This weekend, Aug 21st, 22nd, an all CULRC crew raced in European Universities Championships in Amsterdam, The crew, Charlie Pitt-Ford, Chris Kerr, Al Chapelle and Matt Lawes, lined up against student crews from Poland, Holland, Germany and GB rivals Nottingham. They won the silver medal, finishing 1l behind Poland, in a time of 6.22 (which was inside the old event record).
The GB Lwt 4-, containing John Hale and Charlie Pitt Ford, came 4th in the final at this year’s World University Championships in Hungary. The crew did not manage to reproduce their form from the heats, and a strong cross-headwind gave a slight advantage to France and Hungary. The GB crew fought with Hungary down the entire course, but Hungary took the home advantage to claim bronze.
1 – Italy – 7:00.57
2 – France: – 7:03.40
3 – Hungary: – 7:07.83
4 – Great Britain: – 7:10.02 (Simon Barr, Charlie Pitt Ford, Alex Gillies, John Hale)
5 – Poland: – 7:19.31
6 – Canada: – 7:20.95
The squad in China travelled to Xinjin to compete in the 2010 China Xinjin Jinke Real Estate Cup International Famous Universities Rowing Regatta. CULRC competed against Oxford, Harvard and Yale in an exciting competition. While not training or racing we also had a chance to visit the local Pandas and Archaeological sites.
The squad would like to thank all the organisers for their hospitality and for inviting them to such a fantastic event
Two of this years boat race crew have been selected to represent Great Britain for the FISU World University Championships. Charlie Pitt Ford and John Hale will join Simon Barr (Oxford Brookes) and Alex Gillies (Imperial) to form the lightweight coxless four.
The championships will be held in Szeged, Hungary on the 13-15 August. More details can be found at the following address: http://www.wucrowing2010.hu/.
CULRC have arrived in China at the 2010 Invitational University Rowing Regatta. They have spent the last 6 days training and racing at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park as well as experiencing the local culture. They have enjoyed a variety of sites including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City as well as experiencing some intense haggling and local cuisine.
The crew have now flown to Chengdu to compete in the “2010 China Xinjin Jinke Real Estate Cup International Famous Universities Rowing Regatta” which last year attracted 25,000 spectators and National TV Coverage.