Rowing / Monday, July 13, 2015 Rowers beat Henley course record

In a fantastically exciting race, The Glasgow Academy boys' quad of Gavin Horsburgh, Josh Armstrong, Callum Urqhuart and Seb Glen have beaten the much-fancied Sydney Rowing Club in a new record time of 6 minutes 38 seconds.

After romping home to victory against Thames Rowing Club in the first heat of the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, their second round opponents were always likely to be a tougher proposition. And so it transpired as Sydney went off impressively and - with only a couple of hundred metres to the finishing line - seemed to be leaving The Academy boat in their wake.

But then the Glasgow boys 'turned on the afterburners' and sprinted home to victory, passing the Sydney boat within sight of the line.

Victory for the exhausted Academy crew would have been sweet enough, but the news that they had beaten the existing Fawley Challenge record made it sweeter still.

After the race, Gavin commented: "We are ecstatic to say the least. We knew it was going to be a fast time but we never expected to set a record; we’ve never done that before! It’s quite something – especially to know we can go even faster in the semis and, hopefully, the final."