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HoRR race report 2019

Boating from Putney bridge allowed the crew some vital time to attain some much-needed boat feel. The weeks prior to the race had been heavily disrupted and so there was no doubt the crew felt somewhat unprepared for the event to come. However, regardless of this they were able to use their time productively to the start. Their captain, Delyan Yanev, commanding from stroke seat, was able to speak freely to the cox throughout, helping us all build as we came to the start line. This ensured the boys had a good level of rhythm and patience as they rowed. Whilst this well structured warm up was interrupted by an encounter with St. Andrews 1st VIII, resulting in Edward Hayes, 2 seat, bending his rigger, the crew were nonetheless in a good position to race. The race itself can be split into two distinct halves. The first half the crew followed a stable rhythm of rate 29 which felt powerful and consistent up until Hammersmith. The boys did well in holding off crews and whilst being overtaken they gave a good account of themselves on the water. The line held by the cox was good, sticking to the correct path of the water and ensuring the most was made of the stream when able and the aggressive coxing is well testified through a slight blade clash 3 kilometres in. Here the stern pair’s rhythm, supported by Anthony Arthurton in the 7 Seat, was effectively held throughout the race. This allowed the middle four to do what they were designed for. Notable was the performance of Thomas Wiltshire, 6 seat. His rowing was commendable technically as well as with regards to power and, being in his final year, he was sure to leave nothing on the water. To surmise, the rowing was good in the pleasant conditions until Hammersmith. However, after an error in coxing the crew was left bow deep in York VIII just after Hammersmith, with Jamie Skipper-Reed assaulting York’s cox at the bow. Harry Bridges, leading the bucket from 4, and Theo Richenberg, following behind at 5 seat, must be recognised for their eagerness to row hard to make up for the incident. Both left nothing on the water. Recovery would have been possible, but the crew lost the focus it had been racing with. The 2nd half was dominated by poorer rowing exacerbated at times by rather questionable coxing calls. The final 700m’s were characterised by an unplanned and an unrequested change in rate. This was the final nail in the coffin that resulted in a disappointing second half. The boys no doubt spent much energy that race, and their gusto cannot be criticised. Furthermore, no cox can ever be comfortable on the Thames and to have acted with such calm after incidents must show the coolness of Marcelina Trabszo, especially as this was her first time. Thanks to her are given for enabling the men to race. The future captain, Gabriel Nelson, 3 seat, no doubt has a lot to be confident in but also aware that the boys need to be tempered on the water. The take away is that it is the mind that makes a good rower, and despite offsets it is important to re-establish and move on.




HoRR race report 2018

High levels of anticipation held for the men’s first VIII the day before HoRR. The women had placed first just 24 hours before them, now it was their turn to see what the ‘vanboiz’ were made of. It was time to see whether the hours of training on the Baltic Tyne, and rigging a middle bucket, were indeed worth it. Stroke pair schoolboys Harry and Del were excited to return to Tideaway, with the powerhouse middle bucket bringing power from the rhythm. Ross at strongman six seat, followed by Mildert’s iconic duo Tom Wiltshire and Tom Ward at five and four without ignoring James in the three seat – a fine poaching from Collingwood boat club. Keeping the rhythm down the boat and letting the bow rise out of the water were the favourite lightweights, current president Joey and Schoolboy Tony. The boat was steered and lead by Kane in the cox seat, his first time on the Tideaway and only his second Head race. Obscene scenes were observed in the kitchen on race day – porridge oats and slices of bread flying everywhere, bananas being consumed at the rate of an orangutan sanctuary and Kane sitting in the corner with his allowance of half a slice of toast and coffee. We set off for Cygnet RC to boat. About 15 minutes after seeing the incredible Brookes/Leander start, it was Mildert’s time to bring the money. A clean build let the row to Barnes bridge feel light and the strokes kept long throughout, the first corner was quickly attacked, and the boys started to feel the power of the Tideway and the infamous crosswind. With Bath BC gaining, it was time for Kane to get aggressive and feel heels smashing into footplates. It wasn’t easy for Bath to overtake, blades got tight, but the VIII were starting to feel the pinch of distance. The mood was lightened when Kane accidently said ‘I don’t want to make it difficult for [Leeds]’, which was certainly not going to forgotten in the bar later. 13 minutes in, pushing off Hammersmith Bridge, surely the end must be nigh. Now passing Fulham football club and chasing the Black Buoy, the screw was ready to be turned. After winding up for the line of boats at Putney, the ‘vanboiz’ did themselves proud. A clean race, just being picked off by Hatfield BC to achieve 4th place in the Durham colleges and a significantly higher overall result than previous years. There were areas of improvement to work on, but the crew strength proved promising for regatta season and HoRR 2019. Drinks were had in London, drinks were had on the train, drinks were had back in Durham… and both heads and bodies were in pain the day after




HoRR Race Report (2016)

By David Joseph The Wednesday before the Saturday after held much promise. TiM cut through the placid Tyne waters with a balance and composure not yet seen this year, and the men felt prepared to travel to London. Now pulling impressive ergs, having trained night and day for many weeks, with an average weight of over 90kg, and standing an average of six foot three inches tall, Leander were looking like stiff competition. We’d have to pull a real showstopper! The row down, while generous at seven kilometres, felt longer than we might have hoped but we resolved there and then to switch on. High on adrenaline, we set off at a formidably high rate before settling down to a little above thirty strokes per minute. Coming under Barnes Bridge the boat felt relatively set, if a little rushed. Coming into the more exposed section of the course, holding our composure proved trying, but the effort was certainly there. With the roars from Hammersmith Bridge fading into earshot the focus peaked as the crew determined to give an overtaking boat a run for their money. Soon the final kilometre was upon us and with Eliot’s yells driving us through the fatigue we crossed the line. While not a perfect row, the crew enjoyed the race – a first row on the Tideway for most - and look forward to summer fixtures. We did not beat Leander, but then there’s no shame in that is there? Reunited with alumni and friends afterwards, we ate, drank, and made merry : a long day behind us and with ample rowing ahead of us.




HoRR Race Report (2016)

By David Joseph The Wednesday before the Saturday after held much promise. TiM cut through the placid Tyne waters with a balance and composure not yet seen this year, and the men felt prepared to travel to London. Now pulling impressive ergs, having trained night and day for many weeks, with an average weight of over 90kg, and standing an average of six foot three inches tall, Leander were looking like stiff competition. We’d have to pull a real showstopper! The row down, while generous at seven kilometres, felt longer than we might have hoped but we resolved there and then to switch on. High on adrenaline, we set off at a formidably high rate before settling down to a little above thirty strokes per minute. Coming under Barnes Bridge the boat felt relatively set, if a little rushed. Coming into the more exposed section of the course, holding our composure proved trying, but the effort was certainly there. With the roars from Hammersmith Bridge fading into earshot the focus peaked as the crew determined to give an overtaking boat a run for their money. Soon the final kilometre was upon us and with Eliot’s yells driving us through the fatigue we crossed the line. While not a perfect row, the crew enjoyed the race – a first row on the Tideway for most - and look forward to summer fixtures. We did not beat Leander, but then there’s no shame in that is there? Reunited with alumni and friends afterwards, we ate, drank, and made merry : a long day behind us and with ample rowing ahead of us.




WeHoRR race report (2016)

by Anna Morris On Saturday 6th March 2016, VMBC Women's 1st VIII (Kat Butler, Anna Morris, Isabel Banister, Nicola Hemson, Amy Fawcett, Catherine Gough, Mary Gibbins, Clare Meredith, coxed by Natasha Roberts) raced in London, in the Women's Eights Head of the River. In the lead up to the race, the girls trained hard, completing weekly ergs and regular long distance Tyne sessions. Tyne outings consisted of pieces focusing on technique and balance before working up to drills focused on timing and power through the drive. The women’s crew was very lucky to be joined by Natasha Roberts as cox for WeHoRR. This was Natasha first time coxing at WeHoRR but her dedication and commitment to planning a detailed race plan and developing her skills as a cox was invaluable to the performance and morale of the crew. Her calls were meaningful, direct, and highly motivational, focusing on the strengths of the crew but also identifying key areas for each individual to work on. On the morning of the race the women were quick and efficient whilst preparing the boat to race and ran through the race plan for the final time. The women swiftly boated and headed up stream to the start of the race. On their way up they focused on technique as well as making the most of the opportunity to witness some incredible rowing by composite crews at the start of the race. Inspired by these women, Van Mildert’s 1st VIII prepared themselves at the start with a crowd of VMBC parents, alumni, and supporters cheering the crew on at Hammersmith Bridge. At the start, the women’s crew took off at rate 30 holding long strong strokes. With each woman’s powerful draw, Mildert quickly rowed through the first section of the race, helped by a strong stream. Unfortunately the women were overtaken a few times, however, this only motivated them to push themselves harder. With Roberts holding a strong line, the rate was then brought up by Butler to 32 keeping all other boats behind them at bay. Roberts called for power from the middle four in the centre of the boat (Bannister, Hemson, Fawcett, & Gough). With a surge after Hammersmith Bridge, stroke pair, Butler & Morris, pushed the crew harder, bring the rate up to 33. Following with even drives from Meredith and Gibbins, the women’s 1st VIII finished with style, crossing the finishing line strong and in time with one another. The crew finished 4th out of all the colleges and finished 24 places higher up than last year, with a time of 23:04:8. This result was a very respectable finish from the crew, and a great end to the head season for the women’s squad. VMBC has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with, and the regatta season promises further success for the women.




WeHoRR race report (2016)

by Anna Morris On Saturday 6th March 2016, VMBC Women's 1st VIII (Kat Butler, Anna Morris, Isabel Banister, Nicola Hemson, Amy Fawcett, Catherine Gough, Mary Gibbins, Clare Meredith, coxed by Natasha Roberts) raced in London, in the Women's Eights Head of the River. In the lead up to the race, the girls trained hard, completing weekly ergs and regular long distance Tyne sessions. Tyne outings consisted of pieces focusing on technique and balance before working up to drills focused on timing and power through the drive. The women’s crew was very lucky to be joined by Natasha Roberts as cox for WeHoRR. This was Natasha first time coxing at WeHoRR but her dedication and commitment to planning a detailed race plan and developing her skills as a cox was invaluable to the performance and morale of the crew. Her calls were meaningful, direct, and highly motivational, focusing on the strengths of the crew but also identifying key areas for each individual to work on. On the morning of the race the women were quick and efficient whilst preparing the boat to race and ran through the race plan for the final time. The women swiftly boated and headed up stream to the start of the race. On their way up they focused on technique as well as making the most of the opportunity to witness some incredible rowing by composite crews at the start of the race. Inspired by these women, Van Mildert’s 1st VIII prepared themselves at the start with a crowd of VMBC parents, alumni, and supporters cheering the crew on at Hammersmith Bridge. At the start, the women’s crew took off at rate 30 holding long strong strokes. With each woman’s powerful draw, Mildert quickly rowed through the first section of the race, helped by a strong stream. Unfortunately the women were overtaken a few times, however, this only motivated them to push themselves harder. With Roberts holding a strong line, the rate was then brought up by Butler to 32 keeping all other boats behind them at bay. Roberts called for power from the middle four in the centre of the boat (Bannister, Hemson, Fawcett, & Gough). With a surge after Hammersmith Bridge, stroke pair, Butler & Morris, pushed the crew harder, bring the rate up to 33. Following with even drives from Meredith and Gibbins, the women’s 1st VIII finished with style, crossing the finishing line strong and in time with one another. The crew finished 4th out of all the colleges and finished 24 places higher up than last year, with a time of 23:04:8. This result was a very respectable finish from the crew, and a great end to the head season for the women’s squad. VMBC has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with, and the regatta season promises further success for the women.




Tyne Head 2015

Mens report, by Neil Anderson As with Rutherford Head, our last race in the 8, we only had a few sessions in which to get the 8 running before Tyne Head. Losing Ryan from the boat was a blow, but Joe came in and fitted in well. We were getting the boat moving well coming up to the race, and it was decided to re-gear the blades the session before. This had a huge impact on the feel of the boat, allowing us to be much more effective through the drive. The race itself was fairly relaxed for the most part. Lacking its usual contingent of college crews, the marshaling before the race ran very smoothly, and we boated in good time, had a good row down and spent very little time waiting at the start. We were the first boat off the start. Our fist few strokes were slightly shaky, but we set off in a good rhythm, however the DARC 8 behind us were pushing us hard right from the off. They took a might tighter line round the first corner and by the scrapyard the were passing us, worryingly easily. I think we were slightly shaken by this, and by the pressure that DARC were putting on us, because the boat wasn't running as well as it had been in training. Still, after they had left us we could see the Tyne crew behind them, and the Castle first 8 behind that and I think this gave us new focus and motivation. Through the second half of the race we found a really solid and consistent rhythm, and really settled into the race, working hard and gained back ground on Tyne, really pushing off them in the last 500m as we came under Newburn Bridge. We ended up finishing 3rd overall, losing to DARC and the DUBC freshers. We held our distance from Tyne, to pip them to the bronze spot by 0.4 seconds, and gained a healthy 23 seconds on the castle first boat. based on this result I'm feeling confident of the crew and the amount we have accomplished in a relatively short space of time. We've got 5 weeks to HORR now and I feel we can really get some good quality improvements between now and then. Optimism is running high at the moment.




