Rutherford Head and Jim London Dinner
The first Alumni event of the academic year is always Rutherford Head, a 5K race over the Club’s home water. Starting just after the Scotswood railway bridge and finishing at the Newburn Sailing Club slipway, the course passes the Boathouse and goes under Newburn Bridge.
Perennially popular, in past years Newcastle crews have been ‘augmented’ with alumni rowers or Blue Star Club crews of alumni only (particularly reunion crews) have been fielded amongst the competition. Rutherford Head is normally held on the last weekend of November or the first weekend of December.
In the evening after the race is the Jim London Memorial Dinner, normally located at a local hotel. James ‘Jim’ London was a popular member of the club who played an active part on many levels – rowing and coaching at the Club. A couple of years after graduating, he died from cancer. In his memory, and in his spirit of fully being part of the NUBC community, the dinner is held. Additionally, the Jim London Award is presented to an alumnus or other individual who it is felt has made a particular contribution to the health of the Club during their time with NUBC.
Blue Star Dinner
In the evening following the Head of The River Race, the club descends on Putney for a formal dinner aimed at reuniting alumni. Usually held at The Star and Garter, this promises to be a great celebratory evening, both for the crews involved and also those reminiscing. Most of the attendees usually go on to the rowing clubs along the Putney embankment following the dinner to continue the party.
Held on the Saturday of Henley week (normally in Butler’s field behind the enclosures) this is the last alumni event of the rowing calendar. An informal but increasingly delicious affair, the BBQ has progressed to the point where it regularly outclasses its competition – as NUBC does on the water. This is a chance for current students, alumni and supporters to meet and have some good food and drink. Tickets for food are sold throughout Henley week and can also by bought on the day.
For more information on these events and for tickets please contact our social secretaries using the contact form.