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Brookes win Head of the River 2016

This weekend, BROOKES|Students made history by winning the Head of the River for the first time, and claiming the University pennant in the process. Having come close a number of times, the Headship hasn’t been won by a full student crew for over 50 years. Quoting British Rowing’s race report, “Leander started first, but it was clear from Hammersmith that Oxford Brookes were making the running. They had closed on #2 Molesey and had overtaken as they came to the start of the Fulham wall. The provisional results saw Oxford Brookes record their first ever headship in a time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds, nine seconds ahead of Leander. “This is a massive

Women excel at WeHoRR

Brookes’ women’s squad had a fantastic set of results at this weekend’s Women’s Head. Previous years has seen the top crew come 17th in 2014 with the IM3 pennant, 8th in 2015 with the IM2 pennant, and this year was no exception, picking up the IM1 pennant. The women’s squad had a strong showing from all 3 boats, culminating in the 1st Eight finishing a fantastic 4th overall out of 325 crews competing on the day. With the standard and field getting stronger and stronger every year, it’s great to see Brookes’ women constantly in the upper echelons and beating a lot of the top programs in the country. 7-seat Susie

Boat Club Success at Reading University Head

9 event titles and 81 medals completes another strong weekend of racing for OBUBC. As the Boat Club begins final preparations for Women’s Head this Saturday (March 5th) and the Head of the River (March 19th), this is a very encouraging show of speed and depth. The men’s squad produced 5 of the 7 fastest times of the day, with the women producing the fastest time of any women’s crew – including over BUCS Head-winners University of London. WINS: Men’s Elite 8+ Women’s Elite 8+ Men’s Senior 8+ Women’s Senior 8+ IM1 8+ W IM1 8+ IM2 8+ W IM2 8+ IM3 8+ Photos courtesy of Mark Ruscoe, and Iain

Men’s Fixture Report vs. Oxford

At 12pm on 21st February, Oxford Brookes University raced Oxford University in an official fixture for the Cancer Research UK Boat Races. Not to be outdone, the women’s squad raced Oxford’s Lightweight Women in some friendly pieces back home in Wallingford, and had a successful day with both boats. In the fixture against Isis, Brookes’ 2nd VIII got out to an early lead, holding 2/3 length advantage round the Fulham bend. After much close racing and many clashes, Isis capitalised and won the piece finishing at Chiswick Eyot by one length. However, due to an injury, the second piece was not rowed out. For a blow-by-blow report of the 1st VIII’s fixture with the Oxford Blue Boat, you

Squad Fixture Report vs. Cambridge

For the first time since 1994, the Boat Club raced an official OxBridge fixture for the Cancer Research UK Boat Races, against Cambridge’s respective men & women’s squads CUBC and CUWBC. Racing took place on the Tideway course in the form of two pieces splitting the Boat Race in half. The men raced from Putney to Chiswick Eyot, and then on to the finish, while the ladies stopped at Hammersmith, and restarted at Eyot. The men’s 2nd VIII dispatched Goldie handily, winning by 3 and 5 lengths in the respective pieces, while the battle between the 1st VIII and Cambridge’s Blue Boat was a more interesting affair. After a minute, Brookes’

109 pots won at Wallingford Head

This weekend at Wallingford Head showed the fantastic form the Boat Club is in. Photos courtesy of Iain Weir @ Rowing Photography. The highlight of the weekend had to be the performance of the top Men’s and Women’s eights – both these crews won Elite 8’s, breaking both course records in the process – the men by 11 seconds, and women by a hefty 25 seconds. It’s great to have both the fastest men’s & women’s times ever recorded at Wallingford Head under the OBUBC name. It wasn’t only the top end of the club that was successful, as the Boat Club took home 109 pots, winning 16 of the 22 categories

Brookes, National Champions

At the weekend, the Boat Club had an incredibly successful regatta at the British National Championships, with the top crew winning the Championship ahead of Leander, Molesey and U.L. Fielding 9 eights, with 96 athletes racing, this was the largest Brookes contingent of men & women ever to represent Brookes at any competition. After a great day’s racing, the Brookes crews came away with a fantastic set of results – one of the highlights being the women’s squad, winning a Bronze in the Women’s Elite Eights and their first podium ever at this event, along with the 2nd VIII going on to win the B-final. The Men’s squad then topped off the

Brookes haul in medals at EUSA

The Boat Club had a fantastic domestic season in 2015, and capped it off by winning multiple medals at the European University Rowing Championships in Hannover, Germany. OBUBC became European Champions in two events – winning the Lightweight Men’s 2x and the Men’s Eight – including being the first British university to win the Men’s Eight Gold in the history of the event. They also picked up Silver in the Women’s Coxless Four event. Brookes rowers also formed part of the GB Rowing Team who went on to win the overall competition: The Brookes Men’s 8+ comprised of students Harry Brightmore (cox), Morgan Bolding, Henry Swarbrick, James Stanhope, Rory Gibbs, Matthew Aldridge, Michael Glover, Will Hall and Richard

Jamie Copus selected for Senior Worlds

Brookes athlete Jamie Copus has been called up to the senior British Rowing team for the upcoming World Championships in Aiguebelette. The regatta will be held from the 20th of August through the 6th of September with coverage online (worldrowing.com) and on the BBC. Jamie – from Abingdon School – started at Brookes in 2013 prior to his first U23 appearance, a 10th place performance in the LM2x. He has since won the Temple Challenge Cup with Brookes in 2014, and is a two-time world silver medallist (at the U23 World Championships in 2014 and 2015). He will be racing the Lightweight 4x for his senior team debut. Jamie will join a team including Brookes alumni Scott