Lily van den Broecke wins paralympic Gold

Lilly van den Broecke from Durham University has won a paralympic gold, coxing the mixed coxed four to victory on Sunday 2nd of September.

Van den Broaecke coxed a superb race, at points lying about their position to the crew in order to make them push harder. Such crafty tactics worked well as they beat their main rivals, the German world record holders. Ukraine won the Bronze medal.

Lilly has had a postbox painted gold in Oxford in honour of her achievement.

She studies PPE and is a member of university college.

Durham Student wins stunning home Olympic Gold

Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking: the new golden girls of British rowing at London 2012 Olympics

Former DUBC member Sophie Hosking won the women’s lightweight double sculls with fellow crew member, Katherine Copeland to claim Britain’s fourth rowing gold medal of the London Olympics.

Despite only forming the boat together earlier in the year, Hosking and Copeland were the fastest qualifiers for the final.

After finishing outside the medals in Lucerne and Munich, and receiving a bronze in Belgrade, the duo peaked at the right moment, beating their rivals China in the Olympic final by 2 seconds.

Sophie joined Durham University in the autumn of 2004 and graduated in Chemistry and Physics in the summer of 2007.

After the race, elated Hosking said: “It’s something we’ve been working on for so long.

“I just can’t believe it actually happened.”

Copeland Hosking lightweight rowing

Durham Alumni – London 2012

Good luck to all ‘Team Durham’ alumni competing at London 2012.

We will be watching and supporting, whether it be shouting at the television or flying the GB flag high at the different sporting venues.

Bring us home some metal!

Season Round Up

Durham have enjoyed an extremely successful 2011/12 season. This summer several DUBC athletes have gained international honours. In sculling Angus Groom was selected for the men’s quad at the u23 world championships in Trakai, Lithuania. He is now in contention for a place to go to the European Championships later in Varese, Italy.

On this achievement, Groom said, “I’m thrilled to have been selected to represent GB at the world championships and we had a good couple of weeks training beforehand.

“Our heat went pretty well and pulled our fastest time together but were disappointed to end up in the B final as we were hoping to make the A final.”

There were further international honors. Char Jackson coxed the women’s eight, also at the u23 world championships. In preparation for this, her eight won at Henley Women’s Regatta.

At university level, Durham also performed strongly. In the Head of the River races, both the men and women won pennants. The men’s eight won the Bernard Churcher Pennant, finishing 8th overall, and the women won the Intermediate Pennant finished 11th.

At BUCS, The Palatinate’s success continued, winning the Victor Ludorum (the prize awarded to the most successful University overall) for the 9th year running. Durham finished top of the standings at the end of racing with 1145 points, 379 points clear of Newcastle who came second. This was one of the largest margins in recent years and represented a consistently high level of performance across the board.

For every member of DUBC the season climaxes at Henley each summer with the culminated hard work and dedication of the year being put to use down the famous stretch of the Thames. At Women’s Henley the 1st VIII had an extremely successful run winning the three knockout races required to progress to the final on the Sunday, before just missing out on a winner’s medal in the final. The Women’s 2nd VIII also qualified for the event showing the strength in depth of the women’s squad.

Two weeks later the men were in action at Henley Royal with a plethora of boats competing in a variety of events. The coxless four which consisted of William Gale, Stephen Jones, Will Mace and Dan Boddington progressed the furthest over the week, making it to the semi-final of the Visitors Challenge Cup on the Saturday. The 1st VIII also performed strongly during the early part of the week, winning their first two races against the Oxford Lightweight boat and Neureus- a Dutch University, before coming up against the Harvard Lightweight crew who continued the trend of the American Universities dominance in the student events at Henley. Durham also qualified two coxed fours for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, one of which was this year’s fresher boat and this qualification represented a significant achievement for rower’s new to the sport this year.

Lucy Glendinning, The new club president for the 2012/13 season said with excitement, “Next year is a fresh start with a new coaching team.

“As a club we are focused on stepping on from our successes of the previous season, we aim to win the VL and BUCS for the tenth year running – by bringing in several championship golds!

“We will also be aiming for victory at Women’s Henley and Henley Royal. We will aim to take the Olympics as our inspiration and achieve great things as a club in 2012/2012.”

DUBC have strong start to regatta season

Durham University Boat Club have opened the regatta season in style with a very successful three days at BUCS regatta, held last weekend in Nottingham.

The main achievement of the weekend came in the shape of the retention of the Victor Ludorum (the prize awarded to the most successful University overall) for the 9th year running. Durham finished top of the standings at the end of racing with 1145 points, 379 points clear of Newcastle who came second. This was one of the largest margins in recent years and represented a consistently high level of performance across the board, not just in the top boats.

The individual highlights included the women’s intermediate eight holding off Nottingham to win gold, the men’s intermediate quad recovering from a poor start to row back through the field and men’s beginner single producing a remarkable final 250m sprint to clinch gold by less than a second.

‘We were so happy with our result. It is proof of the great training that has gone in over the winter,’ reflected Charlotte Trundley, the cox of the women’s intermediate eight, which won it’s final by almost a length.

However, Durham’s local rivals Newcastle, beat a number of the top men’s boats. The championship men’s eight, intermediate men’s eight, championship men’s coxless four and the championship men’s pair all won silver in their events, behind Newcastle, albeit often by very small margins, with the coxless four losing by a heart-breaking 0.3 seconds.

