The Tyne United / Durham University Boat Club New Years Head

This year the Tyne United / Durham University Boat Club New Yeas Head took place on Saturday 28th January 2017. The event included racing 5km upstream on the River Tyne, Scotswood to Newburn, as a perfect run-up event to the BUCS Head in February.
The following competitions occurred:

Division 1: 10:30

MO8+, W4s, O2x/2-
OJ8+, WJ18 4x-, WJ18 4+, OJ16 4x-, OJ16 4+, OJ2X, OJ2-
W-MAS 8+, O-MAS 4x-, O-MAS 4x+, O-MAS 4-, O-MAS 4+

Division 2 1:30pm

W8+, O4s, W2x/2-
JW8+, OJ18 4x-, OJ184+, WJ16 4x-, WJ16 4+, WJ2x/2-
O-MAS 8+, W-MAS 4x-, W-MAS 4x+, W-MAS 4-, W-MAS 4+

It was a great day of results DUBC. The women had a solid squad performance with wins in the following categories: W.NOV8+, W.NOV4+, W.IM3 8+, W.ELITE 8+, W.ELITE 4+, W.ELITE 4x, W.ELITE 2x and W.IM3 4+P. The men also shared in the successes with wins in the following; IM1 8+, IM1 4- and NOV4+. Another great success included the W.ELITE 8+ recording the fastest time of the day of 14:44.6 in the second division. Great job girls!

DUBC Olympic Celebration Dinner


Our DUBC Alumni Olympic hopefuls are currently preparing to compete at the European Championships taking their first steps of the racing season on their ‘Roads to Rio’. To celebrate the phenomenal achievement of competing at the Games and to thank all those who have been part of their journeys, DUBC are hosting a celebratory dinner at Durham Castle Saturday 29th October 2016. Please ‘Save the Date’ and details of how to purchase tickets will follow in the coming months. Please see E-invitation below.


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Alumni Dinner 19th March 2016

Dear Alumni,

We are delighted to announce that DUBC will be holding the annual Alumni Dinner this year following the Head of the River Race 2016 in London. We have secured a private venue at Fulham FC’s riverside dining room on Saturday 19th March. The night will include awarding palatinates to the respective first 8s, a raffle, speeches and a three course meal with the company of DUBC top current athletes, Alumni, Coaches and Team Durham Staff.

Will Toogood and I have campaigned this year to host this alumni event in London for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost to reconnect with you, The Alumni, who as a club we have felt we have distanced ourselves from too much by holding the event in Durham in the past. Secondly to celebrate what stages to be a fantastic HORR event this year and award those who raced in the men and women’s 8s their Palatinate lycra’s. Finally though, to bring together both past and present members of DUBC to celebrate all that is good about Rowing, Durham and DUBC.

Therefore the Exec would like to cordially invite you to this year’s Alumni Dinner. Due to our limited capacity we will allocate tickets on a first come first served basis (however priority will also be given to groups of 4-10 people but please RSVP as a group.) The deadline for ticket applications will be Friday 11th March.  You can apply for tickets by emailing  with the name(s) of people who are applying and one address to which the invite(s) can be sent to.  Once your place(s) has been confirmed you will be asked to complete the payment procedure and then you will be sent a postal invite.

Tickets will cost £65 and will include;

  • Champagne Reception on the riverside terrace
  • Three course meal
  • Half a bottle of wine
  • Venue Hire


We sincerely hope you will be able to join us at what promises to be a wonderful evening. If you have any questions or queries about the event please do not hesitate to contact myself by email or phone.

Best wishes,

Teddy Previte,

DUBC Alumni Officer


Newsletter 27/01/16

Dear Parents and Alumni

Apologies for the hiatus, there is plenty of news to report and sometimes too little time to get it all written down!

Over the Christmas break our athletes had plenty of time off for some well-earned recovery after a very committed first term that really showed in our final test week where over 90% of the club obtained a PB in one or more tests.

We regrouped in January for a tideway camp with our kind hosts at London Rowing Club. Special thanks should also be made at this point to all the very generous families who hosted hungry rowers for a week. Without their support we simply could not have organized such a productive week of training; considering that we logged similar hours on the water to three weeks of training during the previous term we really value the support of everyone involved.

Our time in London finished with the Alumni games where we invited past alumni to come and mix in with the current athletes for some friendly races. With a good turnout we got three crews on the water for some very competitive races and had a very good afternoon in the bar with some hot food and cold beer afterwards.

Moving deeper into January it was time for the New Years Head an event hosted by ourselves and Tyne United. With 86 entries across two divisions we managed to get 456 people out enjoying the sport and the particularly calm conditions for head racing made for a fairly fast day in the times as well.

