Enniskillen Training Camp

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At the beginning of the Easter holidays, Queen's Rowing Novice men and women travelled to Enniskillen for an intensive training camp in preparation for regatta season.  

Over the course of the training camp we got the true Enniskillen experience with some beautiful and some not so beautiful weather! But nonetheless, Queen's Rowing powered through their training and made some serious gains on the water. 

With all that training, however, rest and recovery is vital...

Queen's Rowing would like to say a huge thank you to Enniskillen Royal Boat Club for hosting and allowing us access to their outstanding facilities. Queen's Rowing Novices are ready to dominate in Britain and Ireland this regatta season. Lets bring the goods back to Belfast! 

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Zen Corporate Fun Day 2018

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On the 25th March, we welcomed crews from Zen, House of Zen, MKB Law and Bridge Commercials for a corporate fun day.

The day kicked off with introductions to the boathouse and the equipment, followed by a coached session on the water. The weather was kind to us and for the first time in seemed an age, the Lagan was drenched in sunshine.

Having been coached through the basics and with all crews rowing as one, we broke for refreshments ahead of an afternoon of racing.

The races took the form of quick sprints, from the Governor's Bridge back to the pontoon. The crew from Bridge Commercial were victorious in the end.

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Our thanks go to all the teams for coming down and giving rowing a try as well as to Eddie Fung for providing prizes and food on the day.

We're immensely grateful for the generous support from all four businesses to Queen's Rowing. Their generosity will help us to achieve more on the water and we hope to welcome them back in the future.

Queen's Rowing Take London

Hi all! I'm Nathan and I've recently taken over as one of the PR officers for Queen's Rowing. I'm a first year student studying PPE and part of this year's contingent of Novice men. For my first post, I'd like to share some pictures from the day before HORR 2018.  

Queen's Rowers jumped on some Boris Bikes and explored what London had to offer us. The weekend was an amazing experience for everyone on and off the water. Regatta season here we come!

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Good morning from Women's Eight Head of the River in London! After a late night of delayed flights and railway mishaps, the 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 be followed live on the WEHORR Results page.

In a field of International Elite athletes it will be 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

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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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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.

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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.

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BUCS HORR 2018 - Day 2 Update

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!