York Summer Regatta 2014

Mildert dominated York Summer regatta 2014 with five wins (with their reports coming first)! After a hard term of training, 2km tests and socials Mildert definitely deserved the silverware. Well done everyone! WNov4+ by Agnes Hillered WNov4+ (Isabel Banister, Agnes Hillered, Maria Haag, Bettina Riddle; coxed by Hannah Pittaway) After the success of Durham Regatta where this crew reached the final, they were all excited to build on this experience at York Summer Regatta despite the loss of their original cox Nicole Geldenhuys. With nice weather and geese to keep them company, the crew set off to the start line determinedly with their new cox Hannah. The girls had a bye into the semi-final against Trevelyan. After a dramatic row up to the start line in which the faulty seat at Three had to be replaced by Hannah's quick manoeuvres, Trevs gained an early lead in the race, the girls quickly gained on them with a few stabilizing and lengthening strokes. The girls were able to push off the Trevs crew and keep them off successfully all the way to the finish, thus gaining a place in the final. The second row up to the start line was less dramatic for the girls' nerves were kept at bay with tunes from Bow. The race itself, however, proved to provide a lot of the drama. In this race, the final, the girls were set against St Aidans. After a problematic start, Aidans were in the lead, but with the desire of denovicing strong and some motivational calls from the cox, the girls did not let Aidans pull away and began to gain on them. In the second half of the race Aidans and Mildert were mostly level, and the girls' attempts to push past Aidans did not seem effective in keeping them off. However with a powerful finish the girls' efforts were rewarded with victory and a British Rowing point in what was later heralded by an umpire as the most exciting race of the day. WNOV8+ by Rose Earland On Sunday 22nd June the women's novice 8+ (Audrey Bellis, Ceci Spriggs, Louise Fallon, Rebekah Lyndon, Lucy Colgrave, Rose Earland, Heidi Fitchett, Tasha Brown, coxed by Joss Hutch) raced at York Summer Regatta. With it being my last ever race with VMBC (and my previous race ending with a crash at the finish line...) I was really hoping for a win. Our first race was against Castle, who were overheard in the toilets chatting about how Mildert were going to be an easy win. Upon hearing this Joss immediately reported back to the rest of the crew, spurring us on to show them what Mildert can do! Lining up to the start you could feel the nerves in the boat, after a strong last few outings (thanks to coaching from Ellie Hunt-Pain and Hipkin) we really wanted the win. Our well practiced (epic) race start immediately pushed us ahead of Castle, and a pressure 10 off the bend gave us a clear lead. We held them off for the rest of the course winning by three boat lengths. We couldn't quite believe that we had just beaten Castle and were through to the final! With Aiden's beating Devil's Elbow, they became our next opposition. After another clean, strong start we were already ahead of Aiden's. They gave us a good race but we managed to stay ahead, beating them by two boat lengths thanks to the loud cheers from the rest of the club on the bank. The win felt amazing, and it was great to see that our year of training hard had really paid off. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the club for an fantastic three years, and to the girls in the boat for ending my time in the club with a win and de-novicing! WNov4+ Lucy Colgrave, Anna Morris, Audrey Bellis, Ceci Spriggs (Coxed by Charlie Dowdle) Mens IM1.8+ Pat Clark, Tom Arney, Jon Sanderson, Matt Hipkin, Ryan Cunningham, Hugh McCrea, Eliot Voelker and Pete Gadsden (Coxed by Tom Hallett) This was the last race of the season for the IM1 8+ and all were hungry for a final win after a very eventful regatta season. Their opposition was Sheffield City. The guys produced a flawless piece from beginning to end, their best ever. They took it up to rate 40 off the start and settled at 38 before cranking it up for the finish. This was the highest level the club has competed at in recent years and yet the guys rose to the challenge and won by 2+ lengths. This win also gave Tom Arney a 'hat-trick', having won his last races in the pair, four and eight. Mens IM2.4+ by Tom Hallett Pat Clark, Tom Arney, Jon Sanderson, Pete Gadsden (coxed by Tom Hallett) The Men's IM2 4+ was a straight final against Hull Uni. The Mildert guys stormed off the start and took a length by the bend. Hull made a push back around the bend but the Mildert crew held them and made a push off the bridge to finish the race there and then. We won by approx. 2 lengths. Nov.8+ Joe Fleming, Yigit Kaynar, Alex Finniss, Mike Evison, Alex Darby, Chris Purse, Matt Heydari, George Windscheffel (coxed by Hannah Pittaway) IM3.4+ Paul Kacperek, George Windscheffel, Matt Heydari and Chris Purse (coxed by Charlie Dowdle) Mixed IM2.8+ Charlotte Bambridge, Ellie Willett, Paul Kacperek, Joe Fleming, Alex Darby, Yigit Kaynar, Louise Fallon and Fran Nutall (coxed by Charlie Dowdle) WNov2x Charlotte Bambridge and Lucy Colgrave




WeHoRR 2014

This year VMBC sent two VIIIs down to London for Womens Head of the River. 239 crews started after the organisers stopped many inexperianced crews racing. Thankfully both VMBC VIII's were adjudged to be competent enough despite the fast stream. Despite the wear flooding all term leading to a lack of water outings both crews had worked hard to gel as a team. The 1st VIII did extremely well to come 5th out the colleges. The 2nd VIII were equally successful and beat the only other college 2nd VIII to be allowed to enter. Read on for race reports from members of the crews! WeHoRR 1st VIII race report (written by Bettina Riddle) On Saturday 15th March 2014, VMBC Women's 1st VIII (Emily Clark, Ellie Willett, Isabel Banister, Bettina Riddle, Lucy Colgrave, Rose Earland, Maria Haag, Natalie Tunstall-Jackman, coxed by Hannah Pittaway) competed in London in the Women's Eights Head of the River. Throughout Epiphany term, the girls trained hard clocking weekly 7ks and travelling to Tyne for extra water sessions in Trust in Mildert. The week before WeHoRR the crew was kindly prepped and coached by Peter Gadsden, the new Men’s Captain, and Tom Arney, the current Novice Development Captain. The women focused on power in the drive and timing through several drills in lengthening provided by Gadsden. The women’s crew was very lucky to be joined by Hannah Pittaway as cox for WeHoRR. She gave her time and experience to planning and preparing for the race and was invaluable to the performance and morale of the crew. Her calls were quick, direct, and highly motivational, calling upon each woman’s strengths and weaknesses until they gave it their everything. In the midst of boating it was discovered that one of TiM’s hatchets was missing and one was kindly lent to the crew from Thames Rowing Club. With that the women swiftly boated and headed up stream to the start of the race. On their way up they focused on technique and were excitedly surprised as Leander Club (who came second overall in the race) rowed past with intense stokes and beautiful technique. Inspired by these women, Van Mildert’s 1st VIII readied themselves at the start with a crowd of VMBC parents, alumni, and supporters cheering the crew on at Hammersmith Bridge. At the start, the women’s crew took off at rate 30 holding long strong strokes. With each woman’s powerful draw, Mildert spirited through the first section of the race, helped by a strong stream. Although they were overtaken by Agecroft BC, the women held the other crew off until the opposing cox challenged Pittaway for their line. The rate was then brought up by Clark to 32 keeping all other boats behind them at bay. Pittaway urged for more vigour aided by encouragement from the power four in the centre of the boat (Colgrave, Riddle, Banister, & Earland). With a surge after Hammersmith bridge, stroke pair, Clark & Willett, steadied and then pushed the crew harder, bring the rate up to 33. With even drives from Tunstall-Jackman and Haag, the women’s 1st VIII finished with style. The crew finished 171th, with a time of 21.31.2. This result was a very respectable finish from the crew, and a great end to the head season for the women’s squad. VMBC has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with, and the regatta season promises further success for the women Womes 2nd VIII WeHoRR report (written by Ceci Spriggs) Crew: Louise Fallon, Ceci Spriggs, Audrey Bellis, Anna Morris, Charlotte Bambridge, Rebekah Lyndon, Heidi Fitchett, Agnes Hillered; coxed by Jocelyn Hutch On saturday 15th March, with the sun shining and birds chirping, Cygnet boathouse was the perfect place for the 2nd VIII to sit back, work on their tans and have a rest before WeHORR 2014. That was the Castle 2nd VIII. In true Mildert style we were battling with detrailering the bathtub that is Ham Hoo, discovering she was missing screws, a completely disintegrated bolt holding on the rigger at 4 and trying to tackle the problem of how to not sink in the race when we discovered that the boat was in fact not entirely watertight. However with teamwork, a bit of stress and a fair bit of thievery (I mean, did Aiden's actually need all the bolts holding the two halves of the boat together..) we managed to assemble our beautiful boat and embark on a crew photoshoot and last minute carb-loading, a task that we all took very seriously. With help from alumni Heather Reay it was finally time to start boating. Once on the water we soon realised that we were on the wrong side of the river with no way to cross to the other side with the race already being under way, we had a slight stress (read: major panic) but finally, what felt like an eternity later, it was our turn to race. The countless early mornings, painful ergos and all the time and effort each and every member of the crew have put into training the last term certainly paid off and we set off strongly, perfectly calculated through the start by the beautiful Jocelyn Hutch. Louise Fallon at stroke, inspired by Tom Arney's advice to 'not take sh*t from anyone', quickly settled us into our much practiced rate which, teamed with every members dedication meant we managed to hold off a DU crew (admittedly novices but who gives a..) untill well beyond the 2k mark. After pushing off hammersmith bridge, encouraged by the shouts of support from family and friends, the last 3k were, as promised, hard and painful. But with Joss's shouts of 'DON'T DIE' and thinspiration for summer bikini bodies as we passed the Harrods depository, we made it to the last stretch and with a final pressure for ten, shredded hands and burning bums we finally passed the finish line. The pain was all worth it when we ended up coming first out of the 2nd VIII's. Admittedly, there were only two but noone else needs to know that and we all agreed, as did Mark from DARC (our new bezzie mate), that our 0.3 second victory was all the more impressive considering the whole 'rowing in a bathtub meant for 90kg men' situe. Although some of the photos suggest otherwise the boat felt balanced and strong, with the whole crew working as one, and our attractively distorted faces in the photos show what an incredible effort everyone made, and how much every single member invested in the race. A huge thankyou to Ellie Willett for giving us the chance to race, the whole crew had a fantastic race, enjoyable day and, most importantly, beat Castle!




WeHoRR 2014

This year VMBC sent two VIIIs down to London for Womens Head of the River. 239 crews started after the organisers stopped many inexperianced crews racing. Thankfully both VMBC VIII's were adjudged to be competent enough despite the fast stream. Despite the wear flooding all term leading to a lack of water outings both crews had worked hard to gel as a team. The 1st VIII did extremely well to come 5th out the colleges. The 2nd VIII were equally successful and beat the only other college 2nd VIII to be allowed to enter. Read on for race reports from members of the crews! WeHoRR 1st VIII race report (written by Bettina Riddle) On Saturday 15th March 2014, VMBC Women's 1st VIII (Emily Clark, Ellie Willett, Isabel Banister, Bettina Riddle, Lucy Colgrave, Rose Earland, Maria Haag, Natalie Tunstall-Jackman, coxed by Hannah Pittaway) competed in London in the Women's Eights Head of the River. Throughout Epiphany term, the girls trained hard clocking weekly 7ks and travelling to Tyne for extra water sessions in Trust in Mildert. The week before WeHoRR the crew was kindly prepped and coached by Peter Gadsden, the new Men’s Captain, and Tom Arney, the current Novice Development Captain. The women focused on power in the drive and timing through several drills in lengthening provided by Gadsden. The women’s crew was very lucky to be joined by Hannah Pittaway as cox for WeHoRR. She gave her time and experience to planning and preparing for the race and was invaluable to the performance and morale of the crew. Her calls were quick, direct, and highly motivational, calling upon each woman’s strengths and weaknesses until they gave it their everything. In the midst of boating it was discovered that one of TiM’s hatchets was missing and one was kindly lent to the crew from Thames Rowing Club. With that the women swiftly boated and headed up stream to the start of the race. On their way up they focused on technique and were excitedly surprised as Leander Club (who came second overall in the race) rowed past with intense stokes and beautiful technique. Inspired by these women, Van Mildert’s 1st VIII readied themselves at the start with a crowd of VMBC parents, alumni, and supporters cheering the crew on at Hammersmith Bridge. At the start, the women’s crew took off at rate 30 holding long strong strokes. With each woman’s powerful draw, Mildert spirited through the first section of the race, helped by a strong stream. Although they were overtaken by Agecroft BC, the women held the other crew off until the opposing cox challenged Pittaway for their line. The rate was then brought up by Clark to 32 keeping all other boats behind them at bay. Pittaway urged for more vigour aided by encouragement from the power four in the centre of the boat (Colgrave, Riddle, Banister, & Earland). With a surge after Hammersmith bridge, stroke pair, Clark & Willett, steadied and then pushed the crew harder, bring the rate up to 33. With even drives from Tunstall-Jackman and Haag, the women’s 1st VIII finished with style. The crew finished 171th, with a time of 21.31.2. This result was a very respectable finish from the crew, and a great end to the head season for the women’s squad. VMBC has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with, and the regatta season promises further success for the women Womes 2nd VIII WeHoRR report (written by Ceci Spriggs) Crew: Louise Fallon, Ceci Spriggs, Audrey Bellis, Anna Morris, Charlotte Bambridge, Rebekah Lyndon, Heidi Fitchett, Agnes Hillered; coxed by Jocelyn Hutch On saturday 15th March, with the sun shining and birds chirping, Cygnet boathouse was the perfect place for the 2nd VIII to sit back, work on their tans and have a rest before WeHORR 2014. That was the Castle 2nd VIII. In true Mildert style we were battling with detrailering the bathtub that is Ham Hoo, discovering she was missing screws, a completely disintegrated bolt holding on the rigger at 4 and trying to tackle the problem of how to not sink in the race when we discovered that the boat was in fact not entirely watertight. However with teamwork, a bit of stress and a fair bit of thievery (I mean, did Aiden's actually need all the bolts holding the two halves of the boat together..) we managed to assemble our beautiful boat and embark on a crew photoshoot and last minute carb-loading, a task that we all took very seriously. With help from alumni Heather Reay it was finally time to start boating. Once on the water we soon realised that we were on the wrong side of the river with no way to cross to the other side with the race already being under way, we had a slight stress (read: major panic) but finally, what felt like an eternity later, it was our turn to race. The countless early mornings, painful ergos and all the time and effort each and every member of the crew have put into training the last term certainly paid off and we set off strongly, perfectly calculated through the start by the beautiful Jocelyn Hutch. Louise Fallon at stroke, inspired by Tom Arney's advice to 'not take sh*t from anyone', quickly settled us into our much practiced rate which, teamed with every members dedication meant we managed to hold off a DU crew (admittedly novices but who gives a..) untill well beyond the 2k mark. After pushing off hammersmith bridge, encouraged by the shouts of support from family and friends, the last 3k were, as promised, hard and painful. But with Joss's shouts of 'DON'T DIE' and thinspiration for summer bikini bodies as we passed the Harrods depository, we made it to the last stretch and with a final pressure for ten, shredded hands and burning bums we finally passed the finish line. The pain was all worth it when we ended up coming first out of the 2nd VIII's. Admittedly, there were only two but noone else needs to know that and we all agreed, as did Mark from DARC (our new bezzie mate), that our 0.3 second victory was all the more impressive considering the whole 'rowing in a bathtub meant for 90kg men' situe. Although some of the photos suggest otherwise the boat felt balanced and strong, with the whole crew working as one, and our attractively distorted faces in the photos show what an incredible effort everyone made, and how much every single member invested in the race. A huge thankyou to Ellie Willett for giving us the chance to race, the whole crew had a fantastic race, enjoyable day and, most importantly, beat Castle!




