Once a year RUMSBC makes the journey down to Putney to take part in the annual BUCS indoor competition. The Senior squad have to prove their mental strength and fitness over 2 kilometres of gruelling erging on a Concept 2 machine kindly provided by Imperial College's Boathouse. The Novice squad are tested over the tricky 1k distance so they can also feel welcomed into the pain cave as well. Many PB's were smashed and the athletes re-hydrated with a pint in the local Wetherspoons after. A great day out.
BUCS Indoor 2k Senior Women
On Wednesday, 15 senior women took part in the BUCS Indoor 2k. This served as a baseline erg test at the start of the year for the women to build from and improve for the rest of the season. There was a great atmosphere at Imperial College Boat Club, with RUMSBC men and women taking over the erg room for a solid couple of hours. The energy in the room for every 1k or 2k session held was incredible, and the women achieved lots of successes, with multiple women getting their personal best. As captain, I am incredibly proud of all the girls who participated and can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes us.
Special mention goes to Jenny Budden and Nadia Eden for pulling their first sub-8 minute 2k; as well as Maariya Malik, Georgie Stagg, Jen Whitehead, Kelly Wyatt and Neda Oskooee for doing their first 2k as a senior woman at RUMSBC!
Women’s Senior Captain 16/17
BUCS Indoor 1k Novice Women
This was the first year RUMSBC has entered novice crews into BUCS indoor, and everyone was nervous about how it was going to go. Amazingly 17 women’s novices came along to compete and they all did so well!
The girls first got onto a rowing machine 3 weeks ago and the difference in just three weeks of training was incredible (which was good because I told them we had entered to see how much they’ve improved….). Everyone has now got a solid baseline for the year, which they can build on and improve as they get fitter and their technique improves!
My special mentions go to Liv Coyne and Elinor Roderick for getting sub 2 minute splits! But also to Abi Powell, Ankita Hajra, Christine McNally and Kate Ellis whose splits have all decreased by more than 10 seconds in the last 3 weeks!!
Well done girls, great start to our competitive calendar and I am excited for the year ahead!
Women’s Novice Captain 16/17
BUCS Indoor 2k Senior Men
On 09/11/16 RUMSBC men's senior squad entered BUCS indoors for the third year in a row. This year however there was a somewhat more relaxed feel to the event with RUMSBC providing the only senior athletes and well as the organisers asking for us to construct our own timetable. Nevertheless the event ran very smoothly and ICBC providing excellent facilities as per. There were some excellent times being put down by our men - Sam Gunning being the fastest heavyweight man with a blistering 6:28.1 and after a few over-ambitious "lightweights" were rejected and sent to the heavyweight division, Jack Maddicks was the fastest lightweight with 6:53.1. A great effort all round!
Men’s Senior Captain 16/17
BUCS Indoor 1k Novice Men
A small but strong contingent of novice men descended upon ICBC for their first go at BUCS indoors. This was a great chance for them to see and compete at an extremely high level club, and they were determined to show that they were a force to be reckoned with.
Buoyed by the promise of an equally high level Wetherspoons after the competition, all 5 men had fire in the belly for the novice 1k event. Joseph White, Ben Southgate and Ben 'Bed' Wardner all took huge chunks out of their PB's and their mental states to fill their captain with pride. Not to be left out, Sean 'Quads' Donaghue and Alex 'Most Competitive Man in RUMS' Lane set up an interesting battle of egos for the rest of the year by finishing joint top of the group, both with 3:21.5 exactly.
The day can only be described as a success, and I hope the whole crew will take away a lot of positives to implement into our preparation for Cambridge Head!
Men’s Novice Captain 16/17