Message from Former Men's Captain, Toby Lehain:
Despite the loss of the vast majority of our first and second VIII at the end of last year, our first term saw successes on all fronts, which really speaks to the depth of the squad we are developing – an unusual feat for such a small college.
A huge team of volunteer coaches, unheard of in any other college, set to work on developing our Novice squads, all of whom performed admirably, despite the awkward new Novice Cup format, coming 3rd, 7th and 17th overall. These novices, moving straight up into VIIIs, now train as hard as any college first eight, working hard for a phenomenal six sessions a week, leaving the college in a fantastic place for future years. Their second term saw them compete in Durham Small Boats and York Head in the run up to the regrettably cancelled HoRR in London. A hot summer season saw a huge number of tight races, both victories and loses, and saw one crew win the category in a Johns vs Johns final at Durham City. Phenomenal work!
Meanwhile, the seniors put in a serious shift, becoming the fourth fastest college VIII at Rutherford Head and placing 1st and 4th at Senate Cup in first term. In Epiphany term they continued their streak of success, coming 2nd in Im3 IVs in DSBH and second fastest college VIII at the prestigious BUCS Head , yet despite picking up some serious speed, were unable to assert their dominance at HoRR of Spring Senate Cup due to the poor weather which cancelled both events. Summer, however, was when the hard work really paid off. The First VIII and IV won a grand total of four Regattas, winning points, tankards, goblets, medals and glory everlasting - or at least, so it felt. We're looking forward to an excellent year - onwards and upwards.
- Toby, Summer 2017
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