CURC Summer Round-up

Cardiff University rowing club had an extremely successful season on both the national and international circuit this summer.

At Henley Women's regatta,Nel Castle-Smith, a Cardiff University Rower competing for the Welsh Rowing Squad, raced in senior single sculls. Nel came eighth, eventually being knocked out in the second round by the overall winner, a phenomenal achievement by a novice sculler in her first season. 

We had two coxed fours in the intermediate academic division. Both Cardiff crews qualified on the Friday morning; after a superb effort, the second four, (Emily Evans (cox), Sarah Goodison, Laura Dentith, Alex Tennant, Francesca Hinds) were knocked out in the afternoon by Osiris C. The first four (Sarah Davies (cox), Jessica Wood, Helen Roberts, Rebecca Girling, Cari Davies), made it through their heat and into the Saturday races, where they put up a gallant fight against Osiris B crew, but sadly lost by half a length. Nonetheless, good results for both crews. 

Henley Royal Regatta found the Men's 8, sadly being one of the fastest non -qualifiers inThe Temple Challenge Cup.

The season may have finished for many, but for some, the competition was heating up. Atthe British Rowing National Championships in Nottingham, the university had athletes in two coxed fours.  Peter Robinson and Joshua Holmes rowed in the four which represented Wales and faced stiff competition in their first heat. They narrowly missed qualifying for the final by quarter of a length to Leander Club but advanced to the repechage as the fastest non-qualifiers, where they came up against the other university rowers - Matthew Hetherington (Cox), Ryan Price (Stroke), Tom Allen, Chris Morris and James Magee (Bow). The race saw the Welsh team take an initial lead, only to be overtaken in the final 750m by a Bath crew they'd previously beaten in the first heat by half a length.  Despite putting in a strong effort, the Cardiff University crew finished fourth, beating the Armed Services and Aberdeen crews convincingly.

The Championships also saw Joshua Bugajski and Gregory Smith, new to the club and Welsh Rowing, take Bronze in the U23 Men's doubles. 

The Welsh four was then selected to represent Wales at the Home Internationals Regatta held on Strathclyde Loch, Scotland, coming second in the coxed four, beating both the Irish and Scottish crews, and third in the coxless four beating the Irish team. Peter Robinson also represented Wales in the men's eight, which came second in an exciting finish to the season with only bow balls between all four crews as they crossed the finish line. Overall, the Welsh team finished in second place losing out to the English by 5 points. Well done to all our athletes.

The rowing club continues to grow stronger each year with excellent squads for both total beginners and experienced rowers.

If you are interested in joining the rowing club please come find us Wed 28thSeptember at the Freshers' Fayre, in the Great Hall, Students Union, or emailpresident@cardiffuniversityrowing.com.

CURC Boat Naming

On Sunday 5th June, Cardiff University Rowing Club, named their senior women's coxed four after a much missed fellow crew member and friend; Jenny Bucknell. Jen was a final year medic who passed away suddenly in April this year. Jen was an active member of the rowing club managing to juggling both her degree and rowing.

 

Jen started rowing with C.U.R.C in September 2009. At this time of year, we train in small boats and learn to scull. Jen had a distinct over many of the senior rowers, as she had spent her summer learning to scull at Ross rowing club. With the start of the academic year and a new intake of novice rowers, Jen became a member of the novice squad, always maintaing her place in the boat in the bow seat. It was within this squad that Jen developed the name of 'Mum'. She looked after and encouraged the younger the girls, even housing them for a few weeks when their contracts at halls had expired. Jen had many successes with the novice crew; beating Swansea at the Welsh Boat Race, gaining a silver medal at BUCS Regatta, and making the quarter finals at Henley Women's Regatta. In her second year of rowing Jen joined the senior squad. Her placements made training difficult for her, often requiring her to drive across Wales to be back in Cardiff for a weekend of training. Regardless of this Jen managed to secure a seat in the first eight for the women's eights head of the river, the most important race of the winter season. This was Jen's final race before she took time off to study for her finals. It was the best performance by the senior women and we were all thrilled with the race. After the race Jen said 'it was the perfect end to her rowing'.

   

It is hoped that all crews racing in the boat, now named 'Mum', will be able to enjoy races as good as Jen's last one. She was an enthusiastic member of the club and she will always be remembered. This summer the opposition had better watch our because C.U.R.C Senior Women are doing to for mum!

