Hatfield lose Erg Challenge for 7th year running
A 3006m defeat: once again, Castle are crowned champions of the annual 6 hour Castle-Hatfield rowing marathon.
The annual Castle-Hatfield Erg Challenge took place in its usual venue of Varsity. Each college had 2 ergs, and competitors took it in turns to row for 30 seconds at a time.
And the challenge was certainly not reserved just for the boat clubs – rugby teams, football teams and exec members all came along to help out:
It was a tense 6 hours, and stress levels built as the computer monitoring each club’s progress crashed twice.
But the determination did not fade. Castle began to take the lead…
After 6 hours of rowing, Castle were crowned champions of this years competition, finishing 3006m ahead of Hatfield.
Rowers tweeted their delight:
UCBC rower Sam Reeve told The Tab: “Winning against Hatfield was glorious but the true victory was over our minds and bodies. The challenge pushed us to our absolute limits and only rock-hard determination, grit, and teamwork saw us through.”
Hatfield Boat Club President Josh Tipper told The Tab: “Obviously it’s disappointing to lose, but the day as a whole is really great and the commitment and effort from both colleges is extremely commendable.
“Congratulations go to Castle obviously for their continued winning streak, but I think the fact that Hatfield come back fighting every year is a true testament to the Hatfield spirit.”