Durham Amateur Rowing Club had a successful day at the British Rowing Indoor Championships staged at London’s Olympic Velodrome on Sunday February 8th.
Over 1300 competitors from around the country took part, including several members of the GB rowing squad.
Gill Prescott took the British women’s Masters title in the 55-59 age category with a time of 7m 26.9s for the 2km distance, an event in which she already holds the World Record. The achievement was more remarkable as Gill had also won in 2 events on the water at Durham Small Boats Head the previous day.
Roger Stainforth (pictured) competed in the 70-74 age group, and, having previously set a British Record at the shorter 1km distance at the Scottish Championships in December, was aiming to win over the classic 2km distance. During January he had already lowered his time in the European Championships in Amsterdam, before setting an Irish Allcomers record in Limerick the following week. Roger succeeded in taking the British title in London on Sunday, achieving a new British Record time of 7m 08.7s.
There were also strong performances from Helen McMillan, Martin Calkin and Harry Downworth.
Full results can be found on the British Rowing website.