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Best Ever Set of Club Result's at Women’s Head

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Brookes’ women had the best set of squad results ever at this weekend’s Women’s Head, with 6th, 16th and 53rd place finishes across the 3 eights, with only Cambridge’s boat race squad beating Brookes to the accolade of highest combined first and second boats in the competition. The 1st VIII was a mere 4 seconds off 4th place, and with the return of GB international members to the event this year, the standard of competition again stepped up – signifying a great result for the Brookes squad with the highest ever finish for our 2nd and 3rd eights, the women’s squad had a fantastic showing on the Tideway.

After a very successful head race season where the women’s squad won at every event entered, they will now target GB Final Trials before the regatta season starts at the end of April.

The final event of the head season for Brookes sees the men’s squad look to retain their Headship position, fastest student crew and senior pennant at the Head of the River Race in 2 weeks time.

RESULTS

1st VIII – 6th
2nd VIII – 16th
3rd VIII – 53rd

 

Come and celebrate with the girls squad at the annual dinner - Saturday 25th March 2017 - tickets available for purchase here: http://www.taurusboatclub.org.uk/dinner/

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Rowing update & 2017 Taurus Dinner tickets on sale now!

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Rowing update - 2016-2017 season so far

Brit Champs was the first event of the new season for us, and was another strong indication of the strength and depth of the squad - the top 3 men’s crews came 2nd, 4th and 5th, with the 2nd VIII claiming the student pennant and a new student record of 5:48. The women’s 1st VIII came 5th in a very strong field.

Wallingford Head was the last race of 2016 before the new year, and it didn’t disappoint - we came away with 113 tankards (the most wins at this event ever), winning 17 of the 19 categories entered.

Following this was the second GB U23 and Senior Trials, where alums Peter Chambers and Matthew Tarrant won the LM1x and M2- boat classes respectively.

Since then, Brookes have raced against both Oxford & Cambridge on the tideway:

The first fixture was against strong Cambridge squad, the 2nd VIII won their races against Goldie convincingly, with the 1st VIII drawing on the first piece, then storming away to a 3-length victory over the Blue Boat in the second piece.

The second fixture against our neighbours Oxford was in blustery conditions. OUBC took early leads in both pieces and despite a late surge from Brookes in the first piece the win was to the dark blues. In the second piece once again OUBC took an early lead, but Brookes fought back, pushing the boat race favourites to the line, the final verdict was a seat to OUBC. 

Next race for Brookes is Reading University Head.

2017 Taurus Dinner - tickets on sale now!

Taurus are pleased to announce the 2017 annual dinner, celebrating the recent successes of Oxford Brookes Boat Club athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Saturday 25th March 2017
7pm
Phyllis Court
Henley-on-Thames
RG9 2HT


The ticket price of £50 will include:

- A welcome drink
- 3 Course dinner with coffee
- Bottle of wine between two

Dress code: Black Tie / Boat Club Blazers

Carriages at 12

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Taurus News & Oxford Brookes Boat Naming

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Boat Naming Ceremony on Thursday 10th November 2016

Brookes athletes Scott Durant, Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Zoe De Toledo won a gold and silver medals, in the men’s 8+ and women’s 8+ respectively.

The women’s 8+ pulled strongly through the field to claim silver – GB Rowing’s first ever Olympic medal in this event.

The men’s 8+, with Scott Durant crossing the line first in the bow seat, brought home the Olympic gold for the first time since Sydney 2000. This caps off a phenomenal series of World Championships for the men, with GB winning every World Championship 8+ title, up to and including the Olympics Games themselves, which had never been done by a British eight before.

The Chambers brothers Peter and Richard won the B final in their respective LM4- and LM2x events, after extremely tough semi-finals. Matthew Tarrant also came away with a win, leading the spare pairs race by a comfortable margin.

