Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club

Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club (CULRC) is the University rowing club for lightweight male oarsmen at the University of Cambridge. In past years it has fielded two crews to race against Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club (OULRC) in the Henley Boat Races: the lightweight Blue Boat and Granta, the lightweight reserve crew.

Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club
LocationCambridge, United Kingdom
Home waterRiver Cam and River Great Ouse
Founded1974 (1974)
AffiliationsBritish Rowing
Henley Boat Races
Notable members

CULRC has raced OULRC, its Oxford counterpart, since 1975. The reserve boat, Granta, first raced Nephthys in 2000, although the club decided not to field a Granta crew since 2007.

For a brief period in 1999 - 2002 there was an active old boys club "Farmer" whose finest race was beating the 1999 Nephthys crew by 2L.

Past Crews

This is a partial list of CULRC crews who have raced the men's lightweight boat race against Oxford [1][2][3] [4]

DateResultWinning timeWinning margin (lengths)Crew (rowers are listed left to right in boat position from bow to stroke, followed by the cox)
1975WonR. Bates, T, Rossiter, N. Burnett, D. Reddaway, D. Dumbell, R. Greatorex, J. Barter, M. Archer, A Elgood
1976LostP. Summers, P. Watson, M. Rockel, I. Pritchard, F. Suess, R. Greatorex, J. Watson, J. Hare, A. Narula
1977LostI. Pritchard, W. Bradbury, J. Hutton, D. Jennings, P. Summers, J. Hare, F. Suess, P. Watson, J. Till
1978Won5:482/3P. Ainsworth, B. Booth, N. Thomas, S. Phillips, A. Parks, P. Munro-Faure, P. Watson, A. Hay, P. Smith
1979Won5.392/3J. Chauncy, S. Trowell, A. Dunlop, B. Booth, J. Ambrose, D. Jennings, C. Hyatt, S. Worth, A. Bustany
1980Won2Steve Jones, Steve Brown, Simon Bowden, Ian Nissenbaum, Neil Smilth, Dale Jennings, Tony Williams, Rob Robinson, Alan Bustani
1981WonCanvasRob Howlett, Rory Seaton, Simon Bowden, Steve Brown, Simon Cole, Charlie Winslade, Steve Jones, Chris Harris, Joe Sell
1982WonJeremy Arnold, Ian Brown, James Cox, Chris Harris, Ewen Wigley, Ric Paige, Dave Pocock, Steve Jones, Julien Hartley
1983Won6:533Adrian Manning, John Stephenson, Ed Piggott, Richard Millett, David McGinnis, Tim Lucas, Steve Jones, Guy Eastaugh, Henry Dunlop
1984Won1⅓Jeremy H.Boardman, Tim Raffle, Nicholas E.S.Bugg, Martin White, Stephen Kirkpatrick, Stephen Williams, John Stebbing, Neil S.P..Blundell, Henry W. Dunlop.
1985Won6 ftPiers Copham, Andrew Hobart, Bruce Braithwaite, David Wright, Andrew Kelly, Martin White, Roberto Townshend, Paul Sansome, Andrew Holmes
1986Won2Mark Binns, Ian Cammack, Andrew Hobart, Jerry Dawes, Henry Elkington, Julian Hanson, Rod Peters, Chris Jacob, John Benford
1987Won6:09½Charlie Rowley, John Wilson, Mark Ingham, David Calder, Richard Morgan, James Irvine, Jeremy Dawes, Rod Hiorns, Keven Mentzel
1988WonB. Potterill, A.C King, A.D Oberreit, R.P.D Foster, P.J Gordon, R.E Hiorns, A.G Hobart, J.P.H Entwisle, Miss J.A Horne
1989Won5:51P.H Gillespie, C.I Pritchard, A.J Rowell, D.R.P Vye, C.J Meyrick, M Cross, B.R Potterill, R.P.D Foster, N Harris
1990Won6:40P.H Gillespie, A.J Bird, D.J Lipson, A.R Wiliams, D.M.P Height, A.G Goyder, T.W Owen, C.I. Pritchard, K.V Haslett
1991Won6:39P Woodburn, R Rayward, J Milne, M Dickinson, R Williams, R Quickfall, S Johns, M Tovell, R Reeve
1992Lost5:40D.H.B Burgess, A.R Kennedy, P.J Woodburn, R.P Tett, N.L.G Hopley, J.S Riley, A.H.R Stewart, M Tovell, F Pritchard
1993Won5:39½S.A.S Walker, C.K Vincent, S.C.R Donne, S Jose, A.J Kuropatwa, C Harris, D.H.R Burgess, M.J Webb, S.Patel
1994Lost5:35¾Andy Jones, George Gilbert, Hari Jayram, Tim Rollingsonn, Zac Peake, Matt Webb, Sim Fuller, Oliver Kuropatwa, Ian Cragg-Hine
1995Won5:29Mike Lea, Dan Oldfield, J. Smallwood, Matt Rayham, M.R Clarke, Rod Chisholm, Matt Webb, Wayne Baker, Laura Marx
