The Row-d to Henley: Leicester team take to the Thames

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 02, 2012 11:30 AM |
Regatta race crowns a terrific year for University Boat Club.

On the morning of the 27 June, the University of Leicester Boat Club were preparing themselves for the biggest race of their lives at the Henley Royal Regatta 2012. The most prestigious rowing competition in the world, the Henley Regatta saw teams from all over the world attend; hungry for a win, ULBC were no different. In the qualifying team were James Arscott, Mark Jeacock, Martin Brozman, Frank Campbell, David Forrest, Alec Whitehead, Jack Stevens and Ben Tanner, with Kathryn Hanna as their coxswain.

ULBC men’s 8 achieved what no other ULBC 8 crew have in nine years by qualifying for the Regatta. John Bull, treasurer for ULBC, sees this achievement as particularly significant as “the men’s 8 race is viewed as the Formula 1 event of the rowing world.”

The crew qualified for the Temple Challenge Cup with 11 other teams, including Eton College, Leeds University, UCL and Manchester University. Their opponent for the race was Southampton University, who ULBC managed to keep ahead of throughout the race, losing their lead in the last stretch. Commentary described the race as one the closest races of the day, with “neither crew ready to concede to the other” and ULBC “throwing everything at Southampton”.

ULBC have had a tremendous year, doing well throughout the season as well as holding a 24 Hour Rowing Marathon, raising over £1,500 for the Ewings Sarcoma Research Trust. Along with other students and staff, the club rowed a huge 1,220km, roughly the same distance from Leicester to Geneva. And we beat DMU in the annual Varsity Boat Race.

The team are eager to achieve bigger and better next year, hopefully that includes another showing at Henley.

Commentary of the event can be found on the Henley Royal Regatta website – ULBC v Southampton can be found halfway through the podcast.

ULBC's Jack Stevens has written an excellent report on the season for the Rowing Journal website. Some of the jargon might be alien to non-rowers but it's a marvellously evocative piece, as well it should be from a final year student in our School of English.

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It also meant that Oli pushed us harder still, the depths of training darkness acting in strange juxtaposition to the sunshine that squeezed the sweat from our pores on a daily basis. Exams were over, and the senior men were thrown a gauntlet each of us snatched at. We wanted qualification.
Jack Stevens

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