SJCBC raced at both the Women's Eights Head of the River Race and the Eights Head of the River Race on the 10th / 11th March 2018. Thanks to all alumni, parents and rowers who joined us this weekend in London. We saw some brilliant racing - but most importantly a special ceremony, naming our first VIII with Peter Wake and his family.
The weekend was incredibly memorable for the club, and for me personally. I am deeply proud of everything we accomplished, sending two women's eights to WEHoRR for the first time and, despite the 5 hours delay on our coach depriving our rowers of their sleep, seeing admirable performance across the board. It was particularly rewarding seeing our two novice crews enjoying themselves both when rowing on the water, as well as when supporting each other on the banks. The boat naming ceremony was a moving moment for all, and it was a great honour to name our first VIII with Peter Wake, his family, and principal David Wilkinson. Seeing many old friends and alumni keeping their connections with SJCBC and with each other reminded me once again of how many memories are created by our little club on the Wear. An album of photos from the HoRR weekend can be viewed here.
Results were as follows:
M1 8+: 7th College A , 199th overall
M2 8+: 1st College Beginners, 191st overall
W1 8+: 7th College A, 212th overall
W2 8+: 3rd College B, 288nd overall
Our next event, at the prestigious (and warmer) Durham Regatta is on the 10th and 11th of June
The winter of 2017 was tough for St John's College Boat Club, we were plagued by arctic snowstorms, flooding rivers, and foolish injuries. Nevertheless, we achieved a great deal that we can be extremely proud of. As always, our dedication to novice training has paid dividends, with another solid victory at Novice Cup by points (the second day was cancelled). With the Seniors, Rutherford Head saw both Squads fight through tough competition to come 3rd in both the Women's and Men's 8s, the only college to perform at such a high level across squads. A few weeks later the club would be involved in a herculean effort to raise money, rowing a relay with two machines for a whopping 24 hours while club captain, Toby Lehain, watched on, descending further and further into a sleep deprived madness. The club raised over £600 this year, split between ourselves, Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Rescue, and the Trust set up for Peter Wake, a former captain who now requires high levels of care. We will have the fortune of meeting Peter at Head of the River next week where we hope to be joined by a number of alumni for a wonderful opportunity to name our 1st VIII 'Peter Wake', a Wintech International, which was bought through kind donations of friends, family and alumni.
After a well earned Christmas break, the club returned with full vigour. The Exec were hard at work planning for Head of the River Races and alumni event; writing the new club constitution and simply battling the elements and busy schedules to try and find time for safe outings! Novices began to move into plastic VIIIs, being integrated with the senior squad. A great showing for the Novice Women at Tyne shows quite how important this can be for the club. These novice women will tackle the Head of the River course next week, representing the club at the highest level. They will be the first Women's 2nd VIII ever to be sent to London by the club, and we are extremely proud. Though their practice has been curtailed by the "Beast from the East" we are looking forward to seeing what they can do in London next week and in Regattas next term! The club is perhaps the largest it has ever been, battling colleges many time its own size with spirit and determination.
it! The novice men continued to prove themselves, integrating well with the senior squad and winning a category in their own right at Durham City. The women's squad also did amazingly well, despite their almost entirely novice squad, not only did they win Novice category at Durham City, they also competed admirably in Hexham and even more admirably in IM3 at Durham Regatta, losing only by a bowball to reigning champions St Aidan's, where the novice VIII also came through three rounds to finish 2nd in a tough field. This marks not only the firm resurrection of a vibrant women's squad, absent since the days of "John's-Field", it also plants John's Women firmly on the map for years to come. With both squads in such fine shape, we can only hope to reap more rewards in the coming years.
Another weekend, and another race for SJCBC - and this one was a busy one! First off, a big congratulations all the men for surviving a tough week of trials - especially to those who made it into our crews for HoRR later this month. York Head marked the first trial for those selected for the second VIII, and they certainly proved that they deserved it!
York Head was a week on from selection, and the crew was looking in great shape. For half the crew, York was not only their first 5k race, but their first away from home waters of the Wear. With a strong time of 19 minutes, they beat a number crews in both the beginner and senior VIII categories and gained some valuable experience in the lead up to Head of the River. We're one of two colleges to send a second VIII to HoRR and this crew is testament to the depth of the squad we are developing.