DUBC had another strong outing with wins for the Men’s and Women’s first 8’s and the men’s 4X in division two. Extra credit goes to Katy Denham for racing the doubles division by herself in a single but coming third anyway! The development squad also enjoyed their first race for DUBC with strong performances in the novice eights and novice fours. The whole club will now be looking forward to Rutherford head on the 30th and a chance to finally test ourselves against some other universities ahead of BUCS head on the Tyne in February.

Until next time,

Edward Gleadowe

DUBC Race to Spain

Durham University Boat Club are doing a sponsored ergo on the 27th January in an attempt to ‘Race the truck to Spain’, where we will have our Easter training camp this year.

The truck will be taking our boats to Ourense in Northern Spain, ready for our camp on the 21st April. However, we want to prove that it is faster to row the distance by completing the 2000km on the ergs in less time! To achieve this, we will have to complete the row in less than 22 hours, the predicted travel time of the truck.

Any money raised from this row will go straight into the boat club. We are raising money to buy new boats, including a new Women’s first 8 and Men’s pair. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated!

To sponsor us: 1. Go to

2. Enter the amount you would like to donate

3. Select DUBC in the ‘Designation’ drop down menu

4. Complete any additional information and payment details

Please note, we have had issues with the FundRazr account ( ) that we have set up for this ergo. Any donations that have already been made to that account are fine, but for future donations, please use the link above.

Thank you very much in advance!


Newsletter 08/12/2015

Dear Parents and Alumni

It will be a very brief newsletter this week as once again wind and rain have been our enemies.  The high water in Durham and high winds on the Tyne have kept us mostly on land for another two weeks. The big upset was the cancellation of Rutherford head last weekend as we had all been looking forward to a chance to test ourselves against Newcastle and Edinburgh. Despite all this, the athletes have been working hard and continuing the progress that we have made on our fitness.

With Rutherford cancelled we began our test week a few days early with the 5k test and the club rose to the opportunity to show exactly how hard they had all been working. Of the 42 athletes that tested on Saturday, 39 got personal best scores, an incredible improvement that puts us in a very good place going into the rest of test week and next term. I look forward to writing my next letter with the 2k and 30 minute results and hope that we can have such success in all three.

Finally another reminder that our alumni races will be on the 9th of January at London Rowing Club, starting from 2pm and with food and refreshments served in the Bar. We would love to see everyone there including parents and family. We ask only that if you are attending please drop me an email at so that we can plan for catering.


Until next Time,


Edward Gleadowe

Newsletter 24/11/2015

Dear Parents and Alumni

With the onset of winter our programme moves into a less eventful stage of training and preparation for the spring. As a result this week we have a couple of guest writers to keep you entertained, Will Toogod and Sadie Hodgson have written a little insight into our development programme and how it leads into becoming a senior athlete with the club. Sadie is a new member this year while Will has returned from a successful year in the development squad to row for the senior team as well as taking on the treasurers role in the exec.

Before that, we have a couple of save the date notices for you all. Saturday the 9th of January will be our annual alumni races where we invite everyone to join us for food and drink at London Rowing Club as well as a chance to hop in an eight with the current athletes for some friendly racing on the tideway. The second date will be the Eights Dinner on the 19th March after The Head of the River in London. The venue is provisionally Fulham Stadium, just up river from the finish line. The evening’s events include the presentation of palatinates to this year’s crews, a guest speaker, a raffle and a three course dinner so keep an eye out for an email with more details of the event and how to get tickets coming soon!

Sadie Hodgson-The development Squad
The first couple of weeks with the Development Squad have flown by. The early mornings have been a little bit of a shock to the system (I think everyone would agree) but are made a lot more bearable by how brilliant the rest of the team is. Already a tight knit group, everyone is so supportive and positive which makes all the difference; if you can’t have a laugh with someone before a 7am session then what is the point of training as a team? As absolute beginners it is up to Allen and Harriet, alongside all our other coaches, to bring us up to speed with all things rowing. And who knew there was so much? You would be fooled to think training for rowing would be the same repeated movement over and over. From weekend college runs, to Cam sessions, to cross training and strength and conditioning, there is a lot to fit in. Having only been on the water a couple of times due to the weather, the tank has been great in improving technique and timing as well as use of the ergos. I don’t think any of us have ever been as finely tuned with our glutes as we have in these first few weeks of being in the squad. Or in fact, believed it was possible to be able to eat so much and still feel peckish an hour or so later. I know that for myself, and I’m sure for a lot of the squad, until coming to Durham I hadn’t considered rowing at all. To be able to try something completely different to such a high standard is something that doesn’t come around that often and it why being a part of the development squad is so special. We are all looking forward to getting out on the water more, especially after meeting our fantastic new coxes, and preparing for our first race at the end of January.

