On Saturday 20th The Queen’s Men travelled to Newcastle to compete at the Annual British University and College Sports Head of River Race. The club submitted racers in both the Intermediate 8+ as well as Championship Lightweight 4-. Both events ran on the Sunday with the 4-s running in the morning and the 8+s occurring in the afternoon.
The Men’s Championship Lightweight 4- comprising of Jordan Wilson, Luke McCann, Jason Armstrong and Miles Taylor posted a time of 16:51.4 and placed 6th in their category.
That afternoon saw the Intermediate 8+s taking to the river with the Bow 4 of the Lightweight Men’s 4- crew joining Brent Whiteside, Harry Mahony, Ben Evans and David Roy in the Sleive Donard Empacher. From nearly 50 crews competing in this event the Queen’s Men rowed an exceptional race and placed a respectable 8th overall with a time of 18:47.3, a fantastic placing considering every oarsmen was in Lightweight category.
Lagan HoRR: Saturday 27th
This weekend Queens shall be racing at Lagan HoRR. The Men’s Squad shall be submitting;
Race One is 2700m and shall start at 10:30am and shall run from The Albert Bridge to the Finishing Oar at Queen’s Boathouse.
Race Two will run from The Odyssey/SSE Arena and shall be a longer 4200m beginning at 1:30pm.
A full listing of entries and mapping can be obtained at;
We look forward to seeing you all there to support the crews. Please refer to as well as liking and following the Queens Rowing Facebook page for regular video and photo updates of all crews racing and training, a link to which can be found below along with it’s respective Twitter accounts to receive all the up to date information on the Club’s Training progress and Competition News;
With winter still upon us, the Ladies Club is continuing to work hard towards the rapidly approaching Head races. Both the Novice and Inter squad completed a tough January training camp on the Lagan and hope to reap the rewards come Regatta season. In February there was a strong attendance from the women’s club (past and present!) at the Lady Vic annual dinner, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
On 12th December Trinity novices travelled to Belfast to compete against the Queen’s Novice Ladies. Novice crews raced each other over the course of 500 metres in front of the Queens boathouse. The racing was quite a spectacle, dominated by the Queens Novice women who won all of their races. The club would like to thank Trinity for travelling up to compete; it was a great experience for both clubs.
The club had a number of crews competing at Festive Head before the Christmas break, one novice 4+, one novice 8+, one inter 4-, one inter 2x and three 2- competed. Crews produced some impressive times and competition in small boats has given the Inter squad a strong base to begin competing in eights and fours. Both squads jumped at the opportunity to dress up in the festive spirit as Christmas Puddings, Polar Bear, Penguins and The Grinch speeding down the Lagan.
Crews from Festive Head, costumes on and ready to race!
Earlier on in the year one athlete Roisin Maguire attended Irish Indoor trials in Limerick to complete a 2000m Ergometer Test. Roisin not only pulled a personal best but also placed 6th overall in the Open Weight Senior category. Another individual recognition should be extended to elite athlete Rebecca Edwards who attended GB trials having met the 5K erg time. Rebecca proceeded to compete in the water 5000m time trial on 13th February. Placing 24th out of 41, a fantastic achievement!
Due to illness the ladies club only had one athlete competing at Lagan Scullers Head on Saturday 13th February. Rachel Brown competed in the Women’s Club 1x, not only winning her category but also placing 4th in the Inter category against more Senior athletes.
Rachel Brown (Club 1x) racing at Lagan Head.
On the 20th and 21st February the club travelled to Newcastle to compete over the 5000m course of BUCS HoRR. Two Novices 8+s competed and placed 20th and 29th out of 33 crews in awful conditions, it was a great experience for the Novice squad to be competing at such a large event. The Inter squad had a great set of results, the Queen’s Championship 4- placed 5th against more Senior crews in a highly competitive category. The Intermediate 4+ finished 11th in their category out of 28 crews. The Inter 8+ put in a fantastic performance and finished in 5th place (only one second behind 4th place) out of 33 crews. Finally the lightweight 4- brought home bronze medals, placing 3rd place in their category, another incredible achievement from what was a very prosperous and enlightening weekend.
Lightweight 4- with their bronze medals!
The club will be competing at Lagan Head this coming weekend with a number of crews. In the next couple of weeks crews will also compete at Erne Head and Women’s Head of the River. The novice squad continues to work hard and is developing quickly.
Save the Date!
Queen’s Regatta will take place on the 7th May 2016 at Castlewellan Lake. It’s a great event for both rowers and non-rowers alike. If you wish to help out please do not hesitate to contact us, equally any crowd support for Queen’s crews would be very well received!
Finally the club would like to thanks the continuous support of the Lady Vic donors. However, many regular contributions have now expired. If you wish to continue to support the Clubs please contact Pamela Cunningham, thank you.