BUCS Regatta

All squads were in Nottingham for the may bank holiday weekend. The National Water Sports Centre produced far from perfect conditions on any of the days with some of the racing shortened to a 1km stint on the Saturday and Monday. Overall the club put in a respectable showing, with both the novice men and womens squads making it to A-Finals. Now concentration is switching to exams and preparing for both Mens and Womens Henley. A more detailed report will follow soon.

CURC 24 Hour Erg in Aid of Help for Heroes and CURC

On the 8th of April 2011, Cardiff University Rowing Club (CURC) set about completing a mammoth task, a 24 hour ergathon in Cardiff University's Student's Union . All proceeds from the event are to be split 50/50, half going to CURC as we are in desperate need of extra funding and more importantly, half going to the military charity Help for Heroes. The challenge was to row on ergs (rowing machines) for 24 hours; from 8pm, through the night and following day until 8pm on April 9th. Three dedicated teams and two insane individuals put their physical stamina and mental strength to the test in what was to be a rewarding but exhausting experience. Tom Campbell and Joe Avery both completed the 24 hour row individually, resting only for a maximum of ten minutes each hour, and both rowing over an impressive 210,000 metres (the equivalent of over 5 marathons back to back). Despite being kept well watered and fed by the hard working support teams throughout their endeavour, Joe and Tom each lost over half a stone in weight during the 24 hours, having rowed for a 20 hours in total. Sleep deprived, muscles burning and heads pounding, both still managed a sprint finish to the 24 hour mark whilst family, friends and teammates gathered to congratulate the boys on what was a truly inspiring achievement.

  

Three teams, boys and girls, also completed the 24 hour erg by rowing in shifts, the novice men pulling the greatest distance of around 360,000 metres, bringing the total metres rowed to almost 1 ½ million! As well as Tom and Joe, a special mention and congratulations must go to three individuals who worked tirelessly to pull this event off, Amy Hill, Tom Tilston and Penny Challans ensured that the ergathon ran smoothly and safely by dedicating a great deal of time and effort in the days and weeks running up to it. Thank you to Gareth Storey for coming up with the original idea and putting the wheels in motion. Also thank you to Global Infusions Group for donating the drinks vital for keeping the athletes and support teams hydrated, IMAGES for the excellent printing service they provided and Fat Cat Cafe Bar Cardiff and Browns Restaurant Cardiff for their generous contributions.. CURC is so far unsure of total figures but the club is hoping to reach the £3000 mark once all sponsorship has been collected, if you would like to reward the athletes by aiding the fundraising effort please contact Amy Hill: hilla4@cardiff.ac.uk or donate on the boys just giving pages: http://www.justgiving.com/Tom-Campbell3/ or http://www.justgiving.com/Joe-Avery

 Rowers' Revenge - Varsity Review

There was surely a no more convincing varsity victory than that produced by Cardiff University Rowing Club. Held as the warm up event for the rugby at the Millennium Stadium crews raced from University Stone to Channel View, a challenging course of 1800m. The tone for the afternoon was set by the Novice Women crew of Ellen Bright, Fran Hinds, Sam Amos, Beth Christie, Beccy Girling, Alex Tennant, Sally Wilson, Helen Iliff and cox Sarah Davies who rowed a clean and accomplished race to beat their opponents by 5 ½ boat lengths. The most one-sided race of the day came from the Novice Men (Dom Breen-Turner, Chris Morris, Josh Bugajski, Shawn Howell, Jeremy Littlejohn, Rory Thompson, Huw Davies, Mike Ramselaar and cox Emily Evans) who led Swansea from the start and in the closing stages showed their immense horsepower to cruise to a victory by an outstanding 38 seconds. Despite admitting afterwards to not having had their best row the Senior Women of Jessica Wood, Cari Davies, Helen Roberts, Sarah Faull, Amy Hill, Phoebe Hall, Laura Dentith, Sarah Goodison and cox Emma Fitzpatrick showed their superior class and experience to still dispatch their rivals by 3 lengths. Finally the pinnacle of the day came with the Senior Men's crew who had revenge on the agenda as they set out to restore the pride of the men's squad having not won this fixture since 2009. With the crew of Ryan Price, Tom Tilston, Tom Allen, James Magee, Pete Robinson, Fred Hardman, Andy Warren, Vince Deluca and cox Anna Miles they controlled their race from the start and never looked back as they went onto win by a comfortable 4 lengths. Overall an incredibly successful day for the rowing club and with pride restored the women's squad now move into the regatta phase of the season whilst the men's crews can travel to London for the Head of the River Race brimming with confidence. We wish them all the best of luck as they take on the 400 crews on London's gruelling tideway course this weekend.

