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Durham City Regatta 2018

An entry of over 450 meant a busy weekend for the Club at Durham City Regatta on May 12th and 13th. Conditions were ideal and a healthy turnout of spectators drawn by the Spring sunshine was able to witness some exciting racing.

Durham ARC had an excellent return of 17 wins from 59 entries, with 10 on Saturday and 7 on Sunday, ranging in age from WJ13 to Masters G and covering every boat size.

As well as a strong contingent from the host club and schools and clubs across the northern region there was the usual fierce competition between the Durham colleges, with Collingwood College winning both the senior eight and senior coxed four, and also good representation from Yorkshire clubs with Doncaster, York and Bradford to the fore.

The J13 girls (Libby Morris, Tilly Stoddard, Violet Elliiott, Alice Chilvers + cox Francesca Suggett) won their coxed quad on Saturday and then Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddard also won the WJ13 double on Sunday.

The J15 boys double and J14 girls double both won on Sunday, while the J18 boys double won on Saturday.  

The Masters squad had a successful time with Andy Jaggard winning the MasG single on both days, and the WMasE coxless quad of Nicola Field, Linda Forwood, Vickie Jackson and Julie Kitson winning on both days.

There were more wins for the Masters Women on Saturday in single sculls with Kim Forster winning at WMasC and Joyce Collett at WMasF.

The MasD 8+ won on Saturday and another Masters G win went to John Appleby and Micky Stevens in the double sculls.

There was a first regatta win for the WMasF quad of Alison Shepherd, Sue Lyons, Jane Auster and Kalpana Ganatra, with John Lyons winning his first medal as a cox. Another Sunday win went to Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin in the MasD double.

The Senior men’s Intermediate coxless quad of Joe Owen, Nick Spong, Nicholas Baird and David Rutter won on Saturday, as did the Intermediate double of Nicholas Baird and David Rutter.

The performance across the board bodes well for the coming season as crews prepare for Tees, Wansbeck and Hexham Regattas in the coming weeks before focusing on Durham Regatta on June 9th and 10th.

All the results from Saturday and Sunday are available. Also see website for latest list of  results.

The senior squad is keen to recruit new members both male and female. If you are interested please email the Captain at  captain@durham-arc.org.uk

We are also offering Learn to Row courses over the summer. To express an interest please email explorerowing@durham-arc.org.uk

Crews wanted for Allcomers Regatta

Sunday July 15th has been set as the date for the 2018 Durham City Allcomers Regatta, an event for those who haven’t rowed before, and crews are needed!

Entries are invited for our annual fun regatta, racing in stable coxed fours over a short course on the River Wear. All you need to do is gather together 4 people to form a crew.

Entry is £80 per crew. Cox and coach will be provided by the club, as will all equipment, including a boat!

So how does it work?

  • Crews race over a 300-metre course
  • One experienced rower permitted per crew
  • Male, female and mixed crews can take part
  • Four practice sessions in advance of the day
  • Each crew is guaranteed at least 2 races
  • Previous Allcomers winners count as experienced
  • Unsuccessful competitors can re-enter

Entries close on Wednesday July 4th.

Further details can be found on the Allcomers page and on the flyer, so ask your friends to form a crew.

Entry forms will be available soon so start planning now.

Enquiries by email to allcomers@durham-arc.org.uk or telephone 0191 3866431.

Strathclyde Park Regatta 2018

Durham ARC sent a sizeable contingent to Strathclyde Park Regatta over the weekend of April 28th and 29th and returned with a good haul of medals.

Following the postponement of Chester-le-Street Regatta this was the first event of the season for many, a multi-lane regatta (2000 metres for juniors and seniors and 1000 metres for masters), which also incorporated the Scottish Student Rowing Championships. The venue has added significance this year as the rowing events at the inaugural European Championships in Glasgow will be staged there on August 2nd to 5th.

From 12 entries on Saturday there were two wins, two second places and 3 third places. The first places went to the J15 coxed quad (Thomas Taylor, Ben Brown, Dom Crilley and Matthew Harrison, coxed by Emily Shaw from St Leonard’s), and the WJ13 double of Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddard (left). DARC finished 2nd and 3rd in the Masters D/E double sculls, and there were also third place finishes for the J18 coxless quad and the WJ14 coxed quad.