Tyne Head 2014

After Durham Small Boats Head, Hayward Cup and Novice cup were all cancelled due to the poor weather VMBC sent three VIII's to Tyne Head. Despite very little water time due to the Wear being in a constant state of flood, the three crews did an raced well in tricky conditions. Mens Tyne Report (written by Joe Fleming) On the morning of Saturday 22nd February the men’s 1st VIII (Tom Arney, Patrick Clark, Jon Sanderson, Hugh McCrea, Joe Fleming, George Windscheffel, Paul Kacperek and Matt Hipkin, coxed by Tom Hallett) raced the Tyne Head, a 5km upstream course. The forecast was for high upstream headwinds and the race was set against the high tide. Upon boating the crew realised that the speaker in the bow of the boat was not working, leaving bow pair deaf to the cox’s calls. Luckily Hugh and Joe offered to relay the information to the front of the boat. The crew made their way swiftly to the start line where Hugh made use of the on board toilet facilities. After a good start the crew held off a strong crew from SCCBC for the beginning of the race until the first corner of the chicane where the strong headwinds began to take their toll. As the SCCBC crew passed, another college crew ahead had managed to spin their boat leaving themselves floating perpendicular to the oncoming boats, holding up a number of boats behind them. Hallett quickly took evasive action and diverted the boat around the outside of the obstruction, however this diversion added significant distance to the race. Deterred by the diversion, the crew began to lose focus and technique began to suffer. A crew from St John’s College, once a short distance of two boat lengths away, began to slip into the distance. However, after pressure calls from the cox the crew began to regain focus, accelerate on past the second corner of the chicane and regain distance on the SJC crew. On the final straight the crew was still two boat lengths behind the John’s crew with less than 1k to go. However, a call from inside the boat to ‘Let’s break them lads’ sent the crew to surge past the John’s crew to the finish. Given the weather and tidal conditions the lads completed the course in a respectable 23:04.5, finishing 9th of out 14 in the IM3 8+ category and 4th out of 8 of the colleges. Womens 1st VIII Tyne Report (written by Nat Tunstall-Jackman) Crew: (Emily Clark, Ellie Willett, Isabel Bannister, Bettina Riddle, Lucy Colgrave, Rose Earland, Maria Haag, Natalie Tunstall-Jackman, coxed by Hannah Pittaway.) Result: 8th out of 10 in WIM3 8+ and 4th out of 6 colleges. Arriving at the boathouse we thought we were in for some luck with the weather, luckily the rain held off but we were tackling a strong head wind the entire length of the racecourse, ashamedly I suffered in the wind catching a huge crab on the first bend (sorry!). Nevertheless we quickly gained back our rhythm to complete a strong race. Sitting at bow I could see the effort that each and every member exerted and we quickly got good timing and power together as a crew despite the difficulties the weather caused. Not to forget our fantastic cox Hannah who spurred us on for the entire 5km! She was also an advocate of river etiquette against some of the more pushy coxes. It was an enjoyable day and I feel privileged to be part of the crew as we all worked fantastically and supportively as a team. Well done girls, next stop WeHorr!" Womens 2nd VIII Tyne Report (Written by Charlotte Bambridge) On the afternoon of 22nd February the women's 2nd VIII of Louise Fallon, Ceci Spriggs, Anna Morris, Audrey Bellis, Catherine Revell, Rebekah Lyndon, Charlotte Bambridge and Agnes Hilldred coxed by Joss Hutch attempted Tyne Head. It was always going to be a tough race for a relatively inexperienced boat, with the crew entered in WIM3 due to the solitary point of one member of the crew, and the boat itself, kindly lent by Johns, more suited to 90kg men and described as 'rowing a bathtub'. However, despite the tough category and the frustrating draw at the end of the women's boats, with only crews of old men to try to push off, the girls raced well in tough atmospheric conditions. Few crabs were caught and the race was finished in one piece. The place of 10th out of 10 in WIM3 and 6th out of 6 WIM3 Durham colleges sounds a little disappointing, but had the crew been racing Novice they would have come a more respectable 3rd out of 5. Joss Hutch proved unsurprisingly to be an excellent cox, with the call 'do it for Beyonce' a particular highlight. All in all Tyne Head proved to be an enjoyable day with much needed racing experience for the immanent WEHoRR.

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1st VIII's start their campaign at Rutherford Head 2013

The Men and Womens 1st VIII's competed in Rutherford head of the river over 5km on the River Tyne. With TIM being the only college boat stored permanently at Tyne the crews were hopeful they could use their extensive practice on the tidal river to produce a strong result. Read on for the race reports, written by members of each crew: Men’s Rutherford report (written by Hugh McCrea) The men’s first VIII (Tom Arney, Pat Clark, Jon Sanderson, Hugh McCrea, Ryan Cunningham, George Windscheffel, Paul Kacperek and Matt Hipkin, coxed by Tom Hallett) raced on Saturday morning. Following a very strong start, the crew closed down on the Tyne United crew ahead, whilst an eager crew from Tees attempted to keep up behind. With the other chasing crews in the far distance, Mildert managed to close the gap between them and Tyne down to a single boat length, but with 2.5k to go, the strong Tees crew eventually caught up and managed to slip ahead. Undeterred, Mildert continued to push on along the final straight and flew towards the finish line at an unbelievable pace. The boys completed the 5km course in an impressive 15 minutes and 54 seconds, coming 5th of the college VIII’s (with Cuth’s first VIII winning the category) and 7th out of 17 in the IM3.8+ category, beating, amongst others, crews from St Andrews, Aberdeen and Lancaster University. Congratulations to all involved! Womens Rutherford report (written by Fran Nuttall) Following a strong performance from our men’s first VIII, the Women’s IM3.8+ (Emily Clark, Ellie Willett, Lucy Colgrave, Tasha Brown, Rachel Metcalf, Rose Earland, Maria Haag, Fran Nuttall coxed by Charlie Dowdle) were racing in the afternoon division. Moments before the race commenced, the crew found that the cox box wasn’t working, but due to Charlie’s inspirational efforts and the girls’ focus, they didn’t let it affect their performance. After a great start chasing Leeds University and pulling away from the crews that had set off after, it took hard work to maintain their position for 5km. However, the crew finished without being overtaken or having overtaken, finishing just a few seconds after Leeds University ultimately! With a top performance from everyone, all the training had paid off – finishing with a time of 21:55.2 placed the crew 5th out of 12 in their category. Of the Durham College crews competing, they placed a very respectable 2nd to Hatfield’s 1st VIII, beating two University College crews, John’s, St Cuthbert’s and Hatfield’s 2nd VIII. Well done everyone; what a good start to Head Season!




VMBC Awards Dinner

During the last week of term the annual VMBC Awards Dinner was held to recognise the achievements and commitments shown over the past year. The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Ben Gascoigne for his commitment to the club as both a rower and during his two years on the exec. To name a just a fraction of his contributions, he is well known for: clocking almost 600,000m in erg mileage, single-handedly refurbishing the black and gold and the two singles, building a step, trolley and rack along with generally knowing everything there is to know about boats.The good condition our equipment is in is largely down to him and we wish him all the best in the future. Oarsman was presented to Ollie Poyton for his outstanding contributions to VIII's, IV's and his impressive single performances in Head Season. Oarswoman of the Year was presented to Heather Reay for her commitment to training over the last year and her tireless good attitude for all things rowing. Most Improved Oarsman was presented to George Windscheffel for his regular attendance to all forms of training, admirable willingness to improve and for immediately establishing himself in the top novice crew. Most Improved Oarswoman was presented to Anne-Marie Graetz for her outstanding natural ability and dedication to training that earnt her a place in the WeHoRR VIII Cox of the Year was awarded to Laura Wilson for her commitments throughout the year and the huge improvements she has shown. Men’s, Women’s and Novice Crew of the Year were awarded to the Tyne Regatta VIII, the Satsumas and the Hexham VIII respectively. The Wooley Award was presented to Hugh McCrea and Jon Sanderson for the “Pussywagon” incident. I won’t write the details here but feel free to ask if you see either of them.




Impressive Finish to the Year at York Summer Regatta

In the past few years York Summer Regatta has been a favourite of VMBC with several impressive results. This year the competition took place after term had ended and VMBC sent two crews for their last race of the year. With members of both crews graduating there was a real drive from the two boats to produce some special memories. In the early morning division the IM3 4+ of Daniel Thompson, Pat Clark, Ben Gascoigne and Hugh McCrea coxed by Tom Hallett, were hoping to have more luck than at Durham regatta where they were forced to retire due to injury. In their first race, on the inside of the bend the Mildert crew had a uncharacteristically poor start and struggled to stay in touch with a strong crew from Trevs. With one third of the race down the Mildert crew where half a length behind but a call by the cox to push hard coincided with the Trevs crew starting to tire. In a huge pressure for 10 the Mildert crew caught, passed and then got clear water on the now struggling Trevs crew. Coming towards the finish the Mildert crew were several lengths up and cruised home in style. The second race was against Leeds RC who had had a bye in the first round and so were much fresher. However the Mildert IV had learnt from their mistakes and found their form with an extremely strong start to take most of a length from the Leeds crew. A push around the corner gave clear water and the victory. The final was against a DARC crew who had dispatched some strong crews on their way to the final. In a huge push more Mildert the cox was able to call the seats he was moving up on the other crew in time with the pressure 10. For the first time Mildert were on the outside of the bend and DARC began to pull back around the corner. The determination of the Mildert crew held out and as the river straightened out a clear water lead came comfortably and a huge push along the finish straight caused victory by several lengths. Analysis of the cox box afterwards showed that in the final the crew averaged rate 38 giving a pace that DARC simply couldn’t live with. After this strong start from Mildert it was the turn of the Womens N4+ of Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Charlotte Bambridge and Fran Nuttal coxed by Laura Wilson. This crew have raced together for most of the year as ‘The Satsumas’ and even painted the bowball of their beloved JC orange. Unfortunately the JC was out of action and so the IV were racing in the unfamiliar GP. A bye in the first round meant their first opposition was a crew from St. Peters and the crew where unlucky enough to be drawn in the outside lane. The start was fairly even with St. Peters gaining a seat in the first stages of the race. With the Mildert cox nailing the apex on the outside bend the Mildert IV were a canvass down but carrying more speed. Pushing through the bridge they crew took the lead and despite a strong finish from the opposition the training throughout the year from The Satsumas paid off and they held on for victory by half a length. The final was against a crew from York University who had comfortably beaten their opposition in the previous rounds. With both crews level coming up to the corner the Mildert crew had the inside of the bend and took advantage with a big push taking the lead by half a boatlength. As both crews passed under the bridge and the Mildert crew found the strength to put in a short pressure and extend their lead a little further. The final 400m was extremely tense with the York crew staying strong and coming back at the Mildert crew but they ran out of river and the Mildert IV won by a canvass to give VMBC a 100% win percentage at York. This was certainly an excellent way to finish regatta season in style!