CURC Men dominant in the build up to Head of the River

CURC men picked up their second big win in as many weeks as the second VIII comfortably won the novice category at Hammersmith Head. This backed up their win at Reading University Head last week putting them in a great position to try and win the Novice Pennant at Head of the River. With strong performances also coming from the first and third VIII, prospects look good for next weeks Welsh Varsity Boat Race and Head of the River.

Womens Head of the River 2011

Congratulations to the Senior and Novice Crews that competed in London on Saturday 19th March. Great performances by all saw a good end to the head season.

BUCS Head

CURC had a successful weekend in Peterborough at BUCS head with strong performances from all four squads. Most notably the two silver medals from the Men's Lightweight four and Women's Coxed four to pick up some good BUCS points. The novice Men's Coxed four also chipped in with a well earnt bronze medal narrowly missing out on silver.

Women's Henley 2010

Having reached finals at BUCS and Reading Regattas, aspirations were high leading into the pinnacle event of the women's season. The girls squads headed to Henley on the weekend of the 19th of June. Both eights made it through the qualification time trials but the novice eight was eliminated in the last 16. However the senior boat showed their class by beating crews from Reading and York to reach the semi-finals. Here they met Oxford University ,where once again all their experience and determination paid dividends as they saw off their opponents, by half a length, to setup a final with the much fancied Bristol boat. Despite a truly brilliant effort from Cardiff the Bristol boat proved just a length too strong for our crew of Sarah Faull, Liv Hayward, Sarah Goodison, Jessica Wood, Nel Castle-Smith, Jess Lloyd Jones, Margot Black, Helen Roberts and cox Penny Challans.

CURC were also represented in the elite eights event by Emma Cockcroft and Imogen Evans who raced in a composite boat with girls from Oxford Brookes. Unfortunately their semi-final opponents were an extremely fast crew from the United States who went on to win the event.

Well done to all who competed and we wish Emma and Imogen the best of luck as their composite eight goes on to race at Henley Royal Regatta beginning on June 30. 

 CURC ROWER TO WELSH ROWER, WITH GB IN HER SIGHTS!!

Congratulations to Imogen Evans who has been called back to yet another GB U23 training camp!!

 

CURC Dominate at the Welsh Indoor Rowing ChampionshipsC

Well done to everyone from CURC at the Welsh Indoors 2009. Impressive performances all round, with a clean sweep of the medals for CURC in the Heavyweight Men 2000m. Medals were in abundance for CURC throughout the events including a very impressive, gold medal performance by the Mens Team Event Squad!!

 

 

 

HOME INTERNATIONALS REGATTA 2009

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Welsh Squad U23 Coxless four who won at the Home Internationals Regatta against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 

EUSA 2009

The Welsh Squad Girls raced for CURC at the European University's Sports Association Regatta this summer and came 4th! Well done girls!

 

HENLEY 2009

Congratulations to the women's 1st VIII for making the final of Henley Women's regatta,and to the men's 1st VIII for qualifying for the Temple at Henley Royal Regatta.

 

Dramatic scenes at the 2009 Welsh Varsity Boat Race   

The events kicked off with the Fresher Women battling it out. The girls of Cardiff University proved too strong for their Swansea counterparts and won by three lengths. Next to follow was an eagerly anticipated Mens Fresher race. The crews were neck and neck for over half of the course before a clash of blades left the Swansea bowman with his blade firmly bedded in the water after an almighty 'crab'. From then on it was Cardiff's victory for the taking. 

Next up were the Senior Womens eight. As with the Fresher Women's race it was Cardiff University that led from the start for a comfortable victory even with the 'Senior Boat' consisting of Novice rowers.

The last event was billed as the main event - the Senior Men eight. This year saw a fitter and stronger Swansea crew take on a Cardiff crew that were certainly the favourites. But continual clashing of oars gave the umpire no other option but to stop the race. Then the announcement came through - a re-row! Another close race ensued with the crews battling toe-to-toe all the way. With the crews approaching the finish it was Cardiff that had the lead by a canvas. Three lengths from the line the crews clashed again and it was the Swansea boys that pulled away to take the victory. Pandemonium followed on the river banks and the unthinkable had happened. 

