DUBC Olympic Celebration Dinner


Our DUBC Alumni Olympic hopefuls are currently preparing to compete at the European Championships taking their first steps of the racing season on their ‘Roads to Rio’. To celebrate the phenomenal achievement of competing at the Games and to thank all those who have been part of their journeys, DUBC are hosting a celebratory dinner at Durham Castle Saturday 29th October 2016. Please ‘Save the Date’ and details of how to purchase tickets will follow in the coming months. Please see E-invitation below.


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Alumni Dinner 19th March 2016

Dear Alumni,

We are delighted to announce that DUBC will be holding the annual Alumni Dinner this year following the Head of the River Race 2016 in London. We have secured a private venue at Fulham FC’s riverside dining room on Saturday 19th March. The night will include awarding palatinates to the respective first 8s, a raffle, speeches and a three course meal with the company of DUBC top current athletes, Alumni, Coaches and Team Durham Staff.

Will Toogood and I have campaigned this year to host this alumni event in London for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost to reconnect with you, The Alumni, who as a club we have felt we have distanced ourselves from too much by holding the event in Durham in the past. Secondly to celebrate what stages to be a fantastic HORR event this year and award those who raced in the men and women’s 8s their Palatinate lycra’s. Finally though, to bring together both past and present members of DUBC to celebrate all that is good about Rowing, Durham and DUBC.

Therefore the Exec would like to cordially invite you to this year’s Alumni Dinner. Due to our limited capacity we will allocate tickets on a first come first served basis (however priority will also be given to groups of 4-10 people but please RSVP as a group.) The deadline for ticket applications will be Friday 11th March.  You can apply for tickets by emailing  with the name(s) of people who are applying and one address to which the invite(s) can be sent to.  Once your place(s) has been confirmed you will be asked to complete the payment procedure and then you will be sent a postal invite.

Tickets will cost £65 and will include;

  • Champagne Reception on the riverside terrace
  • Three course meal
  • Half a bottle of wine
  • Venue Hire


We sincerely hope you will be able to join us at what promises to be a wonderful evening. If you have any questions or queries about the event please do not hesitate to contact myself by email or phone.

Best wishes,

Teddy Previte,

DUBC Alumni Officer


Newsletter 27/01/16

Dear Parents and Alumni

Apologies for the hiatus, there is plenty of news to report and sometimes too little time to get it all written down!

Over the Christmas break our athletes had plenty of time off for some well-earned recovery after a very committed first term that really showed in our final test week where over 90% of the club obtained a PB in one or more tests.

We regrouped in January for a tideway camp with our kind hosts at London Rowing Club. Special thanks should also be made at this point to all the very generous families who hosted hungry rowers for a week. Without their support we simply could not have organized such a productive week of training; considering that we logged similar hours on the water to three weeks of training during the previous term we really value the support of everyone involved.

Our time in London finished with the Alumni games where we invited past alumni to come and mix in with the current athletes for some friendly races. With a good turnout we got three crews on the water for some very competitive races and had a very good afternoon in the bar with some hot food and cold beer afterwards.

Moving deeper into January it was time for the New Years Head an event hosted by ourselves and Tyne United. With 86 entries across two divisions we managed to get 456 people out enjoying the sport and the particularly calm conditions for head racing made for a fairly fast day in the times as well.

DUBC had another strong outing with wins for the Men’s and Women’s first 8’s and the men’s 4X in division two. Extra credit goes to Katy Denham for racing the doubles division by herself in a single but coming third anyway! The development squad also enjoyed their first race for DUBC with strong performances in the novice eights and novice fours. The whole club will now be looking forward to Rutherford head on the 30th and a chance to finally test ourselves against some other universities ahead of BUCS head on the Tyne in February.

Until next time,

Edward Gleadowe

DUBC Race to Spain

Durham University Boat Club are doing a sponsored ergo on the 27th January in an attempt to ‘Race the truck to Spain’, where we will have our Easter training camp this year.

The truck will be taking our boats to Ourense in Northern Spain, ready for our camp on the 21st April. However, we want to prove that it is faster to row the distance by completing the 2000km on the ergs in less time! To achieve this, we will have to complete the row in less than 22 hours, the predicted travel time of the truck.

Any money raised from this row will go straight into the boat club. We are raising money to buy new boats, including a new Women’s first 8 and Men’s pair. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated!

To sponsor us: 1. Go to

2. Enter the amount you would like to donate

3. Select DUBC in the ‘Designation’ drop down menu

4. Complete any additional information and payment details

Please note, we have had issues with the FundRazr account ( ) that we have set up for this ergo. Any donations that have already been made to that account are fine, but for future donations, please use the link above.

