Monthly Archives: March 2015

Women and Juniors take to the Thames

It was a successful weekend for the DARC crews taking part on the Tideway in the first two Head of the River races of the season. First of all two women’s teams took part in the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race (WEHoRR) on Saturday March 14th, the 75th year that the event has been staged.

The Intermediate 3 eight of Alison Danforth, Lara Green, Louise Peterken, Emma Lyons, Becky Ward, Heather Tosley, Lucy Ringer, Megan McCarthy and cox Emily West, coached by Chris and Phill Tully, finished 110th out of 300 entries, which included the GB national eight, completing the 6.8km course from Chiswick to Putney Pier in 22mins 54sec. Finishing 5th out of the 32 IM3 entries in what was the crew’s first ever race as an 8+ was an excellent result, given also that conditions had deteriorated considerably by the time they started in 140th position, and the fact that two of the crew had only graduated from the Learn to Row course the previous summer, a great advert for the scheme.

The Masters D crew of Angela Lund, June Davison, Gabrielle Moore, Clare Woodward, Helen Adair, Susan Jackson, Jacki Patrickson and Heather Hirst, coached by Andy Jaggard and John Lund and coxed by Nigel van Zwanenberg, were 154th in 23mins 20sec, coming 2nd out of 4 entries in their category, a great achievement for their first outing over the course.

For the first time this year’s race was followed immediately by a presentation on Putney Embankment to the winners in each category by the Chairman of British Rowing Annamarie Phelps. For the second year in succession the overall winners were the GB composite crew including Katherine Grainger, Heather Stanning, Helen Glover and Jess Eddie.

Full results of WEHoRR

Mark then returned the minibus to Durham to enable members of the Juniors Squad to travel back to London on Sunday to compete in Mondays Schools Head, an event with 350 entries. The boys J18 4+ crew of Jacob Lutz-Nattrass, James Snowball, Jamie Patterson, Matthew Abbiss and cox Elise Sanderson continued their head of the river form by finishing 2nd in 20mins 25sec, a tremendous achievement against national competition. The winners were Westminster School, a mere 9 seconds ahead. The Girls J17 8+, rowing in Women’s Championship 8s, also finished well in 11th position out of 26 entries, mainly J18 crews, in 21min 31sec. The crew of Corinne Hatton, Hannah Iqbal, Laura Phillips, Alex McMullen, Sarah Coleman, Charlotte Jackson, Georgia McMillan, Ellen Blowey, and cox Julia Dominy was the highest placed crew from the North, most of the crews in front representing private schools from the Thames Valley. Both crews were a credit to our club.

Full results of the Schools Head

Masters Heads successes

Durham Amateur Rowing Club’s Masters squads have enjoyed some success in competitions over recent weeks as we approach the main Tideway Heads season in London.

The Women’s Masters D quad of Carole McCarthy, Sarah Rutter, Helen Adair and Nicki Trewhitt (pictured), and the Masters D eight of Angela Lund, June Davison, Gabrielle Moore, Clare Woodward, Helen Adair, Susan Jackson, Jacki Patrickson and Heather Hirst were victorious at the 5.7km Trentside Masters in Nottingham on February 28th.

The following week the men’s Masters crew of Paul Stanley, Dave Walker, Martin Judson, John Watkinson, John Appleby, John Hill and Derek Gordon entered as a composite eight with Royal Chester Rowing Club and, coxed by Emma Hocking, won at Masters G on the River Dee in Chester at the 5km North of England Head of the River Race.

DARC has 2 entries in Saturday’s Women’s Eights Head of the River Race over 6.8km on the Thames, the senior women’s IM3 crew and the Masters D crew, while on the same day several competitors go to York to take part in the Yorkshire Head over a 5km course. These events are closely followed by the Schools Head on Monday March 16th, the Veteran’s Head on Saturday March 28th and the men’s Head of the River Race on March 29th.

Good luck to all participants!

Memorial Service for Bill Grant

Message from Bill Grant’s son Richard regarding arrangements for Bill’s memorial service

I’d like to let you know a memorial service will be held for my father at 2pm on Friday 13th March, at All Saint’s Church in Cleadon. Please do circulate this among all who would be interested. All who would like to attend are welcome.

Please wear whatever you think he would have liked (e.g. Rowing Blazers).

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

Richard Grant

Bill’s family have asked for donations to the Great North Air Ambulance in place of flowers/wreaths.

5 Star Food Hygiene Rating

Following the latest inspection by the Food Safety Officer in February 2015 the club’s kitchen facility now has the highest level with a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating. Thanks to Gene, Nicola, Clare, Marian and others for their hard work.