BLBC Volunteer at Run In The Dark 2017

This week members of BLBC took time out of training for Cambridge Winter Head to volunteer their time at Run in the Dark on the 15th November 2017. It is an event where thousands gather in Battersea Park to run 5 or 10k for charity. Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

12 members of the club, freshers and seniors got together to help the event run smoothly. We were in charge of marshalling along the course for the 2400+ runners to ensure they were all safe in the dark, having a good time and going the right way! In addition to this we also had several volunteers on bag drop and just being of general assistance in the chaos leading up the run.

Everyone did a great job, a big thank you to all who helped out!


Training Camp at Doncaster!

The men's and women's first boats went on the first training camp of the year to Doncaster for the weekend. Whilst there we got roughly 3 sessions a day on the water and managed to do some seat racing for selection for the first men's 8. The women made a lot of technical gains and really learned to work together as a crew. There was also opportunity to do some work in small boats for both men and women. During our time there we had 2 coaches looking after us who were exceptional in coordinating outings and helping all rowers to come along in technical ability and get them race ready for our first race of the year at Cambridge. It was a very successful camp for all who went along and there was time to relax and bond within our crews.

We thank Doncaster Rowing Club for allowing us access to their facilities and the people there that made the weekend possible. We look forward to returning soon!

Women's Season Update

With the Easter break approaching, the tough Head racing season is well and truly over. Despite the sun finally making an appearance this also marks the end of the rowing year for many of our pre-clinical members and those on the allied health courses. This may be the end of the 2017 head races, but the BLBC ladies are ready to push forwards further in future years.

At the Women’s Eights Head of The River our 1st and 2nd VIIIs finished 175th and 261th of 293 crews, all the hard work and effort put it on the ergs and on the water by all athletes shone through. Kingston Head saw similarly amazing results with the 1st boat and the 3rd boat placing 81st and 111th out of 135 crews in their division. There are some incredible photos attached of the dramatic races, with credit to Robert Treharne Jones for capturing the 2nd VIII clashing with Imperial College at WeHoRR.

Crews for WeHoRR:

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Crews for Kingston:

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Due to unfortunate timing clashes with exams over several different courses, we won’t be able to participate in the many upcoming regattas over summer but look forward to ending an incredible year at the UH Bumps races on 20th and 21st May.

As my time as women’s captain draws to a close, I have time to reflect on how proud I am to have been part of a club that consists of dedicated girls, willing to put hours of sweat and energy to achieve their goals. The grit shown by all the girls, seniors and novices have allowed us to enter 2 or 3 boats in all of the 7 races over the year so far – limited mainly by lack of physical boats. Of course, this couldn’t have been achieved without the diligent work of all our student coaches and the whole committee.

I would like to thank everyone in the boat club for allowing me to be a part of what has most certainly been the most successful year for the women of BLBC. Given the solid foundations built in the last 2 years, I am very optimistic for the future and am confident that we can better our results – with the real possibility of a future BLBC crew qualifying for Henley Women’s Regatta & taking part in British Universities and Colleges Sport rowing events.


Tanya Hossain
Women's Captain