‘Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.’ – Billie Burke
This year’s races saw a fantastic turnout from the alumni squad, with three eights in total braving the arctic conditions that had swept the nation. Two wily men’s crews organised by the indefatigable Mike Roberts had a tough race between them and gave the youngsters a run for their money off the start. The crews were as follows: Peter McManners, Simon Pelly, David Jones, David Lapish, Mike Roberts, James Stewart, Rupert Hessian, Dave Rendle, Geoff Potts, Jamie Priestley, Andy Purvis, Andy Riley, Jonathan Ferris, Garth Emrich, Andy Seddon, Huw Jones, Tom Bishop.
The Alumni women proved too much to handle for the squad girls who were defeated twice in close races. Many thanks to Jessica Chichester for organising the relatively younger women’s alumni team.
What was most evident from the event was that the indomitable Durham spirit remains strong many years after graduation and that one’s time in DUBC is special and lingering for all who have been involved. The next crucial date in the Alumni calendar is at Henley where there will no doubt be an even better turn out and atmosphere! Many thanks to the organisers and those who came down to support.