VMBC Dominant Once Again at Admirals Regatta

The 2013 Admirals Regatta was held on Wednesday 19th June directly after the Mildert Day formal. After a several victories last year the club had a reputation to defend. VMBC got off to a strong start with Crew Barton (Jess Barton, Mairi Shepherd, Imogen Baylis, Emily Clark coxed by Lydia Smith), racing in senior womens IV’s. Following on from their strong performance at in WIM3 4+ at Durham Regatta they won every round comfortably including the final which they won by several lengths. Unfortunately Crews Cunningham (Ryan Cunningham, George Windscheffel, Paul Kacperek, Matt Hipkin coxed by Ollie Poynton), Leask (Jacob Leask, Tom Colin, Dom Appleton and Shuli Zhang coxed by Joss Hutch) and Voelker (Elliot Voelker, Gavin Birch, Tom Lambert, Jon Ward-Barnet coxed by Hannah Pittaway) , racing in the Mens Novice IV’s, all lost their opening rounds. In the Womens Novice IV’s Crew Caje-Revel (Catherine Caje-Revel, Clare Twinning, Joss Hutch, Amy Pearce coxed by James Young) won their first round by a length. In the second round they faced another Mildert crew (Rachel Metcalf, Rose Earland, Harriet Anderson, Tasha Brown coxed by Georgia McDonnell.) Regrettably Crew Metcalf lost their shortly after the start and had a 'slight' incident with the bank meaning Crew Caje-Revel came through victorious. Unfortunately they couldn’t keep their winning streak going and lost in the semi-final. The third Mildert crew (Maria Haag, Becky Thomas, Gemma Lee, Isabel Allgeyer coxed by Hannah Bolt) lost in their first round. The loss of the Rudder off the JC meant that Crew Poynton (Jon Sanderson, Mairi Shepherd, Imogen Baylis, Oli Poynton coxed by Laura Wilson) had to find a boat for their Mixed IV races. Unfortunately the crew struggled to come to terms with the replacement boat and lost their race by a small margin to a crew from Butler. In the same division Crew Barton (Jess Barton, Pat Clark, Dan Thompson, Emily Clark coxed by Tom Hallett) eased through their first round against Trevs and then made a big push halfway through their semi-final against Aiden’s to win by several boat lengths. The Mildert crew lined up against a strong St. Cuthberts crew for a tense final. As at all regatta's this season, VMBC produced a faultless start and proved dominant in the final reaching, clear water by the halfway mark of the racecourse. In the annual coxes race the Mildert crew (Anna Fawcett, Charlie Dowdle, Hannah Pittaway and Laura Wilson coxed by Ben Gascoigne, with replacements from Oli Poynton and Joss Hutch) were given a rowed bye in their first round and unfortunately lost in their second by a distance. The Mildert Mixed VIII (Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Tom Arney, Ben Gascoigne, Hugh McCrea, Harry Inman, Charlotte Bambridge, Fran Nuttall coxed by Anna Fawcett) had a title to defend after winning the highly competitive category last year. They got off to a strong start by comfortably beating their opposition in the first two rounds. In the final they were against a Cuths VIII featuring some of the rowers VMBC beat in the final of the mixed IV. In a tough race the stamina of the Mildert crew showed and they won by just less than a canvas.




Strong Performance for VMBC at Durham Regatta

After the disappointment of the event last year being cancelled this year's Durham Regatta occurred in some of the hottest weather of the year so far. The glorious sunshine meant both banks of the river were crowded with spectators who cheered VMBC on to some impressive results. 8 crews raced over the two days with enough success that the commentator was heard to announce the renaissance in rowing at Mildert over the last year. On a busy Saturday morning a Womens IM3 4+ (Emily Clark, Imogen Baylis, Mairi Shepherd and Jess Barton, coxed by Lydia Smith) got off to a good start by beating Grey by a distance. In their second round they faced a strong and highly fancied Leeds Uni crew. A tight race saw the Mildert boat finish strongly to win by half a length. In the semi final a St Cuths crew were beaten to set up a final against DUBC. Unfortunately the intensity of DU training showed and the Mildert crew were beaten by a distance. The crew came 2nd out of 14. At the same time two Womens Novice 4+ were racing. After reaching the final at Hexham Crew Reay (Fran Nuttall, Charlotte Bambridge, Ellie Willett and Heather Reay, coxed by Laura Wilson) were hoping to have a strong regatta. Unfortunately in a tough first round draw they didn’t achieve their expected strong start and left themselves too much to do in the closing stages. Despite gaining on the John Snow crew the course wasn’t quite long enough to overhaul them and the Mildert crew were knocked out in the first round. Similarly Crew Anderson (Tasha Brown, Becky Thomas, Isabel Allgeyer and Harriet Anderson, coxed by Hannah Bolt) were knocked out in the first round. Despite a strong start the Mildert crew couldn’t stay with a powerful looking Castle crew and were beaten by a distance. After strong results at Tyne and Hexham the Mens IM3 8+ (Ollie Poynton, Dan Thompson, Harry Inman, Jon Sanderson, Ben Gascoigne, Hugh McCrea, Patrick Clark and Tom Arney, coxed by Anna Fawcett) looked to build on their performance. This VIII have become known for their rapid starts and have still not failed to take several seats out of any crew over the first 20 strokes of every regatta this season. In the first round they faced a strong looking DARC crew but the Mildert VIII cruised to victory by over a length. The second round opposition was a DUBC eight. Mildert quickly gained half a length by halfway and were cheered on by members of all colleges eager to see DU beaten. The VIII held off a strong response by DU to win by half a canvass. The semi-final offered a chance for revenge against the Hild-Bede crew who had beaten the VIII by inches the week before at Hexham. Once again with a flying start Mildert were up by a canvass at halfway. Hild Bede attempted to respond but with Hexham Regatta in mind the Mildert VIII stayed strong to secure victory by half a canvass setting up a final against Hatfield. An outstanding start gave Mildert half a length but at half way the Mildert crew ran out of legs and struggled to match a big push by the Hatfield crew. Hatfield were a seat up coming under Bath’s Bridge but Mildert pushed back. Sadly the crew ran out of river and Hatfield took victory by a ‘bowball’ The afternoon saw a Mens IM3 4+ (Ollie Poynton, Jon Sanderson, Harry Inman and Tom Arney, coxed by Tom Hallett) race. The crew rowed well but unfortunately the mornings drama in the VIII caught up with the crew and they didn’t have the energy to keep up with a fresh DARC crew who won by a boatlength. After the hugely successful VMBC Soriee held at the Bishop Langley there was only one crew racing on the Sunday Morning. The Womens Maiden Novice 4+ (Ceci Spriggs, Louise Fallon, Joss Hutch and Audrey Bellis, coxed by Heather Reay) had looked strong in training but struggled in their first senior regatta losing to Collingwood by a distance. In the afternoon the Mens Maiden Novice 4+ (Kyle Main, Matt Brown, Dom Appleton and Joe Fleming, coxed by Tom Arney) suffered a similar fate when they lost to Castle by 2 boatlengths. A second crew also raced. Crew Kacperek (Chris Vidler, Tom Colin, George Windscheffel and Paul Kacperek, coxed by Ollie Poynton) were tipped to do well but despite a close race couldn’t hold a strong push by a castle crew in the dying stages to lose by a boatlength. An IM3 4+ also raced in the afternoon. Crew Crosland-Mills (Hugh McCrea, Dan Thompson, Patrick Clark and James Crosland-Mills, coxed by Charlie Dowdle) faced a strong crew from York University in the first round. In one of the closest races of the day Mildert were down by a seat at halfway and then with a big push off St. Cuths landing stage managed to get into the lead and hold off the York crew to take victory by the narrowest of margins. The Mildert crew were due to race a DU four in the next round who were looking for some revenge from the previous day. Unfortunately back issues for one of the crew meant the crew were forced to retire due to injury.




Hexham Regatta 2013

At the start of the day a men's novice four (Elliot Voelker, Yigit Kaynar, Ryan Cunningham and Jon Ward-Barnett, coxed by Hannah Pittaway) were unlucky to be beaten by a strong Castle crew. Meanwhile, our women's novice eight (Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Charlotte Bambridge, Fran Nuttall, Rachel Metcalf, Rose Earland, Becky Thomas and Gemma Lee, coxed by Tom Hallett) cruised to an early victory over a Bede crew. The second round draw was a lot harder and despite a close race they were beaten by a Hatfield eight by half a boatlength. Ollie Poynton, racing in novice single sculls, cruised through his first round. His second round race against a sculler from Stephenson was an extremely tight race. The opposition had gained half a boatlength by the 400m mark. Ollie put in a push at halfway to start coming back at his opposition. However the Stephenson sculler just managed to hang on to win by a few feet. In division 2 the men's IM3 eight (Tom Arney, Pat Clark, Hugh McCrea, Ben Gascoigne, Jon Sanderson, Harry Inman, Daniel Thompson and Ollie Poynton, coxed by Charlie Dowdle) won a tough first round race against a Castle eight. The second round was against a strong looking Bede crew. After a quick start from Mildert, the Bede crew came back strong to a win of a few inches. The Bede crew went on to win, after a dead heat in the final. Division 3 was extremely busy with four Mildert crews racing. A men’s novice eight (Ryan Cunningham, George Windscheffel, Paul Kacperek, Tom Colin, Joe Fleming, Chris Vidler, Matt Heydari and Matt Hipkin, coxed by Tom Hallett) had looked strong in training and off the start set an ambitious rate. Unfortunately several crabs were caught which allowed John Snow to take the advantage and win the round and go on to win the event. With such power in the boat, the experience should help them do very well in the Maiden Novice Fours category at Durham Regatta next weekend. A Men's IM3 four (Tom Arney, Ben Gascoigne, Jon Sanderson and Ollie Poynton, coxed by Joss Hutch) had a good start, but the Hatfield crew pulled back in the middle of the race. After a brief clash of blades interrupted both crew’s rhythm, the Hatfield crew recovered quickly and pulled ahead. A last minute burst wasn’t quite enough to draw ahead, and Hatfield won by a canvas. A Women’s Novice four (Isabel Bannister, Arlene Teo, Lucy Colgrave and Rose Earland, coxed by Charlie Dowdle) faced a strong crew from Berwick. Leading into the halfway mark the Mildert crew couldn’t hold on and were beaten by a small margin. A second women’s novice four (Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Charlotte Bambridge and Fran Nuttall, coxed by Laura Wilson) had more success. After hard fought wins in their first two rounds against Chester Le Street and a fresh DARC crew the Mildert crew then raced Trev’s. The final was against a Cuths crew who were significantly fresher than the Mildert crew, having a bye in the first round. After a strong start the Mildert four were leading at half way but their five previous races caught up with them and despite a huge effort and large volumes of crowd support they couldn’t hold off the strong push from Cuths which took victory by a small margin in the closing stages. The crew are gutted but ready to get training hard this week ready for Durham regatta. All crews who took part looked strong and we can look forward to some competitive racing at Durham Regatta next weekend.




VMBC Win IM3 8+ at Tyne Regatta

After the disappointment of the Head of the River race in London being cancelled, VMBC sent a mens eight to Tyne regatta. On a sunny spring day with an uncharacteristically flat Tyne the eight were put through to a straight final against Newcastle Uni Boat Club and Tyne Rowing Club. The crew (Tom Arney, Pat Clark, Hugh McCrea, Ben Gascoigne, Jon Sanderson, Ed Fox, Dan Thompson, Ollie Poynton, coxed by Charlie Dowdle) leapt into a boat length lead off the start before being held by the opposing crews for a short period. As the other crews tired Crew Arney stayed strong and pulled away to take victory by 2 boat lengths. The brilliant result will hopefully set the tone for the 2013 regatta season and will be joined by several more victories in the coming months.




Novice racing at Yorkshire Head

Yorkshire Head saw eight members of the VMBC Novice Squad venture out of Durham for their first taste of competitive racing. It was a day of high drama, collective effort and controversial marshal decisions. Unfortunately crew Clark (Heydari, Vidler, Fleming, Main coxed by P Clark) were victims of a questionable disqualification after boating slightly late and just missing the cut off time for reaching the start line. They were sent back and regrettably missed the race. However this should not deter from their commendable training preparations and enthusiasm. Had they been allowed to race they would no doubt have achieved a good result. Similarly crew Poynton also boated slightly late and were forced to warm up with a 5km sprint to the start line. After a strong start crew Poynton (Cunningham, Windscheffel, Kacperek, Hipkin coxed by Poynton) looked poised to engage the IM3 four that set off one position ahead in their first overtake…and then strokes seat came of its slide dashing their chances. With Stroke holding his seat in his hands in disbelief bow three continued on rowing valiantly. After a few minutes of blank staring and unbelievable bad luck stroke was reunited with his seat. All four, clearly traumatised by the experience, did well to beast the second half of the race and cross the finish line in 22 minutes 14 seconds. Of course had they not spent themselves just reaching the start and managed to stay on their seats they obviously would have won. However according to ‘official’ results they came 8th…out of 8. Yet an impressive display of technique and endurance must not be overlooked and given the epic nature of the race this can only be seen as a good result and a promising foundation for the future. Having displayed their resilience, enthusiasm and ever improving technique both crews did well and surely look destined for VMBC greatness….

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WeHoRR 2013

On Saturday 9th March, VMBC Women's 1st VIII (Jess Barton, Mairi Shepherd, Imogen Baylis, Anne-Marie Graetz, Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Charlotte Bambridge, Fran Nuttall, cox: Anna Fawcett) competed in the Women's Eights Head of the River. The crew trained hard for this event throughout Epiphany Term, with weekly outings on the Tyne (the current location of Trust in Mildert) as well as focused land training and other races in the North East as preparation. The crew was very lucky to be joined by Anna Fawcett (Men’s Captain) as cox for WeHoRR and the races running up to it, who was invaluable to the morale and training of the group. Mildert went into WeHoRR with a strong standing amongst the other Durham colleges, having finished 3rd at Hayward Cup, behind Hatfield and John Snow, and 5th at snowy Tyne Head, with Grey and Hatfield being the only colleges to finish ahead. Trailering, as ever, was not without its complications, with the eight arriving in Barnes to discover that the foot stretcher of VII seat had completely vanished. Thanks to a foot stretcher loaned from Emmanuel School BC and some spare bolts from Marlow RC, the crew were unphased by this minor setback, and calmly prepared to race, with a crowd of VMBC parents and supporters providing great support. Disadvantaged by the draw, which was done in alphabetical order by category, VMBC went off at number 185, behind University College London BC. Mildert powered through the first section of the race, helped by a strong stream, and held off a challenge from the University of Worcester BC between Hammersmith and Fulham, and finished in style, overtaking another crew on the line. The crew finished 188th, with a time of 21.27.22, narrowly missing out on the 3rd place of the Durham colleges, with Hild Bede finishing a frustrating 0.32 seconds ahead. This result was a very respectable finish from the crew, and a great end to the head season for the women’s squad. VMBC has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with, so the regatta season promises further success for the women!




