Reading University Boat Club is consistently one of the highest achieving clubs at the University. Last year, RUBC placed 2nd on the BUCS medal table, raced at tne prestigious Henley Royal Regatta and achieved highly at the European University Games in Croatia in the summer.

Rowing is an intense sport for all members of the club, whether you are a seasoned rower or a novice who has just started this September. The attitude of the club is one that aims to achieve: early morning sessions and aching limbs are worth it when racing and winning medals.

On the 26th November, we have our BUCS indoors event. Reading University Sportspark opens its doors to other rowing clubs, including Essex, East London and Warwick. This event is a big one in the rowing calendar, with many of our athletes aiming to place highly on the table. Most of the club will race 2,000 meters on the rowing machine, which is tough both mentally and physically. Our novices will be racing 1,000 meters, an equal challenge to those who have only been rowing since the start of term. Although rowing is generally a team sport, when you compete on the rowing machine, you are very much challenging yourself, trying to beat your previous personal record, and being mentally tough enough to stick to the targets you set yourself.

Even though we do work hard at the boat club, we also have some crazy socials. After our BUCS indoors event, we are celebrating Christmas early with our annual ‘banterclause’ social. The whole rowing team will be out in force at Union, of course dressed in festive attire and doing the bidding of whatever Mr and Mrs clause (our beloved captains) desire. In October, you may have seen us staggering rou d reading town centre MNQ in another annual event in the Rowing social calendar: our three legged bar crawl.

Despite our intensive training regime and want for medals, the rowing team really do sport a ‘work hard play hard’ attitude. We are a friendly club who enjoy early nights, early mornings and naps but we live for a good union night and a snakebite every now and then!