Success at Boston for Durham GB trialists.

Six Durham athletes attended the GB second assessment in Boston, Lincolnshire, this weekend where they had to undergo a gruelling 5km scull.

At this stage in the season, such a trial is more a test of fitness and endurance, rather than the speed and strength needed in the 2km trails later in the season.

In the open weight men’s category, Barney Stentiford really impressed, coming 5th out of the U23’s and 19th overall. Callum McBrierty did well too, coming 21st in the U23’s (38th overall) just in front of John Ford who finished 39th.

Lightweight Will Fletcher made an impact coming 9th, in front of Fresher, Tim Woodman, who came 43rd, but was the 9th fastest U20.

Also coming 9th, though this time out of the U23’s, was Isobel Currie in the women’s single. A performance she was ‘really happy’ with.

Durham alumnus Philip Congdon, who left last year, entered a coxless pair with fellow Molesey team-mate, Richie Steele and came a very respectable 7th.


Durham University Boat Club hosted another successful year of the North East Indoor Rowing Championships on Wednesday at the Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle.

The event drew over 200 athletes from throughout the region, with the Universities of Teesside and Newcastle attending, as well as many Durham Colleges.
Contestants raced over 2km on Concept 2 ergos.

Impressive performances were noted from Durham’s Jess Budget, who won the open weight women’s category with a time of 7:07.1.

In the Heavyweight Men’s division Callum McBrierty was “pleased” with his personal best of 6:01.7, coming second behind Newcastle’s Sam Arnot with 6:00.5. George Seeger, a member of DUBC’s fresher’s squad,  won the beginners event with 6:26.6.

DUBC president Franz Imfeld was “really happy with all the support that turned up”.

Durham’s Tim Woodman won the lightweight men’s event with  6.27.6. Tim hopes to take this success into GB’s next set of trials on the 17th of December in Boston.

The college events were won by Lee Fisher of Grey and Harriet Horton of Collingwood.

North East Indoors

The final (6/12/2011) version of the start order for NEIRC is now available to download. This is version 5. Hopefully all changes that needed to be made have been made now, or they will need to be done on the day.

NEIRC TimetableVersion5

Best of luck and good racing!

Success at U23 trials and BUCS's Small Boats Head.

Durham University Boat Club began their season in impressive style with a successful day on the water in Lincolnshire, where the first stages of the Great Britain U23 rowing trials were held in addition to the campaign’s first BUCS event, the Small Boats Head.

The Palatinates dominated the doubles events in the SBH, with Callum McBrierty and Angus Groom securing gold in the men’s race, afterwards attributing their success to the “intensive programme” they had been following and the “quality new facilities” they had been using.  Their gold feat was matched by Hannah Cannell and Izzy Currie in the women’s event, with duo Jessica Budgett and Rachel Martin, (Women’s Captain) scooping a silver medal behind their fellow team mates in the same race.

Other medal winners were Lucy Glendinning and Courtenay Hallwood, who picked up a bronze in the women’s lightweight double, while a number of fourth-placed finishes – notably Daisy Colsell and Camilla Hadland in the women’s pair, John Ford and Simon Hardie in the men’s pair, and Will Fletcher and Stu West in the men’s lightweight pair – helped earn Durham over 50 valuable points in the BUCS standings.

Franz Imfeld, President of DUBC, said: “I’m pleased with the overall performance of the club; our target boats were more or less all successful, however a bit of work needs doing through the rest of the squad.”

Durham’s rowers featured strongly in the Great Britain U23 trials too. Callum McBrierty came third in the mandatory 2km ergo test with a time of 6:02, followed by Izzy Currie who recorded a time of 7:10 for a top-ten finish.

The next day Currie impressed again by coming fourth in the 5km scull, five places ahead of Palatinate Hannah Cannell, who amazingly began rowing only last year as part of the Durham Freshman Rowing Programme. Cannell had also done well the previous day after making the cut for the 2km ergo test. Fresher Andy Brown was Durham’s top male sculler with a 13th-place finish, while Angus Groom came 20th.

In the lightweight men’s, former U23 world champion Will Fletcher clocked an impressive PB in the ergometer on top of an 11th place finish in the scull, closely followed by 19 year-old Fresher and hot prospect Tim Woodman who came 12th in the ergo and 26th in the scull. Stu West also recorded a PB in the ergometer to cap off an eventful and promising weekend for Durham’s rowers.

Boat Club Annual Dinner

Dear Friends of Durham Rowing,

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the annual Boat Club Dinner, supported by Deloitte at the Radisson Blu in Durham on Saturday 12th November. The evening shall start with Welcome Cocktails from 6pm, followed by a gourmet three course meal. The evening will be broken up with speeches by the President, other Exec members, and a talk from our Guest Speaker.

This year we are aiming to have a very large contingent of Boat Club Alumni, both recent and past. We are hoping to see as many of you there as possible, as it would be fantastic to have you back in Durham for the evening. Traditionally, some keen alumni also join us for training on the Tyne on Saturday morning, if you would like to get involved and see the squad at it’s best, please contact the President on

If you intend to stay the night, the Radisson has plenty of availability so please contact them either through their website: or directly by phone on 0191 372 7200. Alternatively, for those of you still with contacts in Durham, I am sure Current Athletes will be able to help you out. If you require any assistance with accommodation, please contact myself, Heather Nickson on

Tickets are priced at £48 and includes the Welcome Cocktails, a three course meal and half a bottle of wine.
Please send a cheque payable to ‘Durham University Boat Club’ to:
Durham University Boat Club,
Dunelm House,
New Elvet,
with your address and we shall send tickets out soon.
We hope you can make it for what promises to an evening of celebration!

Heather Nixon, Social Secretary DUBC


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