Thank you very much in advance!


Newsletter 08/12/2015

Dear Parents and Alumni

It will be a very brief newsletter this week as once again wind and rain have been our enemies.  The high water in Durham and high winds on the Tyne have kept us mostly on land for another two weeks. The big upset was the cancellation of Rutherford head last weekend as we had all been looking forward to a chance to test ourselves against Newcastle and Edinburgh. Despite all this, the athletes have been working hard and continuing the progress that we have made on our fitness.

With Rutherford cancelled we began our test week a few days early with the 5k test and the club rose to the opportunity to show exactly how hard they had all been working. Of the 42 athletes that tested on Saturday, 39 got personal best scores, an incredible improvement that puts us in a very good place going into the rest of test week and next term. I look forward to writing my next letter with the 2k and 30 minute results and hope that we can have such success in all three.

Finally another reminder that our alumni races will be on the 9th of January at London Rowing Club, starting from 2pm and with food and refreshments served in the Bar. We would love to see everyone there including parents and family. We ask only that if you are attending please drop me an email at so that we can plan for catering.


Until next Time,


Edward Gleadowe

Newsletter 10/11/15

Dear Parents and Alumni

Moving into November it was the beginning of the British rowing trials process, for our high performance group this meant a 2k test on the ergometer followed by a 5k time trial on the water in singles or pairs. Once again the event was held in Boston, Lincolnshire, and DUBC sent a strong group of 16 triallists. This was slightly fewer than we hoped but the winter season inevitably led to some illness amongst our athletes and so an unlucky few missed out. The Saturday testing went well with ten of the sixteen athletes recording personal best scores and good standings for the seeded time trial the next day.

On the Sunday a little fog led to a delayed start but turned into an excellent day for racing with clear skies and light winds down the second half of the course. Our heavyweight men’s pair (Chetan Chauan Sims, Edward Gleadowe) were the first to race on the day and finished 23rd in the overall standings, being ineligible for U23. Next came the turn of the Men’s lightweight Singles where Hugo Coussens had the best result of the group, placing 11th in the U23s and 1st in the U20 division, While Steve Griffiths finished 17th in U23, Angus Lee placed 21st and Matt Roe, Finn Abberton and Will Crossley placed 37th 40th and 45th respectively. Alex Fisher had a good race after a long season of injury last year to place 38th overall and 20th in the U23s, heavyweight division.

In early afternoon it was time for our female scullers to take to the water, beginning with the lightweights Katy Denham placed 2nd in the U23s and 9th overall, an excellent improvement upon last year and a very promising start for her. Rebecca Knowles placed 14th in the U23s and 22nd overall, climbing four places from her start position based upon the Saturday test. For the heavyweight women it was Rosalind Wilson setting the standard, placing 2nd in U20s, 5th in U23s and 28th in the overall ranking. Our predominantly sweep rowers took up sculling for the day and Kiera Rosenwold, Lucinda Ellway-Bell and Helena Lang took 68th 74th and 75th respectively so will be eager for the pairs trials come February.

The next week back In Durham it was time for the North East Indoor Rowing Competition, or NEIRC for short. With entries from Newcastle, Teeside, Northumbria and many representatives from college rowing, it was a busy afternoon of racing and a chance for the rest of the club to put their markers down for the coming season. Out of the 40 athletes racing that day we had a further 14 Personal bests with Tessa Van Veen taking the winning time for the Open Women’s event, while Evan Bolle-Jones lost out to Newcastle’s James Robson to take second in the open men. A big thank you must go out to James Andrews from British Rowing for his part in making the event run smoothly and providing us with the official race timing, it would be a much more difficult day without him and his contribution every year is invaluable.

Next we come to the selection of the development squad for the coming year, 24 athletes have been selected this year with an even split of men and women. With the learn to row course finished they will be getting on the water for the first time this week in the wide boats used for Durham’s many community programmes before progressing into racing shells in the weeks to come. Meanwhile our development scheme for coxes at all levels is getting under way. With over ten coxes looking to take on crews this year, competition is very strong and a good year for progression is promised. We have some highly experienced allumni lined up to spend some time with the current athletes and share their knowledge so we look forward to getting the best out of our coxes this year.

Coming up next term we have the first of our Alumni events (open to all comers.) The annual winter races in London will this year be held on the 9th of January (venue TBC) where we invite all those with ties to the club to come and join us for food, drink and the chance to jump in with the current athletes for some racing in mixed eights if you can brave whatever weather January in London will throw at us.

