Monthly Archives: September 2009

Durham Big Bike Ride

The Women’s Squad recently tamed a beastly 50 mile bike ride as part of the Durham Big Ride.

One member completed the 25 mile Big Ride while 8 others set out on the tough “Beast” route, the new addition to the annual event. Coach Martin Tyler and Dave Wilson also joined the women to get fit and enjoy a challenging route.

The squad took on the challenge to raise money for a new boat and also as a fun team activity. With only a few short weeks to train the squad were prepared but worked hard on the day to get the hilly 50 miler conquered.

Well done to everyone who took part. They raised a total of £216.05 to put towards buying a new boat.

Boston Marathon – 20.09.09

Five club members successfully complete the gruelling 31 mile Boston Marathon.

The Boston Rowing Marathon (organised by Boston Rowing Club) is an annual head of the river race run over a 31 mile course on the River Witham between Lincoln and Boston.

Phill Tully and John Lyons won the Vet C 2x in a time of 4:06:19.

Hazel Stainforth completed the WVet F 1x in 5:12:38.  Hazel holds the course records for WVet D, E and F 1x.

James Dickinson and Ben Reilly O’Donnell (J18) rowed in the Durham University IM1 8+ which finished second overall in a time of 3:15:32.

The fastest crew was a Vet C 8+ which completed the course in 3:13:51.

Veterans Victorious in Vienna

Several veteran members of Durham ARC flew the flag for the Northern Region and travelled to Vienna to compete in the World Masters Rowing Regatta from 3 – 6 September.

Numerous events were entered and after some exciting racing and close finishes there were two gold medal wins.  Gold was won on Friday by the E4+ crew of Paul Stanley, David Walker, Martin Judson, Kim Metcalfe and cox Emma Watcham and on Saturday by the F4+ crew of John Appleby, Kim Metcalfe, Paul Stanley, Michal Palamarczuk (Royal Chester) and cox Emma Watcham.

Gill Prescott was second in the WD1x as were Hazel Stainforth and John Appleby in the Mixed F 2x.  Martin Judson and David Walker finished third in the E2-. The Men’s E 8+ and the Mixed 8+ German composite also finished third.