Naturally the M1 crew from Michaelmas term was very disappointed not to get to race Fairbairn’s after training for it all term. However, we had many promising results throughout the term and I am sure the crew would have performed well if the original race had gone ahead.
After a successful pre-term training camp we were able to boat our approximate M1 for Lents to race Fairbairn’s with Ali Donaghy subbing in for Paul Verhaak. We had one short outing prior to the race and went into the race interested to see what we could do. We started relatively strongly and settled into a rhythm that felt maintainable. Every time it started to slip our cox, Rose, was on at us to take it up again. It was hard to gauge what level other crews will be at for a race right at the start of term so we weren't sure how well we'd done until we saw the results - joint fourth was a very satisfactory result and one which will give us confidence going into the rest of the term.