Cambridge, November 2014: CUWBC is delighted to announce crucial support from CrossCountry Trains.
Each year over 80 women sign up to trial to represent Cambridge University against Oxford in the annual Newton Women’s Boat Race and Henley Boat Races. The 6-month trialling process is gruelling and involves many hours training in the gym and on the water. In order to row on the best water possible, Cambridge University rowers travel by train to Ely to row on the Great Ouse most days every week. The river is the setting for over 20 hours of hard rowing training every week. During the week, these dedicated student athletes are required to train at Ely at least 3 days in the early morning before lectures which means catching trains before 6am regularly.
CrossCountry Trains has generously agreed to support CUWBC athletes by allowing them to travel to Ely by train for free. This is making a significant difference to the athletes and the Club. Commenting on this much needed support, CUWBC Chair Cath Bishop said, “Our student rowers show immense commitment to their studies and to their rowing. They are able to excel in both thanks to a huge support network of friends, families and sponsors. We are delighted to have the support of Cross Country Trains who will help our preparations to win the Newton Women’s Boat Race and Henley Boat Races against Oxford next April.”
The Henley Boat Races schedule
Sunday 5th April, Henley Reach, Henley-on-Thames
2.30pm Lightweight Women’s Boat Race
3.30pm Lightweight Boat Race
The BNY Mellon Boat Races schedule
Friday 10th April, Tideway, London (Race from Putney to Mortlake)
4.05pm Osiris Blondie Race
Saturday 11th April
(In 2015, for the first time ever, the Women’s Blue Boat will race on the same course as the men on the same day, a truly historic event.)
4.50pm The Newton Women’s Boat Race
5.20pm Isis Goldie Race
5.50pm The BNY Mellon Boat Race