RUBC's Golden Oldies

Below are some of the notable alumni of Reading University. Their efforts have inspired many others from the University to aim high.

Debbie Flood

Debbie, who studied Physiology and Biochemistry at Reading University and lives and trains in Henley on Thames, but is very active within Reading University Boat Club, inspiring other members
Debbie won the silver medal at the Athens Olympics in the quad sculls, and just a few weeks later went on to another silver in the World University Championships in her single. She was the Under 23 World Champion in the single in 2000 and in 2001 sculled in the double with her previous partner Frances Houghton. They were world junior bronze medallists in 1998 and made an impressive Under 23 debut in 1999, winning gold at the World U23 Regatta in Hamburg. In 2001 Debbie gained her first senior vest finishing 7th at the World Championships. In 2002 they won the World Cup Series with victories at Hazewinkel and Lucerne, and finished 4th at the World Championships in Seville.

Debbie was a GB junior judo international and a county level 1500m and cross-country runner before she took up rowing. Her strength and athletic ability ensured rapid progress. On the rowing ergometer, she won the Junior title at both the 1997 British Indoor Rowing Championships and the 1998 World Indoor Rowing Championships. In 1999 Debbie took the Under-23 title at the British Indoor Rowing Championships.

Above: GB women's Olympic silver winning quad 2004 - Francies Houghton, Rebecca Remero, Debbie Flood and Alison Mobray.

James Cracknell

Ortner BC and RUBC would like to congratulate all the medallists at the Sydney Olympics, especially Reading University old-boy James Cracknell for becoming Olympic Champion. We wish him all the luck with the future, and look forward to seeing him at more of the Ortner BC social events.

James and his mates going for gold
James (bow), Steve, Tim and Matt on their way to gold

Cath Bishop

Cath Bishop did a PhD German Literature at Reading University in 2000.

Cath won medals at the World Championships twice, a silver in 1998 in the women's pair with Dot Blackie, and then in 2003 she won the gold, again in the pair, with Katherine Grainger. After winning silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women's pair with Grainger, she retired from rowing and took up a career with the Foreign Office.

"I’ve never exactly had a ‘normal’ daily routine, whatever that might be, for as long as I can remember. As a PhD student at Reading I would study whenever I could, sometimes combined with sports training as an Olympic rower, sometimes full-time studying and research"

Above: British duo Katherine Grainger and Cath Bishop put in a magnificent performance to win silver in the coxless pair in the 2004 Olympics.

Nick Strange

Nick has rowed internationally at junior and senior levels, and helped RUBC to Henley Royal Regatta success in the Visitors' Challenge Cup in the 1980's while studying at Reading University. Now that Steve Redgrave has retired Nick and Peter must be the most experienced oarsmen still in the squad.
Nick Strange (stroke) RUBC old boy
Nick (stroke) and Peter achieve silver at the World Champs.

Alex Gregory

Alex raced in the quad at the World U23 Championships in 2004, finishing 11th, and then finished a creditable fifth in the single at the 2005 GB Rowing Senior Trials.

Coached by ARA Performance Development Coach, Mark Earnshaw, he made great progress in 2005, racing in the men's quad at the 2005 World Cup at Eton that finished sixth. He went on to race in the double scull with Colin Smith at the Lucerne World Cup and at the World U23 Championships but suffered breathing difficulties in both events. Alex has received treatment over the winter and has shown well in the Winter Assessment Trials. During the 2006 World Cup, he took a 3rd place in the Poznan B Finals.

Alex graduated from Reading in 2006 and is currently coaching at RUBC and is proving to be very motivational to all the squad members.

Alex on his way to a silver medal for RUBC at the BUSA regatta 2004

Gary Herbert

Gary Herbert was in his second year of a History degree when he achieved Olympic gold with Greg and Jonny Searl in the coxed pair in Barcelona 1992. He has gone on to become widely recognised with his exciting style of rowing commentary.
Old boy Gary with his medal from the 2+
Gary Herbert with his gold medal from the 1992 Olympic

Adrian Ellison

Adrian Ellison went to Reading University and studied zoology. He coxed the woman's crews during his time their in the late 1970's. Later he returned as an after dinner speaker, which we hope many of all of these golden oldies will do some day. He coxed the four which brought Steve Redgrave his first Olympic gold in L.A. in 1984.
Adrian with his crew mates, Steve Redgrave, Richard Budgett, Andy Holmes, M. Cross also in picture are Mike Sweeney and Mike Spracklen having won gold in the 1982 Olympics

(Big) Ric Egington

Ric studied zoology at Reading and graduated in 2000. He rowed in the RUBC Temple Challenge eight at Henley. Winning the Thames Cup with Leander in 2002 and reaching the final of the Quad Sculls in 2003. In his first international appearance he won silver in the 4+ at the 2003 world championships, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more medals from him.
Tom Stallard, Kieran West, Ric Egington and James Livingston on there way to silver at the 2003 Worlds

Ben Tipney

Ben graduated from Reading in 2005 now trains much of the with Leander. He was 10th at the 2004 World Under 23 regatta in double sculls with Gavin Shaw (Aberdeen Uni) also they were GB National Lwt 2x champions (photo from jet photo at Nat Champs 2004).

Jeremy Randall "Rass"

Jeremy Randall started his rowing at Reading University and became president of RUBC in 1972. After graduation he won the Britannia Challenge Cup at the 1975 Henley Royal Regatta with Leander. He has been a long standing member of the Leander committee and has recently retired as Chairman.

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