For a comprehensive history of St Cuthbert’s Society Boat Club, check out ‘A History of St Cuthbert’s Society Boat Club’, lovingly written by one of our best and most dedicated, Michael Foulkes, previously Boat Club Captain.

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A Brief History

Founded in the summer of 1893 with the aim of representing St Cuthbert’s Society at collegiate level, SCSBC is one of the oldest and most distinguished of Durham’s collegiate boat clubs.

The year after its founding the Club won its first trophy, the Challenge Pairs at Durham Regatta and has remained competitive amongst the college clubs throughout its history. In its early years the club was most successful in sculling, with H.S.S. Jackson, E.C. Summers, H. de l’Isle Booth and T.M. Falconer enjoying success. Between the world wars the Club went into a decline but after World War II returned. The sculling success was continued by Tom Bishop and Pete Brett.

The Club made their first visit to the Tideway in 1966 for Head of the River Race. A notable success came in the mid to late 1980s, with the crew of Henry Blackshaw, Daniel Tomlinson, Chris Lawrence and Tim Pitt coxed by Patrick Hurley going from Novices to Elite status in one year, and the women’s crew of Elaine Hamilton, Vicky Foulsham, Elspeth Lindsley and Dawn Cox, coxed by Patrick Herlihy almost repeating the feat and going to Women’s Henley.
The club’s highest finishes on the Tideway are 126th at HORR (2015) and 102nd in WeHORR (1994).

Facilities & The SCSBC Boathouse


The SCSBC Boathouse is located by The Racecourse close to the Durham Regatta finish line and was acquired by the Society shortly after its establishment. Built in 1894, it was previously home to Durham Amateur Rowing Club which is now located in newer premises further upstream. It has an ergo loft, drawing room and riverside balcony.

Members of the club can also attend social functions, including a formal Boat Club Dinner at the end of Michaelmas term, a men’s squad warriors social in February, and a boat club day in the summer, which is celebrated with a riverside barbecue, squad photographs and recreational rowing.

If you were part of SCSBC history and still want to be involved or have anything to add, please head to our Alumni Page.

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