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Durham First

Sporting Success


Durham destroy the field at BUSA Championship Head

On Sunday February 24th Durham University Boat Club recorded some of the most remarkable results in the history of British University Sport as the Palatinates swept aside the rest of Britain to win 11 out of 14 events at the BUSA Championship and Novice Head.

On a blustery day in Nottingham, Durham picked up where they had left off earlier in the academic year where a set of impressive performances at the BUSA Small Boats Head had yielded similar results. On this occasion, the Palatinates were even more dominant and a field of over 30 institutions were simply torn apart by the quality of the Durham crews.

Durham won four out of five events in the Division 1 category. The second Division, taking place throughout the middle part of the day, catered for the novice crews.

In total over 90 boats were involved in the Division, testament to the key role that H.E. plays in the recruitment and development of male and female rowers. In the afternoon Division, the Palatinates won every single category, and in the first year category for Intake and Novice Eights Durham picked up three more gold medals and a Bronze from the six events.

The following crews came first in their races and the times listed represent the margin Durham finished in front of the second place crew.

  • Championship Eights, Men: 9 secs
  • Championship Eights, Women: 39 secs
  • Championship Coxed Four, Men: 1 sec*
  • Championship Coxed Four, Women: 10 secs
  • Championship Quad, Men: 1 sec
  • Championship Quad, Women: 34 secs
  • Junior Eights, Men: 14 secs
  • Junior Eights, Men: 29 secs

*In the men's coxed four the second placed crew was Durham B