Novice Cup

This year’s Novice Cup saw the usual mix of fast racing, incredibly slow racing, carnage, banter and chaos as the novices took to the water. The action got underway quickly with races starting at 8am. Crews Willett and Clark won all of their Saturday races and progressed into the Sunday races. Unfortunately a few crews lost their first race and had to wait until the Plate competition on Sunday for their next race. Crew Reay stormed through their first two rounds but sadly had to concede their third race due to a broken rigger. Crew Young sadly lost their second race due to a seat coming off (classic Mildert) after dominating their first race. There’s no Novice Cup without carnage and we had plenty this year. A Cuths crew managed to get into a fight with a tree whilst rowing up to the start line (don’t ask how). Needless to say the tree won and subsequently punched a hole in the Cuths boat. The crew and cox were rescued by the launch and the launch then proceeded to parade the capsized boat in front of the cheering crowds as it was cleared from the racecourse. On Sunday Crew Poynton won their first Plate race but were sadly knocked out in their second race by a very strong Chad’s crew. Mildert Willet rowed well but were beaten by a very technical Hild Bede crew. Crew Clark built on their solid performance from Saturday, quickly dispatching a Hatfield crew in the quarters. They rowed well but lost their semi-final to the eventual winners of the Women’s Cup (John’s). Well done to everyone involved from the rowers and coxes to the marshals and cake sellers. Full results can be viewed on the DCR website.




Old Photos

I've added some photos from the earlier 2000s to the gallery. Yet more club history I discovered.

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Senate Cup Sucess

This week saw the annual DCR Senate Cup head race on the river Wear in Durham. The course runs for 1800m from Count's House to the bandstand and involves high speed navigation underneath Elvet Bridge! The day was not without its excitement; crews had snow storms to contend with and there was plenty of drama at Elvet Bridge, with one crew capsizing. VMBC had seven crews racing. All crews fared fantastically given the cold conditions. A special congratulations goes to Ollie Poynton, who continues Mildert's tradition of sculling prowess by winning his Novice Sculls category. Well done! Our two men's intermediate fours Mildert-Poynton (Dan Thompson, Ollie Poynton, Harry Inman and Tom Arney with Tom Hallett) and Mildert-Crosland-Mills (James Crosland-Mills, Andy Durnan, Ben Gascoigne and Pat Clark with Anna Fawcett) came 6th and 8th respectively. Considering the two top crews were DU composites this is a really solid set of results for the men's squad - both crews were only a few seconds slower than the third placed crew. The men's novice four Mildert-Lambert (Tom Lambert, Ed Fox, Gavin Birch and with Hugh McCrea with Tom Hallett) also put down a solid performance, coming 8th out of 15 entries. For the women, we had three novice fours, Mildert-Reay (Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Charlotte Bambridge and Rose Earland with Laura Wilson), Mildert-Anderson (Harriet Anderson, Isabelle Allgeyer, Laura Chillintan and Sarah Coghlan with Jess Barton) and Mildert-Nicholls (Grace Nicholls, Agnes Hillred, Gemma Lee and Maria Haag with Fran Nuttall) who came second, sixth and seventh respectively. The boat in second position was very unlucky with the rudder falling off halfway through the course, so their result is even more impressive - unfortunately they probably would have won their category without this equipment failure. Once again, well done to all crews that raced. Your results are testament to the hours spent on the water and in the gym. Also, massive thanks go to Isabelle Allgeyer, Harriet Anderson, Ed Fox, Hugh McCrea, Tom Arney and Harry Inman who marshalled for us




Rutherford Head

Our men’s first VIII and women’s second IV raced at Rutherford today, both crews put down some fantastic times and this is a tribute to the hours of training they’ve put in over the term. Well done! The full results can be found on the Tyne Rowing Club Website (http://www.tynerowingclub.org/pages/rutherford_head_180561.cfm) The men’s first VIII (James Crosland-Mills, Andy Durnan, Ben Gascoigne, Pat Clark, Tom Arney, Dan Thompson, Ollie Poynton and Harry Inman coxed by Anna Fawcett) completed the 5km course in an impressive 16 minutes and 38 seconds, coming second of the college VIII’s, third overall in their category (thirteenth in their division), behind Tyne United Rowing Club and Hatfield College. The women’s novice four (Heather Reay, Ellie Willett, Rose Earland and Charlotte Bambridge coxed by Laura Wilson) finished in 23 minutes and seven seconds and came second in their category behind Durham ARC.




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Welcome Back

Welcome back to all members of the club. There have been a few minor changes to the website over the summer, most of which you might not notice. The members page is currently getting a makeover and there is a new race results page to record previous wins. Also, as a reminder you can export your outings to Google Calendar, simply add http://www.dur.ac.uk/vm.boatclub/calendar.php?user=YOUR CIS USERNAME Handy if you don't want to check the website very often. For coxes (new and old) - SCO Harry has uploaded a Coxing Glossary to the resources page, check it out! x




History of the Club

I've just added a piece of interesting history to the About page which we received from a past President. Some interesting stuff on how the club was performing in 1978!!!! Hope everyone is having a good summer!




Privacy Settings

Exec can now post message to members only on this page by choosing privacy settings on the "Post News" page. I'm looking to expanding this to all members when I've ironed out some bugs (like making spelling mistakes in code!). Hopefully you'll then be able to add comments to stories, as well as post photos, to make this page a bit more social :D




Regatta Season Ends with Plenty of Pots at Admirals Regatta

At Admirals regatta in the last week of term, the club gave an impressive show to the other Colleges, winning in four categories. The weather smiled upon our rowers, giving a brief respite of sunshine amongst a week of rain. In the Novice Sculls, Ollie Poynton and Will Stagg rowed head to head in a Mildert vs Mildert final. Will won the category at Admirals for the second year running but Ollie showed his technical prowess in his victory over a Stevenson sculler in the first round of the competition. The mixed VIII (Jess Barton, Mairi Shepherd, James Crosland-Mills, Ollie Poynton, Andy Durnan, Will Stagg, Kate Bowden and Emily Clark with Anna Fawcett) also won their category, following three hard rounds. Their heat against Grey College was particularly impressive as the crew won by several boat lengths. Pat Clark, Ben Gascoigne, Dan Thompson and Ben Page with Anna Fawcett won in the Novice IV’s. Also racing in this category were Alex Morphew, Harry Inman, Jack Lodge and Tom Hallett with Iain McKenzie; Tom Arney, Gavin Birch, Henry Fazakerly and Tom Lambert with Andy Durnan; and Will Walker, Jacob Cherry, Hugh McCrea and Elliot Voelker with Lydia Smith. The competition in this particular category was very tough, and all crews rowed to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, crews Morphew and Walker were drawn against each other in the first round with the Morphew crew progressing into the next round. The Arney crew narrowly missed out on a place in the second race to a St. Cuthbert’s crew following a controversial blade clash under Bath’s bridge, only 20m from the finish. Jess Barton and Emily Clark also won the women’s double sculls, beating their Hatfield opposition by several boat lengths in a straight final. The women’s Novice IV’s were both knocked out in the first round of the competition. (Fran Nuttall, Rose Earland, Jenna Beckett and Zoe Taylor with Laura Wilson; Maria Haag, Becky Thomas, Vicky Martin and Gemma Lee with Kate Bowden) However, the races did give crews race experience (for many of these rowers, it was their first race since the Novice Cup) and confidence for next year’s Head Season. The club celebrated these Admirals victories in style at Hide for our annual Awards dinner, following the official naming of the Van Mildert and the Black and Gold at the boathouse. After 2 years with the club, the Van Mildert (formerly the Intersport) was finally named with Petra Points, the college senior tutor, in attendance. Thanks were expressed by Andy Durnan to the JCR for the money given to purchase the IV and as tradition states, champagne was poured over the bows of both boats and handed round for the rest of the club. At the boat naming, the club also presented Will Stagg with his President’s oar which had been stunningly decorated by Tom Arney. After moving to Hide, the Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Ben Page. The Oarsman and Oarswomen of the Year were given to Will Stagg and Kate Bowden respectively and the most improved Oarsman and Oarswomen given to Harry Inman and Ellie Willett. We had numerous deserving nominations for the Wooley award, but this year it was given to Ben Gascoigne, Pat Clarke, Ben Page, Oscar Petit and Lauren Day for abandoning an outing in bad weather and walking the boat all the way from DARC back to VMBC, most notably with Ben Page walking back barefoot! Men’s, Women’s and Novice Crew of the year shields were awarded to the men’s Hayward Cup first VIII, the women’s WeHoRR crew and the Beavers with Tom Hallett. Coxswain of the Year was given to Lauren Day who has had a fantastic year with the club. She started coxing this year and progressed to coxing the men’s second VIII at Tideway and thoroughly deserves her award. VMBC has had a successful season, despite the setbacks. Thank you to all those who have made this year so memorable, the club is now thriving and we look forward to October and Head Season with anticipation!

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Women’s Success at Hexham regatta

VMBC celebrated their first win of the season at Hexham Regatta on Saturday 2nd June. Jessica Barton, Mairi Shepherd, Kate Bowden and Hannah Bolt, coxed by Tom Hallett, obliterated the competition to be crowned victors in the Women's Novice Coxed Fours category. The crew fought hard in the semi-final to pull past a Stevenson crew in the last 100m and similarly in the final, where they pulled a boat length over a Collingwood four. The other women's Novice IV (Reay, Willet, Lambert and Fenech with Ben Page) also had a good days racing, storming through the first round of the competition but narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-final. For the men, the competition was fierce and the three Novice fours (Morphew, Hayes Arney and Morjaria with Hannah Bolt), (Inman, Lodge, Young and Hallett with Iain McKenzie) and (Crosland-Mills, , Gascoigne, Page and Thompson with Lauren Day) were all knocked out of the first round in tight races. The Men’s IM3 IV (Clark, Stagg, Poynton and Durnan with Iain McKenzie) also lost their first race to the eventual winners of the category from St. Marys College. Next weekend sees the arrival of Durham regatta. Van Mildert Boat Club has a packed weekend, with eleven crews racing over the course of the weekend. Everyone is hoping that the club will be able to emulate the success of Hexham again on home turf.

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Sports Colours 2012

The following people were awarded JCR Sports Colours at the Sports Formal on Tuesday 1st May. We would like to thank them all for their hard work and commitment to VMBC over their time at University. FULL COLOURS: William Stagg - for services to the Exec as President, commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and 1st IV, coxing the women's 1st VIII at Women's Head of the River Race 2012 and most importantly, a victory in Novice Single Sculls at Admiral's Regatta 2011. Robbie Edwards - for services to the Exec as Boatman and Novice Development Captain, commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and dedication to all aspects of coaching. Charlie Brunt - for services to the Exec as Men's Captain and commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and 1st IV. Andy Wood - for services to the Exec as Treasurer, commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and dedication to coaching. Nick Young - for services to the Exec as Treasurer and dedication to coaching. Mike Harrap - for services to the Exec as Sponsorship Secretary, dedication to coaching, commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and 1st IV. Kate Bowden - for dedication to coaching, commitment to the Women's 1st VIII and 1st IV and on many occasions, doing significantly more than was ever expected of her. Anmol Sandhu - for services to DCR as Regatta Secretary and commitment to the Women's 1st VIII. Ben Page - for services to the Exec as Webmaster, commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and generally giving his life and soul to the club. Greg Caster - for services to the Exec and Women's Squad. Lindsay Martin - for services to the Exec and sustained commitment to rowing, coxing and coaching. Alex Trickle - for services to the Exec and commitment to the Men's 1st VIII. HALF COLOURS: Lauren Day - For coxing the Men's 2nd VIII at Head of the River Race 2012. Amy Lambert - For commitment to the Women's 1st VIII. Lee Zowghi -for services to the Exec and commitment to the Men's 1st VIII. Iain McKenzie - for sustained commitment to rowing, coaching and coxing. Olivia Atkinson - for sustained commitment to rowing, coaching and coxing. Simon Zieleniewski - for commitment to the Men's 1st VIII and 1st IV.




2012 AGM

On the 24th February our club's annual AGM was held. On the 17th March the following members will assume the detailed executive roles as follows: President - Andy Durnan Men's Captain - Anna Fawcett Women's Captain - Jess Barton Novice Development Captain - Tom Hallett Safety and Coaching Officer - Harry Inman Treasurer - Dan Thompson Secretary - Hannah Bolt Enterprise Officer - (Mike Harrap) Boatmen - Patrick Clark and Ben Gascoigne Social Secretary - Liddy Felton Webmaster - Gavin Birch




York Small Boats Head and Senate Cup

After a back injury caused the college’s racing crew at Tees Small Boats Head to pull out, Tyne United Small Boats Head became the first race for the club this year. On Saturday 5th November a men’s Novice IV (Page, Gascoigne, Thompson, Trickle with Anna Fawcett) and a women’s IM3 IV (Barton, Clark, Bowden, Shepherd with cox Will Stagg) raced the 5km racecourse on the Tyne. The women’s IV gave a strong race, passing the Castle crew in front as they crossed the finish line, taking away both tankards for fastest women’s IM3 crew and pennant points for fastest college women’s IV. The scratch men’s IV finished third overall in their category, and were the second fastest novice college crew. On Sunday the 20th November, VMBC travelled to the city of York for the yearly Small Boats Head, a 3km head race, and the 3rd race of the pennant series. In a very foggy division 1, a women’s IM3 IV (Bolt, Macdonald, Stevenson, Bangert with cox Lydia Smith) and a men’s IM3 IV raced (Crosland-Mills, Stagg, Harrap, Durnan with cox Vicky Goodwin). The women’s crew put in a solid start, holding off a Sheffield University crew for most of the course, while the men’s IV produced a strong start to the season, overtaking DARC immediately and pulling past Sheffield University in the last section of the race. Division 3 saw another women’s IM3 IV (Barton, Shepherd, Clark, Bowden coxed by Clem Keily-Baxter) and a Novice 1x (Stagg) competing. The IV suffered technical difficulties with the rudder cable snapping and bow’s gate bursting open, however still managed to set a decent time from the course. The entire head had 389 finishing crews, with the fastest time set by a Leeds Uni IM2 coxless quad at 10:11.3, and the slowest time as 18:32.0 by a women’s novice coxed quad. The men’s IV rated overall at 59th, and as the 4th fastest IM3 IV, and 5th/15 men’s college IV’s with a time of 11:53.8 for the entire course. The women’s IV’s ranked 6th and 10th out of 13 college women’s IV’s, with times of 14:09.1 and 14:38.8 at positions 279 and 311. The novice scull finished 243rd, with a time of 13:43.8, as the fastest of 2 college sculls and 7th/12 in the category. VMBC has made a solid start to the season in the Pennants series and with more races in the next few weeks, all crews will be fighting for further successes.