We hope this will be one of the best second VIIIs that college has ever sent down to London and can't wait to see how the do in a few weeks time.
Last weekend, we sent our First Women’s Eight team down to London to compete in Women’s eights Head of the River Race, one of Europe’s largest rowing competitions. This was the first time in three years that John’s have qualified to send a team down, so we would firstly like to congratulate the women on getting that far, especially because most of them have only been rowing for four months.
The women did the boat club proud in representing us in this prestigious competition, where they competed along-side some of the best teams in the country. With a time of 22:38, the women have rowed the second fasted time that SJCBC has ever recorded at WeHoRR. The team rowed consistently and excellently, powering down the race course, tackling tricky obstacles such as tidal waves and buoys along the water. They finished in a respectable 259th out of 320 boats, despite racing in the category above (IM3) rather than the novice category.
Congratulations to all who rowed, and the coaches (Sian Cogan and Seb Nickols) and team who went down to support the women, with an excellent end to this term’s rowing season. We are looking forward to a well-earned break, to come back fresh and ready for the regatta season next term.
Lucy Davenport (S)
Claudia Driscoll (B)
Cox: Fran Barkess-Kerr
Coaches: Siân Cogan and Seb Nickols
On the back of outstanding performances in last term's novice cup, there was a lot of anticipation surrounding the second Novice cup of this year. Sunday proved to be an eventful competition yet once again the novice teams showed their excellence and consistency.
The first women’s team started the day, with a solid beginning to the 1.8km race. Despite a slightly rough mid patch they brought it back by the end, finishing in a solid 11th place. The next race of the day was the novice women 2s whose smashing performance won them 1st place. With a steady and consistent rate, they powered down the course, having a lovely clean ride through the infamously tricky Elvet Bridge, ending with a strong push along to the finish. We would like to particularly congratulate them on their fantastic performance placing them on top. Our third women’s team had a great start to their race however they were regrettably unable to finish.
Our two mens' teams also showed consistent and stable performances, proving their hard work and training. The first four had a stable beginning to the race, also cleanly making it through Elvet bridge. Past the bridge, they powered down the last 700m metres of the course, rowing themselves into a great 10th position. The second mens' team also proved their strength, with a concrete performance, closely following the first team, landing in 12th position.
Well done to all the teams that rowed, and particularly to the Novice Women 2nds, who have once again exemplified the strength of John’s College rowing. We are looking forward to seeing how some of them fare in the Women's Head of the River Race in London over the weekend.
This was the first race of the season away from home water for our Novice women, and they did not disappoint.
John's proved the strength of our Novice programme yet again, entering two VIII into the race and coming away with both fastest and second fastest Durham College Women's VIIIs in the Novice category. W1 powered down the 4.5 km course in a time of 19:28 to take third place, only 90 seconds behind DU and beating out four W.IM3 VIIIs in the process. W2 finished 5th in a time of 21:44.
A huge congratulations to the girls - it's a long time since John's have been able to send two women's VIIIs out to race, let alone to do so well. The hard work and commitment to training displayed by the Novices is certainly paying off, and we are looking forward to the remaining Head Races this season.
The first race of the new year was once again a successful one for John's. With four men's and two women's crews entered, it was a busy day for all but thankfully the weather was a vast improvement from DASBH back in November!
Division one saw all four of our men's crews racing, three of whom were starting consecutively - which of course made for some great inter-college competition and photo opportunities! M1 proved yet again that John's has a great year ahead, with a time of 6:58 putting them as not only second fastest IM3 4+, but second fastest college crew overall. M2 (IM3) finished in 6th place, and M3 (IM3) in 15th. M4 was made up of Novice rowers, all competing at their first BR event, and showed what all their hard work through Michaelmas term had been for, finishing in 10th place in the Novice category.
The women took to the water in the afternoon, with seven out of the eight rowers also racing their first BR event. W1 (IM3) held their own, finishing 9th in the IM3 category, and W2 finishing 11th in the Novice event - again a promising start to their Head season, looking ahead to WeHoRR at the end of term.
We would also like to say well done to the three Novice coxes who raced for the first time this weekend! As we know, Durham long course isn't the easiest race to cox, but the girls kept their cool and all managed Elvet at pace for the first time beautifully.
Special mention also to Ed Locke, stash king extraodinaire, for kitting us out wonderfully for the first race of 2017!