The event was a fantastic success for all involved and next year it will hopefully be bigger and better.

Cardiff Dominate the Welsh Varsity Boat Race 2008

The Welsh Boat Race between Cardiff and Swansea Universities saw both the Cardiff Men's VIII and Women's VIII dominating the River Taff for a double win last Wednesday.  The ladies set off for their race first after the coin toss and face-off with rivals Swansea.  After a strong start the Cardiff ladies fought hard and rowed through to victory before celebrating in true rowing style and throwing their cox, Maltie Hetherington into the murky river.  The supporters then gathered round the banks of the river to cheer on the Men's VIII.  After a strong start they took it to a new level and maintained a strong lead on Swansea throughout the race cruising accross the finish line to complete a double victory for Cardiff.  We'd like to say a fantastic well done to everyone who raced and a massive thank you to all our sponsors and everyone who helped throughout the day.  Bring on next year!

Scullers Head of the River 2007....

Last weekend the 54th Scullers Head was held with a few Cardiff University entries!! The Scullers Head is an annual event of 4.5 miles from Mortlake to Putley. Andy Haines came 6th in his category and Mike Haines came 14th. Emma Kinsella came 15th in her category. Lawrence Birdsey and Gareth Storey were also meant to compete on the day but were unable to due to illness and a broken boat! A great effort all round especially considering the horrible weather over last weekend!

01/12/07

Fullers Fours Head of the River
 
This weekend 550 crews flocked to London for the FUllers Fours Head of the River. The course which is 4 1/4 miles long from Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge attracts crews from all over the UK. Both womens and mens squads entered a coxless and a cours four and all crews performed well.

Both mens fours fininshed in the middle of their categories; a result with which they should be very plreaed and which stands them in good stead for the rest of the year. The womes first boat finished 9/15 achieving their target of top ten, following a close race with Edinburgh Uni down the whole course. The coxless struggled in a tough category yet still performed well. Both squads are now back in training.
5/11/07

Welsh Indoor Rowing...


This weekend Senior and Novice crews took part in the Welsh Indoor Championships held in Cardiff Bay. With a selection of rowers from around Wales attending, CURC competed well and came away with Gold Medals for both lightweight (Penny Challens) and  Womens  U23's (Sarah Faull), a silver for womens lightweight (Nikki Green) and a bronze medal for Womens U23 (Amy Nihad). For the men Kyo Bye won Gold in the Mens U23, silver for Andy Haines and bronze for Matt Wyman. In the lightweight Ollie Sidebotham won gold.

Later in the day, for the team events ex-club members Alex Bamford, Jake Lea-Wilson and Ben Thompson joined Kyo Bye to win another Gold medal.

A successful day all round!

The team events were meant to see the Boat Race 'Indoor event' between CURC and Swansea Univerisity but unfortunately Swansea pulled out at the last minute! We'll just have to wait till March for that outcome! 
29/10/07


Success at Cardiff Small Boats Head!

The rowing season is now well underway for CURC. With the help of an initial promotional event at tiger tiger during Freshers week, the club saw over 100 new members sign up at the Sports Fayre.

Having had a successful last year, the womens and mens squads have once again got off to a flying start. With the introduction of a new mens coach Jon Cheesman and under the watchful eye of new Welsh coach Ian Shore, the squads have been performing well in training.

Cardiff Small Boats Head saw the Women perform particularly well. The coxed four won their category, the coxless four received fastest womens time of the day and Amy Nihad won novice womens sculls. The squads are already back in training for Fours Head in London on Nov 3rd.
22/10/07

CURC Coach Wins WARA Award!

Another trophy to add to a successful year in rowing, this time to recognise the man behind the womens squad success! For all the hard work that  Womens coach Rodrigo Sanchez has put into the squad he was recently awarded Welsh Coach of the Year in recognition of the time he gives up to the club. Since joining the club, Rod has coached a squad of approximately 20 seniors and his most notable achievements to date have been Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at BUSA and more mportantly getting a Four to the quater finals at Henley regatta. All four of the girls in this boat had been coached by Rod from a beginners level.

CURC 24hr Ergo Great Success!

