Each year over 100 men and women sign up to trial to represent Cambridge University against Oxford University in the annual Boat Races. The gruelling six-month trialling process involves many hours training in the gym and on the water. To row on the best water possible, Cambridge University rowers travel by train to Ely to row on the Great Ouse almost daily. The river is the setting for over 20 hours of hard rowing training every week. During the week, these dedicated student athletes regularly train at Ely in the early morning before lectures, which means catching trains before 6am. CrossCountry & Greater Anglia Trains have generously agreed to support CUBC 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:
CUBC Chair Annamarie Phelps –
“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 and Greater Anglia Trains, helping us as we prepare to win the Boat Races against Oxford next April.”
Our Presidents –
“We are extremely grateful to have the support of Cross Country and Greater Anglia in helping us to get to and from training each morning. Friendly staff and reliable train schedules give us an element of certainty during these uncertain times, and contribute greatly to our ability to focus on our performance and our studies without worrying about the times in between. Additionally, traveling via train allows us to remain socially distant which is an immense part of keeping our squad safe”.