Rosie Oates |

Bring on the racing at BUCS Head

Hosted by Newcastle University, Tyne RC and Tyne United RC, BUCS 4s and 8s Head is taking place for the first time in two years on Saturday 26 February and Sunday 27 February. Read on to find out more

The rising sun on Saturday morning will greet a very different Tyne to what the locals usually enjoy. The oh-so-familiar Blue Star blades will join hundreds of others from up and down the country. Students, boats, and coaches have travelled from near and far for the opportunity to race each other at BUCS Head for the first time since we all came together at BUCS Regatta in the summer. This time, the only thing hanging in the balance is whether some much-needed sun will smile on the crews as they storm down the course.

The racing will happen over two days, with Saturday dedicated to senior and intermediate boats, who, with decades of cumulative experience, will race over a 5,000m course. 

This first day of racing will see some of the nation’s foremost athletes take to the river. But, of course, here is where I must mention that we won’t see the maroon, navy and white of the ever-dominant Oxford Brookes, the blue mirage of Oxbridge or anyone from the UL boathouse. Arguably, these absences will only intensify the competition, as it opens the field in so many events. 

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