Oxford Brookes is hosting a boat naming ceremony for our Rio Olympians on Thursday 10th November in the main building on the Gypsy Lane Campus, supporters welcome.

Proud to be a poly? - If you are not already a member, please make sure you sign-up to avoid missing out and make sure we are backing the Brookes Squad all the way to HRR 2016. You can find the sign-up forms here.

Events

Breakfast at Brookes Boat Club PROVISIONAL DATE - 26th November 2016 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Taurus Boat Club Dinner SAVE THE DATE - 25th March 2017 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Henley Royal Regatta BBQ SAVE THE DATE - 1st July 2017

If you would like to help out with the organisation of any of the Taurus events, please get in touch at info@taurusboatclub.org.uk

Fundraising

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Taurus Boat Club?

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's really simple, all you have to do is:

  1. Join. Head to the Taurus page at easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up for free.

  2. Shop. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

  3. Raise. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Taurus Boat Club will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Taurus Barbecue at Henley Royal Regatta - Saturday 2nd July 

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Taurus BBQ

** Saturday 2nd July

** Location: Cricket Club

** Time: After Last Race

** Cost: £10

** HRR 2015

Oxford Brookes Crews

Temple Challenge Cup (Student 8+): Brookes ‘A’ Brookes ‘B’ Brookes ‘C’

Remenham Challenge Cup (Elite Women’s 8’s)

Visitors Challenge Cup (Intermediate 4-): Brookes/Proteus, NED composite GB U23 Lwt’s (with Ben Reeves)

Prince Albert Challenge Cup (Student 4+) Queen Mother (Elite 4x - GB Senior Lwt’s, with Jamie Copus)

Extra details of interest:

* The Temple 8 comprises of 7/9 of last year’s crew, including 4 GB U23’s

* This is the first time EVER that an all-Brookes, all-student crew has qualified for the Remenham

Taurus Dinner 2016 - Buy Tickets Today

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Taurus Dinner Saturday 19th March 2016 7pm

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OBUBC News Feed

OBUBC has had a very successful start to 2016, beginning with our first official fixtures against Oxford and Cambridge.

Against Cambridge, the men and women came up against strong resilience from the Light Blue crews, initially taking the lead before being reeled in underneath Hammersmith.

Against Oxford however, the men rowed a more measured race, waiting until the right opportunity to make a decisive move away from Oxford - one for the history books.

At Reading Head of the River, the Boat Club had another successful haul of medals winning 9 events, especially Men's and Women's Elite & Senior 8's, and recording the fastest times of the day respectively.

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Taurus Dinner 2016 - Tickets on Sale Now

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Taurus Dinner - Tickets on Sale Now

Taurus are pleased to announce the 2016 annual dinner, celebrating Richard Spratley's 25th Anniversary at OPBC and OBUBC. In recognition of 27 Henley Royal Regatta wins, and countless national & international successes.

Saturday 19th March 2016

7pm

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Henley on Thames, RG9 2HT

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  • A welcome drink
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Oxford Brookes race Blues Crews 2016

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Oxford Brookes race Blues Crews 2016

Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race Build-up

For the first time ever, Oxford Brookes University will be involved in the Oxford and Cambridge University Pre-boat race fixtures.

Oxford Brookes mens and women 8's will race the Blue Boats on the Tideway between the University Stone at Putney and the Boat Race finish post.

Fixtures

Cambridge University vs Oxford Brookes University - 30th Jan 2016 at 16.15

Cambridge University Women vs Oxford Brookes University Women - 31st Jan 2016 at 16.00

Oxford University vs Oxford Brookes University - 21st Feb 2016 at 12.00

Isis vs Oxford Brookes University 'B' - 21st Feb 2016 tbc

Brookes have been offered this opportunity having been recognised as the dominant university boat club in the UK.

If your in London why don't you pop down to the Tideway to show your support for our Student Crews?

Proud to be a poly? - If you are not already a member, please make sure you sign-up to avoid missing out and make sure we are backing the Brookes Squad all the way to HRR 2016. 