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Regatta season draws to a close with Admiral’s

The inter-college regatta, Admiral’s saw a rather different mix of events to the usual we atten, being an opportunity for ‘fun’ events and competitions that crews would normally not enter. Racing in the standard events were Men’s Intermediate IV’s (Lucy Madden with Harris, Stagg, Harrap, Durnan), Women’s Intermediate IV’s (Martin, Shepherd, Stevenson, Bolt), Mixed Double’s (Sandhu, Trickle), and two single scull’s, Trickle at IM3 and Stagg at Novice. In the Comedy IV’s competition, two IV’s raced; Anna Fawcett captaining the four pirates Allen, Young (J), Magner and Hallett – and Hannah Bolt leading her assorted fancy dress crew of McKensie, Young (N), Trickle and Page. The Women’s scratch IM3 crew had a straight final, and despite their competitors from John’s attempting ramming techniques, they won the event, while the Men’s IM3 crew got knocked out first round against Castle. The Mixed Double also raced to victory, although against a Women’s Double, while the IM3 Single got knocked out first round. The Novice Single got through to the second round finals, however had to re-race the finals against Castle, but managed to draw out a lead and win the event. The comedy IV’s saw a truly bizarre series of boats racing down the river, however despite their best efforts the men’s comedy crews drew a close second to Collingwood, narrowly missing out on medals and the award for best overall college at the Regatta.




York Summer Regatta

As the last week of term drew close, VMBC attended York Summer Regatta. After trailering problems the club managed to borrow three boats from York St John’s Boat Club, racing Men’s Novice IV’s (Hannah Leedham with Crosland-Mills, Young (N), Trickle, Page) Women’s Novice IV’s (Dave Webster with Armfield, Macdonald, Stevenson, Bangert) and Trickle and Sandhu in IM3 Mixed Doubles. The Mixed Double’s event turned out to be the largest tournament in the regatta, however up against strong competition, the double were knocked out in their first round. The men’s boat drew a straight final for Novice IV’s, however their opposing crew drew a lead around the bend in the course and finished first overall. The women’s novice IV faced a challenging first round, however pulled out a boat length’s lead over the final straight and made it through to the final. Their opponents in the final simply couldn’t keep up with their race pace and they won the event, bringing 5 pots back to the club.




Durham Regatta

Durham regatta saw VMBC’s greatest turnout for the 2011 regatta season, with 6 crews racing in 8 events across the weekend - all six racing the short (800m) course, and the two IM3 crews also racing the championship (1800m) course. Starting the Saturday’s races were the Men’s Novice IV (Leedham coxing Crosland-Mills, Young (N), Trickle, Page) who matched their Cuths opponents in pace along the course but failed to recover from a bad start and were knocked out the competition, with the Women’s Novice IV’s (Armfield, Macdonald, Stevenson, Bangert) also facing defeat at the hands of a strong DUBC crew. The afternoon saw the IM3 crews race the short course, with the Women’s IM3 boat (Dave Webster with Sandhu, King (substitute rower), Bowden and Bolt) beaten by Leeds RC, while the Men’s IM3 IV (Lucy Madden coxing Harris, Stagg, Harrap, Durnan) beating Hild Bede and Leeds RC only to be knocked out by Hatfield in the semi-finals. On Sunday the Maiden Novice Crews raced, with Anna Fawcett’s crew (Allen, Young (J), Magner, Hallett) pushing through St. Mary’s veering course and winning their first round, but losing to a crew from Grey. The Women’s crew (Ben Page with Felton, Stokes, Nuttall and Coghlan) put in a solid performance but were beaten by another Grey crew. On the 1800m elite college championship event, the Men began the competition with a rowed bye. Following this, the women’s crew (now with Thye at 3) had a straight final, and kept at the heels of Hatfield’s Henley crew along the length of the course. In their second round the men lost to Aidan’s, the overall winners of the event, despite gaining on them in the second half to lose to Aidan’s by the smallest margin in the competition.

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Hexham Regatta

Immediately following Durham’s exam season, VMBC attended Hexham Regatta. While weather was miserable, the club persevered - racing two Women’s Novice IV’s, two Men’s Novice and an IM3 IV at sweep, with the club’s sculling side represented with a Women’s IM3 Double and Men’s IM3 Single. In Novice Women’s IV’s, Dave Webster’s crew (Armield, Thye, Stevenson, Bolt) drew out a good lead off the start of their first race; but after three caught a crab so big it drew blood from her head, they were left behind and knocked out of the competition by Trevs – while Hannah Leedham’s crew (Felton, Macdonald, Nuttall, Bangert) raced to victory against Cuths in their first round, but were beaten by Chad’s in the second. The Men’s Novice IV’s coxed by Hannah Leedham (Crosland-Mills, Young (N), Trickle, Page) and Lucy Madden (Magner, Young (J), Allen, Hallett) hit first round knock-out’s by strong crews from Collingwood and Castle. The Men’s IM3 IV (Lucy Madden with Harris, Stagg, Harrap, Durnan), due to trailering issues, had to race in the John Snow Boat Club bow-coxed 4+, Gold Fever – signed by Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave – however the boat endorsement did not bring victory and the crew lost to another Castle crew. The Women’s IM3 Double (Shepherd and Sandhu) beat a Sunderland crew by a substantial margin in the first round – but lost the edge on the start of their final with a crab, being beaten by QEHS. Racing IM3 singles, sculler Trickle sadly lost out in the first round to a man twice his size.




VMBC keep up the pace at BUCS and Durham City

On Monday the 2nd May VMBC entered BUCS regatta with an Intermediate Women's Coxed Four - crew Sandhu, Shepherd, Bowden, Barwick and cox Dave Webster. The women finished 13th in their time trials, but sadly were knocked out in one of their heats. On the weekend of the 7th and 8th May Durham City Regatta proved eventful as the college began to find momentum for racing again. The weekend began strong with Anmol Sandhu and Mairi Shepherd winning a straight final in the Novice Doubles event. Following this, the first of 3 Women's Novice IV's to compete hit the racecourse - Felton, MacDonald, Stevenson, Bangert and cox Ben Page. After their first competition for the day scratched they stormed through a win by boatlengths in the quarter finals, but with some crabbing near the start were beaten in the semi's, despite re-gaining some distance on the racecourse. Alex Trickle competed in the Men's IM3 Singles, but was beaten to the finish by an old adversary from the previous year. Better luck next time! The Men's Novice IV were the last crew to compete on the Saturday; crew Young (N), Magner, Page, Hallett and cox Anna Fawcett. The crew pulled off a strong performance, but were set behind by a crab and were beaten to the post. Sunday saw three crews racing in two simultaneous tournaments. The first crew to go out were Novice Women's crew Nuttall, Edwards, Stokes, Allgeyer and cox Clem Keily-Baxter. After rowing a bye, on the return journey when pulling in to let a race past they were involved in a freak accident - sadly preventing them from competing further in the competition. Second to be knocked out were the Men's IM3 crew - Crosland-Mills, Stagg, Trickle, Durnan and cox Anmol Sandhu. After a satisfying win against Leeds City in the quarter finals, they caught blades and were left chasing Hatfield in the semi's - the eventual winning crew. The third Women's Novice IV - Barwick, Shepherd, Bowden, Bolt and cox Hannah Leedham stormed through the earlier rounds, but were beaten by a marginal amount in the finals, being denied a deserving victory. While only one win on the weekend, the club showed some real promise, with crews knocked out due to blips in performance, not lack of go; which bodes well for the coming regattas of the season!

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Head season finishes paving the way for regatta season 2011

In a hefty run of head races, culminating in the Head of the River Race, VMBC’s head racing has reached its conclusion until the fall of the year. On the 5th March, two men’s VIII’s and one women’s VIII competed at Tyne Head. In the first division, the women’s VIII were the 4th fastest women’s college VIII of 12, beaten by Collingwood to 3rd place by just over a second. The second division saw the men’s squad landing at 4th and 6th fastest college men’s VIII’s of 9. The club attended the Hayward Cup in Stockton this year, a 4.2km race on the Tees run by the Queen’s Campus colleges for college VIII’s. Mildert entered for the men’s race a scratch crew of random members and for the women’s their second VIII. Having to borrow Aidan’s ancient wooden VIII, the race proved to be an event more for fun than serious competition, with the women’s VIII becoming entangled in debris and the men’s VIII being beaten by the other college’s training Tideway crews. After not being entered for the Women’s Eight’s Head of the River Race, the squad persevered and entered novice VIII for York Head of the River on the same weekend, finishing 5th overall in their category. The Head of the River Race on the 2nd of April went ahead in full force, with two men’s VIII’s competing. With weather conditions not ideal, but holding out, the race went ahead and saw the bar raised significantly with this year’s fastest crew, Leander, beating last year’s first place time by half a minute. Van Mildert struggled with the high starting positions allocated, but held out to the end with the first VIII finishing 329th, and the second VIII 377th. Tideway also saw the handing over of the executive committee, which was given in style at VMBC’s Alumni Dinner, a night of wining and dining at the Duke’s Head in Putney. Along with the racing crews, the club saw many members who had come for the day, along with several boat club alumni gracing us with their presence; proving to be an enjoyable evening for all involved. Overall the club finished the Pennant series as 5th college. It is on this note that I would like to thank the outgoing executives for the hard work they have put in this year to get our club to where it is, congratulate all the members of the club for working hard and competing throughout the year, thank the Van Mildert Trust for providing our new flagship that has seen both the men's and women's squads through head season, and wish good luck for the coming regatta season, beginning with a women’s intermediate IV competing at BUCS.

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Solid performances all round for the early Head season

The past couple of weeks have seen encouraging performances by VMBC’s crews, senior and fresher alike. The delayed Novice Cup 2010 took place on 12th and 13th February, with Mildert showing off its developing talent in the fresher rank; the Women’s crews stole the show with 2 crews in the 3rd round of the Cup and the ensuing Mildert vs. Mildert race left us with a guaranteed quarter final slot. Despite not progressing further, the crew (C- Kate Bowden, S- Alex Askew, 3- Hannah Leedham, 2- Grace Nicholls, B- Augusta Elliott) should be commended for reaching the furthest of any Mildert crew. The men also fared well however, with 2 crews reaching the second round of the Cup and one crew in the 3 round of the Plate competition. This Saturday 19th February saw the (also delayed) Durham Small Boats Head 2011. Very strong performances were had by both Men and Women, with both 1st IVs coming second in their respective IM3 categories with the Men’s second IV also coming in the top 6 IM3 crews; this bodes very well for the upcoming Eights races. Commiserations must go to the Women who missed out on the top spot by only 0.1s; I think we can take that as a joint 1st even if the organisers didn’t think so! Well done to all who participated in racing this past couple of weeks, I eagerly look forward to the Tyne Head on the 5th March to see how we shape up in Eights...

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Victorious Rutherford Head 2010

Rutherford Head 2010 took place today, the 27th November, in subzero temperatures and in driving blizzards, with the morning division heavily delayed by the vast majority of crews struggling to get to the Tyne due to the traffic conditions. The Men's IM3 8+ were the only crew representing Mildert in the first division, the weather at this point was holding off: although temperatures were firmly below zero, the crew managed to make the course of the race without any snowfall and in relative sunshine. The boat, purchased following a substantial financial contribution from the VMC Trust, lost its racing virginity in style with the Men's VIII posting the fastest time of the IM3 category, narrowly depriving Leeds University of the top spot, and taking the title of Fastest College 8+. The afternoon division saw the Women take to the water in the Novice Women's 8+ category; the girls had to battle through much tougher conditions in the raging blizzards as well as the extreme temperatures, coming 5th in their category and 4th of 7 Women's Durham College Eights. The Men's Novice 4+ also shared the miserable fate of rowing in the blizzards of the afternoon division but managed to put in a very impressive performance to come 2nd in their category and 5th of 9 Men's College Coxed Fours. Very well done to all who survived the ordeal but especially so to the Men's VIII for the first IM3 8+ win in living memory! May there be many more to come!

