End to end cycle ride underway

Four members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club are undertaking a 1000 mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of former Club member and coach Bill Grant who died in February 2015 as a result of a medical episode which led to him falling from his bicycle into the River Wear. Elliot[…]

Medals at British Junior Championships

Durham ARC achieved notable successes at the 2015 British Rowing National Junior Championships which took place on the 2km 6-lane course at Strathclyde Park over the weekend of July 18th/19th. The Championships are the climax to the season for under-18 rowers with successful competitors having to qualify through a time trial followed by semi-finals and[…]

Explorers visit to Yarm

On July 14th new ground was broken when, at the invitation of Tees Rowing Club, a group of 14 daytime and masters rowers from Durham ARC joined Tees RC to row the 18 mile round trip along the River Tees from Stockton to Yarm and back, a venture first proposed in 2011. Along with other[…]

Wins at Henley Masters Regatta 2015

There was a win at Henley Masters Regatta on July 11th for Durham ARC scullers Helen McMillan and Gill Prescott in the Women’s Masters D 4x- in a composite crew with Eva Rankin of Loch Lomond and Joy Skipper of Upper Thames. Gill also had success in the Women’s Masters E 4x- with Eva, Ailie[…]

Allcomers Regatta hailed a great success

This year’s Allcomers Regatta, an event for those with no previous rowing experience, was hailed as one of the best for many years, with hundreds of spectators turning out to enjoy the sunshine and refreshments, and watch some close racing between the 14 teams entered, raising around £3000 for club funds. Sponsors Workwear Express entered[…]

New umpires appointed

The Northern Rowing Council recently put out an appeal for more umpires, with Durham Regatta offering added incentives. Three members took up the challenge and passed their final exams in June to become qualified umpires. The new recruits, Peter Stavers, Brenda Middlemiss (soon to become Mrs Stavers) and Steve Farrow officiated for the first time[…]

Senior Women recruitment

DARC’s Senior Women’s Squad is seeking new members. It’s Summer and Debbie has just sent out her e-mail giving exit routes from Learn to Row courses, others are moving into the region from elsewhere and some who are eligible may be considering moving squads. Please don’t delay if thinking of joining us, we use the[…]

Record entry for Hexham Sunday League

The third round of the Northern Rowing Sunday League attracted a record entry of 20 teams to Hexham at the weekend, including 5 from Lakeland RC, their first venture into the competition. Aided by some expert coxing from John Lyons the DARC crews came away with 7 wins between them, 3 for DARC Demons (Margaret[…]

Talkin Tarn Regatta

The final regatta of the Northern season took place on Saturday at Talkin Tarn. The club juniors continued their winning form with a number of new combinations. Hope Cessford won WJ16 singles, and women’s novice doubles went to Laura Phillips and Georgia McMillan. Mixed Elite 4x- went to Jessica Harris, Katy McDaid Richard Matthewson and[…]

Unbeaten year for Masters (s)quad

Members of DARC’s Men’s Masters quad recently passed the milestone of going over 12 months unbeaten, having won at Durham Regatta in both 2014 and 2015 and at all the events they have entered in between! The squad is: John Watkinson, John Lyons, Julian Ringer, Paul Sowerby, Paul Rutter, Richard Court … plus Tim Morris[…]

Durham Regatta re-enactment

There was cause for special celebration at this year’s Durham Regatta, the second oldest regatta in the country, staged for the 182nd time on June 13th and 14th 2015 and coinciding with the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo. The Regatta owes its origin to the annual procession of boats, organised by the Sheriff of[…]