Congratulations and thank you

Date of Email26th Feb 2012Sent By:OURCs Secretary <secretary@ourcs[dot]org.uk>
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Dear all,

I hope you are all not feeling too fragile after all your celebrations
yesterday. I also hope that, despite spoons or blades, crabs or crashes,
you had as much fun taking part as we did running Torpids!

Congratulations to Pembroke for taking the men's Headship and holding it
convincingly over the week. Congratulations to Magdalen women for retaining
their Headship, and to Wadham for giving Magdalen a run for their money.
Final results will be available soon, as will the overall results of the
Isis Winter League.

I'd like to take this moment to thank you all for doing your part to ensure
that Torpids remains an enjoyable event for all involved. We have been very
ambitious this year, aiming to expand the ways through which you can
experience the event - while still staying organised and keeping the actual
event flowing. Such an event requires tireless (and sometimes thankless)
work from hundreds of people - ranging from the Senior Umpires, the Boatmen
and the Race Committee; to college Captains, Boat Club Committees, and the
competitors in their role as Marshals and Umpires; and even to the Sports
Department, the First Aid team and COUR. However large or small your part
in Torpids was, I would like to say a massive *thank you*.

*What Next?*

If you have anywhere near as many withdrawal symptoms from rowing as I do,
or if you have had your appetite whetted by Bumps, there are many ways to
fill the void:

   - Over the Easter vacation, our University squads will be showing the
   Tabs how it's done. The *Henley Boat Races
   * will take place on the 25th March, and the Xchanging Oxford and
   Cambridge *Boat Race* will take place just under a fortnight later. The
   squads would love your support on the day, and HBR is in need of
   volunteers  to help out. HBR
   will also include a collegiate race; the heats for this will be taking part
   this week.
   - The squads will also be running *development squads* over the next few
   months; these are deliberately accessible to all. All squads rely on
   college oarsmen and oarswomen who are up for the challenge. You could be a
   schoolboy rower or even have just competed in your first Torpids - all that
   is required is the desire to improve your rowing. Details of the four
   squads can be found on our University
Squadspage.
   - The squads are always looking for *coxes* for both racing and for
   regular training. You don't have to be the size of a thimble to get
   involved - I've done a few outings for OUWBC and have really enjoyed the
   chance to contribute to their successes. Details can be found on the same
   page as above; feel free to talk to Karl, Alex, James or Kasia for more
   information.
   - Why just row at Oxford? Rowing is a sport that flourishes all over the
   country - it is a wonderful thing to break the
bubbleand experience other
stretches of water. Why not take a look at
   *clubs near your home town*?
   - *City Bumps*, organised by the City of Oxford Rowing Club, also
   happens at the end of the Easter vacation - four days of bumps racing
   condensed in to one thrilling day. More details to come soon.


   - Work behind the scenes at OURCs will already soon be turning to the
   prospect of *Summer Eights*, the warmer and bigger brother of Torpids.
   As I've said many times, we rely upon the help of volunteers for events
   with 2500 competitors that attracts almost 15000 people from the area.
   Anyone is warmly invited to lend a hand, be it captain, graduate, or
   fresher; just ask myself or Sahil for more details.

Best,
Phil McCullough
OURCs Secretary

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Dear all,

I hope you are all not feeling = too fragile after all your celebrations yesterday. I also hope that, despit= e spoons or blades, crabs or crashes, you had as much fun taking part as we= did running Torpids!

Congratulations to Pembroke for taking the men's Headship and holdi= ng it convincingly over the week. Congratulations to Magdalen women for ret= aining their Headship, and to Wadham for giving Magdalen a run for their mo= ney. Final results will be available soon, as will the overall results of t= he Isis Winter League.

I'd like to take this moment to thank you all for doing your part t= o ensure that Torpids remains an enjoyable event for all involved. We have = been very ambitious this year, aiming to expand the ways through which you = can experience the event - while still staying organised and keeping the ac= tual event flowing. Such an event requires tireless (and sometimes thankles= s) work from hundreds of people - ranging from the Senior Umpires, the Boat= men and the Race Committee; to college Captains, Boat Club Committees, and = the competitors in their role as Marshals and Umpires; and even to the Spor= ts Department, the First Aid team and COUR. However large or small your par= t in Torpids was, I would like to say a massive thank you.

What Next?

If you have anywhere near as many withdrawal s= ymptoms from rowing as I do, or if you have had your appetite whetted by Bu= mps, there are many ways to fill the void:
  • Over the Easter vacat= ion, our University squads will be showing the Tabs how it's done. The = Henley Boa= t Races will take place on the 25th March, and the Xchanging Oxford= and Cambridge Boat Race will take place just under a fortnight late= r. The squads would love your support on the day, and HBR is in need of volun= teers to help out. HBR will also include a collegiate race; the heats f= or this will be taking part this week.
  • The squads will also be running development squads over the= next few months; these are deliberately accessible to all. All squads rely= on college oarsmen and oarswomen who are up for the challenge. You could b= e a schoolboy rower or even have just competed in your first Torpids - all = that is required is the desire to improve your rowing. Details of the four = squads can be found on our University Squads page.
  • The squads are always looking for coxes for both racing and= for regular training. You don't have to be the size of a thimble to ge= t involved - I've done a few outings for OUWBC and have really enjoyed = the chance to contribute to their successes. Details can be found on the sa= me page as above; feel free to talk to Karl, Alex, James or Kasia for more = information.
  • Why just row at Oxford? Rowing is a sport that flourishes all over the = country - it is a wonderful thing to break the bubble and experience other s= tretches of water. Why not take a look at clubs near your home town?=
  • City Bumps, organised by the City of Oxford Rowing Club, also ha= ppens at the end of the Easter vacation - four days of bumps racing condens= ed in to one thrilling day. More details to come soon.
  • Work behind the scenes at OURCs will already soon be turning to the pro= spect of Summer Eights, the warmer and bigger brother of Torpids. As= I've said many times, we rely upon the help of volunteers for events w= ith 2500 competitors that attracts almost 15000 people from the area. Anyon= e is warmly invited to lend a hand, be it captain, graduate, or fresher; ju= st ask myself or Sahil for more details.

Best,

Phil McCullough
OURCs Secretary

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