Durham University Sculling Camps 2013

Durham will be running two five-day camps this Summer a Junior Camp for 14-17 year olds and a Senior Performance Camp for experienced athletes.  The Junior camp, with a residential option will run from Sunday 5th to Friday 9th August. This will be followed by a non residential Senior Performance from Monday 12th to Friday 16th August.

The Senior camp will also have an emphasis on preparation for the ‘GB sculling festival’ provisionally being run at Nottingham on the weekend of 17th/18th August.

Please see the Sculling Camps page here for more information.

DUBC at Quintin Head

This past weekend played host to Quintin Head of the River Race on the Tideway in London. DUBC sent boats from the senior women’s squad and from both the men’s and women’s fresher squads for their debut appearance on the tideway. There were strong performances from the  senior women placing their 1st VIII as the 4th fastest women’s crew of the day (3rd in women’s senior VIIIs) while the 2nd VIII placing 4th in women’s IM1 VIIIs.

The men’s freshers’ squad sent two VIIIs,  placing 4th and 7th out of 25 boats in Novice VIIIs while the women’s fresher squad sent one VIII which came an impressive  3rd out of a wide field of 28 boats.

A strong start to the big boats racing season as these crews and the men’s squad look forward to BUCS IVs and VIIIs Head and The Head of the River Race in London.


NEIRC Results

Please find below the results, many thanks to all those who took part and many congratulations to all those who won. I will use the contact details to distribute the medals.

A full report will shortly be found on the BUCS website.

NEIRC Results Excel

Once again many thanks, we look forward to seeing you next year.

A note on lost property: I have been approached by several individuals, however no items were handed in, if you have accidentally acquired something please contact lewis.weaver@durham.ac.uk.

NEIRC Redraw

A time change has had to occur due to a BUCS Volleyball match cross over. As such please find an update draw below. Any problems please get in contact.

NEIRC Update

Sports Hall Risk Assessment 

We are proud to announce that for the first time we have adaptive athletes competing, both of whom have recently returned form GB trials, we look forward to seeing them in action.

Lightweights can weigh in up to 1 hour before their race starts.

Due to a lack of entries lightweight college is not an option and have been amalgamated into the other college events. Please advise if a correction needs to be made, the amount of detail provided by some colleges was limit, in this cases a best guess approach was adopted. Please check.

The team racing event shall be run in men’s and women’s waves with results being extracted.

Please be advised the BUCS entries need to be submitted by the 8th of December, any problems please get in contact.

DUBC at GB Trials

This weekend saw a party 5 women and 13 men from DUBC travel Down to Boston for the first of this season’s  series of British rowing trials. Sadly  the normal 5 kilometer water assessment had to be abandoned due to the forecast of strong winds and rain, leaving just the 2k ergo test.

Despite this setback DUBC’s men and women put in a particularly impressive performance including 11 PBs, and a national 2nd and 3rd placing at under 23 level from Callum McBrierty and Angus Groom respectively, with just a tenth of a second separating them.

The next set of assessments will be taking place in February, and will give DUBC’s athletes a chance to prove on the water what they have now proven off the water.


An International Summer for Julia Wood


Julia Wood (Aidans 1979 – 82 Law) has had a very successful year racing for DUBC. Julia has completed the rare achievement of winning gold medals this summer at each of the British Rowing Masters Championships, Henley Masters and the FISA World Rowing Masters Championships in Duisberg. Julia won the first two in a single scull and the latter in a double scull.


DUBC Weekend of Celebration

Thank you to all those who made the weekend a truly memorable event, it stands as a show case of all the Durham Students are and can be.

Thank you also to all those who kindly made donation towards the evening, the whole of Durham University Boat Club extends a great deal of thanks,

Andrew Wilson

Lou Reeve

Steve Rowbotham

Sophie Hosking

Emily Taylor

Herbert Berger

The kind donations helped us to raise £660 from the auction and £631.83 from the raffle. Many congratulations to raffle winners; Maggie Paxton, Annie Berger-Crawford, Henry Chin, Elena Papazoglou, Paul Stanley, William Fletcher, Carolyn Boddington and Chantelle Dingly. We also say thank you to Mike Roberts who won the auction, in the process securing a dinner at the Innholders Hall, London, courtesy of Herbert Berger.

