Winter Newsletter – Jan 2018

Autumn Term 2017 Results

  • Reading SBH: Wins in T1-Int.2x, T1-W.Int.2x, T1-Op.1x (Lawton), T2-Op.1x (Reiser), T1-Int.4x- (Ryan), T1-Int.4x-, T1-W.Int.4x-, T1-Op.4x- (Dix), T1-W.Op.4x- (Lyster)
  • Upper Thames Autumn Head: Win in Academic M.4X, Open W.4X-, Open M.2X
  • GB Trials: U23.M1x: 4th, 9th, 11th, U23.Lwt.M1x: 8th, 17th, Sen.Lwt.M1x: 16th, U23.W1x: 11th, U23.Lwt.W1x: 13th
  • Fours Head of the River: U23.4x-: 2nd (7th overall), 4th, 7th, 4x- Band 2: 8th, U23.W.4x-: 2nd (7th overall), W.4x- Band 1: 7th

Upcoming events for RUBC

  • Sat 24th - Sun 25th Feb: BUCS Head (Newcastle)
  • Sat 3rd March: RUBC Head of the River
  • Sat 3rd March: RUBC Formal (More details will be sent out).
  • Mon 26th March - Mon 2nd April: Training Camp in Banyoles, Spain. 

This term was a busy but promising one for our athletes. Competing in a variety of events from smaller local races to national events and GB trials we achieved fantastic results. A special mention has to go to our freshers this year who have adapted very well to university life and are already achieving big things.

Success at Fours Head!


RUBC had another great set of results at Fours Head this year. We entered seven boats in total, although unfortunately one of our women’s boats was unable to race due to injury. Well done to the girls in this boat for continuing the day with a positive attitude and cheering on the rest of RUBC. The day ended in success with both our top womens and mens quads coming a well-earned second in Under-23 and seventh place overall. We also showed a brilliant level of depth in both the womens and mens squads with a fourth and seventh place in mens U23 quads as well as a seventh place in band one for our second womens boat. In addition our fourth mens boat raced well to come  eighth in band two quads.   

BUCS Points


After a successful weekend of racing at GB Trials we came away with a very impressive silver medal for fresher George Lawton in the MC1x. The boys also picked up fourth in the team event. This placed us 6th on the BUCS points table! 


Captains reports:

Women’s Captain: Lucy Ryan

The women’s squad has started the 2017/18 season really well and the new freshers have settled in and are great additions to the team. The first race of the season for the squad was Reading Small Boats Head where we cleaned up. A really great start, getting us all very excited about the season to come! This term, myself, Anna and Chloe had the first GB trial. In the openweight singles at trials, following a PB on the 2k erg, I came 21st overall, coming in as 11th U23 and 7th U20. The lightweight girls followed with Chloe placing 18th overall, 13th U23 and 5th U20. Anna raced BUCS only and finished 25th. A great couple of races for the girls squad, putting us in a really good place moving forwards to fours head and BUCS indoors! At Fours Head, we had some really exciting performances, with the top quad coming 2nd, only just missing out to Leander by 2.3 seconds. Most of the squad then had a 2k erg to race at BUCS indoors. We had some great results including a lot of PB’s and particular mentions go to Bea and Amber for smashing their PB’s! It’s been a really promising start to the season, the atmosphere within the squad is very positive and everyone has been working really hard! We are all really looking forward to stepping on in the New Year and seeing what we can do at BUCS head in February!

Men’s Captain: Frank Hamilton

In the Autumn term the men’s squad have really shown high quality and depth, and I believe we have the potential to achieve some of the biggest results RUBC has seen in recent years. At November Trials, we saw impressive results from George, Rory and Olly in the open weight category, coming 4th, 9th and 11th Under 23 respectively and Luke coming 7th racing BUCS only. Similarly, the lightweights did well with Sean coming 17th and myself coming 8th Under 23, with Rob finishing 16th in the Senior category. Big mention to George getting a silver medal at BUCS Small Boats Head. The next big event saw us putting four quads out at 4’s Head with our top boat placing 7th quickest of the day and 2nd Under 23 quad. It has been great to see the development and the competitive environment that has been created throughout the squad and I’m excited to see what we can achieve during the next two terms.
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Will Rand