HORR 2018 Results

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Two Queen's crews travelled to London on Sunday to compete in the 2018 Head of the River Race. One of the most prestigious races in the world, on the most famous stretch of water, this was a fantastic chance for the men to compete in a field of Olympians and to get a taste of rowing amongst the best in the world.

The weather was mild and the race conditions were quick, albeit a tad slower than the previous day. With final checks made to the boats and race plans reviewed, it was time for the men to take to the water and put all their training into practice.

First off were the Intermediate 8+, making good use of conditions to move through the pack and place 65th with a time of 19.21. Following them were the Novice 8+, who pushed through a long void to place 169th overall with a time of 20.20. 

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Strong results for both crews and an invaluable experience. Our thanks go to Tideway Sculling School for hosting us for both WEHORR and HORR and our focus now turns to Lagan Head this coming Saturday for a strong finish to the Head season. 

WEHORR 2018 Results


Yesterday was another good day of rowing for Queen's. In a crowded field the Intermediate Women's 8+ started down the pack at 238th, but rowed exceptionally well as the tide lowered to place 89th overall with a time of 21:35.1.


The Novice Women's 8+ also excelled themselves, pushing on from their BUCS Head success, they placed 129th out of 305 entries, again fastest out of all Novice University crews.

Also a huge congratulations to former Queen's Rower Rebecca Edwards who was 7 seat in the Molesley 8+ that came 4th overall!

Full results can be seen here


Today sees the Men's Crews in action, with both an Intermediate 8+ and a Novice 8+ entered. Race start is currently scheduled for 10.30am.



Good Morning from Women's Eight Head of the River in London! After a late night of delayed flights and railway mishaps, he boats are currently being built and crews are prepping themselves for the race. We have two crews racing this morning, the Intermediate Women's 8+ and a Novice Women's 8+.

The race start has been pushed back by 45 minutes to give Officials a bit longer to assess conditions. The wind is expected to pick up in the late morning, making conditions a little bit less settled than present. Current race start is scheduled for 10.45am.

Results will be posted up this evening or can followed live on the WEHORR Results page.

In a field of International Elite athletes it will brilliant to see Queen's taking part again this year, here's hoping for a great day's rowing!

BUCS HORR 2018 Day 2 Round-Up


More good news from Cork as Miles Taylor and Nathan Hull both took 2nd place in the U23 Lightweight 2X and the U23 2X respectively.

Back on Tyneside, race conditions had deteriorated somewhat and the remaining races were shortened to 3km. The Intermediate Men's 8+ got the afternoon's racing underway, along with a crew of Novice men, taking the opportunity to come up against a higher quality of competition. The Novices embraced the wilder conditions to post a time of 9.35.7, coming 37th out of a field of more than 80 Intermediate crews. A sign of how far they've come since taking up the sport in September. 

 Emily Sampson-Barnes doing what Emily Sampson-Barnes does

Emily Sampson-Barnes doing what Emily Sampson-Barnes does

The Intermediate men came 10th with a time of 8.37.7, which would have seen them come 7th in the Championship category. A sign of how the standard of Intermediate rowing continues to rise year on year across UK Universities. 

After some thankfully unfounded fears of the remaining races being cancelled, the final two crews to race set off up the course. By this stage the Tyne had become more of a gauntlet than a race course. Rough water and powerful flow made for the most testing conditions of the weekend. 

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Women's Championship Lightweight 4-

The Women's Championship Lightweight 4- were first to race. With a time of 10.12.1, the came 5th, a fantastic result in gruelling conditions. Finally, the Women's Intermediate 4+ were the last Queen's crew to race. Battling down the course, they came 4th with a time of 10.33.1, a gut-wrenching 1.5 seconds off the bronze medal position. An agonisingly difficult result to take but an exceptionally good row, and in time, no doubt a powerful source of inspiration for the rest of their season.

 Women's Intermediate 4+

Women's Intermediate 4+

And so ended the weekend's racing. Boats were broken, trailers were packed and the club set off back to Belfast with much to celebrate. With 15 crews entered, 12 finished in the top 10, 9 finished in the top 5, and 4 won medals. This was a remarkably strong performance from the club as it continues it's resurgence, something that hasn't gone unnoticed across the water, with plenty offering congratulations and expressing delight at Queen's being back competing amongst the top rowing Universities of the UK.




BUCS HORR 2018 - Day 2 Update


After a day of fantastic success in Newcastle and with great news coming from Irish trials in Cork, with Miles Taylor coming first in the Men's U23 LWT 2X, the crews descended on Tyne United BC this morning eagre to get going.

This morning's sessions saw the Intermediate Ladies 8+ in action as well as a Novice 8+ entered to cut their teeth against a higher standard of opposition. The Novice Ladies excelled themselves over a longer distance than the Novice races, coming 25th, ahead of more than 15 Intermediate crews. A fantastic result for the ladies building on their gold from yesterday in the Novice category.

