Leicester prepares for Battle of the Blades

Leicester’s Battle of the Blades will take place on Sunday 21st April this year – with varsity rivals De Montfort and Leicester Universities both desperate to claim local bragging rights.

The varsity sprint race for mixed eights is a highlight of the Leicester Rowing Club Regatta, and is keenly contested by the student crews. “It’s a sprint race over 700 meters” said Rob Fox, Captain of Leicester Rowing Club, “This is simply about who has trained hardest to go fastest over a very short, narrow stretch of water!” 

Leicester Rowing Club has already received a bumper entry for the Regatta. After a disappointing summer and winter with many races cancelled due to weather conditions, crews from all over the region are queuing up to race on Leicester’s Mile Straight.

Leicester Regatta will also be the first opportunity for many new rowers to have a go at sprint racing, and eager teams are making sure they get plenty of practice in despite the cold, wet evenings.

Leicester has enjoyed a record number of Learn to Row applicants since the summer of 2012, with most relishing their opportunity to race against other clubs in the region.

“We are looking forward to some very competitive racing” said Liz Pulford, President of the Club. “All our crews are racing, from juniors to veterans, and they have all been training hard over the winter. We’re expecting some very exciting finishes!”

Peter Soulsby, Leicester’s City Mayor, is an enthusiastic supporter of the city’s boat race, and always attends to present the medals to the winning crew. “Leicester Rowing Club is run entirely by volunteers, and yet they organise a great day with great racing” he said. “I love to join the crowds on the tow path and shout encouragement to all the crews! I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a thoroughly enjoyable day out in the city centre.”

Racing at the Regatta starts at 9am sharp and finishes at 5pm.

Visitors are very welcome and can watch for free from the tow path. Refreshments will be available from the club house all day, and free parking has kindly been provided in Car Park C by Leicester City Football Club.

For more information about the 2013 Leicester Rowing Club Regatta, visit www.leicester-rowing.co.uk.