Until next time,

Edward Gleadowe





Finn Abberton*, Will Crossley, Angus Lee*, Hugo Coussens*, Steve Griffiths*, Alex Fisher*, Chetan Chauan Sims*, Hanna Gallis Inntjore, Rosalind Wilson*, Katy Denham*, Rebecca Knowles*, Lucinda Ellway Bell*, Helena Lang, Kiera Rosenwold, Edward Gleadowe, Theo Gibson.

(* Indicates a PB at trials)


Personal Bests at NEIRC:

Evan Bolle-Jones, Tessa Van Veen, Will Toogood, Molly Probert, James Simpson, Katy McDonald, Joe Johansen, James Vogel, Tasha Atkinson, Megan Connolly, Megan Lillington, Tasha Atkinson, Francesca Quinn, Neil Connell.

Newsletter 27/10/15

Dear Parents and Alumni

As promised last time we can now confirm that Ian Shore will be filling the role of Women’s coach. With 22 wins at Henley women’s regatta and a wealth of international level athletes in his history we welcome Ian as a valuable addition to the coaching team and look forward to seeing what results he can produce this year.

Last week the club attended the British championships at Holme Pierrepoint, an unfortunate bout of illness meant that unfortunately the women’s eight had to withdraw, while the men’s heavy quad made do with coming together for one training session before racing. Across the board the other boats had good results and made a good position to move forward as the season goes on. Special mention should go to the U19 quad that not only won their category but also came 14th across all the women’s quad on the day in a very strong field.

Category Crew Result
Lw U23 2x Katy Denham, Rebecca Knowles 3rd
U23 2x Rosalind Wilson, Hanna Gallis Inntjore 3rd
Lw U23 4- Will Crossley, Finn Abberton, Angus Lee, Rob Eyres 3rd
O 4- Chetan Chauan-Sims, Rob Lewis, Edward Gleadowe, Ben Weston 8th
U19 4x- Katy MacDonald, Rosalind Wilson, Lauren Irwin, Hope Cessford 1st
Lw O 4x- Scott Oslinav-Harris, Steve Parsonage, Hugo Coussens, Stephen Griffiths 3rd

Moving on from Brit champs our focus turned to the U23 British rowing trials at the end of the month, followed by the North East Indoor Rowing Championship hosted by DUBC. In reality this meant everyone had another 2k to look forward to as well as a trip to Boston for those headed to trials. The new coaching team is really getting into the groove and the new set up is moving quickly towards the professional standards that we want to see during training, making more time for our athletes to manage their myriad other commitments.

Another week of training down, DUBC attended the Tyne long distance sculls and small boats head this Saturday. A stiff breeze running against the rising tide on the Tyne made for a choppy run in the morning, our scullers struggled through and achieved some good preparation for next week’s trials. In the afternoon the conditions eased as the tide turned and our sweep rowers had a chance to show what they could do. Partly due to an absent Newcastle, Durham cleaned up in their events. Many people earning their first wins for Durham and a DUBC boat winning in every category we entered.


Category Crew Result
IM2/3 4x- Will Crossley, Angus Lee, Matt Roe, Finn Abberton 1st
Nov 4x- Joe Johansen, 1st
Eli 1x Scott Oslinav-Harris 1st
W.Eli 1x Katy Denham 1st
IM3 1x Angus Lee 1st
W.IM2 1x Katy MacDonald 1st
W.IM3 2x Lucinda Ellway-Bell, Helena Lang 1st
IM2 2x Hugo Coussens, Steve Griffiths 1st
IM3 4+ Neil Connell, Matt Cantelo, Will Toogood, Jack Kitching, Theo Gibson (cox) 1st
W.IM2/3 4x- Becky Hodson, Hanna Gallis Inntjore, Kiera Rosenwold, Becky Knowles 1st
IM2/3 2- Evan Bolle Jones, Andrew Aitchison 1st
W.IM3 4+ Katherine Aird, Evie Harrison, Francesca Quinn, Helen Probert, Abi Riley (cox) 1st
NOV 1x Daniel Gorenkin 1st

Back in Durham, our Learn To Row programme is shaping up for another successful year. Under the guiding hand of Allen Bashford, over 300 students signed up for sessions. With a little help from our athlete volunteers, and assistants Harriet Tebbs and Steve Jones, Allen has run sessions all day Monday to Saturday for two weeks, with another week to go! From the end of the three weeks we will be selecting our development group for the coming year. They will be making their debut for the club at the North East Indoor rowing championships in November and as a graduate of the development programme myself; I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer.

All the best until next time,

Edward Gleadowe
DUBC President 2015/16

Table topping success at the European University Championships

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.

Breakthrough season for DUBC alumni ends in Worlds success

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.