Rowers from across the north of England converged on the River Wear last Saturday for the Durham round of the Northern Rowing Council’s Long Distance Sculling (LDS) Series, a time trial over 1800 metres with competitors taking on the course from Count’s House to the Bandstand in single, double and quadruple sculls, the key element being successful negotiation of the narrow arches of Elvet Bridge at the midway point.
The latest round, hosted by Durham Amateur Rowing Club, was the fifth of six scheduled over the autumn at different locations across the north-east and with weather and water conditions ideal there was great enthusiasm among the 100 crews assembled, after the disappointment of seeing earlier rounds at Berwick and on the River Tyne cancelled because of high winds.
The Small Boats Head also provides an opportunity for competition in sweep-oared boats (pairs and fours), the format preferred by the colleges of Durham University. After the Tyne cancellation last week this was their first chance of the new academic year to race.
The day is a showpiece for the sport, attracting the best of the region’s rowers of all ages, as well as enabling those new to the sport to take part, and brings together clubs, schools and colleges.
Points accumulated in each round of the LDS Series go towards a Victor Ludorum prize presented to the winning club at Junior, Senior and Masters levels after the final round at Tees RC on Saturday.
Wins in 6 events –
- Open J18 4x- – Matthew Edge, Matthew Skinner, Josh Stephenson, Harry Coe
- Open 2x – Joe Owen, Nicholas Baird
- Women’s 4x- – Becky Chilcott, Alison Danforth, Rachael O’Connor, Beth Holmes
- Open MasG 1x – Andy Jaggard
- WMasC 2x – Clare Woodward, Susan Jackson – Fastest Senior Women’s 2x
- WMasG 1x – Joyce Collett
Wins in 11 events –
- Open 4x- – Reece Stockport, Mert Evirgen, Can Evirgen, Brad Knights
- Open 2- – Dan Pearson, John Roxborough
- Women’s 4+ band 1 – Kate Sowden, Caroline Kirk, Heather Tosley, Becky Chilcott
- WJ18 2x – Katie Strangward, Alannah Baldwin
- WJ16 4x- – Gabby Suggett, Pardis Farahi, Millie McIntyre, Kirsty White
- WJ14 4x+ – Georgia Abbott, Niamh Lang, Ruby Coe, Ellie Goad + cox Libby Morris
- Open MasD 4x+ – Gary McCarthy, George Peattie, Dave Murray, Peter Robinson
- Open Mas CDFG 1x – John Lyons
- WMasE 2x – Gill Prescott, Helen McMillan – Fastest Women’s 2x
- WMas CDF 4x+ – Kalpana Ganatra, Jane Auster, Sue Lyons, Alison Shepherd + cox Caroline Scholl
- WMas DE 1x – Gabrielle Moore