On Saturday 17th January DUBC proudly co-organised the Tyne United New Years Head 2015. After a week of bad weather the event went ahead and with a great turn out from local clubs it was a great day of racing.
See below for a summary of the results or for a full set of results visit here for division 1 and here for division 2:
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It’s been a busy summer for the Durham rowers, with a total of 17 current athletes competing overseas.
Home International Regatta
The first event of the summer was the Home International Regatta, held in Cork, Ireland. This is an annual fixture between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Each country sends a Junior and Senior team to race. Durham athletes representing England in the Senior team were Jamie Gossage and Sam Tuck in the Senior Men’s Lightweight Double, Ben Witting and James Tufnell in the Senior Men’s Pair and Charlotte Trundley in both the Senior Men’s Coxed Four and Senior Men’s Eight. Sam Tuck also made an appearance in the Senior Men’s Quad, alongside Olympian Pete Wells. Competing for Wales was Stephen Griffiths in the Senior Men’s Coxless Four.
All races were straight finals, with medals only given out to the winners of each race.
The first of the Durham lot to race were the Men’s Pair of Ben and James. Having only flown over to Ireland the previous evening, expectations were low and a solid 3rd place matched the expectations. Next down the course was the Men’s Coxed Four with CT as cox. Unfortunately they couldn’t do enough to beat Scotland, and they came a respectable 2nd.
Next was the Lightweight Double of Sam and Jamie. Up against Scotland, the reining BUCS Champions in the Lightweight Double, hopes of winning were slim. But with a characteristic rapid 1st 500m led by Sam, Durham managed not only to get ahead, but stay ahead for the whole race, even having enough time to have a good look around for the finish line at the end.
Finally Steve in Senior Coxless Four for Wales came a good 4th in his final.
For the first time ever, rowing was included as part of the EUSA Games. Unlike the EUSA Regatta which is for rowing only, the EUSA Games consists of many different sports.
Durham sent an Openweight Women’s Double and a Lightweight Women’s Double as part of the GB Universities Team. First to race was the Lightweight Double (Mimi Carlton, Katy Denham) on Wednesday in a race for lanes. The Durham crew took the lead after the half way mark, and didn’t let it go for the rest of the race. They were then left with a day off on Thursday as it was the turn of the Openweight Double (Charlotte Drury, Becky Dell) to take to the water. In their race for lanes, they came a solid 3rd.
So to finals day on the Friday. The Lightweight’s final was first, and in a very close race, the girls came a brilliant second. Next was the turn of the Open Double, however they couldn’t quite repeat the result of the previous day as they finished in 6th.
Royal Canadian Henley
At the second time of asking, Don’s idea of taking a group of Durham athletes to race at the Royal Canadian Henley was materialised. A squad of 9 male athletes flew over to Canadian for a week of racing and sightseeing. Andy Brown was first to race in the Senior Men’s Single. An impressive second place took him safely through to the next round. The new President, James Styles, was the next up in the U23 Lightweight Single. Having successfully (by the skin of his teeth) negotiated weigh-in, he set off to race. Unfortunately there weren’t quite enough beans in the tank, so James finished 4th and therefore out of the competition.
The following day saw Andy take to the water again, this time in the U23 Single. But a top two finish in the heat was too much to ask as Andy finished 4th. Alex Fisher was next to make his debut at the regatta, also in the U23 Single. In a very strong field, Alex didn’t quite have the firepower to make an impression, and finished 6th. Later that day, Andy was back out in the Single for the semi of the Senior Single. Unfortunately the top two finished needed was out of his reach.
The next day signalled the start of the pairs racing. The first of the two Durham pairs to race the U23 M2- was Ben Witting and James Tufnell. Unfortunately James had been ill most of the week, and the pair ended up 4th. The second pair was Ed Gleadowe and Jeremy Forsythe. In a tightly fought race, the pair managed to hold onto 2nd by 0.2 seconds, which would see them into the next round.
Friday saw Ed and Jeremy race the semi of the U23 M2-, but they could only manage 4th. Straight after them, the Durham U23 M4- raced, but they could do no better than 5th in their heat.
The final race for Durham was on the Saturday, in the Men’s Championship 8’s event. Up against the likes of the Canadian Lwt 8+ and the USA FISU 8+, expectations were low, and in the end they were never in contention.
Henley Royal Regatta. The most prestigious regatta in the UK and arguably the world.
This year The Boat Club had 5 boats entered, all after that little red box that so many athletes across the world crave. 4 boats would have to face the terrifying ordeal that is the Henley Royal Regatta Qualifiers. The wait for the results that could spell the end of your season or the start of something great.
The 4 boats were the 2nd VIII, entered in The Temple Challenge Cup, Sam Tuck and Andy Brown entered in the The Double Sculls Challenge Cup, the Freshers Coxed 4 in The Prince Albert Challenge Cup and the Women’s 1st VIII in The Remenham Challenge Cup.