** Events

Taurus Boat Club Dinner

SAVE THE DATE - 19th March 2016 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Henley Royal Regatta Barbecue

SAVE THE DATE - 2nd July 2016 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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Taurus Boat Club News & Events 2015-16

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Oxford Brookes fastest crew in the country!

British Rowing Championships, 17-18th October 2015, Nottingham

The Brit Champs bring together oarsmen and women from the highest level of rowing with the GB National squad athletes racing directly against the boats from all other clubs and universities from around the country.

Oxford Brookes Boat Club had 96 male and female athletes racing at the British Rowing Championships 2015, their largest representation at any competition.

Mens Results: Oxford Brookes now have the fastest 8+ in the country and the fastest student 8+ in the country.

Women's Results: Bronze in elite 8+, winners of the B final in the same event, along with decent rows by the third 8+ and U23 4x A great squad performance with following full results;

M8+ (A) – Gold

M8+ (B) – 4TH in A Final and University Pennant

M8+ (C) – 5th in A Final

M8+ (D) – 3rd in B Final

M8+ (E) – 4th in C Final

M8+ (F) – 1st in D Final

W8+ (A) – Bronze in A final

W8+ (B) – 1st in B Final

W8+ (C) – 6th in C Final

W4x – 3rd in D Final

Oxford Brookes first ever British crew to win in Europe!

European University Championships, 9-12th September 2015, Hanover, Germany

Oxford Brookes student 8+ were victorious in their selection for the GB entry at the European University Championships and came up against an experienced Belarusian crew. With the Belarusian crew ahead by 0.6 seconds at the midway point, the Brookes crew stepped on and moved away to take gold by 2.55 seconds in a time of 5:42.77. The win was the first time in the history of the event that a British crew has won gold in the men’s eight.

Gold in world U23 championships

World Rowing U23 Championships, 22-26th July 2015, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

There was further success for Oxford Brookes with Jamie Copus and Ben Reeves following up their medals at the World U23 Championships earlier this season with a strong win in the lightweight double.

Three British crews made the final of the women’s four with the Oxford Brookes girls rounding off their successful season by taking silver against a very experienced German crew.

Proud to be a poly? - If you are not already a member, please make sure you sign-up to avoid missing out and make sure we are backing the Brookes Squad all the way to HRR 2016. You can find the sign-up forms on our membership page.

Events:

Saturday 7th November, Breakfast at the Brookes Boat House!

Taurus member James Symington bringing his Henley bbq catering team (Brian, van and food!) to offer breakfast to the current members of the squad and Taurus members. Come down to this mid-morning training session to show your support and find out what the squad is currently up to and their goals for the season. Richard Spratley and Henry Bailhache-Webb will be on site and will be delighted to tell you more.

When: Saturday 7th November 2015 Time: From 10-12 am Where: Oxford Brookes Boat House, Reading Road, Cholsey, OX10 9HQ What: Breakfast at Brookes

Taurus Boat Club Dinner

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday 19th March 2016 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

If you would like to help out with the organisation of any of the Taurus events, please get in touch at info@taurusboatclub.org.uk

About Taurus Boat Club

Our aims are simple: * to promote social links between past and present members of Oxford Brookes / Poly Boat Club; * to support the current student rowing club wherever possible, financially and otherwise; * and to promote rowing participation amongst the Taurus membership.

Why join Taurus?

Taurus continue's to raise funds for Brookes rowing, last year Taurus supported Brookes to the tune of circa £10,000 to assist in the purchase of the new empacher 8.

