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BUCS polo 2017


By Calum Spooner on Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Last weekend was the return of the annual BUCS polo tournament, this year being held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. The Men’s A team started off their weekend with a convincing 10-0 win against Surrey followed by an 8-0 win vs. Lancaster; this concluded their games for Saturday. Sunday also started with a slightly less convincing 4-0 win against London to secure their spot in the semi-finals, where they came up against the previous champions Leeds, Durham prevailed this time with an 8-0 win guaranteeing their place in the final. The final saw Durham replay London, this time with 10 minute halves rather than 6. The final result was 10-2 to Durham A team – achieving first place overall, but unfortunately not holding on to their clean sheet.

The Old boys’ team was not quite so successful with 2 wins and 5 losses resulting in 11th place overall.

The ladies team got off to a slightly shaky start with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool John Moore’s (who ended up 2nd). However, a 5-0 victory against Teesside got them back on track, while the next game against Cambridge was much more even; with the result being 1-1 at full time, it was down to golden goal – although the golden goal time didn’t last long with Durham winning the sprint and almost immediately scoring. The final game on Saturday was soon after, against Warwick, which was much less even ending in a 4-0 win to Durham. Sunday got off to a good start with a 2-1 win against Loughborough. However, successive losses to Bangor and Nottingham ladies resulted in a 6th place finish for the Durham ladies.

The B team began their competition with a 5-0 win against Swansea followed by a 1-0 loss to Nottingham, but they were quickly back to their winning ways with a 4-1 win against Sheffield and a 2-0 win against Loughborough to finish off their Saturday. Sunday started equally as good with a 2-0 win against Southampton afterwards beating London 4-0 securing their place in the final. However, a spanner was thrown in the works when Phil had to leave before the final, meaning only a team of only 4 players against Nottingham. Despite being a player down Durham still played fantastically with a final score 7-2 to Nottingham meaning Durham B’s finished 2nd in B league.

Scotland Success


By Molly Agar on Saturday 1st April 2017

With only three swims, this year’s trip up to Scotland can probably be called a success. Arriving at Roybridge at gone midnight didn’t stop us from getting up and paddling some great rivers the next day, and the rivers didn’t stop being fun all trip (although the Meig could be argued as being more rock than river!). Even the snow didn’t dampen people’s mood and it was with great spirit that we decided to visit a whisky distillery instead that morning! The free samples didn’t stop us from getting on a river that afternoon, although several people ended up in other people’s boats. Everyone paddled amazingly well and I think it’s fair to say that everyone had a good time.


National Student Rodeo 2017 -- not the end of the world!


By Max Topp-Mugglestone on Sunday 12th March 2017

Last weekend was the British university freestyle kayaking competition, the National Student Rodeo. This took place in HPP, Nottingham, on the lake next to the whitewater course as the whitewater course had, as a result of the rain causing the water quality to drop substantially, been forced to shut down and would probably have given us some kind of nasty disease... Potentially worse than any hangover, although some of us endeavoured to challenge that. In competition news, congratulations are in order to Molly Agar, who not only was one of only two people who got up in the morning to compete in an event but also qualified for the Women's expert final in k1, and took first place in Women's c1, only partly by virtue of being the only girl in a c1 -- she displayed some excellent moves in the final, including a flatwater flatspin (aka: a turn), but the real highlight was delivering this joke to the crowd "How many canoeists does it take to change a lightbulb? One to get on and do it, three to stand around and lie about the size of the hole." Molly and I also took first place in the c2 competition - the only issue with which being the lack of a c2 competition, so although we didn't actually win a real event I like to think we won the hearts of the crowd with our valiant efforts against the k2s in the boatercross. The Imperial Cruiser might have started to go the way of the Titanic, but this isn't the last you'll see of it.

The other -- very much welcome -- surprise appearance over the weekend was that of the sun, meaning that this NSR was actually surprisingly warm and nobody got hypothermia or felt the desire to spoon with nine other people in a tent (to the group's general chagrin).

As a new form of competition for this year's NSR, I, ex-captain Liam, and social sec Philippa came up with a list of Extra Credit Points (ECPs) for activities performed over the weekend -- tasks including swapping clothes with a stranger, binning people, stealing a stranger's costume, maintaining possession of the Duck of Doom, and telling a big deal “I can’t believe you’re sponsored! I’m so much better than you!”

Points were also deducted for crashing cars, chundering, requiring ambulances, injuring oneself, and complaining about the cold -- which, despite the sunshine, still happened frequently.

Josh took an early lead at the Friday night party with the ECPs, managing to take fifty points from selfies with strangers and the safety team. However, Ronan was quick to catch up on the second day by binning an entirely immoral number of paddlers as part of his safety team duties. However, the judges' decision ruled against this -- as the spirit of NSR is more in the variety and less in the repetition of the same ECP (as in the original BIGDEALS rules). The game was well and truly afoot by now and would all be decided in the Saturday night party -- eventually to be won by Laura who not only had possession of the 200pt Duck of Doom on Sunday morning but also managed to complete the greatest variety of other ECPs.

That said, we respect the sheer volume of people binned by Ronan and as such he is awarded a special prize -- the "Tsar Nicholas II Award for Being a Mean Bastard"

A further honorable mention goes to Molly again, for a grand score of 350 points (potentially second place; counting is hard) -- picking up some of the more obscure ECPs including getting a shoutout from the NSR announcers ("Hide and Seek Champion of NSR 2k17" -- ask her for the story).

For our winner and runners up, several exciting prizes are on their way, to be presented at a later social.

Durham take victory at the 2016 Tyne Tour party


By Max Topp-Mugglestone on Sunday 13th November 2016

Continuing this year's excellent competition record, putting weekends worth of training into practice, Durham University won the Saturday night party at Tyne Tour after a stellar performance in the Ceilidh. Seeing that the best tactic to win the party might begin with eliminating the opposition, this involved going old-school on the dance floor, old-school meaning mediaeval and mediaeval meaning imitating a battering ram in the midst of dancing couples. Star appearances include: Dani, for her excellent role as party car owner and noble self-sacrifice to her own door; Laura and Javier for crushing the descent of the river; Josh for the loudest snoring of all time; Captain Liam for his iconic - if stupid - hairstyle; and Ant for his swim.

Durham Success at Adidas Sickline


By Anthony Stewart on Friday 14th October 2016

A massive congratulations go to Durham alumna, Sandra Hyslop, for becoming World Champion at the Adidas Sickline.


You can watch her incredible run below: