The good weather brought crowds of people along to cheer the 16 teams that entered the event. The VACCINES team captained by DPhil student David Llewellyn proved to be one of the fastest boats in the initial heats winning a place in the finals. With Dr Lynda Coughlan beating the drum to set the pace of the stroke, Team VACCINES dug deep into their reserves in an attempt to beat the opposition. After a photo finish the VACCINES were awarded a very well respected third place.
The Jenner Institute public engagement stall, managed by Natalie Lella, also attracted a lot of interest from the general public wanting to know about vaccines and clinical trials. There was a keen interest in finding out more about the recent developments regarding the Ebola trial which has led to some initial enquiries for possible enrolment. The stall also captured the attention of a number of children wanting to learn about infectious diseases and why there is a need for better vaccines.