DUBC Olympic Celebration Weekend

This past weekend has been a historic one for Durham University Boat Club. A weekend of appreciation of ex-Durham students who have gone on to do great things as athletes and coaches alike on the olympic stage.

To launch the celebrations, an intimate dinner was held in honour of long time club benefactor Robert Gillespie on Friday evening. In the atmosphere of Durham Castle’s Senate Room, guests enjoyed the company of Mr Gillespie as well as Durham alumni and London Olympians Sophie Hosking, Stephen Rowbotham, Louisa Reeve and Olympic coach Rob Morgan.

This dinner was also a special yet unexpected reward for two of the newest members of the rowing fraternity, having just completed testing for this year’s DUBC Fresher Squad, our top male and female freshers Olivia White and Ben Lewis attended the dinner alongside coaches, student administrators and key members of the rowing community. With speeches short but food and wine plentiful everyone enjoyed the evening. Professor David Held (University College Master) rounded the night off nicely with a rare personal tour to the Castle’s Norman chapel.

Rob Morgan is the coach responsible for the Lightweight mens four silver medal in the 2012 Olympics. On Saturday morning, Durham students were given an insight of how he managed to bring the best out of his crew. It was a fascinating presentation, in which he elaborated on the finer technical points of rowing techniques and , most memorably, explaining the importance of self respect as an athlete, no matter what the adversity.

Saturday afternoon brought DUBC to the banks of the Wear for an afternoon of “friendly” racing. Five eights, in combinations of current DUBC athletes, alumni and olympians raced furiously down the familier stretch of river. Although racing was in some cases extremely closely competed, the spills eventually went to the eight led by World medallist Louisa Reeve. A special thank you at this point for the bakers and caterers who kept the attendees well fed during the afternoons activities.

Saturday evening brought with it the annual DUBC Ball, held in grandiose Great Hall in University College. Along with the usual feeding and watering that one can always rely on, it was Olympic Sculler, Steve Rowbotham who gave the speech at the end of the evening. He told the story of his rowing career, of how he started at Durham, went on to struggle with over-training during his hunt for u23 Worlds selection  and of his ultimate success in proving to his coaches that he was the man for the job. He then reminded us all that as rowers we will never forget the experiences of our respective careers, no matter the longevity, and that they should be cherished.

The weekend’s celebrations were wrapped up with the official opening of the Sophie Hosking Rowing Tank on the Sunday morning. The 2012 Gold medallist was on hand herself to try out the facility for herself, alongside DUBC’s other current olympics, including the present head Coach! Palatinate blades were also presented to the all of DUBC’s olympians, past and present, and they are to adorn the walls of the rowing tank.

The events of the weekend reminded the Club that its heritage is something to be proud of, and that DUBC has the capability to produce more olympians for the future.

credit to North News & Pictures for the images, and thanks to Cameron Kennedy, new Women’s coach, for the piece on Friday’s dinner

Durham at the Diamond Jubilee Regatta Championships

October would normally be considered an unusual point in the rowing season for a series of 2,000m sprint events at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, but in commemoration of the Queen’s 60th anniversary of accession an exception was made last weekend.

DUBC put in an impressive performance in a variety of different events across the two days racing. Saturday’s successes included a 2nd placing in the mens’ open-weight u23 doubles and 4th in the lightweight equivalent, 2nd and 4th place in the mens’ open-weight  u23 coxless fours and 4th in the womens’  open-weight u23 coxless fours. Sunday’s racing meant a transfer into the larger crew boats and Durham continued to produce results. These included a 3rd placing in the mens’ university eights event, 4th in the open-weight womens’ eights and 5th in the open-weight mens’ coxless quads.

DUBC’s efforts over the weekend were aided by GB rowers and ex-Durham students Steve Rowbotham and Emily Taylor, the former of whom competed in this summer’s London Olympics, and got a bronze medal in the mens’ doubles back in Beijing. The efforts of these two gave some welcome gumption to the mens’ and womens’ crews. A solid start to the season.