Welcome to the DUBC newsletter section, these will be circulated to all parents via email so apologies if you are reading this for the second time. My name is Edward Gleadowe, I am a fourth year Engineering student and this years club president, I started with the club in my first year when I joined the Learn to Row programme and have been hooked ever since. Both myself and some guest writers from the club, hope to be in touch throughout this year keeping you updated on everything our athletes have achieved through the club, our community programmes and beyond. We will be sending out a newsletter every two weeks covering the club targets and training, celebrating success of our crews and individuals and inviting you all to be involved at our events whenever you can.
On the coaching side we have some new faces as well. After Success at Women’s Henley Regatta and EUSA Cameron Kennedy has been accepted as head coach of Bristol University rowing club, while men’s coach Don LeClair has returned to Canada to be closer to his wife in Ontario. Taking Don’s place will be Laura Richardson, joining us after coaching at Leeds and for the GB Start programme in Yorkshire she is a fully qualified physiotherapist and has already made good progress taking control of the group and ensuring a good base level of body awareness and injury prevention amongst the athletes. The women’s coach position has been filled but I unfortunately am not allowed to disclose their identity until the hiring process is complete so look out for the details in two weeks time.
As promised we have the first of our events for people to attend coming up in November. With the return of the biennial Lumiere from the 12th to the 15th we hope some of you will be tempted to join us in Durham for the festival, we will be opening the redecorated Ergo gallery and offering tea and cakes on the Saturday as a chance to meet the new coaches and get to know others with links to the programme. If any of you will be attending please drop me an email so we can plan for numbers.
DUBC President 2015/16
On the 8th of August a team of 13 DUBC rowers and two coaches headed out to Hanover Germany for the annual EUC regatta being held on lake Maschsee in the centre of the city. Having completed a good month of training, some pretty savage dieting and witnessing one particularly spectacular ejector crab all boats felt ready to perform at the next level up from BUCS regatta where they qualified for the championships in Germany. Upon arrival volunteers met the Durham delegation with almost stereotypical German efficiency and having been issued with ID cards, settling into the youth hostel accommodation was very easy. Following a couple of days of last minute fine tuning and training, heats started on the Wednesday for all crews and Durham posted a strong set of results which made the semis and finals look very promising. Katy Denham dominated in her heat of the LW1x winning by over 8 seconds and the LW4x also came home first in a strong field after being led to the 1000m mark. The W4- and the LM4- both came away with 2nd place in their respective heats; the former emphatically rowing away from Cambridge in the second 1000m. The LW4x also dared to double up into the open weight class, unfortunately missing a straight final slot with a close 3rd place in their heat, they proved their mettle with a strong win by over 10 seconds in the repechage to secure their place in the final. The LM4x also did enough in the heat to claim a place in the A final on Saturday. And so finals day dawned with early outings on the foggy lake for most boats and final weigh-ins for many hungry lightweights. The first race to come down the course at 9:22 was the lightweight women’s single with DUBC’s Katy Denham leading the field to the 1000m and then maintaining her lead to win the gold medal ahead of a strong field from 8 different countries. The LM4- was the next Durham boat racing, having reached the halfway mark in a very close 2nd place, the bhoys unfortunately finished in the bronze position a second shy of imperial who were themselves adrift from a very fast 4- from the Dutch University Gronigen; although disappointed it was a very good opportunity to race at an international level. The LW4x finished off the mornings racing for Durham securing a well earned silver medal in a strong field, led by the University of Münster who managed to pull away in the second half. Durham’s afternoon racing started with the LM4x, the boys positively rocketed out of the blocks and were keen to stay in the race as long as possible after losing contact in the heats; in the bronze position at 1000m the prospects looked good however the medal was clutched from their grasp by a polish quad, nevertheless the boat was happy with a gutsy row. The penultimate event of the championships featuring a Durham crew was the heavyweight 4-, after the leaving everything out on the water the girls unfortunately finished in 6th place but all involved learnt from the EUSA experience. Racing was concluded with the LW4x racing up a category in W4x, they finished a very creditable 5th after a long week of racing and only 3 seconds outside the medals, a great achievement when racing against much larger opposition. The EUSA experience finished on the Saturday evening with a party put on by the regatta organisers for all the participants and coaches to blow off some steam; certain sources say Durham alumni James Lee and Franz Imfeld were seen throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor. Great thanks must be given to all Durham coaches involved: Cam Kennedy who did a sterling job with the women to finish off his Durham coaching career and Allen Bashford who led the lightweight men. Thanks must also go to the man, the legend John Faulkner who travelled from Denmark to coach the lightweight men and from who’s experience everyone learnt a great deal.
The 2015 season has seen the rise of many Durham alumni into the GB senior team ranks. Throughout the world cup season a number of ex DUBC members played a key role in the nation’s ongoing success. Angus Groom started the season with a very impressive 4th in the single scull at the European championships among some fierce competition, including former Olympic champion Olaf Tufte. He then went on to win gold in the Quadruple scull in Varese and claim the Queen Mother trophy at Henley Royal Regatta. Unfortunately Angus just missed out on selection for the World Championships in Aiguebelette as Charles Cousins returned from injury to replace him and was named as spare man. Callum McBrierty also took the role of spare man in the heavyweight sweep squad at the world champs after a breakthrough season that saw him represent the GB senior team for the 1st time. Another fresh face in the squad Stewart Innes had a fantastic season from start to finish. The ex-Durham athlete spent much of the early season mixing it with the big boys in the men’s eight, winning silver at the Europeans and gold in Varese. His debut season was topped off in fine style winning a bronze medal as part of the men’s coxless four.