1996LostNRO disqCharlie Tavener, Tom Killick, Tom Middleton, Mike "Buck" Rogers, Hari Jayaram, Edwin Truesdale, Jamie Sporle, Bruce Perry, Jason Yeung
1997Lost5:491Jon Key, Tom Killick, Dave Lowish, Martin Hoather, Trond Bustnes, Justin Slater, Dan Darley, Bruce Perry, Zack Taylor
1998Won5:45½David Tait, Marten Brelen, Bruce Perry, Alex O'Reilly, Nick de Pennington, Martin Hoather, Tom Latter, Tom Killick, Laura Watkins
1999Lost5:31James Porter, David Tait, Dave Lowish, Mike Rogers, Nick de Pennington, Matt Arnold, Tom Latter, Matt Newland, Brad Parr
2000Won5:402Chris Wright, Alex Aitkin, Pete Forester, Luke Lewis, Garan Jenkin, Jamie Bottomley, Nick English, Jon Hickey, Alex Johnson-Marshall
2001Won6:334Alex Brooks, Chris Morgan, Andy Adams, Alex Knott, Nick English, Jamie Bottomley, Charlie Bourne, Alex Higham, Eleanor Griggs
2002Lost5:212Rob Ennals, Oli Watkins, Simon Case, Alex Higham, Lawrence Taylor, Ian Craig, Charles Bourne, Jamie Bottomley, Vanessa Murrie
2003Lost5:55Alex Summers, Joe Grundy, Jeremy Boote, Charlie Reid, Alex Hamilton, Doug Perrin, Lawrence Taylor, Owen Richards, Holly Rogers
2004Lost5:36½Doug Perrin, Alex Summers, Andy Hudson, Geoff Ball, Simon Kerr, Nick Armitage, Geoff Roberts, Tom Dyson, Rebecca Dowbiggin
2005Lost5:51 (6:07)3 (4.5)Colin Prue (Churchill), Alex Summers (Trinity), Simon Evans (Girton), John Winny (St Cath's), Tim Perera (St Cath's), John Prendergast (Wolfson), George Wallis (St Johns), Tom Dyson (Robinson), Dyfan Howells (Selwyn); Spares: Gerald Weldon (St Johns), Ed Stanley (Churchill), Leonard Goldstein (Girton)
April 1, 2006Lost5:18Rafael Mora, Ed Pain, Emmanuel Moll, Jon Winny, John Davies, Will Buttinger, Ian Sealey, Callum Stewart
April 1, 2007Lost3:441Christopher Kerr, Sam Thompson, Ian Sealey, James Fulcher, George Blessley, Jon Stockton, Charlie Pitt-Ford, Will Calvert, Dave White
March 23, 2008Lost6:15John Kyffin, James Fulcher, Ben Thomas, Peter Herrick, Alex Markham, George Blessley, Mark Aldred, Christopher Kerr, Ted Randolph
March 22, 2009Won5:493Christopher Kerr, John Kiely, Alistair Chappelle, Mark Aldred, George Blessley, John Hale, Iain Rist, Donald Evans, Elizabeth Box
March 28, 2010Won5:282 ftChristopher Kerr, Matt Lawes, Christopher Bellamy, Iain Rist, Charlie Pitt-Ford, Tom Coker, Alistair Chappelle, John Hale, Ruth Coverdale
March 27, 2011Lost5:54CanvasSam Blackwell, Charlie Adams, Rupert Price, Sam Hayes, Christopher Bellamy, John Hale, Piran Tedbury, Olli Lupton, Katie Phillips
March 25, 2012Won6:00¾James Wedlake, Martin Kubie, Simon Morris, Matthew White, Charlie Pitt-Ford, Piran Tedbury, Rupert Price, Nicolas Kernick, Michael Hook
March 24, 2013Lost6:491⅔[5]William Handy, Christopher Kerr, Nikodem Szumilo, Nicolas Kernick, Andrzej Hunt, James Wedlake, Simon Morris, William Kenyon, Jonathon Dean[6]
March 30, 2014Won5:30[7]Greg Street, Emanuel Malek, James Green, Andrei Lebed, Nikodem Szumilo, William Hayes, Giovanni Bergamo Andreis, Andrzej Hunt, Callum Mantell[8]
April 5, 2015Won5:554 ft[9]Tim Rademacher, Thomas Wileman, Moritz Matthey, Lawrence Clare, Charlie Cullen, Archie Wood, Raffaele Nicholas Russo, Tom Chess, Alistair Nelson[10]
March 19, 2016Won6:19[11]Easily[12]Ben Mackworth, Thomas Wileman, Jamie Brown, Sam Philpott, Theo Clark, Charlie Cummins, Charlie Cullen, Giovanni Bergamo Andreis, Sneha Naik[13]
March 26, 2017Won6:07Chris Jones, Robbie Sewell, Zenas van Veldhoven, Charlie Cummins, Ben Mackworth, Sam Philpott, Jamie Brown, Giovanni Bergamo Andreis, Dom Hall
March 19, 2018Won6:26Calum McRae, Julian Sproßmann, Zenas van Veldhoven, Neil Paul, Theo Weinberger, Felix Koninx, Ben Mackworth, Sam Philpott, Juliet Armstrong
March 23, 2019Lost17:44Peter Taylor, Teague Smith, Freddy Markanday, Sam Armstrong, Daumantas Kavolis, Tom Roe, Jonathan Vibhishanan, Michael Diggin, Jack Mason

