Henry Pelly, who graduated from Newcastle in 2007, represented Cambridge in the race for the 3rd time. He was Newcastle University BC President from 2004-2007 becoming the World University Champion in the men’s heavyweight double in 2006.
Fred Gill, the stroke of the victorious Newcastle Prince Albert coxed 4 at Henley Royal Regatta in 2008, moved up from Goldie, which he stroked last year, to stroke the blue boat this year. Fred, who learnt to row as a novice at Newcastle in 2005 and was Men’s Captain from 2007-2008 also made the GB U23 team in 2008.
It is the first time that Newcastle University BC has been represented by 2 alumni in the same race and they are only the 4th and 5th Blue Star oarsmen to compete in the race after David Walker (Cambridge 1974), Ed Coode (Oxford 1998) and Andy Stubbs (Cambridge 2004).
We especially enjoyed the big blue stars on their wellies!