Finn Abberton

15/12/1995 - 15/12/2017

Durham University Boat Club would like to celebrate the life of a valued member of our alumni community, through the means of short anecdotes or their best memories of Finn. If you have a piece or any photos you would like to contribute, do not hesitate to contact
We are also doing a sponsored walk along the river Wear from Durham to Roker (21 miles) in aid of Mind - The Mental Health Charity. All donations for the cause are most welcome, or if you would like to take part in the walk itself please contact All funds raised will go to the charity.
The full plan of action for the walk is available here. We shall meet at Maiden Castle at 0900 on Sunday 22nd April, aiming to leave by 0930.
"Finn Abberton was someone who lit the candle at both ends, enjoying the training as much as the social side of being in the boat club, for a while at least. Soon he realised that the social aspects of university didn’t just have to involve fortnightly socials with his rowing friends, and soon he was out most nights a week, still somehow able to turn up at 7am every morning ready to train. And were it not for his honest admissions, we would have been none the wiser, were there bags under his eyes? No, did he reek of Guinness and Jaeger Bombs? No, were his performances worse off for it? Not a chance, he was going to have it both ways, somewhat frustratingly for those of us who were in bed at 9:30 most nights. And this desire to have the best of both worlds was something that quite nicely describes, there was a determination and a resoluteness that wouldn't dampen his spirits. Irrespective of how hard a day he was having, how much he was working, he was always able to smile laugh, and somehow out a way to make a joke at your expense." - P. Kinch '13-'17
"Durham University Boat Club and its alumni community is deeply saddened at this tragic loss of a fine young man and a close friend and we send our most sincere condolences to his family." - W. Toogood, T. Previte & P. Kinch
"Finn’s quick sense of humour and sarcasm could lighten even the darkest morning training. He listened to no one, took fashion cues from troubling sources, and only ever stood on his tip toes for photos. He lived for every moment, sky diving, bungee jumping, and completing the three peaks, and everyone respected him for it. He was and is wildly loved by his friends, family and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. Missed but not forgotten." - G. Hatfield '15 - present
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