After a displaced and somewhat diminished event in 2021, this weekend saw BUCS regatta return to Holme Pierrepont on the May bank holiday for the first time since 2019. With the UK’s fastest student athletes competing across a variety of boat classes, Team WinTech were once again involved at the sharp end of racing. Three days’ worth of competition provided a perfect stage for old names to regroup at the summit, new victors to take a seat at the table and displaced opponents to refresh and reflect on a weekend that promises much for the rest of the summer season. Edinburgh University won the Victor Ludorum after a string of superb results across beginner, intermediate and championship categories.
For WinTech, two silvers and a bronze was our haul for the first day of racing; Olivia Burns of Edinburgh University came home second in the Women’s Beginner Single in a WinTech International.
Reading University – competing in a Cobra – were silver medallists in the Women’s Championship Lightweight Double. They were only beaten by GB squad member and recent Boat Race winner Imogen Grant alongside Brigid Kennedy.
Our final medal of the day came in the Women’s Championship Quad, as Nottingham raced to a bronze medal in one of our Medalist shells.
Sunday was our most successful day, with seven medals recorded across various boat classes including a one-two in Men’s Beginner Singles. Edinburgh University, who took all three medals on offer in the category, were led out by Cameron Baird and Lucas Leschynski, who were both racing in WinTech Internationals.
We also picked up a gold and bronze in Women’s Championship and Intermediate Lightweight Singles respectively; Olivia Bates saw off stiff competition from Imogen Grant to take the championship title in a Cobra. Racing up a weight category, Olivia also collected a silver medal in Women’s Championship Singles. Erin Meredith, racing for Birmingham University, won an impressive bronze in the intermediate ranking.
WinTech Racing Cobra
Beyond this, we picked up two bronzes in Women’s Beginner Fours, courtesy of Nottingham University, and Men’s Championship Lightweight Doubles with Oxford University.
Monday saw Team WinTech collect a further four medals, including a stunning gold in Women’s Beginner Doubles. The Edinburgh University duo of Olivia Padwick and Emma Ramsay led from the front and came home four seconds clear of their opposition in our international shell.
We also picked up a silver in Women’s Intermediate Lightweight Quads as Exeter University finished a couple of seconds back on an impressive Cambridge boat.
Our final two bronze medals came from the Men’s Beginner Doubles (Edinburgh University) and Women’s Championship Doubles (Reading University).
Overall Championship Results
|Women’s Champ LW 1x||University of Nottingham||Gold|
|Women’s Champ 1x||University of Nottingham||Silver|
|Women’s Champ LW 2x||University of Reading||Silver|
|Men’s Champ LW 2x||University of Oxford||Bronze|
|Women’s Champ 4x||University of Nottingham||Bronze|
Overall Intermediate Results
|Women’s Intermediate LW 1x||University of Birmingham||Bronze|
|Women’s Intermediate Lw 4x||University of Exeter||Silver|
Overall Beginner Results
|Men’s Beginner 1x||University of Edinburgh||Gold|
|Women’s Beginner 2x||University of Edinburgh||Gold|
|Women’s Beginner 1x||University of Edinburgh||Silver|
|Men’s Beginner 1x||University of Edinburgh||Silver|
|Women’s Beginner 4+||University of Nottingham||Bronze|
A big thanks to James Lee and his team who put on such a great event and also to AllMarkOne for the amazing photos!
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