Monthly Archives: February 2017

Head of the Trent

With the Tideway Heads season fast approaching there was a good win for Durham’s Masters F Eight at the Head of the Trent in Nottingham on February 26th. The crew was 4th finisher of the 13 masters 8+s entered in division 3 over a 6km course shortened due to windy conditions. Taking into account masters adjustments the DARC eight recorded the fastest time of all 65 entries in the division, posting 10.49.3 and beating all the masters B, C, D and E 8+s as well as junior and intermediate crews.  

List of results

Junior Inter Regional Trials

Despite very challenging conditions it was a successful day for the juniors on Saturday at the Junior Inter-Regional Trials at Cambois RC, with wins for the WJ16 8+, WJ15 4+, WJ15 4x+, and WJ14 4x+. Every girl from the club who raced was in a winning crew.

Results of the trials determine crew selections to represent the Northern Region at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta (JIRR) at Nottingham on April 22nd.

For the boys, Sam Taylor, racing in the J16 1x is likely to be selected for the regional composite 8+, while the less experienced J15 and J14 boys also were competitive in their respective events.

The JIRR is open to junior boys and girls in age groups J14 (1x, 2x and 4x+), J15 (1x, 2x, 4x+ and 4+) and J16 (1x, 2x, 4x-, 4+/- and 8+) representing the 12 British Rowing regions. Racing takes place on the multi-lane course at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

List of results from Cambois on Saturday and photos by Al Johnston starting here.

Durham Small Boats Head 2017

Durham Small Boats Head took place on February 4th 2017 in calm conditions with spells of winter sunshine, the rising river level after overnight rain making the afternoon divisions more challenging. A busy day ensued with a full entry in all 4 divisions and 370 crews and scullers completing the course, with no reported incidents.

St Leonards was the overall winner of the head with their J18 coxless quad clocking 6.06.7 for the 1800m course.

Durham ARC’s senior women’s Elite coxless quad was the fastest women’s crew. Aidan Rushforth was the fastest single sculler for St Leonards, 0.1 sec ahead of Talkin Tarn. St Leonards also taking the fastest double sculls award. Gill Prescott and Eva Rankin won the fastest women’s double sculls award for Durham ARC.

Durham ARC was the most successful club with wins in 17 events spread across the board, the Junior girls winning WJ15 quad and four, women’s J15 double and women’s J14 quad, Seniors claiming 6 wins (IM2 coxless quad, Elite coxless four, women’s Elite coxless quad, women’s IM2 double, women’s IM2 single sculls and women’s Novice coxed quad), and Masters winning 7 events (Masters C and E coxless quads, E coxed four, G double and single sculls, women’s masters E double and women’s masters F single sculls).

George Heriots School and Chester-le-Street were well represented with 7 wins each, Heriots taking the fastest women’s pair and Chester-le-Street having the fastest women’s single sculler as well as providing both joint winners of the Elite pair. Hatfield was the most successful College with 3 wins including the IM3 coxed four. Durham School won the Novice coxed four and Collingwood College the women’s novice four.

The overall results are on DARC website (and XLS), list of Durham ARC wins here and photos here.

Durham Regatta website launch

The launch of Durham Regatta’s new website took place at Durham ARC on Monday this week. 

The new design honours the rich history and traditon of the Regatta but has a contemporary, modern feel. The website is also optimised for all mobile devices – ensuring that everyone can easily access the information relevant to them.

Durham Regatta dates back to 1834 making it the second oldest regatta in the United Kingdom after Chester Regatta. It predates the Henley Royal Regatta by 5 years. The Durham Regatta Committee dates back to the Regatta’s inception, although today Durham Regatta is run as a limited company.

The 2017 Durham Regatta takes place on June 10th and 11th.

Volunteer of the Year Awards

Recognising the volunteers who make a significant contribution to the sport the awards presentation to the winners of British Rowing’s Volunteer of the Year for 2016 took place at a lunch at the River & Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames on February 4th.

Winner of the Event Administration award for the Northern Region, on behalf of Durham Regatta was Richard Mortimer of Durham ARC.

Coverage will appear in Rowing & Regatta magazine and in the British Rowing Almanack in due course.

Richard is pictured along with Nicci Slipman of Hexham RC receiving their awards from guest speaker Dame Katherine Grainger.

Photo by Nick Middleton.