Trinity Hall fresher in lightweight rowing clash with Oxford

Fresher Fred Gillard was chosen to race against Oxford in the men’s lightweight crew.

Fred Gillard sculling (lightweight rower)

First year Fred Gillard raced against Oxford on Sunday (May 23) in the University of Cambridge men’s lightweight crew.

Fred comes from a family of rowers, his father having rowed for the University of Cambridge in the Boat Races in the 1990s.

The 19-year-old told local paper, The Cambridge Independent, back in March when chosen for the squad: “It’s a great privilege to be part of, and does make me think back how crazy it is that I’m in the same position my dad was 30 years ago rowing for the university.”

Fred Gillard stroking in Lightweight Squad
Fred Gillard at stroke during training. Credit: Freddie Dyke

Paul Townshend, Rowing Coach and Boathouse Manager for the College, said before the race: “Huge congratulations to Fred Gillard on his selection to the Lightweight Blue Boat for the race against Oxford this weekend.

“The fact that Fred has achieved this as a fresher makes his selection even more outstanding. I’m sure the whole Trinity Hall community will be wishing Fred and the crew the very best for the race. Row Hall!”

The Lightweight Boat Race, between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge was founded in 1975 by Richard Bates of St. John’s College, Cambridge and raced over 2000 meters in Henley on Thames until 2018. For the first time, on 23 March 2019 the race was held on the Tideway in London over the same Championship Course as the open weight University Boat Races.

​In 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions the races are being help on the River Great Ouse in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

​The 2021 Lightweight Women’s Boat Race was held on 18 May with Cambridge coming home as victors.

​The 2021 Lightweight Men’s Boat Race was held yesterday (Sunday 23 May, 2021) at 2pm. Fred’s crew fought valiantly but were beaten by a length and a half as the Oxford crew surged to the finish.

Fred Gillard sculling (lightweight rower)
Fred Gillard – chosen to row against Oxford