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,
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.