The more experienced members of the squad, Will Fletcher and Louise Reeve continued their climb up the ranks within both the squad and the world rowing stage. Although at times during the early season results were not what Will was hoping for as part of the lightweight double scull, he and partner Richard Chambers pulled it together in time for the World Championship regatta winning a silver medal and pushing the French crew all the way. Lou Reeve has been a stalwart of the women’s eight throughout the season and finished the season with 4th place in the world championship final, only 1 second behind the traditionally strong Canadians. This result sees the boat qualified for the Olympic games in Rio next year, where Lou and her crew will be aiming to make history and get on the podium.
So after a successful year which has seen a number of DUBC alumni make the step up from the u23 team to the senior squad the club looks forward to 2016 with great excitement as a number of our former members look to gain a seat on the plane to Brazil next August.
This weekend at Henley Women’s Regatta saw TWO wins and some extremely strong racing across the whole of the women’s squad.
This year the heavy weight squad targeted the Intermediate Academic VIII entering two boats, and having won Gold in the IM8 at BUCS Regatta back in May, they were determined to up hold their reputation. Both VIII’s successfully qualified and won their first races easily. The second VIII were unfortunately beaten by a very strong Reading crew in the second round, still a very promising result for a crew comprised of many first year and development squad rowers; definitely athletes to look out for in the future. However the stand out result of the weekend went to the first Academic VIII who beat Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and went on to win the final by a 1/3 of a length against Nottingham, an absolutely outstanding achievement.
The second win of the competition was from the Norske Studenters/Durham Uni composite in the E2- who won the final comfortably by 2 lengths against Molesey BC, an exciting result for the Norwegian pair featuring Durham rower Hanna Gailis Inntjore.
The final entry was in the LW4x who raced a straight final against the GB U23 composite quad. A phenomenal performance saw them finishing only half a length down, demonstrating some very impressive sculling.
For a full set of results click here
We are proud to announce that Lloyd Seaman, a current member of the men’s lightweight squad, has been selected to represent Ireland in the LM4- at the World U23s in July. We wish him, his crew and the rest of the team every success.
A huge congratulations to Louise Reeve, Lucinda Gooderham, Angus Groom, Will Fletcher, Stewart Innes and Callum McBrierty who have all been selected to represent GB at the European Championships later this month. Full crew lists can be found here.
We are pleased to announce that The Northern Boat Race is returning this year to the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside! Races between DUBC and NUBC will take place on the evening on 9th May 2015, beginning under Redheugh Bridge and finishing just after Millenium Bridge (Approx 1500m).
The racing schedule is as follows:
Novice Women: 18:15 TAYLOR TROPHY
Novice Men: 18:30 RENFORTH TROPHY
Senior Women: 18:45 CHAMBERS TROPHY
Senior Men: 19:00 CLASPER TROPHY
The racing will be followed by a presentation on Quayside and then an official boat race after party at the Slug and Lettuce. It would be great to see lots of support for both universities, for what promises to be a great evening of racing!
Durham University Boat Club ended a hugely successful BUCS Regatta with more medals that any other university, including 8 Golds, 6 Silvers and 6 Bronze medals. The total of 8 Golds was 3 better than the nearest rival. These performances, backed up by strong performances from the rest of the boats, meant that Durham came away with the overall Victor Ludorum, beating Newcastle University Boat Club into second place. On top of that, Durham also easily retained the Women’s Victor Ludorum, winning by almost 200 points.
The close battle with Newcastle over the weekend was particularly timely with the imminent Boat Race of the North, between the boat clubs of Durham and Newcastle, just around the corner.
More news to follow…
See below for message from Bill’s son giving details of a memorial service to be held at the end of next the week.
I’d like to let you know a memorial service will be held for my father at 2pm on Friday 13th March, at All Saint’s Church in Cleadon. Please do circulate this among all who would be interested. All who would like to attend are welcome. Please wear whatever you think he would have liked (e.g. Rowing Blazers).
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.
We regret to hear of the death of Bill Grant on the towpath on Saturday. Our thoughts are with his family.
Please find below an obituary for Bill Grant written by one of our alumni, Geoff Potts, who rowed at HRR in Henley Prize (1968) and the Ladies Plate (1969 and 1970).
It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Bill Grant whilst out coaching in Durham on Saturday 28th February. Bill attended the University from 1968 to 1971, latterly at the Business School, and was a Castle man. He learnt his rowing at Shrewsbury School rowing in the second VIII. At Durham he rowed in the first VIII in 1969 and 1970 gaining his Palatinate, winning the UAU title both years. After leaving University he continued rowing at Durham ARC with some success with a number of other ex University oarsmen. He was always a keen supporter of DUBC and for many years was to be seen supporting them at Henley.
In the mid 70s he stopped active rowing to concentrate on running the family jewellery business and became a member of the National Association of Goldsmiths. He then became a Council and Board Member of the Association and Chairman in 200 to 2002. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1992 and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1997. He was a keen dinghy sailor and fell walker and spent much time sailing and walking with his family in the Lake District and on the Cheviots.
Having retired from his jewellery business Bill returned to rowing some 10 years ago and began coaching at Durham ARC. He qualified as a coach under the British Rowing scheme and became very active in coaching crews and scullers and acting as their mentor. Latterly he had resumed sculling himself and was often to be seen on the Wear in his own boat.
He was also active in his local community in Cleadon, North of Sunderland, being a Churchwarden and a member of the Parish Council. In some respects he was somewhat old fashioned, setting high standards and expecting these to be maintained by others but only expressing mild disappointment when this did not occur. Very competitive when on the river but the gentleman when off it, cheerful and always willing to give time and advice to others.
He leaves a wife, Jenny, and three children, Richard, Catherine and Emma.