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Hills Road student breaks British rowing half marathon record

02 Mar 2017
Hills Road Sixth Form College student Beth Bradshaw, 18 has officially broken the British rowing half marathon record for her age group (17/18) on an ergo.

Beth said, “I feel extremely proud of myself having achieved the half marathon record and it’s great to be able to see just how much training can pay off when you've worked hard for your achievements!”

“My cox, Ben Whitelaw, helped give me so much motivation during erg sessions and was instrumental in insuring I was fully prepared to achieve a time fast enough to beat the previous record!”

Beth started the Learn to Row Enrichment course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in October 2015. The Cantabrigian Rowing Club support this course and provide experienced rowing coaches to help train the students. Beth and her fellow rowing students formed the Hills Belles crew and started competing in races by December of that year.

The students started training just on the ergos and then brought in one session a week on the water using Cantabrigian Rowing Club boats from their boathouse in Chesterton. The crew have now increased their training as they are preparing for Women's Head Race on 11th March.

This year they have two sessions a week on the water and do one erg session altogether, along with circuit training too.

The crew will also be competing in the Schools Head Race on 23rd March on the River Thames.