Durham University Boat Club

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Durham University Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Robert Gillespie Boathouse, Maiden Castle, Durham & Tyne United RC, Gateshead
Home water River Wear, River Tyne
Founded 1877 (1877)[1]
Affiliations British Rowing, BUCS
Website dubc.co.uk
Northumbrian Water University Boat Race, Winter Challenge Cup, North East Indoor Rowing Championships
Notable members
William Fletcher, Stephen Rowbotham, James Clarke, Dr Paul Hawkins, Jock Wishart, Louisa Reeve, Roger Brown, Sophie Hosking, Chris Huey, Wade Hall-Craggs [2]
Durham University Boat Club
Medal record
World Championships
Competitor for  Great Britain
Gold 2010 Bled M8+ James Clarke
Gold 2010 Bled W8+ Louisa Reeve
Bronze 2010 Bled W8+ Louisa Reeve
Silver 2006 M2x Stephen Rowbotham

World U23 Championships
Competitor for  Great Britain
Gold 2010 Belarus LM4- Will Fletcher
Silver 2010 Belarus M4- Matthew Rossiter
Bronze 2010 Belarus LM4x Jamie Watson
Gold 2009 W8+ Emily Taylor
Bronze 2009 LM4x Will Fletcher
Bronze 2009 M8+ Kieren Emery

World University Championships
Competitor for  Great Britain
Gold 2010 M8+ Matthew Rossiter
Gold 2010 W4- Emily Taylor
Silver 2004 M1x Stephen Rowbotham

Olympic Games
Competitor for  Great Britain
Bronze 2008 Beijing M2x Stephen Rowbotham

Durham University Boat Club (DUBC) is the Rowing club of Durham University in England. DUBC is considered to have had a period of sustained success, having won a number of medals at Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women's Regatta and having won the BUCS Victor Ludorum for ten consecutive years.[3] The club has also consistently produced athletes for the Great Britain Olympic teams .[citation needed]


The club was founded in the 1877[1] to represent the University as a whole. At the time only the College boat clubs, University College Boat Club and Hatfield College Boat Club represented the university in rowing .[citation needed] The team's colour is Palatinate - a shade of purple that is specific to the City of Durham. The colour is derived from that worn by the Prince Bishop of Durham's armies and is commonly used by all University Sports Teams.

In 1989 the DUBC Fresher's Squad was established,[1] and since then Durham's reputation for taking novice athletes to International standard competitors has continued to grow .[citation needed]

One of the clubs earliest and best known coaches was Eric Halladay. He was involved in Durham University Rowing from the 1960s through to just before his death in 1997, and coached Geoff Potts to win the first ever World Rowing Championships in Lucerne lightweight race and finish 4th overall in 1974.[1]

DUBC and DUWBC Combine[edit]

In 2001, Durham University Women's Boat Club merged with Durham University Boat Club (then all male) to form DUBC.

Before merging, DUBC had been operating out of Newcastle University Boat Club on the South Side of the Tyne at Newburn, and DUWBC had operated out of Tyne Rowing Club on the opposite side of the river. The merged club began to operate solely out of Tyne RC, but in summer 2009 switched to Tyne United RC on the southern bank of the river with the opening of a new boathouse and storage sheds.

The Club also has a new boathouse facility on the River Wear in Durham, the Robert Gillespie Boathouse which was opened in 2012 and includes an Ergo gallery and indoor rowing tank.[4]

Recent History[edit]

In recent years the club has gone through a period of sustained success. At the Head of the River Races the club has consistently been placed in the upper ranks of UK and International University crews.[5] At the Men's Head of the River Race the 1st VIII won the Ortner Shield (for Universities) in 2005 and finished 10th overall. In 2008 the men came in 6th, achieving the best ever position achieved by DUBC at the Men's Head of the River Race.

At the Women's Eights Head of the River Race the 1st VIII has won the Senior II Pennant three times in the last 5 years. In 2008 the Women's first VIII came third overall.[6]

The club won the Victor Ludorum at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships every year from 2004 to 2013.

Wade Hall-Craggs is current Head Coach,[7] while the Senior Women's coach is Cameron Kennedy and the Senior Men's coach is Don Le-Clair.

Northumbrian University Boat Race[edit]

The Northumbrian University Boat Race has been held since 1997 and is an annual challenge between the Universities of Durham and Newcastle, in a similar vein to the Oxbridge Boat Race. The event is held annually on the River Tyne in central Newcastle-upon-Tyne in May. The event has been traditionally dominated by Durham who have won eight out of twelve competitions, with Newcastle University overall winners for the first time in 2009.[8]

International Achievements[edit]

Previous athletes from the club have competed at the U23 World Rowing Championships, Senior World Rowing Championships and other International Competitions. Athletes from the club have achieved medals at both Senior and U23 World Championships.[citation needed]

Henley Successes[edit]

The Club has had a number of notable Henley success, with the first win in the Visitors Challenge Cup in 1978. With successive wins at Henley Women's Regatta and winning at Henley Royal Regatta in The Prince Albert Challenge Cup (formerly Men's Student Coxed Fours) in 2005 and for the Remenham Challenge Cup (Women's Senior Coxless Fours) crew in a composite with Nottingham University BC.

Henley Royal Regatta Wins[edit]

Event Year Crew
Visitors Challenge Cup 2010 Leander and Durham University composite
The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup 2009 Durham University & Oxford Brookes University composite
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup 2005 P.Evans, P.Thomas, J.Foster, N.Jones, T.Hill
Visitors Challenge Cup 1992 C.Harris, H.Mills, E.Bellamy, S.Pattison
Visitors Challenge Cup 1988 S.Taylor, M.Towers, J.Chaytor, O.Hall-Craggs
Visitors Challenge Cup 1982 S.Pelly, A.Purvis, D.Rendle, D.Hessian
Visitors Challenge Cup 1978 P.McManners, T.Durie, P.Scott, C.Shawcross

Henley Women's Regatta Wins[edit]

Event Year Crew
Elite Lightweight Coxless Pair[9] 2013 M.Wilson, A.Carlton
Intermediate Coxed Four 2011 F.Cox, R.Martin, J.Stephenson, R.Minikin, A.Beake
Elite 4- The Avril Vellacott Cup 2010 DUBC, Glasgow RC, Nottingham RC
Intermediate Coxed Four 2009
Elite 2- 2008
Senior 2x 2008
Intermediate Coxed Four 2008
Lightweight Quad Sculls 2007 S.Bradshaw, A.Wolstencroft, F.Fletcher, E.Steel
Senior Quad Sculls 2006 M.Paxton, A.Hoskins, F.Fletcher, E.Steel
Senior Single Scull 2005 L.Gater
Remenham Challenge Cup 2005 L.Reeve, A.Allin, L.Gooderham (Composite with Nottingham University Boat Club)
Senior Quad Sculls 2004 C.Leake, R.Harris, A.Allin, L.Reeve
College Eights 2002 N.Hoogesteger, L.Buxton, B.Oldale, C.Kingston, L.Gater, H.Loughran, M.Scott, C.Leake, E.Crozier
Lwt Pair 2001 Tideway Scullers School /Durham University
Club Eights 1991 F. Cunningham, M. Cooke, S. Van Newkirk, A. Holland, K. Thomas, P. Graham, A. Lancaster, C. Phillips, T. Keatinge
Senior 2 Coxed Fours 'C' 1990 S. Van Newkirk, L. Morgan, L. Lugg, C. Philipps, R. Slatford

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