Will Toogood- Seniors
One year on, I find myself fully emerged in the culture and vision of DUBC after only learning to row 12 months ago. The goal is still the same but apart from that, all other things step on from a development programme to a senior squad programme.
My time spent in the Development Squad last year was the best first year I could have ever asked for at University and in a new sport. Unlike any other sport the catch up process is one of the most time consuming yet rewarding experiences I have ever taken part in. Starting in a novice crew partaking in Heads then consequently Regattas around the country it gave me the opportunity to experience a taster of how testing rowing can be even at the best of times. The long ergs, early mornings and long days spent training, with a select group of boys can generate the closest and most special of friendships: The ultimate reason why I decided to row with DUBC for another year.
The time commitment is still just as demanding however the volume of training is the big shock; the time spent on the erg this year compared to last is just colossal. Although due to the step up in mileage, the gains that the squad has made and for myself in particular are incredibly rewarding.
DUBC this year has improved to another level from both a coaching and program point of view but also from the athletes. It sets to be an extremely exciting year across both squads, definitely one worth sticking around for.

Next time we should have some results to share post Rutherford weekend, and more details about our events, so all the best until then.
Edward Gleadowe

Newsletter 10/11/15

Dear Parents and Alumni

Moving into November it was the beginning of the British rowing trials process, for our high performance group this meant a 2k test on the ergometer followed by a 5k time trial on the water in singles or pairs. Once again the event was held in Boston, Lincolnshire, and DUBC sent a strong group of 16 triallists. This was slightly fewer than we hoped but the winter season inevitably led to some illness amongst our athletes and so an unlucky few missed out. The Saturday testing went well with ten of the sixteen athletes recording personal best scores and good standings for the seeded time trial the next day.

On the Sunday a little fog led to a delayed start but turned into an excellent day for racing with clear skies and light winds down the second half of the course. Our heavyweight men’s pair (Chetan Chauan Sims, Edward Gleadowe) were the first to race on the day and finished 23rd in the overall standings, being ineligible for U23. Next came the turn of the Men’s lightweight Singles where Hugo Coussens had the best result of the group, placing 11th in the U23s and 1st in the U20 division, While Steve Griffiths finished 17th in U23, Angus Lee placed 21st and Matt Roe, Finn Abberton and Will Crossley placed 37th 40th and 45th respectively. Alex Fisher had a good race after a long season of injury last year to place 38th overall and 20th in the U23s, heavyweight division.

In early afternoon it was time for our female scullers to take to the water, beginning with the lightweights Katy Denham placed 2nd in the U23s and 9th overall, an excellent improvement upon last year and a very promising start for her. Rebecca Knowles placed 14th in the U23s and 22nd overall, climbing four places from her start position based upon the Saturday test. For the heavyweight women it was Rosalind Wilson setting the standard, placing 2nd in U20s, 5th in U23s and 28th in the overall ranking. Our predominantly sweep rowers took up sculling for the day and Kiera Rosenwold, Lucinda Ellway-Bell and Helena Lang took 68th 74th and 75th respectively so will be eager for the pairs trials come February.

The next week back In Durham it was time for the North East Indoor Rowing Competition, or NEIRC for short. With entries from Newcastle, Teeside, Northumbria and many representatives from college rowing, it was a busy afternoon of racing and a chance for the rest of the club to put their markers down for the coming season. Out of the 40 athletes racing that day we had a further 14 Personal bests with Tessa Van Veen taking the winning time for the Open Women’s event, while Evan Bolle-Jones lost out to Newcastle’s James Robson to take second in the open men. A big thank you must go out to James Andrews from British Rowing for his part in making the event run smoothly and providing us with the official race timing, it would be a much more difficult day without him and his contribution every year is invaluable.

Next we come to the selection of the development squad for the coming year, 24 athletes have been selected this year with an even split of men and women. With the learn to row course finished they will be getting on the water for the first time this week in the wide boats used for Durham’s many community programmes before progressing into racing shells in the weeks to come. Meanwhile our development scheme for coxes at all levels is getting under way. With over ten coxes looking to take on crews this year, competition is very strong and a good year for progression is promised. We have some highly experienced allumni lined up to spend some time with the current athletes and share their knowledge so we look forward to getting the best out of our coxes this year.

Coming up next term we have the first of our Alumni events (open to all comers.) The annual winter races in London will this year be held on the 9th of January (venue TBC) where we invite all those with ties to the club to come and join us for food, drink and the chance to jump in with the current athletes for some racing in mixed eights if you can brave whatever weather January in London will throw at us.