Alongside the financial support and successful social calendar events Taurus will be introducing/re-introducing initiatives to improve our communication and promote the unique networking opportunities that Taurus offers. In summary opportunities avalible to Taurus members include:

· Annual dinner – Saturday 19^th March 2016 (HORR) · Henley BBQ - Saturday Henley Royal Regatta · Newsletter – Hard copy, · Membership book – to be produced and sent out with newsletter · In addition to equipment, Taurus want to offer bursaries/sponsorship of oarsmen/women · The Taurus Network – Our unique contact list is a work in progress, but looking to be implemented in 2016.

If you haven't already joined, head over to our membership page and join in the fun! Warm Regards

Pete Lowe & Tamsin Bryant

The Taurus Boat Club Committee,

Please let us know if there are any details we can update on our Taurus database, we are endeavouring make everything as accurate as possible. Contact us at info@taurusboatclub.org.uk

 


Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Taurus Boat Club?

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HRR - 2015 Round-Up

Tamsin BryantComment

In a year that saw the first live streaming of the event we knew the competition would be tough. The Oxford Brookes Temple A crew smashed the course record by almost 8 seconds but that still wasn't enough for them to emulate the glory of 2014. All students crews raced well and the returning squad have high hopes for next year.

Matt Tarrant was racing in the Silver Goblets Nickalls Cup but couldn't quite catch the reigning GB world champion crew. 

Joel Cassells and Jamie Copus had a tough race in the Prince of Wales Final but the headwind favoured the heavyweight crew. 

Olivia Carnegie Brown had a tough final in the Rememhan Challenge Cup, the win eluded the girls crew with Zoe De-Toledo coxing. 

Scott Durant has added to his HRR win tally with his cremates from Leander & Imperial winning the Stewards' Challenge Cup. 

Congratulations Scott & once again thank you for your insuring words at the Taurus dinner this year! Scott will be added to our hall of fame - if you can help us fill in any more details please get in touch - HALL OF FAME

Taurus would like to wish all our inter nation athletes the best of luck in their races this summer!

If you have just left Brookes now is a great opportunity to join us - TAURUS MEMBERSHIP

Finally thanks to all of you who came to the Taurus BBQ this year - one of the best yet!

Please send us your photographs

Who are you supporting this year?

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Brookes Entires for HRR 2015

Temple A Crew

Temple B Crew

Temple C Crew

Prince Albert A Crew

Prince Albert B Crew

Prince of Wales 

Visitors Cup 

Women's Eight in the Qualifiers for the Rememham
 

Brookes Entires for WHR 2015

Senior Eight

Intermediate Coxed Four

2 Senior Quads

Senior Lightweight 1x

Senior 1x

Saturday 4th July

 

Taurus BBQ

 

Location: Cricket Club
Time: After Last Race

Cost: £10

Taurus FlashMob

 

Watch this Space...

Will It make the boat go faster?

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Will It make the boat go faster?

Wednesday 10th June, 6-8pm, John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus

Lecture by alumnus Ben Hunt-Davis '91 describing how winning an Olympic Gold revealed time management techniques and challenging you to examine how you spend your time in a way that ensures you are travelling in the direction that you want to go. Reception and book signing and after the lecture. Open to all

For further information and to book your place now, please click here.

Brookes in full force at HORR 2015

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Brookes 1st VIII Finish 3rd

Brookes 2nd VIII Finish 4th (Winner of the Bernard Churcher Trophy)

Brookes 3rd VIII Finish 14th

Brookes 4th VIII Finish 25th

Brookes 5th VIII Finish 52nd

Proud to be a Poly boy? Come and celebrate with the squad, 25th April, Taurus Boat Club Dinner.

Buy your tickets here

WE ARE THE BROOKES...

 

Oxford Brookes Boat Club at Reading Regatta

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Oxford Brookes Boat-club at Reading University Head of the River 2015

Saturday March the 7th saw over 250 boats from the best clubs, schools and universities from around the UK race over 4.6km at the Reading University Head of the River Race.

Results

Over two divisions Brookes had a great set of results with the following outcome.

