The members of Hull University Boat Club will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, summiting the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours, covering 24 miles which includes 1585m of ascent.
On Friday 14th September HUBC will put on their walking boots and begin the trek with the aim of raising as much money as possible for our self funded club and for our chosen charity CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, which is a charity close to many of our hearts.
Please read on to find out more about us...
Hull University Boat Club was founded in 1947, and is treasured by a close community of over 80 rowers. We facilitate rowing and coxing for many different types of athlete ranging from beginners to intermediate rowers, whilst aiming to enable everyone to reach their full potential and subsequently put our club on the map.
Unfortunately, in recent years our own local boat house has been repeatedly vandalised and set on fire- being ultimately closed and deemed unfit for purpose through no fault of our own. Our determination and love for rowing, however, has spurred us on to find somewhere else to row. We now row with Doncaster Rowing Club, using their equipment and hoping for a time where we can afford to refurbish our boat house and build up a fleet of boats again (a far-fetched dream).
Despite now having settled in with Doncaster Rowing Club, where we travel 50 miles to row on the River Don 3 times a week, we struggle to support our rowers. Alongside limited training time and expensive fuel costs, we lack proper coaching. Our student Captains are tasked with juggling their coaching roles with busy University schedules- and must give up so much of their rowing time to support their teammates. Most importantly, unlike almost every other University Club in the country, we are entirely self-funded and receive no external support.
Nevertheless, this year holds great promise for many crews within our men's and woman's squads. In December 2017 our senior men stole a victory at White Rose Head, helping maintain the winning and competitive reputation of the club. At BUCS Regatta 2018, our Fresher Men's 8+ won their B final in a dead heat. They were up against many university clubs with much more support and expertise than our own and now claim the title of having the 6th best fresher programme in the country, something to really be proud of. With the racing calendar drawing to a close, our Fresher Women's 4+ brought home another win at Durham Regatta, a fantastic way to end a competitive year of rowing.
Fundraising events are, therefore, essential for the survival of our club. As we undertake a range of performance related challenges throughout the year, we depend heavily on the generosity of donors to supplement our financial struggles. Without your support, we simply will not be able to remain a competitive club. We ask you to understand our cause and help us continue to provide a platform upon which University rowers can try a new sport, make friends and experience competitive success.
We promise to give 15% of all donations to the CRY, a charity we have supported with our fundraising events for the past number of years . Any funds we raise will go directly towards acquiring new equipment and training camps, as well as ensuring that we can afford to send rowers, coxes and our dedicated squad captains to Doncaster for training and to races around the country.