After an enforced break due to winter floods rowers were able to take to the River Wear in Durham on February 6th for Durham Small Boats Head, a time trial over 1800 metres, hosted by Durham Amateur Rowing Club on an iconic stretch of water in the city centre passing under Elvet Bridge at the halfway point.
The event is split into 4 divisions, requiring precise scheduling to enable coaches to try out different crew combinations. Intermittent rain, a rising water level and strong stream meant challenging conditions for the 363 entrants, with those boating later in the day worst affected, and difficulties for some in negotiating the sharp bend and narrow arches of Elvet Bridge, thankfully free from flood debris.
A feature of each years head is the rivalry between the Durham University colleges. This year’s fastest college crew was the 4+ representing University College, taking 8th place overall in 7.01.1, holding off St Aidan’s College by 1 second. Hatfield College was the fastest women’s college to finish in 8.22.8.
There were good performances from DARC’s J16 boys, winning both the 4x- and 4+.
The fastest women’s crew to finish, in 7.51.5, was a Chester-le-Street and Tees Junior 16 composite quad. Durham ARC’s Hope Cessford won the fastest women’s single as well as the fastest women’s double, in combination with Olivia Brown. DARC’s J18 girls won the 4+, and the J14 and J13 girls also won their 4x+ events.
Durham ARC showed their strength at Masters level, winning the Masters D and E 4x-, G 2x, E, F and G 1x and Women’s Masters D and F 1x. Gill Prescott claimed 3 more victories, in the Women’s Masters D 2x, E 2x and the IM2 4x-, and the Women’s Masters also won the IM3 4x+.
Members gathered at the clubhouse after the end of a splendid day’s racing for the presentation of awards in some 60 categories, much to the satisfaction of all involved, a great effort all round in organising the event with such efficiency.
During the proceedings members of Bradford Amateur Rowing Club were delighted to accept donations totalling £2665 towards the repair of the weir on the River Aire in Bradford that collapsed recently.
Full results from the SBH are
Recent Durham ARC event winners and crews are here.
Other albums are available as follows
Thanks to all the photographers.