Sunday produced one win and three second places from five entries, the win going to Kim Forster and David Muse (above) in the Open Masters B Restricted2 double sculls, and following Kim’s 2nd place in the Women’s Masters C single on Saturday and David’s 2nd in the Masters B single on Sunday rounded off a particularly successful weekend. Other 2nd places went to George Adair, Gerry Sharpe, Michael Seed and David Oliver in the Masters F coxless quad, and to the Open Restricted1 coxless quad (Can Evirgen, Mert Evirgen, Will Hamlyn and Reece Stockport).

Summary of Saturday results –

  • J18 2x 2nd in heat, 5th in final
  • J18 4x- 3rd
  • J15 4x+ 1st
  • WJ14 4x+ (A) 2nd in heat, 3rd in final
  • WJ14 4x+ (B) 4th in heat
  • WJ13 2x 1st
  • Open 4x- 5th
  • WRes1 4x- 6th
  • WMasC 1x 2nd
  • MasD 2x 2nd
  • MasE 2x 3rd
  • MasF 4+ 4th

Summary of Sunday results –

  • MasB 1x 2nd
  • Open MasB Res2 2x 1st
  • Open MasF 4x- 2nd
  • Open Res1 4x- 2nd
  • WJ18 2- 7th

Full results are available in a spreadsheet

 

Durham ARC at Durham Regatta

With less than two months to go until the 185th Durham Regatta it’s time to reflect on some of the Club’s past glories.

In its early years Durham Amateur Rowing Club had considerable success at winning Durham Regatta’s most prestigious trophy, the Grand Challenge Cup for coxed fours, the first victory coming in 1863 for the crew of W.Brignall, W.H.Hedley, C.Rowlandson, P.Forster and cox E.H.Dykes. This was only 3 years after the club’s formation in 1860 (see Club History Timeline). Ten more victories followed in the years up to 1901, and 4 more between the Wars.

Durham ARC also won the Wharton Challenge Cup (now known as the Durham Challenge Cup) in the first 5 years following its inception in 1877, the first victory going to E.A.Lowe, L.Ward, A.Ward, S.F.Prest and cox G.F.Bell. At this time John Lloyd Wharton, whose portrait (left) is on display at Wharton Park, and after whose uncle William Lloyd Wharton the trophy was named, was Club President, a position he held from 1861 to 1894.

The Wharton Challenge Cup went to R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper and R.Powney, coxed by W.E.Coldicot in 1928 and 1929.

Another double success was to come twenty years later for the post-war four of R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills and cox R.E.Brown, winning in 1948 and defending the trophy successfully in 1949.

The best run of success was the nine consecutive wins in the Grand Challenge Cup between 1955 and 1963. Current Club President Ian Shepherd (pictured with Jess Eddie after winning an Olympic silver medal with the GB women’s 8+ in 2016) was involved in eight of these, starting with the 1956 victory. His predecessor as President, Bill Parker, was in the crew for five of the wins, and Keith Yates who has been the commentator at Durham Regatta since 1976, coxed the crew to victory on five occasions between 1958 and 1962. The same crew also secured the Wharton Challenge Cup eight times during this period, with the combination of F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith and cox K.J.Yates winning both trophies three times in succession between 1960 and 1962.

The club’s most recent win in the Wharton Challenge Cup was by R.H.F.Metcalfe, R.G.Oates, R.A.Longhurst, J.R.Appleby and cox A.G.Bailes in 1969.

In total DARC has won the Wharton Challenge Cup 37 times and the Grand Challenge Cup thirty times, the most recent being the 1992 Grand win by G.Wilson, K.Oates, M.Terry , R.Bodsworth and  cox Toni Spoors.

The 2018 Durham Regatta takes place on June 9th and 10th.

Durham ARC winners of the Grand Challenge Cup are as follows –

  • 1863   W.Brignall, W.H.Hedley, C.Rowlandson, P.Forster, cox E.H.Dykes
  • 1866   C.Barnes, C.Rowlandson, P.Forster, J.H.Robson, cox A.H.Barnes
  • 1867   C.W.S.Henderson, C.Rowlandson, W.BrignaLL, c.Barnes, cox A.H.Barnes
  • 1879   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Hutchinson, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1880   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1884   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1885   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1886   J.Parkinson, T.Rickerby, J.Johnson, F.Salkeld, cox S.Salkeld
  • 1888   A.Morgan , E.Bulman, H.Rule, E.White, cox S.Salkeld.
  • 1891   C.Brown, J.Sarsfield, F.A.Bulman, E.White, cox R.Grant
  • 1901   R.Benson, C.S.Young, R.H.D.Thompson, M.Muirfield, cox R.Greenwell
  • 1928   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1929   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1930   R.Longstaff, R.Powney, J.Hopper, Alex McLaren. Cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1933   H.W.Peele, R.Peele, J.Hopper, A. McLaren, cox E.A.Nelson
  • 1948   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1949   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1953   M.Turner, A.Beecroft, H.Smith, J.H.McGregor,  cox B.Thompson
  • 1955   H.Middlemas, J.M.Thornton, M.Turner, P.H.Mills,  cox J.Biglands
  • 1956   F.Weatherley, J.M.Thornton, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1957   F.Weatherley, H.Smith, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1958   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1959   F.Weatherley, M.Turner, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1960   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,   cox K.J.Yates.
  • 1961   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1962   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith, cox K.J.Yates
  • 1963   W.T.Parker, D.Fawcett, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox A.Pinder
  • 1969   R.H.F.Metcalfe, R.G.Oates, R.A.Longhurst, J.R.Appleby, cox A.G.Bailes
  • 1980   J.Ringer, P.Rutter, A.Duncan, D.Turnbull,   cox  T.Maddison
  • 1992   G.Wilson, K.Oates, M.Terry , R.Bodsworth,  cox Toni Spoors

Durham ARC winners of the Wharton Challenge Cup are as follows –

  • 1877   E.A.Lowe, L.Ward, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox G.F.Bell
  • 1878   P.B.Junor, L.Ward, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heaviside
  • 1879   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Hutchinson, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1880   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1881   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, F.Stobart, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1883   G.F.Bell, J.C.Crozier, G.Bulman, E.White, cox C.L.Armstrong
  • 1884   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1885   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1886   J.Parkinson, T.Rickerby, J.Johnson, F.Salkeld, cox S.Salkeld
  • 1888   A.Morgan , E.Bulman, H.Rule, E.White, cox S.Salkeld.
  • 1890   C.Elliott, E.H.Bulman, F.A.Bulman, E.White, cox E.Cowell
  • 1891   C.Brown, J.Sarsfield, F.A.Bulman, E.White, cox R.Grant
  • 1897   A.W.Mirfield, H.Peele, T.Hutchinson, H.Fawcus, cox H.Weatherall
  • 1900   A.P.Hough, R.C.Cumberlege, H.Peele, E.H.Veitch, cox G.Patrick.
  • 1903   R.Hill, F.McBride, L.Mackay, G.R.Mackay,  cox A.S.Coxon
  • 1904   W.D.Lowe, A.M.Hutchinson, A.A.Wilson, F.Bell, cox A.Stainsby
  • 1905   R.Hill, W.Coulson, L.Mackay, H.Liddle, cox A.S.Coxon.
  • 1913   W.Rushworth, C.H.Pickworth, R.Levitt, R.W.G.Mitham,  cox W.Wood
  • 1923   J.Veitch, W.Skipsey, A.D.Calvert, G.R.Herbert, cox H.W.Coyne.
  • 1928   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1929   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1930   R.Longstaff, R.Powney, J.Hopper, Alex McLaren. Cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1931   R.Longstaff, S.Pearson, J.Hopper, R.Powney, cox G.Greenwell.
  • 1933   H.W.Peele, R.Peele, J.Hopper, A. McLaren, cox E.A.Nelson
  • 1935   G.Blagdon, W.R.Martin, C.A.Riley, L.Shaw, cox R.Nelson.
  • 1948   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1949   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1953   M.Turner, A.Beecroft, H.Smith, J.H.McGregor,  cox B.Thompson
  • 1955   H.Middlemas, J.M.Thornton, M.Turner, P.H.Mills,  cox J.Biglands
  • 1956   F.Weatherley, J.M.Thornton, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1957   F.Weatherley, H.Smith, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1959   F.Weatherley, M.Turner, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1960   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,   cox K.J.Yates.
  • 1961   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1962   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith, cox K.J.Yates
  • 1963   W.T.Parker, D.Fawcett, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox A.Pinder
  • 1969   R.H.F.Metcalfe, R.G.Oates, R.A.Longhurst, J.R.Appleby, cox A.G.Bailes

Learn to Row courses 2018

Details of this year’s adult and junior learn to row courses are now available.

Junior Courses (11-15): 5 mornings during school holidays, £65.

Easter Holiday Junior Learn to Row

There are still a few places left on the learn to row course for ages 11 to 15 taking place on the second week of the Easter holidays 9th – 13th April 2018. The sessions last 2 hours each day from 9.30am till 11.30am.

Adult Courses (16+): 8 weeks, £95 (inc. British Rowing handbook)

Courses are available commencing on the following dates

  • Sundays w/c 8th April 4pm – 6pm
  • Wednesdays w/c 18th April 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Fridays w/c 4th May 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Application forms for both courses are available on our website

Grand Slam for Roger in Germany

Roger Stainforth concluded an excellent season on the indoor rowing circuit, winning last weekend in the 70-74 age category at the German Indoor Championships in Kettwig-Essen.

This sixth victory rounds off a highly successful season in which he has won medals at the North-Eastern, Scottish, Welsh, British, Irish and German Indoor Rowing Championships.

Although without opposition on this occasion he recorded a time of 3min 28.1 sec for the 1000 metre distance. The real excitement was the race against the German national champion Christian Sommer who moved up an age group this year and was on the machine next to Roger. A really close race ensued, stroke for stroke, every metre of the way. At 500m the splits were 1.43.6 and 1.44.7, with Roger down by 1.1sec but having raced Herr Sommer many times before he knew he was better in the first half than the second. The second 500m splits were 1.44.8 and 1.43.4, making Roger the winner overall by 0.3 seconds!

There is footage on YouTube with the race at 4hr 37.0 while at 5.49.35 Roger is joined on the podium by his grandson Maximilian after receiving his medal.

Durham Small Boats Head 2018

Rowers from across the north of England and Scotland converged on Durham City on Saturday February 3rd for the annual Durham Small Boats Head, a time trial over 1800 metres of the River Wear with nearly 400 crews taking on the course, starting at Count’s House and rowing through the arches of Elvet Bridge to finish near Durham Amateur Rowing Club.

The event proved as popular as ever with entries reaching capacity two weeks early. In calm but drizzly conditions competitors in quad, double and single sculls, fours and pairs from as far afield as Bradford, Lakeland and Edinburgh joined those from the north-east clubs, schools and universities to take up the challenge, with entries spread across the junior, senior and masters age spectrum.

Times achieved over the four divisions were compared to determine the overall winners in 60 contested events, with a prize awarded to each winner. The fastest crew overall was Durham ARC’s J18 junior boys’ coxless quad of Harry Coe, Josh Stephenson, Matthew Skinner and Matthew Edge in a time of 6min 16.7sec, one of 18 wins for the club, the most successful club of the day, followed closely by Chester-le-Street ARC with wins in 14 events. Wins were shared between 15 different clubs. 

Durham ARC performed well in the sculling events with wins for the senior men’s squad in the Open coxless quads for Reece Stockport, Can Evirgen, Mert Evirgen and Will Hamlyn in band 1 (6.37.9) and for David Rutter, Nicholas Baird, Nick Spong and Brad Knights in band 2 (6.35.4). Another victory came for Beth Holmes, Rachael O’Connor, Alison Danforth and Taya Parker in the senior Women’s coxless quad (7.19.9). Further wins came in the Open double and the J14 girls coxed quad sculls.

Durham’s Masters squad won ten events covering an age span from 27 to 70, including the Masters BCDE coxless quad with the overall 5th fastest time of the day, 6.36.7, coming from Richard Court, Brad Knights, Paul Rutter and John Lyons. Christine Heppell, Gabrielle Moore, Susan Jackson and Angela Lund won the Women’s Masters D coxless quad, Nicola Field, Linda Forwood, Vickie Jackson and Julie Kitson, coxed by Andy Jaggard, took the Women’s Masters DE coxed quad, and there was a win in the Masters EFG coxed quad for David Green, Steve Auster, Vaughan Gordon and Colin Lawson, coxed by Helen Adair.

In the smaller boat categories success went to Durham’s John Appleby and Micky Stevens in the Masters EG double sculls, and to Gill Prescott and Helen McMillan in the Women’s Masters EG double. David Muse won the Masters ABC single sculls, Andy Jaggard the Masters F single and John Appleby the Masters GH single, while Kim Forster took the Women’s Masters BC single.

Wins for Durham ARC in the sweep-oar discipline went to Becky Chilcott and Kate Sowden in the Women’s pair, and to the Women’s coxed four in a composite crew with St Leonard’s and Durham School.

Full results can be found in PDF and XLSX formats along with Results by Boat Class (PDF).

Another team facing a challenge in 2018 is the one from Tyne Amateur Rowing Club preparing to row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, due to set off in December. Seeking sponsorship the team brought their boat to Durham on Saturday. To find out more go to the Team Tyne Innovation website.

Durham SBH was covered by SI Event Photography whose images can be accessed by visiting http://www.sievents.co.uk/durham-small-boats-head-saturday-3rd-february-2018-main-menu/

or by viewing a facebook selection

Junior Formal Dinner

2018 got off to a successful start on January 4th, breaking new ground with a great turnout for the first ever Junior Formal Dinner, organised by the Junior Captains and Vice-Captains Alannah Baldwin, Harry Coe, Katie Strangward and Sam Taylor.

All the junior squads were represented along with coaches and club officials and the meal was followed by music and dancing and presentation of the Junior Oarsman and Junior Oarswoman Awards for the 2017 season to Harry Coe and Gabby Suggett, along with an interesting selection of awards to squad members and coaches

Most Happy – Dom Crilley
Most Smiley – Katie Strangward
Fattest Erg – Kahn Evirgen
Best Coordinated Hair – J14 Girls
Loudest Rower – Jess Cooper
Best Baker – Gabby Suggett
Biggest Party Animal – Natya Priestley-Leach
Best Facial Expressions – Adam Morris

Most Famous Coach on the River Bank – Bill Parker
Most Motherly Coach – Vicky Jackson
Coach who is the Best Photographer – Ray Dominy
Calmest headed Coach in the face of adversity – Mike Rowe
Coach with Best Leggings – Beth Holmes
Coach who is the Biggest Beyonce Fan – Elliot Kay
Coach who is Best Looking in a Pigeon Costume – Mark Bell

A great success, and with seniors and masters providing the waitress service it looks set to be repeated.

Jess Eddie becomes President of Parliamentary Group

Former Durham ARC Junior Jess Eddie took up office on November 9th 2017 as the inaugural Honorary President of the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group, initially for a one-year term. The Group consists of MPs and Lords of all political persuasions and meets regularly to discuss issues of importance to the sport and to hear from those involved. The appointment was announced by Group Co-Chair and MP for Hendon Dr Matthew Offord. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP for Durham is also a member. Jess attended her first meeting with the group at Westminster on December 6th.  

Jess was coached in Durham as a junior by Gordon Beattie and represented Great Britain in the World Junior Championships in 2001 while training with the club before going on to win a silver medal with the GB Women’s Eight at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chairman’s MBE Investiture

On November 21st Durham ARC Chairman Barry Hudson was presented with the MBE by the Duke of Cambridge in an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry was awarded the MBE for services to the Community and to Rowing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June, having served on the DARC Committee for 50 years, taking on numerous roles including Secretary and Chairman, as well as carrying out coaching and umpiring duties.