Durham University Boat Club began their season in impressive style with a successful day on the water in Lincolnshire, where the first stages of the Great Britain U23 rowing trials were held in addition to the campaign’s first BUCS event, the Small Boats Head.
The Palatinates dominated the doubles events in the SBH, with Callum McBrierty and Angus Groom securing gold in the men’s race, afterwards attributing their success to the “intensive programme” they had been following and the “quality new facilities” they had been using. Their gold feat was matched by Hannah Cannell and Izzy Currie in the women’s event, with duo Jessica Budgett and Rachel Martin, (Women’s Captain) scooping a silver medal behind their fellow team mates in the same race.
Other medal winners were Lucy Glendinning and Courtenay Hallwood, who picked up a bronze in the women’s lightweight double, while a number of fourth-placed finishes – notably Daisy Colsell and Camilla Hadland in the women’s pair, John Ford and Simon Hardie in the men’s pair, and Will Fletcher and Stu West in the men’s lightweight pair – helped earn Durham over 50 valuable points in the BUCS standings.
Franz Imfeld, President of DUBC, said: “I’m pleased with the overall performance of the club; our target boats were more or less all successful, however a bit of work needs doing through the rest of the squad.”
Durham’s rowers featured strongly in the Great Britain U23 trials too. Callum McBrierty came third in the mandatory 2km ergo test with a time of 6:02, followed by Izzy Currie who recorded a time of 7:10 for a top-ten finish.
The next day Currie impressed again by coming fourth in the 5km scull, five places ahead of Palatinate Hannah Cannell, who amazingly began rowing only last year as part of the Durham Freshman Rowing Programme. Cannell had also done well the previous day after making the cut for the 2km ergo test. Fresher Andy Brown was Durham’s top male sculler with a 13th-place finish, while Angus Groom came 20th.
In the lightweight men’s, former U23 world champion Will Fletcher clocked an impressive PB in the ergometer on top of an 11th place finish in the scull, closely followed by 19 year-old Fresher and hot prospect Tim Woodman who came 12th in the ergo and 26th in the scull. Stu West also recorded a PB in the ergometer to cap off an eventful and promising weekend for Durham’s rowers.