Reserve crews (Granta)

This is a partial list of CULRC Granta crews who have been reserves, spares or participants in the CULRC Squads.

DateResultRace TypeWinning timeWinning margin (lengths)Crew (rowers are listed left to right in boat position from bow to stroke, followed by the cox)
2014SparesBen Phelps (Jesus), Ben Swan (Caius)
March 13, 2016WonIVx-[14]Barney Plummer (Trinity), James Green(Churchill), Haofeng Xu(St John's), Brennan Heames(Downing)
March 26, 2017WonVIII5:383.5 [15]Jon Swain (Clare), Ed Nash (Caius), Sam Pettinger-Harte (Selwyn), James Wood (Trinity Hall), Jake Rowe (Trinity) (Granta Captain), Hugo Ventham (Homerton), George Hawkswell (Caius), Nicholas Rice (Magdalene), Juliet Armstrong (Trinity)
March 18, 2018WonIV+7:241Jonathan Shoesmith (Peterhouse), Nicholas Rice (Magdalene), Hugo Ventham (Homerton), Thomas Roe (Emmanuel), Catriona Bourne Swinton Hunter (Magdalene)

Club Officers

Members of CULRC in statu pupulari elect a President from those who have raced a boat race, or from the wider club if no one is forthcoming. The President may then appoint Vice Presidents, who help with the day-to-day running of the club. CULRC has typically not appointed formal junior treasurers, kit officers or alumni officers. Instead these roles are shared amongst the officers. An Honorary Secretary is also elected. The Honorary Secretary is more removed from the day-to-day running and is expected to take minutes at meetings and to maintain email lists. They also represent CULRC at meetings of CUCBC, although the president may delegate to someone else to do this. They may be a former member in statu pupulari who is not trialing that year.


Vice Presidents:

Honorary Secretaries:

CULRC Head Coaches: Before the employment of John Thickness, coaching at CULRC was voluntary. The club now employs a full-time head coach, supported by assistant coaches.

  • Astrid Cohen 2018-2019
  • Dan Janes 2013–2018
  • John Thickness 2010-2013
  • David White 2010
  • Bob Greatorex 1975-1999

Assistant Coaches - Coaches who have been responsible for the development of a Trial VII's or Spares boat

  • Simon Harris 2014–2018
  • Silvia Breu 2013-2015
  • Bob Greatorex 1999–present

International representation

  • 2016 Rio — Mark Aldred GBR LM4-
  • 2014 World Rowing Championships, Amsterdam — Mark Aldred GBR LM4- - Bronze
  • 2013 World Rowing Championships, Chungju — Mark Aldred GBR LM2- - Bronze
  • 2012 London — Roderick Chisholm (rower) Aus LM2x - 13th place [16]
  • 2008 Beijing — Roderick Chisholm (rower) Aus LM4- - 9th place [17]
  • 2004 Athens — Nick English GB LM4- - 13th place [18]
  • 2000 Sydney — Tom Middleton GB LM2x - 14th place [19]

See also


  1. Archive of old web site giving crews prior to 2003
  2. "2008 Crew from Henley Boat Races Website". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  3. "2009 Crew from Henley Boat Races Website". Archived from the original on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  4. Crew lists, time and distance for 1978 and 1979 crews taken from decorated blades and race programmes
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-07-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2014-04-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. Cambridge Lwt Rowing [@CULRC] (19 March 2016). "Great day at the @HenleyBoatRaces. Well done to the 2016 @CULRC crew beating Oxford by 17seconds #easily #verdict #hardworkpaidoff" (Tweet) via Twitter.
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