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Durham men match women’s success in Head of the River Race

(31 March 2005)

Durham University’s Men’s rowing team’s enjoyed tremendous success in the Head of the River Race on the Thames on Saturday 19th March, just like the women a few weeks before them.

The first eight topped the university’s race by finishing in fantastic 10th place, out of 404 teams, winning the University the Ortner Shield for the first time in twenty years and the senior one pennant.

This means that for the first time in our history Durham University men and women both finished as the first home university in the Head of the River Race, which starts in Mortlake and ends in Putney.

In the race that was won by Leander, the nearest university team finish was Oxford Brookes in 19th place, who are traditionally considered as the number one university for rowing.

Both the men and the women eights were narrowly beaten by experienced crews, most of whom were international.

What capitalises the already immense success of the day is the fact that Durham entered 18 eights, as in the women’s race, where Durham entered 14 eights, the biggest entry of any club or university in Britain by some considerable margin.


For more information contact: Joy Davis, Public Relations Office Durham University Tel 0191 334 6803, email

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