WYE crews launched out on the Severn again for the Worcester Head of the River Race over a testing 6km course.

The women’s eight came home in 24 minutes 44 seconds to finish 25 seconds ahead of local rivals Monmouth, with the host club another two seconds back.

They also pipped Birmingham University’s second eight by nine seconds as they finished eighth in their class.

The crew posted a picture of themselves looking somewhat chilled on the windswept river waiting to start.

“Of course this is a sensible thing to do on a wet, windy weekend,” they posted. “Parked in the bushes waiting to start.

“Very grateful to everyone at Worcester Rowing Club for their welcome and help with boats on and off, and to our friends on the water from Monmouth, Upton and beyond for their cheers and support.”

Meanwhile, club members turned out in force on Saturday to tidy up after Storm Eunice pulled the roof of their marquee and bbq bar.

They posted a picture of members in the pouring rain, saying: “Thanks to the post-storm clear up team battling the elements at Ross Rowing Club.”