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Modest start to the season at TUSBH

Saturday 16th October saw the first race of the academic year for VMBC. With very little time since the beginning of term only two crews were entered, a Men's 4+ and a Men's 4x+, and these crews themselves had had very little training. Conditions were ideal, with intermittent sunshine and still waters racing got underway. The Four (C - Lucy Madden, S - J Harris, 3 - C Ballard, 2 - S Zieleniewski, B - C Brunt) struggled as a near scratch crew with only two outings under their belts, despite holding a healthy rating for the entirety of the 5km course, the rhythm and connection was lacking somewhat and before long they were overtaken by a well prepared Aidan's crew and two even stronger DUBC crews. The crew ended up a healthy 3rd of the College crews but a substantial 50 seconds behind Aidan's, the fastest College. The Quad (C - H Leedham, S - M Harrap, 3 - A Wood, 2 - R Edwards, B - A Trickle) performed slightly better, a crew that had been together since their win at York this summer, they secured a second position in the IM3 coxed quads behind Sunderland City, a solid result for the crew regardless of the small category. The race was a good tool to gauge the standard of our crews and lets us know that although there is quite a lot of work to do, we are at a good stage to begin our preparations for the races where wins are in the crosshairs.

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Surprise in store at York Summer

York Summer Regatta saw two victories from the Men's squad. Van Mildert College continued the trend of winning the men's novice four, the third time in a row that we have won this category at a York regatta. We also entered a men's coxed quad, for the first time in recent history, that had a straight final victory over York City Rowing Club. In previous years this has been a non-qualifying regatta, meaning that winning crews did not gain British Rowing Points. However, we found this year (whilst crossing the finish line for some of us) that this had changed! We now have another 8 points in the club, including our first sculling points! A big shout of good work to Robbie Edwards who was in both crews so has de-noviced both in rowing and sculling in the same day! The four was: Robbie Edwards, Will Stagg, Iain McKenzie, Andy Durnan and Lucy Madden. The quad was: Mike Harrap, Andy Wood, Robbie Edwards, Alex Trickle and Lucy Madden. Other entries that took place that day were a men's IM3 four, a men's novice single and a women's novice four. The women's novice four got to the final but a crab half way down the course secured their loss against St Aidan's college. Well done to all crews, and lets hope to see that quad performing well next year also!

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Durham Regatta

Durham Regatta went off to a flying start with a fantastic victory by the IM3 women's crew, a composite of Van Mildert and DARC. The Van Mildert rowers Ruth Starkey and Sarah Fotheringham were the power-house behind the four in what was the peak of their Van Mildert rowing careers. We wish them luck as they graduate, and we will miss them as two of our finest rowers! The novice women's four performed well, getting through the first couple of rounds but not making it to the final. A similar performance from the novice men, a convincing victory over St Aidan's college in the first round but losing to St. John's college in the second, who went on to win. The first men's IM3 crew were controversially disqualified because of an unfortunate boat sharing situation and the regatta running over half an hour behind schedule. They had a chance to redeem themselves in the College Championships the day after, where they beat the Hilde Bede super four in the first round but lost to DARC in the final. "DARC in the College Championships?" I hear you ask. We asked as well. Technicalities. The other men's IM3 crews on Saturday and Sunday put up a good fight but unfortunately didn't make it through the first round. Overall, not the finest hour of regatta season that we were hoping for but great to see two of our finalists walk away with a superb victory.

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Another Win at Hexham Regatta

Saturday 5th June saw the turn of the women to bring home the silverware, with a win in the IM2 Pair for Ruth Starkey and Anmol Sandhu. Very well done to them! The event saw another solid result for the Men's VIII which reached the final of the IM3 category, losing closely to Durham University. Nothing to be ashamed of! Well done to all who competed and here's to a successful Durham Regatta this weekend.

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VMBC supremacy reiterated at Durham City Regatta

Yet another superb result for VMBC was achieved on home waters at Durham City Regatta this weekend. Day one of the two day regatta saw the first qualifying regatta win for the club for quite some time; the 2nd Men's IV made their way through the rounds of the Novice Coxed Fours with relative ease before having their mettle tested to the very limit by a strong Collingwood crew in the final. The 2nds (Cox - Hannah Leedham, Stroke - Joel Thomas, 3 - Angus Grant, 2 - Ryan Hart and Bow - Arwyn Davies) showed their superior fitness and mental strength to win by less than a canvas; special mention should go to Joel, Arwyn and Ryan who only took up the sport in October, this is a truly amazing achievement of denovicing in their first qualifying regatta. They show great promise for the future of VMBC. Saturday also saw an unlucky loss for the Novice eight, who lost hold of a convincing lead in the first round against Yarm following strong winds leading to an altercation with the bank. There was also action from the double scull of Alex Trickle and Mike Harrap, the women's 1st IV narrowly losing out to DARC in a tough draw in the IM2 fours and the women's novice four, losing out to the eventual winners in the first round (the same University college crew from York!). Day two was again dominated by Men's Novice Fours with the York Spring winning crew (Cox - Lucy Madden, Stroke - John Harris, 3 - Matt Sharman, 2 - Si Zieleniewski and Bow - Charlie Brunt) with their hearts set on a long overdue denovicing. The crew never really seemed challenged despite struggling to find its natural rhythm, perhaps the pressure had a part to play in that; nonetheless the crew breezed through the rounds with ease to win the final by a substantial margin, much to the relief of the involved parties! The day also saw an incredibly unlucky result for Alex Trickle in the Novice single scull, with a repeating story of the loss of substantial lead following an altercation with the bank; Alex promises much success in the coming regattas in the scull, this weekend should only prove to delay his success. There was also action from Ruth and Anmol in the pair, losing out to a strong DARC crew and from the women's novice four losing out narrowly in the semis. A truly great couple of weeks for the club and for the Men's side in particular! With a break for exams until late May, there is a electric atmosphere of anticipation for what lies beyond in the remainder of Regatta Season. Good luck to all in exams!!

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VMBC Men Dominate at York Spring Regatta

Yesterday saw one of the most conclusive displays of VMBC's rowing talent for many years at York Spring Regatta on the River Ouse. The men had 3 crews entered into the Men's Novice Coxed Fours competition, all 3 made it to the semi-finals and 2 crews battled it out in the Final. This is nothing less than a perfect record for the club which equates to a VMBC 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the competition and a resounding victory for VMBC. The eventual winners (Cox - Lucy Madden, Stroke - John Harris, 3 - Matt Sharman, 2 - Simon Zieleniewski and Bow - Charlie Brunt) made their intentions clear for the coming Season, never winning by less than 3 lengths, and look set to be vying for the crown of fastest Durham College 4+ in the coming weeks. The women's 4+ also showed great potential but, due to an unfortunate draw in the first round of the outside lane (thus making it slightly longer, due to the ever controversial bend), narrowly lost out to a strong University College 1st IV, who were the eventual winnners. Very well done to all those who competed. As I have said before, this season promises to be extremely successful for VMBC!!




VMBC roaring success at Head of the River Race 2010

On 27th March 2010, two eight man crews from VMBC competed at the Head of the River Race in London. The event is the largest and most prestigious Head race there is, with 400 crews competing from all over the country and indeed the globe. The 1st VIII, starting in a rather modest 380th in the line up, did not take long to stamp their mark on the surrounding opposition, surging through a Liverpool Uni crew with ease in the early minutes of the race. The crew rowed extremely well together, comfortably maintaining an impressive rate set by Michael Harrap, and went on to overtake another 3 crews throughout the 7.5km course. The 1st VIII finished in an all-time best performance for VMBC in 207th position, an improvement of 156 places on last year's 1st VIII!! This a truly amazing performance and put the crew 2nd fastest Durham College crew only 2.7 seconds behind University College, a truly astonishing improvement on previous races of the season. The 2nd VIII performed equally well. Starting 397th in the line up, the crew rose the occasion battling through a tough surrounding field of experienced rowers and still managing to overtake one IM2 crew over the course, amazing considering their Novice status. The crew has improved dramatically over the course of the term and this is shown by its tremendous final position of 301st, a staggering 91 places higher than last year's 2nd VIII. This puts them as Fastest Durham College Novice crew and 7th fastest Durham College crew overall. These performances, combined witht the impressive performace of our women only a few weeks ago, show the staggering improvements being made by our club at a competitive level and can only bode well for the future of our club. I have no doubt that the next year will only bring further improvement. A huge well done to all those involved in rowing this past term.

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Best ever result for women at WeHoRR 2010!!!!

Van Mildert women achieved the best ever result in the club's history at the annual Women's Head of the River Race today. The crew had it's top row of the season in an eight, overtaking two crews during the race including the University of East Anglia's first eight. Mildert made it down the course in an impressive time of 21:18.96 to finish 144th out of 289 crews, improving on last years position by over 50 places! The result is a huge achievement for the club, coming in the top 50% of eights who raced at WeHORR. The tideway event is the biggest eights race of the Head Season, with crews coming from across the country and overseas to competete. The result also saw Mildert emerge as the second fastest women's college eight from Durham, beating Hatfield, Cuths, Chads, Hild Bede, Castle and John Snow whilst losing out to Collingwood by only 1.2 seconds. Given that two weeks ago at Tyne Head the women had finished around 20 seconds behind Hatfield, as well as a minute behind Collingwood, the performance today was above and beyond the expectations of the crew prior to entering. The scale of the result for the club cannot be understated. VMBC began entering WeHORR in 2007, coming 262 of 277. Since then VMBC has come 182 of 234 in 2008 and 197 of 284 last year. Hence this years performance is a huge step on for the club, and sets a benchmark for future years to chase down. A massive ahcievement given that three of the crew only begun learning to row in the last 6 months. Likewise the fact that Mildert unlike most colleges does not even own its own eight, and has had only three sessions together as a full crew, instead having to train in fours, only serves to underline the scale of their success. Nonetheless VMBC worked with what it had and the crew of (stroke) Anmol Sandhu,(7) Ruth Starkey , (6) Sarah Fotheringham, (5) Anne Thye, (4) Kate Bowden, (3) Hannah Bolt, (2) Jo Barwick, (Bow) Lizzie Thomas, coxed by Greg Caster, can feel great pride in what they've achieved!!! A huge well done to them all!!!




Exec 2010-2011

The Executive Committee of Van Mildert Boat Club for the year from Easter 2010 to Easter 2011 will be... President: John Harris; Men's Captain: Charlie Brunt; Women's Captain: Jo Barwick; Novice Development Captain: Robbie Edwards; Treasurer: Andy Wood; Secretary: Alex Trickle; Boatmen: Mike Harrap and Nick Young; Sponsorship Secretary: Greg Caster; Social Secretary: Zoe Hill; Webmaster: Ben Page.




Tyne Head Results

VMBC took part in their first eights racing of the season on Saturday. In the morning division the women's IM3 8+ was up first. The crew put in a solid performance to come middle of the pack behind Collingwood, Northumbria Uni and Hatfield but ahead of St Cuths and St Johns colleges. The event was the first ever Head race for three of the eight, who only begun learning to row at Mildert this academic year. So an especially promising performance for them in their first race. In the afternoon the men's squad had two eights rowing; an IM3 and Novice 8+. The IM3 8+ like the women finished middle of the pack coming 6th out of 13 crews, and were the third fastest college crew entered. The Novice 8+ managed an impressive 4th of 15 and were the fastest college novices, losing out only to DUBC, DARC and Northumbria Uni. The results were impressive all round for the club, especially given the limitations to training in eights, with the club being one of only two colleges not to own an eight. So well done to all. The results bode well for the tideway races coming in March.




Mildert Sculler wins Bronze at BUCS Head

Last weekend saw the annual British University and College Sports Head race take place over three days. The event saw the top universities from around the country compete. The event is typically dominated by Durham University and this year was no different! Van Mildert is proud to say that they supported this success with Jo Barwick competing in the Lightweight Women's Quad for Durham; winning bronze behind Loughborough and Reading. The result is a great personal achievement for Jo who begun sculling less than a year ago and was able to represent Durham at a high level of competition. It is another success in VMBC's push to improve its sculling this year, adding to the win by the double at Durham Small Boats Head earlier this term. So well done to Jo, who we are happy to say that in spite of her success with the University, still has her feet firmly planted within Van Mildert Boat Club! No doubt more success will be coming her way in full VMBC colours.




Mildert Triumph at DSBH!!!

VMBC celebrated victory on two fronts today at Durham Small Boats Head. The Men's Novice 4+ stroked by John Harris and coxed by the amazing Lucy Madden (Matt Sharman at 3, Simon Zieleniewski at 2, Charlie Brunt at Bow) won their category in 7 minutes 29 seconds, beating the nearest challenge from two Durham University novice crews by around 10 seconds. The crew were also the 5th fastest college crew overall, just 4 seconds behind the quickest college time of the day. The result is a season highlight for the men's squad, being the first men's crew in the club to win a head race for a few years. On the women's side the Women's Novice double scull, rowed by Anmol Sandhu and Liz Harries, improved on their form from last term to power to victory in 9 minutes 19 seconds, beating their nearest rivals DARC by 10 seconds. Harries was also the top Women's Novice single scull with a time of 10 minutes 25 seconds (being the only one to race may have helped, but don't let that take away from her efforts which involved her beating a number of other scullers from different divisions). The women's first IV were however unable to recapture their form from last term, coming 4th out of 15 in the WIM3 4+ division. A disappointing result given recent performances, but one from which they will no doubt bounce back stronger. A well done is in order to everyone else who raced too, it was a great day for the club and really bodes well for the remainder of Head season and beyond into Regatta season! Further information on results can be found at http://www.durham-arc.org.uk/




Winter Challenge Cup Day One Success

Well done to the Men's Intermediate 4+ who raced this morning in Day One of the Winter Challenge Cup on the Tyne! Some impressive stroking by Mike Harrap allowed the rest of the crew (Matt Sharman at 3, John Harris at 2 and Charlie Brunt at Bow) to put down the power at a comfortable but high rate over the 2.5km Head race. Some beautiful rowing and gritty determination combined with the unfaultering coxing talent of Lucy Maddden resulted in a strong 3rd place in the category, narrowly losing out to an impressive Collingwood College for the title of fastest college crew but beating the next fastest college by a solid 50 seconds. May the success continue to day two!!




