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Ben Murphy
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Course Record at Wallingford Head

BROOKES|Rowing closed 2018 off by extending their course record at Wallingford Head by an impressive 18 seconds, despite unfavourable conditions.  The course, which takes on the Brookes home stretch in Cholsey, takes place from Moulsford Bridge to the OUBC Boathouse at Wallingford Marina. It runs for 4250m and provides coxes and crews with a challenging course to navigate.  In the first division, Brookes filled the top four places in the Men’s Eights despite the 1st VIII only racing in Division 2. The women’s 1st VIII closed the gap on local rivals Leander Club to just 4 seconds, and were the same distance from OUWBC, finishing in second position in Women’s

GB Rowing 1st Assessment

This weekend saw the first step towards the 2019 Senior and U23 World Championships with the GB Rowing Team 1st Assessment in Boston, Lincolnshire. On Saturday, athletes performed a 2k ergo test with minimum standards required to proceed through to Sunday’s racing.  Brookes had 48 athletes racing across the weekend which included returners from this year’s Senior, U23 and University World Championships. The men’s pair of Rory Gibbs and Morgan Bolding had the highest place finish with 2nd overall, with the scratch pair of Matthew Aldridge and Mikey Dalton finishing in an impressive 5th place. With a number of Brookes crews close behind, the strength in depth of this year’s

British National Championships

The Men’s 1st VIII claimed the national title at the British Rowing Senior Championships- held this weekend at Holme Pierrepont. They won the final with three seconds to spare over local rivals Leander. Molesey finished in third place, with an unprecedented three further Brookes crews rounding off the top 6. Despite this being the national championships, this is the first race for most clubs this season, and the result demonstrated the strength in depth built over the last few years by Head Coach Henry Bailhache-Webb. The 3rd VIII, the highest ranked all-student crew, claimed the university pennant over the 4th VIII- the only two crews in this category to make the

FISU World University Championships Report

It was a successful weekend for BROOKES|Rowing athletes, where 10 athletes raced at the World University Championships (FISU) which took place in Shanghai, China. The Men’s Eight, consisting of Harry Brightmore, Henry Swarbrick, Michael Glover and Matt Hnatiw faced competition from the USA, Poland, Italy, China and the Netherlands. They won the race for lanes and replicated that race in the final, leading from start to finish in a time of 5:38 to win the gold medal. The Men’s Four included Rory Gibbs and Morgan Bolding. They were joined by Matt Benstead and Oli Wilkes, the latter of whom raced in the Ladies Plate as part of a Brookes/Edinburgh composite

U23 World Championships Report

There were a number of notable performances by BROOKES|Rowing athletes at last week’s U23 World Championships, held in Poznan, Poland. Of the 8 medals won by GB crews, 3 involved current athletes, with a further 4 athletes racing in A finals. In the Men’s coxless fours, Sam Nunn raced in the 2 seat partnered by David Ambler, Charlie Elwes and Felix Drinkall. The crew finished in a time of 5:52.74, pipping New Zealand to a silver medal by just 0.07 seconds. Matthew Aldridge, racing at his third and final U23 Championships, improved on his bronze medal in the eight at last years championships with a thrilling finish to claim a

17 Athletes Selected to Represent Great Britain

With the domestic season over, and the majority of the squad away on their summer break, a number of athletes will be representing Great Britain at the upcoming Senior European, World University and World U23 Championships. Below are those who have been selected: U23 World Championships (25-29 July) Matt Aldridge M8+ Sophia Heath W8+ Sam Nunn M4- Matt Rowe M4+ Henry Bloise-Brooke M4+ Gavin McWilliams M4+ Senior European Championships (2-5 August) Mat Tarrant M8+ Jamie Copus LM2x FISU World University Championships (10-12 August) Alex Styles LW2x Susie Dear W2- Matt Hnatiw M8+ Henry Swarbrick M8+ Michael Glover M8+ Harry Brightmore M8+ Morgan Bolding M4- Rory Gibbs M4- Ben

Brookes defend the Ladies Plate

In what was a remarkable performance at last week’s Henley Regatta, BROOKES|Rowing won the Ladies’ Plate a day early. They beat crews from Leander Club and a German senior international crew to qualify both crews for Sunday’s final- therefore securing the title for a second year running. Last year’s winners Harry Brightmore, Morgan Bolding, Henry Swarbrick, Matt Aldridge and Rory Gibbs returned to the crew for a second year, and were joined by Temple Cup winners Matt Hnatiw, Sam Nunn and Ed Grisedale, with the crew being rounded off with senior international Quentin Antognelli. However, the final was no relaxed affair. With records falling throughout the day, the 1st VIII battled

Henley Royal Regatta Preview

BROOKES|Rowing will have 7 crews racing at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta, which takes place from this Wednesday 4th July until Sunday 8th July. For the first time ever, there are two entries into the Ladies’ Plate, and a full student crew will be racing in the Remenham Challenge Cup. Of the three crews entered for qualifiers, which took place last Friday, two progressed to the main regatta. The Women’s 1st VIII beat off crews from the USA and Ireland to claim one of just six qualifying places. They will race Yale University in the Remenham Challenge Cup on Wednesday at 12:00. In the Temple Challenge Cup, our “B” crew

Women win Academic Eights at Henley Women’s Regatta

The women’s squad have just returned from one of the best club performances to date at Henley Women’s Regatta, where 23 athletes reached finals day. The highlight of the weekend was claiming a win in the Academic Eights, which saw two Brookes eights in the semi finals of the event. In the final against close rivals Newcastle University, Brookes got off to a fantastic start which gave them an unassailable lead by the time they reached the enclosures, and pushed out to a 1.5 length win by the finish, and crowned them Academic Eights Champions for the first time in the club’s history. In the Championship Fours event, Brookes got

Success at Ratzeburg Regatta

BROOKES|Rowing returned to Ratzeburg Regatta for the first time since 2014, and did so in style- putting three men’s eights ahead of the German and Polish U23 crews on both days. On Saturday, the 1st VIII finished in a new club record time of 5:29.06. The Temple Eight finished second in 5:33 with the third placed eight finishing in 5:35. They repeated this order on Sunday, though conditions were slower.  The men’s coxed four also faced competition from German U23 crews. On Saturday they won in a time of 6:20.48, and on Sunday finished third.  The women’s quad beat crews from Poland and Germany to second place behind a composite