Durham have enjoyed an extremely successful 2011/12 season. This summer several DUBC athletes have gained international honours. In sculling Angus Groom was selected for the men’s quad at the u23 world championships in Trakai, Lithuania. He is now in contention for a place to go to the European Championships later in Varese, Italy.
On this achievement, Groom said, “I’m thrilled to have been selected to represent GB at the world championships and we had a good couple of weeks training beforehand.
“Our heat went pretty well and pulled our fastest time together but were disappointed to end up in the B final as we were hoping to make the A final.”
There were further international honors. Char Jackson coxed the women’s eight, also at the u23 world championships. In preparation for this, her eight won at Henley Women’s Regatta.
At university level, Durham also performed strongly. In the Head of the River races, both the men and women won pennants. The men’s eight won the Bernard Churcher Pennant, finishing 8th overall, and the women won the Intermediate Pennant finished 11th.
At BUCS, The Palatinate’s success continued, winning the Victor Ludorum (the prize awarded to the most successful University overall) for the 9th year running. Durham finished top of the standings at the end of racing with 1145 points, 379 points clear of Newcastle who came second. This was one of the largest margins in recent years and represented a consistently high level of performance across the board.
For every member of DUBC the season climaxes at Henley each summer with the culminated hard work and dedication of the year being put to use down the famous stretch of the Thames. At Women’s Henley the 1st VIII had an extremely successful run winning the three knockout races required to progress to the final on the Sunday, before just missing out on a winner’s medal in the final. The Women’s 2nd VIII also qualified for the event showing the strength in depth of the women’s squad.
Two weeks later the men were in action at Henley Royal with a plethora of boats competing in a variety of events. The coxless four which consisted of William Gale, Stephen Jones, Will Mace and Dan Boddington progressed the furthest over the week, making it to the semi-final of the Visitors Challenge Cup on the Saturday. The 1st VIII also performed strongly during the early part of the week, winning their first two races against the Oxford Lightweight boat and Neureus- a Dutch University, before coming up against the Harvard Lightweight crew who continued the trend of the American Universities dominance in the student events at Henley. Durham also qualified two coxed fours for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, one of which was this year’s fresher boat and this qualification represented a significant achievement for rower’s new to the sport this year.
Lucy Glendinning, The new club president for the 2012/13 season said with excitement, “Next year is a fresh start with a new coaching team.
“As a club we are focused on stepping on from our successes of the previous season, we aim to win the VL and BUCS for the tenth year running – by bringing in several championship golds!
“We will also be aiming for victory at Women’s Henley and Henley Royal. We will aim to take the Olympics as our inspiration and achieve great things as a club in 2012/2012.”