Jamie Kirkwood wins 2016 Wingfield Sculls by 40 seconds
Unlike most normal people who, when presented with a day off, will maybe do a spot of washing, or shuffle around the supermarket, OUWBC’s newest recruit, Assistant Coach Jamie Kirkwood, took to the Thames in his single scull for one of the most gruelling races of the rowing calendar – the Wingfield Sculls.
Racing 5 abreast on the incoming tide from Putney to Mortlake, Jamie went over and above the call of duty to check out next April’s Boat Race course. Jamie dug in early on and broke away from the pack of Scullers past Barn Elms and was then well ahead of the pack at Hammersmith, and continued to pull away finishing with a commanding lead of 40 seconds.
Speaking afterwards, Jamie said, “ I’m so happy to have won in such a strong field. I raced here once before in 2013, against Alan Campbell amongst others and they jumped me off the start. Today, I thought I’d adopt the same strategy and then just keep digging in with a strong rhythm and see what happens!”
Congratulations to Jamie from all at OUWBC, and thank you for setting us such a great example.