A pumping headwind greeted all the crews at the Qualifiers which would be a real test. Unfortunately the inexperience of the freshers 4 and lack of boat time in the Women’s VIII showed, as they both failed to qualify. The 2nd VIII did an excellent job qualifying for the Temple, as did the Double for the Double Sculls.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Durham ‘A’ (1st VIII) were drawn against Eton ‘B’ (J16.1) and Durham ‘B’ (2nd VIII) were drawn against Eton ‘A’ (2nd VIII). The Stewards, obviously not expecting much of race, timetabled Durham ‘A’ to race Eton ‘B’ at 9.05am. Durham ‘A’ duly delivered a 4 1/4 length victory over Eton ‘B’. Durham ‘B’ were timetabled to race an hour later, and although Eton ‘A’ put up a good fight, the victory for Durham ‘B’ was never in doubt.
And so onto Thursday, which would see 3 Durham crews competing. The Double, having enjoyed a rest day the previous day, were first up against C.K.Massey and T.R.Brown of the USA. Although Durham led at the Barrier, over the full length of the course, the US boat proved too strong for the Durham Double. It has to be said though that given the amount of training the Durham double had had, it was a fantastic achievement to make the main draw.
Next was the turn of the Durham ‘B’ crew in the Temple. They faced the mighty Cornell University ‘A’ crew. Durham fought valiantly but ultimately were unable to make an impression on the Cornell boat.
Finally it was the turn of the Durham ‘A’ crew. Having dispatched the school boys the previous day, it was time for a tougher challenge. This came in the form of Imperial College ‘A’, a crew that the same Durham boat had beaten only by a foot at Marlow Regatta, two weeks previously. However this time round, Durham shut the door early and never allowed Imperial back into the race, in the end winning by 1 3/4.
Friday brought a crackle of anticipation at two crews, Oxford Brookes ‘A’ and Durham ‘A’, fought to be the sole British representative in the Temple Challenge Cup. Brookes, the BUCS Championship 8’s winners from this year, were the clear favourites. Although Durham did everything within their power to try and win, Brookes were not to be stopped. The same Brookes crew went on to beat Brown University in the final to end 7 years without a British winner in the Temple.
This years Henley Women’s Regatta took place from the 20th – 22nd June in glorious weather. Entered for Durham were 2 Academic Eights, a Senior Quad Scull, an Elite Pair, an Elite Lightweight Pair and a Senior Lightweight Double.
Friday morning saw the time trials take place. 3 of our boats had to complete the time trial (2 Academic Eights, 1 senior quad scull). The top Academic Eight (Rachel Francis, Ellie Williams, Joanna Leyden, Lizzie Chapman, Lydia Haslewood, Isobel Currie, Ruth Morley, Ella Hopkins, Theo Gibson cox) qualified in 7th for the main draw. The second Academic Eight, predominately made up of freshers, unfortunately failed to qualify. The Senior Quad (Becky Dell, Joanna Thom, Charlotte Drury, Camilla Hadland) qualified in 8th for the main draw.
Once the time trials were out the way, it was time to start the side by side racing. First up was the Senior Quad, who drew the Tees RC/Bath RC composite. Unfortunately the composite proved too strong as our girls lost easily. The composite would eventually go on to win the event.
Next was the turn of the Elite Pair (Henriette Ringleb, Anna Tyndall) who breezed past Leicester RC easily in their 1st round.
First to race for Durham on Saturday morning was the Senior Lightweight Double (Katy Denham, Amy Ellerker). They came up against a very strong Mortlake Anglian & Alpha BC double. In a very tightly fought race, our girls unfortunately ended up on the wrong side of 3/4 length verdict.
After having the afternoon of the previous day off, it was time for the top Academic 8 to race their first heat against Queen’s University BC. In a race very close race that was impossible to call, it was the 8 was Queen’s that came out on top, by a 1/3 of a length.
The Elite Pair was next up against the Bath University/Imperial BC composite that was until that point the GB Women’s U23 Pair. In a very exciting race the Durham pair managed to hold off the composite to win by 3/4L. The girls were exhausted after their effort and needed help out of the boat.
Compared to the extraordinary effort the Elite Pair had to make to beat the composite the day before, their semi-final race against Lea RC was a rather more comfortable affair with a 1 length victory. Before the Elite Pair could race their final, it was the turn of the Elite Lightweight Pair (Cate Lough, Mimi Carlton). They were up against an excellent Exeter University BC pair. Mimi was looking for her second win in a row in this event. However the Exeter pair wouldn’t play ball, and in the end beat the Durham pair easily.
On to the final of the Elite Pairs, where our girls were up against a very impressive French National pair. Sadly the efforts from the previous days racing had taken their toll and the girls were unable to overhaul the French.
All in all a very successful Henley Women’s Regatta for Durham. Here’s hoping we go one better next year!