Senior Men’s Eights – Won Category with time of 13:09.1 Intermediate 1 Men’s Eights – Won category with time of 13:18.1 Intermediate 2 Men’s Eights- Won category with time of 13:32.0 Intermediate 3 Men’s Eights – Won category with time of 13:50.1 Intermediate 1 Men’s Quads – Third in category with time of 14:51.3

In the men’s eights over the course of the day, Brookes won 4 out of the 5 pennants available against a very good number of strong university and club programs. The highlight of this in division 2 was having 3 boats in the top 4 fastest times.

The Brookes women also had a fantastic day with the following results;

Intermediate 1 Women’s Eights – Won Category with time of 15:12.3 Intermediate 2 Women’s Eights – Third in Category with time of 15:39.2 Intermediate 3 Women’s Eights – Won Category with time of 15:57.2 Intermediate 2 Women’s Quad – Second in category with time of 17:23.9

This was a great result for the women’s group beating some very strong university and club opposition. 

Henley 4's & 8's Head

Tamsin BryantComment

While some of the Brookes squad competed at the trials, the rest of the group raced at Henley 4’s and 8’s Head of the river over a 3km course.

The results saw some great wins with the men’s novice coxed four winning their event and also the Intermediate 1 Men’s eight won their category and beat all others for the fastest time of the day.

 

In the women’s events the Brookes women had a great day and won every event they entered in the following categories;

Women’s Intermediate 1 Coxless Four
Women’s Intermediate 2 Coxed Four
Women’s Intermediate 3 Coxed Four
Women’s Intermediate 2 Eight with the fastest women’s crew of the day Women’s Intermediate 3 Eight 

Oxford Brookes at GB Trials

Tamsin BryantComment

On Saturday the 14th February 22 Brookes rowers travelled up to Boston in Lincolnshire for the next set of Great Britain trials in which they would compete against the best in Britain over a 5km time trial.

After a good showing from the Brookes Men and Women the highlights of the results saw Tim Grant come in 12th overall in his pair with Karl Hudspith, Jamie Copus finished 7th out of 38 lightweight men and Annie Withers finished 33rd overall and as the 11th fastest U23 women. 

Wallingford Head of the River 2014

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Oxford Brookes Boat-club at Wallingford Head of the river 2014

Sunday 7th December saw almost 300 boats from clubs, schools and universities from around the UK descend on our home stretch of river for the Wallingford Head of the river race, run over a 4250m course. For Brookes it was our biggest entry ever spread over a number of events in both Men’s and Women’s categories over a two divisions.

Results

In the Eights we entered all categories with the following results:

Senior eights – “Head of the river” with the fastest time of the day – 14:15.2

Elite eights – Won category with second fastest time of the day – 14:19.3

Intermediate 1 eights – Won category with time of 14:56.3

Intermediate 2 Eights- Second in category with time of 14:52.2

Intermediate 3 eights – Won category with time of – 15:29.2

Women’s Senior eights – Second in category with time of 16:37.4

Women’s Intermediate 1 eights – Won category with time of 16:57.8

Women’s Intermediate 2 eights – Third in category with time of 17:29.2

Women’s Intermediate 3 eights – Won category with time of 17:49.9

 

We also entered a number of fours with wins in the following categories;

 Elite 4-  

Senior 4-

Intermediate 1 4-

Elite 4+

Intermediate 1 4+

Intermediate 2 4+

Intermediate 3 4+ 

Click on the image below to see more photographs from the event

British Championships 2014 Results

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Saturday - Men's Fours ( 6 Boats racing )

Final A - 6th

Final B - 1st, 5th and 6th

Final D - 1st and 4th

Sunday - Men's Eights

Silver medal with first boat and also the University Eights pennant with the 2nd eight.

Women's squad

4th Place for women's eight, the second fastest university crew behind Newcastle by only 1.4 seconds.

3 Quads placed 20th, 22nd and 25th in a very strong field.

Click on the image below to see more photographs from the event