Rutherford Head 28/11/2009

On a frosty and sunny morning, the Rutherford Head presented the club’s first challenge as a full squad. Three senior men’s eights and two senior women’s eights were boated, as well as a veritable flotilla of smaller boat classes. For many of the athletes in the squad this was their first chance to fully open the taps in an early Winter season marred by weather difficulties.

The women’s squad once again confirmed their strength and depth by winning four events in a mixture of sweep and sculling classes. The elite eight beat their opposite numbers from Newcastle by a minute and ten seconds in a resounding show of class that healed many of the wounds inflicted in last year’s boat race loss. The Second eight were the fastest boat in the WIM2 category, and were only two seconds behind Newcastle’s first eight. Further wins were added to the tally by the women’s coxed four and coxless quad, both in the IM2 category.

The men’s squad showed a no less potent performance, the men’s elite eight defeated their opposition from Newcastle by a margin of thirty three seconds, thereby confirming the strength of the new intake of which five were in the eight. The second eight’s performance followed a similar format to the women’s, in so much as they were victors of the IM2 class and a mere five seconds from Newcastle’s top offering. The Fours and quads distinguished themselves with some good performances. The men’s elite quad won over Newcastle by a margin of six seconds. The men’s elite coxed four won their category with a strong performance. Other wins came from the IM2 coxed four and IM3 quad.

These performances reflect a very positive trend to the early season, with more test ahead at the North East Indoor championships (hosted by Durham,) as well as the second set of GB trials.

Winter Challenge Cup

Durham University Boat Club
Durham University Boat Club

BUCS Endorsed – 23rd – 24th January 2010

Event Info.

Entry Form:

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Please return completed forms complete with appropriate cheques (made payable to Durham University Boat Club) to:

DUBC Winter Challenge Cup Committee,

4 The Hallgarth,



Entries must be received by 11th January 2010


The event will be held at:

Tyne United Rowing Club,


Newcastle upon Tyne

Directions by Road

From the A1 South follows the signs for Blaydon. There will be a right hand turn up a hill on the B6317 just before Ryton signposted Newburn. The club is on your left just before the bridge.

From the A1 North follow the signs for Newburn. Cross the bridge and turn right into our entrance directly opposite Newcastle University.

Race Format:

Saturday – Head race acting as a time trial: 2.5 Km course

Sunday – Regatta: 1000m four abreast racing


Entries will be accepted for Eights and Coxed fours at Championship, Intermediate and Beginner level.

Division 1 – Championship and Intermediate 4+, Beginner 8+

Division 2 – Championship and Intermediate 8+, Beginner 4+

Please refer to BUCS Rules and Regulations to ensure crew eligibility


Division 1 – 10:30 AM    Division 2 – 1:30 PM


Division 1 – 8:30 AM      Division 2 – 1:00 PM

The racing format will allow Eights to be easily ‘split up’ into coxed fours to allow for more racing over the weekend. I.e. Boat clubs can enter 8 athletes in an Eight and two coxed fours.

Entry Fee:

£12.00 per seat (coxes free) ((total for both days))

N.B. £4 discount per seat if entered in both 4+ and 8+ for both days (I.e. £10 per seat)

E.g. Athlete entered in 4+ and 8+ for both days – £20


Prizes will be awarded to the winning crew of each category on the Sunday, provided there are more than three entries.

The University or College that wins the overall competition (decided through a points system, which will be published at the time of the draw) will win the ‘DUBC Winter Challenge Cup.’ Bias for point allocation will be given to Championship events, followed by Intermediate events, followed by Beginner events. Points awarded on Saturday for the head race will be weighted to half that of the points awarded on Sunday.

BUCS Endorsed

BUCS points will not be awarded.

Participants needn’t be members of British Rowing.


If necessary, accommodation should be organised by competing boat clubs.

We would recommend: Durham Travelodge or Washington A1(M) Travelodge


DUBC will host a Ceilidh in Durham on the Saturday evening. More details will be announced nearer the time.

Instruction to Crews

This will be issued with the draw.

BUCS Small Boats Head/GB trials 2009

The squad got off to an excellent start to the new season at the first competition of the year, which saw Durham out in front with ten medals. This performance earned the University sixty-six BUCS points; this leaves the university as a whole at the top of the BUCS table.

Preparation had been characteristically tough with a grueling pre-season camp, the new intake were exceptionally talented and proved to put the cat amongst the pigeons. The top performance of the weekend has to be the heavyweight mens pair (Matt Rossitter, Stu McCluskey) taking gold in the face of strong opposition from Cambridge and Oxford Brookes. The womens doubles also had a strong result both picking up silver and bronze medals. The mens lightweight pair, featuring mens captain Peter Hudson and Boatman Stewart West showed good early season form, and picked up a silver medal. Perennial performer Emily Taylor took Gold in the women’s championship single by a margin of twenty-nine seconds.

The focus of the squad now moves out of the small boats into the fours and quads for the fours head in two weeks time.

Welcome to the new website!

Welcome to the new website, created for the start of the 2009/2010 season. This website will show a new side to the Durham University Boat Club.

Here you will be able to find regular news and race reports, keep track on upcoming events and races, as well as find out all about the club, its history, the coaches and browse through photos of the crews in action.

If you would like to get in touch with the Boat Club, please visit the contact page or click here

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