After a total of 24 hours on the ergo, members of the CURC Men's and Women's Squads were able to raise a fantastic amount of cash for 'Get Kid's Going' which provides sports wheelchairs for disabled children.   The event took place on the steps of the Cardiff University Students Union.  Special thanks go to all those at Get Kids Going, everyone who gave so generously, the Cardiff Union Sab Team for there great Support and the Athletes themselves for working so hard.  Watch this Space for many more charity events coming up!

Posted @ 22:46:20 on 28 September 2006  

CURC Prepares to Get Kids Going!

The Men's and Women's Squads are preparing for Cardiff Universities first Charity Event of the year!  Members of the club will be performing a 24 hour ergo on the bottom steps of the Union during Fresher's week.  Monies raised will help support the Charity 'Get Kids Going', providing sports equipment for disabled children.  To get involved in the event or to support the club's efforts use the contact form on the contacts page to get in touch. 

Posted @ 10:13:25 on 07 September 2006  

Congratulations and Farewell

The Committee and Club would like to congratulate all its graduating members on an excellent set of degree results.  We have lost a fantastic set of athletes this year and I look forward to building up next years squad to a similar standard.  All the best in all you do.

 Posted @ 09:35:29 on 21 August 2006  

1000 New Visitors to CURC Online in Just 3 weeks!

Today, just 3 weeks after the Site was officially launched the visitor counter clicked over the 1000 visitor marker!  This is a reflection of CURC's wide appeal and a high level of interest in the Club.  The Site is still however growing so there will soon be plenty more to see.  For more information on the club or to add anything to the site use the contact form found in the contacts page.

Posted @ 10:26:37 on 17 August 2006  

Cardiff University Athletes Selected to Row for Wales

Two members of Cardiff University Rowing Club have been selected this week to represent Wales in the Home Countries International Regatta in Strathclyde, Scotland. Alex Crowe and Hannah Welling will both be racing in the Women's Eight against the other Home Nations. Also racing is Hannah Thomas, a Cardiff University student, who trains with the Rebecca, the Welsh National Development Squad. It is a great achievement for all three athletes, all of whom will be wearing a senior representative vest for the first time. The racing takes place this weekend, so results to follow.

Posted @ 18:35:16 on 20 July 2006  

New Website Launched

As of today, Cardiff University Rowing Club has a new website. At the moment it is a work in progress, but the plan is that with the undoubtable talents of Pest Sexton and The Mexican it will be shiny and ready for the start of the next academic year in September. In the meantime enjoy watching it grow.

Posted @ 18:06:37 on 19 July 2006  

CURC Prepares to Get Kids Going!

The Men's and Women's Squads are preparing for Cardiff Universities first Charity Event of the year!  Members of the club will be performing a 24 hour ergo on the bottom steps of the Union during Fresher's week.  Monies raised will help support the Charity 'Get Kids Going', providing sports equipment for disabled children.  To get involved in the event or to support the club's efforts use the contact form on the contacts page to get in touch. 

Posted @ 10:13:25 on 07 September 2006  

Congratulations and Farewell

 The Committee and Club would like to congratulate all its graduating members on an excellent set of degree results.  We have lost a fantastic set of athletes this year and I look forward to building up next years squad to a similar standard.  All the best in all you do.

Posted @ 09:35:29 on 21 August 2006  

1000 New Visitors to CURC Online in Just 3 weeks!

Today, just 3 weeks after the Site was officially launched the visitor counter clicked over the 1000 visitor marker!  This is a reflection of CURC's wide appeal and a high level of interest in the Club.  The Site is still however growing so there will soon be plenty more to see.  For more information on the club or to add anything to the site use the contact form found in the contacts page.

Posted @ 10:26:37 on 17 August 2006  

Cardiff University Athletes Selected to Row for Wales

Two members of Cardiff University Rowing Club have been selected this week to represent Wales in the Home Countries International Regatta in Strathclyde, Scotland. Alex Crowe and Hannah Welling will both be racing in the Women's Eight against the other Home Nations. Also racing is Hannah Thomas, a Cardiff University student, who trains with the Rebecca, the Welsh National Development Squad. It is a great achievement for all three athletes, all of whom will be wearing a senior representative vest for the first time. The racing takes place this weekend, so results to follow.

Posted @ 18:35:16 on 20 July 2006