The Intermediate Ladies posted a fantastic time of 16.20.4, placing 6th overall in a highly competitive field of 43 crews. For a squad of ten athletes, this is an exceptional result.


Next came the Men's fours and quads. Championship Lightweight 4- posted a time of 15.50.7 and the Intermediate B 4+ posted 17.16.5. The Intermediate A 4+ turned heads with a fantastic race in tricky conditions, coming 5th in a field of over 30 boats. A fantastic result to camp off the morning's racing.


As conditions continue to deteriorate, the races have been shortened from 5km to 3km for the afternoon and the race schedule has been readjusted. Updates will continue to be posted on here as the day continues or can be followed live at the Row Results live feed

BUCS HORR 2018 - Day 1 Round-Up

 Ladies Novice 8+ A crew bringing home the Gold

Ladies Novice 8+ A crew bringing home the Gold

Success breeds success, so goes the old maxim. Never has this been truer than with the Queen's Novices at their first major event of the season. With a morning of good rowing and great results under their belts, with Men's 8+s taking Silver and Bronze, and the Ladies 4+ narrowly missing out on medal, the spirits within the club were sky high.

The afternoon saw the Ladies 8+s in action, as well as a Men's 4+. Having been achingly close to medalling in the morning, the Ladies crews went out determined to put in their best performances. And they certainly didn't disappoint.

 Ewan Murray counted them out, and counted them all back in again.

Ewan Murray counted them out, and counted them all back in again.

The B crew moved well through the pack, looking strong right to the end to post an impressive time of 10.52, coming 5th overall out of 27 crews.

The A crew were able to put in a thundering performance, posting a truly fantastic time of 10.17 in very testing conditions, and taking the first Gold medals of the weekend for Queen's.

Keen to improve on their earlier medals, the Men's 4+ also rowed well in the rougher water, steaming down the course in 10.03 to take the second set of Gold medals for Queen's this weekend.


All in all, a wonderful day's racing for the club and a raft of medals and great times for the Novices to show for all their dedication and graft over the long Winter months. The Novice squad is in rude health this year in terms of numbers, with retention maintaining high throughout the season. Today showed us that the squad is blessed with great ability and determination as well.

A fantastic day's rowing. Tomorrow sees the Senior crews competing and hopefully adding further to the medal pile. Updates will be posted on here throughout the day and results can be followed live on the BUCS HORR results page.

Also very best of luck to the 3 Queen's Rowers down at the NRC in Cork for Irish trials this weekend. Here's hoping the club's success this weekend is spread far and wide!

BUCS HORR - Day 1 Update


Hello from BUCS Head! Novices were in action this morning with two Novice Men's 8+s and one Novice Ladies 4+ racing. With boats built nice and early, and the Tyne looking calm (relatively) there was just enough time for a pep talk and some nerves to build before launching.

First down the course were the Novice Men's A 8+, looking strong and efficient and posting an impressive time of 10.20. Not to be outdone the B 8+ steamed through the pack to post a fantastic time of 10.27. Putting the crews 2nd and 3rd respectively out of a field of 25 crews. A truly phenomenal achievement to have two 8+s on the podium at a BUCS event, when the standard of Novice rowing in the UK in recent years has got better year on year.

Then came the Ladies 4+ who rowed exceptionally well in a competitive field. Coming 4th and narrowly missing out on a medal by only 3 seconds. This sets them up fantastically well for this afternoon's Ladies 8+s, as the quest for more medals continues unabated!

Results can be watched live on the live results page or we'll have further updates on here after this afternoon's racing. 


BUCS Head 2018


After a long ( and seemingly never-ending!) Winter of training the first big race of the season is upon us. Over the weekend both clubs will be in competing at BUCS head against the the best UK Universities have to offer.

On Saturday 24th Feb, Novices Ladies and Men are in action, with two 8+s and one 4+ from each club being entered, offering them a chance to cut their teeth at a competitive level for the first time. Sunday 25th sees the Intermediate squad in action, with 2 x 8+s and 3 x 4+s in competition.

With the trailers packed on Thursday evening, and final preparations complete, all that remains is to take to the Tyne and leave everything on the water. The squads have put in some serious mileage over the Winter, with unwavering commitment and grit, and Saturday finally lets them put everything they've grafted for, to the test. Results will be posted on here over the weekend and I'm sure you'll join me in wishing them all the best in their quest to bring home the medals.

Lagan Scullers Head of the River 2018


Congratulations to our very own Michael McNamee winning fastest sculler at the annual Lagan Scullers Head of the River. Michael held off stiff competition to come top of the Senior 1X category with a time of 13.53.2. Michael represented Ireland last summer at the Home Internationals and continues to go from strength to strength.

 Michael joined by Katie Shirlow from Bann RC, as fastest Men's and Women's Scullers. 

Michael joined by Katie Shirlow from Bann RC, as fastest Men's and Women's Scullers. 

Next up, BUCS Head in Newcastle on 24th-25th of February with more than 15 crews in competition against the very best that UK Universities have to offer.