NEIRC success

A massive congratulations to Matt Sharman and Andrew Moore for their performance in the North Eastern Indoor Rowing Championships yesterday!! Sharm posted a new personal best by an impressive 3 seconds over the 2km test of mind over matter. A 6:47.6 put him in the top 10 college competitors, a truly marvellous achievement. Over the course of this term Sharm has lopped close to 10 seconds off his 2k time, when will this man stop?!! Hopefully not any time soon! Andy medalled as a Lightweight Fresher for DUBC at NEIRC but rowed for VMBC in the Novice Cup. A VERY impressive 6:54.2 guarantees him success wherever he chooses to row. I hope he chooses to stay with VMBC, where the banter is rife and the training is on the preferable side of the sanity threshold... :) In all seriousness though, well done to both!!




Novice Cup 2009

The rescheduled Novice cup took place today in a straight knockout format, with the novice plate competition having been scrapped due to the reduction of the tournament to a single day. On the women's side there was little success with both crews losing in their first race. However the Mildert - Hicks crew can feel slightly aggreived, having been crashed into by their opponents Castle as they were beginning to move past; ending up drawing on the line and then losing the immediate re-race. By contrast the men's side had one of it's most successful Novice cups ever. Every crew managed to win it's first round, with three of the four boats making the third round and two the quarter finals. However the crew of the day was the crew of Chris Simons, Luke Walker, Chris Jones and Ben Gasgoine, coxed and coached by Matt Sharman and James Corbett. The crew reached the semi-finals of the novice cup before losing to Castle by a canvas. The best performance of any VMBC men's novice cup crew in recent years. The day's racing was a great success for the club, and an excellent chance for the novices to gain some racing experience. The performances bode well for the next two terms of racing. Seniors will certainly be having to work hard to maintain their spots in boats should the novices continue in this fashion! Well done to all!




VMBC success at Rutherford Head!!!

Van Mildert Boat Club had one of their most successful days on the Tyne with the women's first IV winning the WIM3 4+ division. The crew featuring Bel Coates, Ruth Starkey, Sarah Fotheringham, Lizzie Thomas and cox David Webster were also the fastest women's college four on the day whilst being the only college to win an event outside of the college pennants. In the same division the women's novice IV finished in the middle of the pack for the novice division. Likewise in the morning division the men's IM3 4+ performed well to finish in the middle of their division, especially given that three of the four were still novice and that their steering had snapped early in the race leaving the crew to have to steer their own course. In the men's novice fours the two Mildert entries finished in the top half of the novice category but were some way from winning it. Overall the results were a great success for the club, especially given that due to recent flooding and the high level of the Wear crews have been unable to train for the past two weeks, meaning the crews were effectively scratch on the day. To therefore perform so well at what is the north east's premier head race, with over 200 entries on the day, is a great achievement for all who raced.




Christmas Shopping

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Tyne LDS and Tyne United SBH

The 2009/10 season got underway on the Tyne today with the women's squad racing in both Tyne Long Distance Sculls and Tyne United Small Boats Head. Liz Harries was in action in the novice single in the moring Tyne LDS race, producing her best perfomance in the single so far. Unfortunately the lack of other novice entries meant she was unable to push for a division win or high finish in her category. Later in the afternoon the women's first IV were in action in the IM3 coxed fours race at Tyne United SBH. The women produced a solid result for their first race of the season. New personnel and a positional reshuffle in the crew this year have meant that this crew has yet to fully gel. However they put in a good performance to hold York University for the first half of the race before eventually succumbing to the fitter crew and can be pleased for now with their finish in the middle of the field.




VMBC Glorious at York Summer!

Regatta season reached a stunning climax today as the Men's Novice IV, containing James Corbett, Rob Edwards, Charlie Brunt and Andy Wood, coxed by Jo Barwick, beat York University to win the title. They took full advantage of being on the inside of the bend and York never looked like catching them down the straight as they won clearly by over a length. The other Novice IV crew lost to York University in the semi-final, having beaten the crew from Grey College which won Admirals Regatta 3 days previously in the quarter final, despite being on the outside of the bend, by about a foot in a thrilling race for those watching. Elsewhere, the Men's IM3 IV performed very well, beating St Aidan's College in the semi final before losing by about a length to York University in the final. All the crews have something to be proud of following the regatta, and it is great to bring the curtain down on regatta season with silverware to show for it.




Mildert wins VL at Admirals Regatta!

A very successful day for Mildert in the inter-colleges regatta, with multiple wins and the club coming out overall winners of the regatta to claim the VL trophy!!!! The first win of the day came with the first womens crew running out easy winners in all their races to win the Open Womens 4+. A great way to cap off their regatta season which has seen significant improvements throughout. In the men's freshers the first men won their first race comfortably before losing the quarters to eventual winners Grey by just under a length. The second men performed above expectations winning their first three races to make the final, but in the end being well beaten by Grey in the final. The Mixed 4+ event saw another victory for Mildert; beating Hatfield and St. Aidans to claim their title. In the final division of the day the freshwomen struggled in their race, being blown into a bank off the start and failing to recover from then on. The open mens 4+ saw Mildert win it's first round against Butler well, but lose the final to Butler's first crew; the race was lost off the start with Butler gaining a length early on but being unable to extend that lead throughout the race. Overall a very successful day for Mildert, with every crew contributing something to the result. Even if not winning their division, it was the sum total of race wins which helped the club to a single point victory in the VL over Grey College!!!




Durham Regatta: Day Two

Another good days racing for Mildert. Well done to the IM3 womens four who took Hatfield apart in their first round winning by 3-4 lengths. Although beaten by the Nereus crew from Holland in the next round, they put in a great peformance losing by under a length and pushing the Dutch crew right to the line. On the other side of the women's IM3 draw the ex-DU four managed a good first round win over Newcastle Uni before losing to Lancaster Uni in the quarters. The first novice men's four again suffered from another tough first round draw, this time against Leeds Uni, losing by less than half a length. The second novice men performed well given their limited preparations this week, managing a good first round win over Trevelyan, eventually losing by less than a canvas in their quarter final against a strong novice Hatfield crew. Finally the novice women performed above expectations to win their first two rounds comfortably and make the semi finals of novice fours, finally sucumbing to an impressive novice crew from St. Cuthberts. A good days racing for Mildert against some tough competition, providing good results to build upon next year and in the upcoming inter-collegiate championship at Admirals regatta. Finally a big thanks to all the support who came down, especially those who braved the mid-day monsoons and afternoon showers to support Mildert right through to the end.




Durham Regatta: Day One

Well done to all those who raced at Durham regatta today in the glorious sunshine. And thank you to all those who stayed and supported crews from the bank. Although there were no outright event wins for any crew, there were some notable performances. The novice men for holding DUBC right to the end of their race in the second round and the IM3 men scratch crew who managed to bring it close to a strong Hatfield four. In the women, the first novice crew pushed QEHC hard in their first race with QEHC running out as eventual winners of the novice event. The second novice who managed a comfortable first round win before struggling in the second. despite their lack of outings this week. And finally the IM3 women's four who cruised through their first round in style against a Uni Sunderland/Tarn/Tynemouth composite and were then beaten in a close fought race by a strong St. Peters crew in the semis, who went on to be the overall division winners.




VMBC Awards Dinner

As standard, a facebook group has been set up! The dinner is provisionally on the 25th June at 7pm at oldfields restaurant durham. If you would like to attend, and have not already done so, please email or facebook message me with confirmation. My email address is d.j.dutton@dur.ac.uk




York Spring Regatta

A huge well done goes to all those who took part in York this weekend!! A special congratulations goes to the Men's 1st IV for reaching the Final and only very narrowly losing out to Mary's. Congratulations should also go to the 2nd IV for similarly narrowly losing out to the same crew in the Semis!! Top effort by all and here's to us going that length further in Durham City!!




Really bored?

Search Google for 'VMBC'.

In other news, there have been a few changes around here recently. Hopefully the new navigation on the black bar is self-explanatory: Members can view/create river outings; view/signup for sessions (e.g. Land Training, Regattas, Social Events); view/record Ergo times; report/view equipment faults; and if you haven't looked in the Resources section for a couple of weeks you'll notice a couple of additional useful links.
As ever, let me know if anything breaks. Easiest way is with the Banter button!





VMBC SOCIAL

MILDERT BAR at 8PM on TUESDAY 28th APRIL. The theme is LYCRA and SEA CREATURES so there's epic scope for a costume!
We shall be pub golfing our way to studio for 50p night.

"I just love that special moment the day after when one sees the Facebook pictures of what one got up to when off one's trolley."

- Queen Elizabeth II





Election Results

Congratulations to the election winners who will form the Executive Committee 2009/2010: President Greg Caster, Mens Captain John Harris, Womens Captain Ruth Starkey, Treasurer Andy Wood, Secretary Lee Zowghi, Sponsorship Secretary Richard Lowe-Lauri, Social Secretary David Dutton, Boatmen Matt Sharman and Rob Edwards.
The non-Executive elected Webmaster will be Richard Day.





Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM was held on Wednesday 25th February. Election results will be available soon.
Information about each position is available on this page.





Activity Log and Chat Launched!

If you are logged in then you will see the new Facebook-style News Feed in the bottom-right corner of the page.
It should give you a quick summary of anything that has happened on the website since you last visited. It also allows you to post comments for other members to see - give it a try...





Improved River Training Signup

I've improved the online boat booking form. It's prettier, and makes it easier to see what boats are available at the time of your outing. Hopefully it stills works too (let me know if it doesn't!).
More observant users may have noticed that the 'cancel a river outing' link has disappeared from the Toolbox; instead you'll see it if you expand one of your own outings on the River Training page.





Durham Small Boats Head

Hosted on Saturday 7th February 2009 by Durham Amateur Rowing Club, DSBH was the first Head of the season.
We entered six crews; the results are on the NERowing website.





Free Money

When doing your internet shopping, please remember to use the Amazon.co.uk link (here and at the bottom of every page on the black bar).
It doesn't cost you anything, and it earns the Boat Club a (small, but every little helps) percentage of whatever you buy.





Rutherford Record

On Saturday 29th November the crew of Lizzie Thomas, Rachel Paterson, Sarah Fotheringham and Liz Harries, coxed by Greg Caster, braved the freezing conditions of Rutherford Head. After a delayed start and wondering if they would ever get feeling back into their hands, the crew pulled out a fantastic time of 22min22 for the 5k race!

This time beat every womens novice fours, two university novice eights and every time in recorded history set by the Van Mildert womens squad on the Tyne, eights or fours!

This is an "oarsome" start to the Head season and proof that as a college we can provide tough competition for university crews!





VMBC wins Royal County Plate

Piers Harrington, Robbie Edwards, James Corbett, and John Harris, coxed and coached by Joe Brooke, have won the Royal County Plate at the Novice Cup Regatta that took place this weekend.

Victory at the first event of the year is a fantastic achievement, congratulations to the crew. Mildert did well overall in fact, with every crew entered winning at least one race. Well done everyone - this bodes well for Head season next term.





Successful Novice Cup Saturday

Just wanted to say well done to everyone who rowed in the novice cup today. You all did yourselves proud! Good luck to everyone in tomorrow's races!

Also want to say thanks to everyone who came down to support, was a great crowd on an awful day!

Well done again guys and girls!





Online Kit Ordering

Deadline: 30th November!
Click the link, browse the available kit, and get your order before the end of the month. You will be asked to pay before the 5th December.
Instead of taking a guess at what size you are, you will automatically be sized according to the measurements provided on your profile; so you need to check that those are correct.





Welcome (Back)

Just to say, a warm welcome to VMBC members old and new. This post Olympic year looks to be an exciting one, with more Freshman rowers than ever, and an already enthusiastic, well established (dare I say oarsome?) senior squad. I look forward to seeing you all out on the river, or sweating it out in the gym at some point in the near future!




Membership Fees

The bad news is, membership fees for 2008/9 are due. The good news is, you can now pay online. It's handled by Google Checkout, so it's quick, easy, and secure.
You will soon see a prompt asking you to pay (if you have not already) underneath your toolbox when you log in. If you have any difficulty then you can still pay the old fashioned way, by getting a cheque to Henry.
In other money-related website news, look out for online kit ordering soon...





Durham Regatta Success

Firstly, congratulations to our First WN4+ for de-novicing on the second day of the 'Henley of the North'. Well done also to Graeme who de-noviced in his single on Saturday. Not forgetting strong performances from every other crew entered: the First MN4+ reaching the finals and the Second men's and women's crews making it to the semi-finals.

Unfortunately our boats have suffered for our success and need some serious TLC. I've disabled the GP, which will be carried to Browns at some point during the 24 Hour Row.





Sports Team of the Year

A massive CONGRATULATIONS to the members of the Womens' Squad, who won Van Mildert Sports Team of the Year last night! All of your hard work this year, and amazing results, have been recognised by the college and we are all so proud of everyone involved (and we have a very pretty, big trophy!!)




WeHORR

Just to let everyone know that the Women's VIII are racing this Saturday 1st March in the Women's Head of the River (WeHORR) in London. The race starts at Chiswick Bridge and finishes just before Putney Bridge. It starts at 10am and we're boat number 163. If anyone would like to come and watch/cheer that would be awesome. We'll be based at Thames Rowing Club, which is right near Putney Bridge, so we'll finish the race and get straight out there if you want to find us afterwards.




BUSA

Woooo! Well Done to EVERYONE who raced and trained hard for last weekend. Everyone did really well. Particularly congratulations go to the Women's Novice VIII who came joint 7th, out of 22 crews, therefore beating 15 UNIVERSITY CREWS!!!!! And also to Julia, who won a BUSA Gold medal!