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.