Monthly Archives: November 2009

DARC Victorious at British Indoor Rowing Championships

DARC Claim Victory at Concept 2 British Indoor Rowing Championships

This Year saw the 19th British Indoor Rowing Championships held at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. It is 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. Four members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club travelled to Birmingham to compete on Sunday 22nd November.

Gill Prescott won gold in the Women’s 50-54 event in a time of 7.20.2. This is the fourth 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 and the British, Scottish, North East and World Championships in 2008.

Garath Archer, a former International rugby player, was competing in the championships this weekend. He won gold in a time of 5:51.1 in the Mens Open Hwt event, matching time only the Concept 2 British Indoor record currently held by Sir Steve Redgrave in the 35-39 event set in 1998. Gareth came in 4/100 of a second faster than Silver Medallist Cameron Nichol from GB Rowing and 1.7 seconds faster than Bronze Medallist Steve Rowbotham, also GB Rowing. This was an exceptional win for Gareth in his second year at the National indoor event. Both Gareth and Gill are coached by Durham ARC Geoff Graham.

Roger Stainforth, a successful veteran competitor at the indoor rowing events won Bronze in the Men 65-69 Hwt category with a time of 7:04.8. Toria Lloyd in her first year at the event finished 6th out of nine in the Women 35-39 Hwt category.

Garath Archer at the British Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Championships 2009

DARC win the Sculling Series Victor Ludorum 2009

MJ18s and Victor Ludorum successes for DARC 2009

This years sculling series was made up of four long distance races ranging from 1800 to 5500 meters set against the clock. Overall Durham Amateur Rowing Club had 52 entries, covering 24 catagories competing in the four seperate events held between 10th October and 7th November.

The Victor Ludorum is awarded to the club with the most points at the end of the series. Points are awarded to each club that finishes, with 100 points going to first place and 1 point going to last place. By the penultimate race at Wansbeck, Durham Amateur Rowing Club were in the lead with 2688 points.

One crew that stood out over the series were the MJ18 4x-, consisting of Ben Reilly O’Donnell, Darren Smith , Stuart Lyons and Chris Tully. Having successes in all four races, they were awarded the Northern Rowing Council Fastest Junior Quad of the series.