Newcastle kick-started the summer racing season with a phenomenal performance at BUCS. The club demonstrated tremendous depth, hauling a total of 19 medals across a huge range of events. Gold medals were won in several events that NUBC has been targeting for a number of years, notably the men’s champ quad, women’s inter eight, and lightweight four. And to top it all off, the club won the overall Victor Ludorum trophy for the first time, as well as retaining the men’s VL that was won last year.
Day two saw the weather start to deteriorate, with a strong headwind making for tough racing conditions. Newcastle continued to set the standard in the lightweight men’s categories, cruising to victory over Cambridge in the lightweight eight. The women’s inter 8 produced a similarly dominant performance, smashing the opposition to claim gold for the first time for NUBC in the event. The women’s champ eight raced gutsily, but just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth. Another sculling medal was picked up in the men’s champ double, and the men’s beginner eight put in a rapid second kilometre to earn themselves a bronze medal. The men’s champ coxless four, lightweight double, and inter coxed four qualified for the A finals, but just missed out on medals. The day ended with the men’s champ coxed four, who raced into a fantastic second position.
The difficult conditions persisted into the third day, necessitating a brief halt to racing in the afternoon. However the conditions calmed down as the finals began to be raced, and NUBC collected yet more medals. First up was yet another lightweight medal, this time a bronze in the men’s pair, rapidly followed by a gold medal in the lightweight quad, another first for NUBC, and a bronze in inter quads. The women raced into an impressive second in champ coxed fours, and the women’s beginner eight got bronze. The day’s highlight was the barnstorming row from the men’s champ quad, who won gold by a considerable margin.
On top of all these medal-winning performances, there were many more NUBC crews who proudly represented the blue star, vying with the best university rowing club’s in the country. All the results combined left Newcastle in first place in the overall Victor Ludorum for the first time, and first in the men’s VL for the second year running.
This BUCS will definitely go down as one of the best yet for NUBC. The breadth of talent throughout the squads was truly phenomenal, and the gold medals in men’s lightweight and women’s intermediate categories are a massive step on for the club from previous years. These extraordinary results are a testament to the commitment and determination of the athletes throughout the year, and the excellent coaching and guidance they have received. Next stop: the Boat Race of the North.
Photos: BUCS/ Northern Rowing