‘These results are really frustrating, especially as we train 20 metres away from them on the Tyne,’ said Callum McBrierty of the championship men’s eight.

In the sculling events, the duo of Will Mace and Angus Groom secured a bronze medal in the heavyweight double and also a bronze in the championship quad, alongside Barney Stentiford and Stewart Innes. Similar fortune was also had in the men’s championship lightweight quad, who produced a stunning row to the bronze medal despite having qualified for their final slowest.

‘It was a sweet race. We only just made it to the final, but changed our race plan around, swapped the order of the boat and smashed it!’ enthused Lewis Weaver of the lightweight quad.

The fresher’s boats also had an extremely close race in their finals. The men’s eight came second by an excruciating 0.07 seconds to Southampton Solent after producing a brave comeback in the last 500m. The women’s beginner four had similar fortune, coming second behind Bath by a mere 0.50 seconds. The women’s fresher eight also took silver behind Queens Belfast.

Fresher’s coach Matt Evan’s was positive yet frustrated about the outcome of the race; ‘It was a step on from last year, where we won bronze in the men’s event and fourth in the women’s event, but it is still frustrating to be so close to the gold.’

Club President, Franz Imfeld, summed up the performance by saying “Most medals, most VL points and most BUCS points has made for a successful weekend. Big praise must be given to the fresher squad with the biggest medal haul for years. The club has set the stage for the summer season.”

Next on DUBC’s agenda is Metropolitan Regatta, held at Dorney Lake, the 2012 Olympic rowing venue, at the beginning of June.

Two Pennants won at Head of The River

Both Men’s and Women’s crews impressed at their respective Head of The River Races. Both 1st boats won a Pennant, and the 2nd VIII’s achieved some of their best results on record.

Men’s Head:

Durham’s 1st VIII had a strong performance. Starting 18th they managed to climb ten places over the 6 .8 km course from Mortlake to Putney to finish 8th,  winning the Bernard Churcher Pennant. They beat fierce competition posed by the likes of Imperial College and Queen’s Belfast.

Durham’s 2nd VIII also climbed up the ranks. Starting 60th to finish 34th – Durham’s second best result in this boat on record.

Durham’s 3rd VIII and fresher eight finished 124th and 183rd respectively.

Women’s Head:

The women had impressive performances likewise.

Despite the wet conditions, the 1st VIII started 13th and managed to increase their position to finish 11th, winning the Intermediate pennant.

The 2nd VIII finished 31st, the fastest university 2nd VIII and one of Durham’s highest ever placed 2nd VIII boats.

Their 3rd VIII finished 75th; and the fresher boat came in at 148th, the second fastest novice boat of the day.

DUBC BUCS medal haul.

The annual BUCS head was held in Peterborough last weekend. The conditions were cold and windy but this did not impede performance – Durham won 132 BUCS points over the weekend.

All crews were required to race over a 4.5 km course.

The freshers’ squads particularly impressed, winning gold in both the men’s beginner’s eights and women’s coxed fours. This achievement is particularly noteworthy as this squad is made up of complete novices, who all started rowing last term, when they came to Durham.

The senior squad also had a strong presence on the podium. The men won the championship coxless four, came second in the championship coxed four; champ eight and intermediate 8 and earned bronze medals in intermediate coxed four and lightweight quad.

The women won gold in the championship coxless 4 and intermediate 8, silver in the championship 8, bronze in the championship coxed and coxless fours; as well as in the lightweight four.

Club president Franz Imfield said ‘A good weekend for development for the Summer season, but where Durham didn’t win, the tables need to be turned for the Regatta.’

Next on DUBC’s agenda is the Head of The River, which is held in London in mid march.

DUBC have a strong season opener at Quintin Head.

DUBC sent six boats, both Men and Women, to Quintin Head in London last weekend. The course is 4.6km stretching from Chiswick Bridge to Harrods Depository and is a key warm-up event for the ‘Head of The River’ at Easter.

The men’s squad had a strong performance with all three boats finishing in the top twenty. The first eight came fourth (less than two seconds behind the winners Imperial College), the second eight 13th and third eight 17th. Such a result demonstrates the depth of talent within the team.

The women’s eights came 58th, 73rd and 100th respectively.

DUBC hosts successful Alumni races.

Members of DUBC, past and present, gathered at Mortlake Anglian Alpha Boat Club last Sunday for the annual Alumni races on the Tideway.

The event was extremely successful, both for reuniting old friends as well as raising support for DUBC. The club’s president, Franz Imfeld said ‘It was fantastic to see such a great turn out. I am very thankful for all the support that has gone into making such an occasion happen.’

The main event was racing in eights on a short 400m course, finishing just in front of Mortlake BC. The boats were made up of a mix of alumni and current athletes, both men and women. In total there were 7 teams.

These 7 boats battled it out, until two finalists remained. But before the final, the teams were able to feast on a fantastic array of food, courtesy of the catering and organisation of women’s cox, Char Jackson.

In the final, the winning team won by a convincing margin, coxed by Tom Hill. A result he was ‘very pleased with’.

Next on the DUBC agenda is Quintin Head, which will be held on the Tideway at the end of January.

Winter Challenge Cup 2012

The Winter Challenge Cup will now ONLY be a Head race on Saturday 21st January!

Please not all arrangements will stay the same for Saturday, but there will now be no regatta racing on Sunday.

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