Thursday, 12 February 2015

Update in Progress

Unfortunately, the blog fell out of use (again) but we will be back soon!

Watch this space for more information regarding RURC's performance and events over the past few months, and future ones.

Most importantly, however, a sponsorship deal is currently underway with Rowperfect!

See you soon.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


Well, the University has finished for the Easter break which means two things to us at RURC: Tour and Summer Rowing!

I'm honestly not sure which is the more exciting prospect. We rattle on enough about both to the Freshers in the club.

Anyway, at this point in time Tour has come and gone, with Roehampton among other universities piling onto coaches and driving down to Rimini, Italy, for a week. Unfortunately(?) there are no rowing facilities so we cannot compete like the other sports teams on the trip. However, this does give us a well deserved break on the beach and in the bars. Though, that didn't stop us from rowing, as the traditional sand 8+ below shows. Nor did it stop us from winning, as we can home with the Runner Up Men's Football trophy, kindly "donated" by Aberdeen Uni.

At least we tried
Needless to say, we had difficulty recollecting most evening events and I'm not sure how appropriate what we do remember is for the blog. I can assure you, however, it was absolute carnage.

Just a taster of what happened on tour.

On to Summer Rowing then, with a likely move back to Barn Elms Boathouse and the prospect of BUCS Regatta, things can only get better for RURC.

Oh yeah, and we had this little thing taken.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Two Months In...

It's been a while since our last update, I completely forgot to get a January update done. Sorry about that.

It's been a busy start of the year, despite the cancellation of Weybridge Head due to snow. Roehampton crews entering both Quintin Head on our home turf, the Thames Tideway, and the BUCS 4s & 8S Head in Boston. Results have improved greatly, with the men's eight coming 16th of 25 in Quintin, and only 20 seconds slower than Kingston! and the women's eight placing 24th of 28 boats. The results were less impressive at BUCS and I can't find them at the moment (they appear to have been taken down from their site) but the good news is no boat placed last.

Coming up in March we have Women's Head of the River on the 9th, Men's Hammersmith Head on the 10th, and Men's Head of the River on the 23rd. Please come down, braving the weather, to support us, it really helps when you're in the boat!

I'll post some photos of our recent races and antics, including the images that graced the RSU Naked Calendar, and try and track down the BUCS results before next month's update.
Quintin Head 2013

L-R: James, Richard & Mike bright and early after the Superbowl
The girls

And the guys

Monday, 7 January 2013

Happy New Year!

First off, happy new year, and welcome back to rowing after the Christmas break, which I'm sure has ruined everyone's fitness.

Since my last post the club have competed in the BUCS Indoor Rowing competition at St. Mary's, placing very well, especially from some of the freshers. I'll edit them in once I find the actual times and places. There were also the club's yearly fancy-dress Christmas races, and a selection of Hettie's 600(!) photos will grace the blog in time.

Outside of the sport, the team have been models as the April team for the Roehampton Student Union's naked calendar, raising money for the three RAG charities of the 2012/2013 year, and our five-a-side football team (which is made up of more footballers than rowers) won the University's tournament last term.

This year we've got a few races to train for and look forward to, including Weybridge Head on the 19th of January, Quintin Head on the 26th, a trip to Peterborough for BUCS on the 16th of February, followed by the Women's Hammersmith Head on the 24th, so expect to see us out on the river burning off our Christmas dinners!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Where Did The Time Go?

Wow, it's been a while since this old thing got updated! Lots of news to cover, then.

Firstly, you'll notice it isn't Sam writing this, it's Mike. This is due to Sam's decision to vacate the position of Club Captain so he can focus on studying, which I'm told is fairly useful at University. So far there are no plans to replace him, with the committee working as a team to make decisions and me in charge of the blog.

Secondly then, I should extend a huge welcome to our Freshers, whom we've whittled down from the enthusiastic masses at Fresher's Fair to a solid group of novice rowers. They've stuck with us despite awful weather delaying and cancelling outings as well as that horrible realisation that rowing's bloody hard work. The majority of these guys and girls have, of course, been initiated into the club with the alcoholic equivalent of a 12k ergo.

As for our performance as a club, thanks to the hard work of our new coach, Olivia, we entered 4 crews into Kingston Small Boats Head. Jo Crouch and Imogen Griffiths finished 138th overall, but second in the WNov.2x event, and Ryan Livingstone came 140th, overall, and 9th in the Nov.1x. Unfortunately, I had an accident and ended up in the river, completing half the race in the St. John's Ambulance boat. This, therefore, meant that Richard Swoboda and I didn't compete in the Nov.2x event later, due to concerns over my lowered temperature.

That said, we'll be entering many more races and training just as hard as before, though with a lot more complaining because of the cold. There's also more social events coming up, with the Male and Female Team Bonding nights on Wednesday 28th November and a Christmas Dinner is in the works for some time in December.

I'll do my best to post more regular updates regarding the club. I don't think we get up to enough to warrant weekly posts, but fortnightly or monthly should work out fine.