Until next time,

Edward Gleadowe





Finn Abberton*, Will Crossley, Angus Lee*, Hugo Coussens*, Steve Griffiths*, Alex Fisher*, Chetan Chauan Sims*, Hanna Gallis Inntjore, Rosalind Wilson*, Katy Denham*, Rebecca Knowles*, Lucinda Ellway Bell*, Helena Lang, Kiera Rosenwold, Edward Gleadowe, Theo Gibson.

(* Indicates a PB at trials)


Personal Bests at NEIRC:

Evan Bolle-Jones, Tessa Van Veen, Will Toogood, Molly Probert, James Simpson, Katy McDonald, Joe Johansen, James Vogel, Tasha Atkinson, Megan Connolly, Megan Lillington, Tasha Atkinson, Francesca Quinn, Neil Connell.

Newsletter 27/10/15

Dear Parents and Alumni

As promised last time we can now confirm that Ian Shore will be filling the role of Women’s coach. With 22 wins at Henley women’s regatta and a wealth of international level athletes in his history we welcome Ian as a valuable addition to the coaching team and look forward to seeing what results he can produce this year.

Last week the club attended the British championships at Holme Pierrepoint, an unfortunate bout of illness meant that unfortunately the women’s eight had to withdraw, while the men’s heavy quad made do with coming together for one training session before racing. Across the board the other boats had good results and made a good position to move forward as the season goes on. Special mention should go to the U19 quad that not only won their category but also came 14th across all the women’s quad on the day in a very strong field.

Category Crew Result
Lw U23 2x Katy Denham, Rebecca Knowles 3rd
U23 2x Rosalind Wilson, Hanna Gallis Inntjore 3rd
Lw U23 4- Will Crossley, Finn Abberton, Angus Lee, Rob Eyres 3rd
O 4- Chetan Chauan-Sims, Rob Lewis, Edward Gleadowe, Ben Weston 8th
U19 4x- Katy MacDonald, Rosalind Wilson, Lauren Irwin, Hope Cessford 1st
Lw O 4x- Scott Oslinav-Harris, Steve Parsonage, Hugo Coussens, Stephen Griffiths 3rd

Moving on from Brit champs our focus turned to the U23 British rowing trials at the end of the month, followed by the North East Indoor Rowing Championship hosted by DUBC. In reality this meant everyone had another 2k to look forward to as well as a trip to Boston for those headed to trials. The new coaching team is really getting into the groove and the new set up is moving quickly towards the professional standards that we want to see during training, making more time for our athletes to manage their myriad other commitments.

Another week of training down, DUBC attended the Tyne long distance sculls and small boats head this Saturday. A stiff breeze running against the rising tide on the Tyne made for a choppy run in the morning, our scullers struggled through and achieved some good preparation for next week’s trials. In the afternoon the conditions eased as the tide turned and our sweep rowers had a chance to show what they could do. Partly due to an absent Newcastle, Durham cleaned up in their events. Many people earning their first wins for Durham and a DUBC boat winning in every category we entered.


Category Crew Result
IM2/3 4x- Will Crossley, Angus Lee, Matt Roe, Finn Abberton 1st
Nov 4x- Joe Johansen, 1st
Eli 1x Scott Oslinav-Harris 1st
W.Eli 1x Katy Denham 1st
IM3 1x Angus Lee 1st
W.IM2 1x Katy MacDonald 1st
W.IM3 2x Lucinda Ellway-Bell, Helena Lang 1st
IM2 2x Hugo Coussens, Steve Griffiths 1st
IM3 4+ Neil Connell, Matt Cantelo, Will Toogood, Jack Kitching, Theo Gibson (cox) 1st
W.IM2/3 4x- Becky Hodson, Hanna Gallis Inntjore, Kiera Rosenwold, Becky Knowles 1st
IM2/3 2- Evan Bolle Jones, Andrew Aitchison 1st
W.IM3 4+ Katherine Aird, Evie Harrison, Francesca Quinn, Helen Probert, Abi Riley (cox) 1st
NOV 1x Daniel Gorenkin 1st

Back in Durham, our Learn To Row programme is shaping up for another successful year. Under the guiding hand of Allen Bashford, over 300 students signed up for sessions. With a little help from our athlete volunteers, and assistants Harriet Tebbs and Steve Jones, Allen has run sessions all day Monday to Saturday for two weeks, with another week to go! From the end of the three weeks we will be selecting our development group for the coming year. They will be making their debut for the club at the North East Indoor rowing championships in November and as a graduate of the development programme myself; I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer.

All the best until next time,

Edward Gleadowe
DUBC President 2015/16