Oxford Brookes Annual Taurus Dinner

On Saturday night, the Oxford Brookes annual dinner took place in Phyllis Court, Henley-on-Thames. It was cohosted by Taurus – OBUBCs alumni. A great evening was had by all, celebrating the last years success of the boat club. Particularly the meteoric rise of the women’s team and last seasons success at Henley Royal Regatta. Around 160 current and ex-Brookes rowers attended the event, in regatta dress. The event took place after the Head of the River, which happened earlier in the day, where Brookes broke a course record that had previously stood since 1987. This crew was coxed by Harry Brightmore, who became Senior World Champion last year in the British National VIII. Harry

Oxford Brookes break Course Record at Head

Last Saturday saw the last Winter Head race of the season on the Tideway, the Head of the River Race, held between Mortlake and Putney. Brookes fielded eight VIIIs for the first time in history. The Brookes 1st VIII was made up of members of the British National team, the majority of whom became Senior World Champions last season. This crew was chased fiercely by an equally talented Leander crew, in a match up that could barely be separated the whole way down the track in a race of the highest calibre. Conditions were not of the fastest nature, however, the reason why both finished significantly inside the previous record

Brookes vs Oxford Women Fixture 2023

Yesterday saw the last of the fixtures take place on the Tideway with the Brookes women taking on Oxford in the local derby. There were some challenging conditions for all to deal with across all racing. In Blue boat fixture, just one piece was rowed between the start line in Putney and the Red Buoy at the crossing point above Chiswick Eyot. In a heated race start, in initially calm conditions, crews clashed while both being warned to remain on station. Brookes, with the Middlesex station, were able to inch ahead around the first bend and break clear water by the Mile Post. Rowing in tricky conditions around the Hammersmith

Brookes vs Cambridge Men’s Fixture 2023

Cambridge Men’s Fixture After a strong result against Oxford last week, Brookes were aiming to take a clean sweep in the last of the fixtures against Cambridge this weekend. Racing took place with the Blue Boat, Goldie and the Cambridge Lightweights over two pieces – from Putney to the Eyot, restarting again at the Eyot and finishing at University Finish Post in Chiswick. In the first piece against the Blue Boat, both crews started strongly with Cambridge racing out to a ¼ length lead by the end of Putney Embankment. In conditions that posed some risk, Brookes on the Middlesex Station rowed hard and clean and were able to inch

Women’s Head Report 2023

Women’s Head Report Brookes took five eights to the Women’s Head of the River over the weekend. With an entry of 299 crews it was set to be the first real test of where the Brookes Women ranked alongside the best crews in the UK this season. After a strong placing in last years race, the 1st VIII had a superb opportunity to set off No. 2 chasing Leander ‘A’. Having had such a successful winter to date, every athlete was eager to show off their hard work so far this season. With some high class rowing the whole way down the course, the 1st VIII were able to take 3rd place finish overall.

Brookes vs Oxford Men & Reading University Head

On Saturday Brookes took to the Tideway and Reading University Head. OBUBC raced Oxford, in a local derby and the first fixture for the men this season. Both crews raced their respective Blue Boat and Isis counterparts over two pieces – from Putney to the Eyot, then restarting again at the Eyot, and finishing at the University Finish Post by Chiswick Bridge. In both races, Brookes won the toss and chose the Middlesex station. In the Blue boat fixture, there was an initial fight for control over the stream, however, after some clean, composed rowing in tricky conditions Brookes continued to edge away throughout the first piece to win by 3 lengths. For the

GBRT February Trials + Henley 4s & 8s

Over the weekend Brookes had a large day of racing at the Great Britain Senior and U23 trials in Boston, Lincolnshire and Henley Fours and Eights. In Boston, some great results were produced by both members of senior national team, as well as current athletes in the Brookes program. After a fantastic result in November, Matt Heywood and Jack Prior backed up their performance with a 5th place against some of the best athletes in the country. David Bewicke-Copley and Morgan Bolding were 2nd and Tom Digby and David Ambler were 4th. Grace Richards and Rhianna Sumpter were the fastest U23 W2- and Olivia White was the 3rd fastest U23

Wallingford Head 2022

Brookes retain Headship on home water at Wallingford Head Brookes competed in the first race of the season in eights at the weekend. Unfortunately, racing was restricted to one division after the river changed to red boards during the first division. In the first division, Brookes entered seven men’s VIIIs, a M4+, two women’s U23 VIIIs, three women’s coxed & two coxless fours. Racing against strong competition from Leander and Thames, the Brookes 1st VIII, expertly steered by Harry Brightmore came out on top on their home water by a margin of 4 seconds. The 2nd Brookes VIII claimed third place after a penalty for the Leander 2nd eight. The

GBRT November Trials 2022

The 2022/23 season kicked off in style with racing held at the first GB trial in Boston, Lincolnshire this weekend. With all members of the hugely successful Senior Worlds team excluded from the trial, it provided an opportunity for the younger members of the Brookes squad to make an early statement in small boats. With the men racing first, the pair of Matt Heywood and Jack Prior, refreshed from their win in the GB U23 Men’s Eight earlier in the year, put in a fantastic performance to finish 2nd place overall. A huge achievement for both athletes who have now made a huge step on from their Temple and Prince

Senior World Championships 2022

In one of the most successful Senior World Championships in many years, there were several Brookes athletes leading the charge for the British team. There was huge success for Brookes athletes racing in Racice, Czech Republic. The British Men’s Eight completed an unbeaten season, claiming victory at World Cup I, World Cup III, the European Championships and Henley Royal Regatta.  Harry Brightmore, Morgan Bolding, Rory Gibbs, Tom Digby and David Bewicke-Copley became the first World Champions GB have had in the event since 2015. In their final, they led from start to finish despite a late charge from the Dutch, in a race showcasing their pure dominance over the rest