual Universities at Medway Boat Race to be held Saturday 14 May at 10:00am.

The race is now a firm fixture in Medway’s social and sporting calendar. Student rowers from the three universities which share the campus at Chatham Maritime; University of Greenwich, University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, will battle it out for the right to call themselves Heads of the River in Medway.

Both women’s and men’s races will take place, with rowers once more tackling a course of approximately 3.3 kilometres, between Cuxton and the Esplanade in Rochester.

The event has been organised by Universities at Medway Students’ Association (UMSA), which represents all students at the shared Medway campus. UMSA’s Activities Co-ordinator Claire Dicker said that the Medway Boat Race day had become a popular campus tradition: “The event will for the first time include a three way men’s eight race between Canterbury Christ Church, Kent and Greenwich. A combined Universities at Medway women’s crew will also compete against a crew from the Medway Towns Rowing Club.”

Spectators can watch the races from the open area on The Esplanade in Rochester, near the Hathaway Court. There are refreshments available and many interactive activities for spectators to get involved with, including; sports massages, rowing coaching and a Wii sports tournament. The action starts at approximately 10am on May 14 and all are welcome.

Student rowers have been trained by coaches at Medway Towns Rowing Club. The event is being sponsored by Chatham Maritime Trust, The Rochester Bridge Trust and Southern Water.

Programme of events

10:00  Event Opens

11:00  Universities at Medway women’s crew Vs Medway Towns Rowing Club crew (4’s)

12:00  First time ever three way men’s race (8’s) between Greenwich, Kent and Canterbury Christ Church.

For further information, please contact Claire Dicker on [email protected] or 01634 888993.