Success at Henley Regatta in Brookes vs Brookes final

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

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Brookes Rowing won the Ladies’ Challenge Plate for the second year running at Henley Royal Regatta this weekend.

In unprecedented circumstances, the men’s first eight crew found themselves competing in Sunday’s final alongside the Brookes second men’s eight.

The winning crew equalled the course record in front of an estimated 50,000 spectators, in addition to breaking the record in a time of 2:54.

The winning crew received their trophies from Olympic Gold Medallist and Oxford Brookes University Chancellor Katherine Grainger.

On both the men’s and women’s side, both squads have stepped on tremendously, and we look forward to building on this year’s successes when the squad starts back in September.

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing, Oxford Brookes University

Meanwhile, in the Temple Challenge Cup, Brookes beat crews from Newcastle University, Syracuse University, Imperial College and the University of California to set up a final with the University of Washington. The crew, with an average age of just 20 years old, narrowly missed out on the win in Sunday’s final.

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes University said: “Henley marked the end of a record-breaking season for the club, with too many highlights to mention them all. On both the men’s and women’s side, both squads have stepped on tremendously, and we look forward to building on this year’s successes when the squad starts back in September."

This weekend’s success comes after victory for the women’s squad at the Henley Women’s Regatta in June. After racing close rivals Newcastle University in the finals of the Academic Eights event, the Brookes women’s eights crew were crowned champions for the first time in club’s history.

With 23 athletes reaching finals day at Henley Women’s Regatta, the squad gave one of their best performances to date. In May, the women’s squad won the Victor Ludorum at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta for the first time, sharing the honours with Newcastle University. Despite the top eight athletes competing in the Windermere Cup in Seattle on the same day, the men defended the Championship Eights title they have won for the last four consecutive years.

Over the course of the summer, a number of athletes and alumni will represent Great Britain on the world stage, with the Senior, Under-23 and University World Championships taking place.

For more latest news from Brookes Rowing follow the squad on Twitter (@OBUBC) or catch up on brookesrowing.org.uk.

Watch the Ladies’ Plate final below: