2008 British Indoor Rowing Championships

Indoor rowers claim glory at the British Indoor Rowing Championships

At the world’s biggest indoor rowing race and the largest indoor sporting event in the UK where competitors race 2000m in the quickest possible time, five members of Durham ARC travelled to Birmingham to compete on Sunday 26 October.

Gill Prescott won gold in the Women’s 50-54 event in a time of 7:17.3. This is the third successive year that Gill has won the British title which she can add to her wins in the British, Scottish, European and World Championships in 2007.

Gareth Archer, a former International rugby player, was competing in the championships for the first time.  He won gold in a time of 5:54.3 in the Men’s 30-34 event. He was only 3/100ths of a second away from the championship record and had the third fastest overall time. This was an outstanding win for Gareth in his first indoor rowing event. Both Gareth and Gill are coached by Geoff Graham.

Roger Stainforth a successful veteran competitor at indoor rowing events finished 4/10 in the Men’s 60-64, Tim Wilks finished 11/33 in the Men’s 30-34 event and Paul Halkyard finished 64/76 in the Men’s Open Event.