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DUBC's Guy Kitchen sets new British Record

(10 March 2021)

First year rower, Guy Kitchen, made his mark last month as he set a new record on the Concept2 rower during the virtual BUCS Head competition between Newcastle, Edinburgh and Durham with a time of 21 minutes 23.5 seconds in the 17-18 lightweight category.

The Collingwood College student, began his rowing journey at Emanuel College, where he stumbled across rowing rather by accident, initially taking it up as a social sport before realising his potential and in his final year set his first British record in the same category over 10 000m.


Kitchen’s ambition to progress his rowing career whilst continuing to challenge himself academically brought him to Durham to study Chemistry and to compete for Durham University Boat Club. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it exceptionally difficult to train and socialise with the other club members, however, DUBC, like many other sports programmes here at Durham, have moved their programmes online in order to engage and support their athletes from a sporting, academic and wellbeing perspective.


Kitchen is extremely motivated to continue to perform as a Palatinate, he said, “I’m going to keep pushing, be the best that I can be and keep aiming for more PBs”.


We look forward to following and supporting Guy and the rest of DUBC over the next few years and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on such an incredible record.


More about Durham University Boat Club

Durham University Boat Club was established in 1877. DUBC trains on the river Weir in Durham alongside the University Colleges.


The club consistently delivers competitive performances at university, national and international events. This is through training sessions provided by world-class coaches, envisioning a long-term game plan, and employing a driven attitude. The club also provides an encouraging yet enthusiastic environment in which athletes can grow as not only an individual, but as a crew, thus enriching their university experience. DUBC cultivates student athletes whose sporting and academic successes go hand in hand.


We are also one of few British Rowing High Performance programmes funded by the National Lottery. For many years the club has been a feeder for U23 Great British athletes, many of whom have gone on to represent their country in the senior squad at World Championships and the Olympics, proving to be a major stepping stone in athletes journeys to things greater and beyond.


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