Monthly Archives: June 2018

Senior Women inspire at Henley

After victory at Durham Regatta two weeks ago the Senior Women’s squad went to Henley Women’s Regatta this weekend (June 22nd and 23rd), representing the club proudly and inspiring others in the Aspirational coxless quad, with Chloe Readman-Bell, Gabrielle Maxfield, Rachael O’Connor and Beth Holmes putting in a strong performance over the 1500 metre course to qualify from Friday’s time trial and progress to the next round the following day, where they were drawn against strong opposition from Molesey Boat Club who completed the course in 5m 28.47s, and despite performing well were unable to make further progress in the competition.

Footage of the race is at 16.36 on the HWR YouTube channel . The Regatta is the first of three to be staged on the Thames at Henley each summer, the others being Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Masters Regatta.

Henley Women’s Regatta first took place in 1988 in response to the absence at the time of events for women at Henley Royal Regatta. It continues to gain in popularity, attracting entries from all over the UK and overseas.

Coached by Phill Tully the squad plans to return next year. If you are interested in joining them please get in touch with the club captain by emailing

Allcomers Regatta, July 15th 2018

Our next event is the Allcomers Regatta on Sunday 15th July. To date we have 14 entries but can still take more. Crews will require coaches, so if anyone is willing to take on a crew to coach please let us know. It promises to be an exciting day.

It is also a great opportunity to raise funds for the club. We would like to run a raffle and auction at the Allcomers Regatta as this has been very successful in the past, so please also get in touch if you are able to provide a raffle prize. Auction / raffle prizes could be items, experiences or promises. Examples from the past have been a break in a members holiday cottage, golf lesson with a pro, driving lessons, spa day etc.

If you have a business or a business contact or would be willing to donate something please let us know via

Entry forms, poster and details of how to enter are on the Allcomers page. The closing date is July 4th.

Medals for Masters in Nottingham

Durham ARC had some success at the British Rowing Masters Championships last weekend, winning 1 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals in Championship events, with a further victory in a non-Championship event, and with all 18 entries reaching finals.

The Masters Championships attracts the best rowers from clubs across the UK to the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham to race against each over a 1000 metre course at Holme Pierrepont. Masters are categorised by age with all entrants being over 27.

On Saturday there was a gold medal for Durham’s Gill Prescott and Eva Rankin of Loch Lomond in the Women’s Masters F double sculls (for average ages 60 to 64), while in the same final Ray Dominy and Joyce Collett took the bronze medal, both crews having previously won their respective heats to qualify for the final.

Gill and Eva went on to win a silver medal with a composite crew from Upper Thames Rowing Club and Wycliffe College in the final of the Women’s Masters F coxless quad.

There were further medals for Durham with John Appleby and Micky Stevens taking silver in the Masters G (65 to 69) double sculls, after the two had  joined John Watkinson and David Walker to also take silver in the Masters G coxless quad.

The final medal on Saturday was a bronze for John Lyons, Paul Rutter, John Watkinson and Richard Court in the Masters E (55 to 59) coxless quad, while on Sunday there was a silver for the Women’s Masters E eight of Sarah Rutter, June Davison, Ray Dominy, Gabrielle Moore, Susan Jackson, Christine Heppell, Sam English, Angela Lund and cox Nigel van Zwanenberg.

In Sunday’s non-Championship events for those who haven’t previously won at Championship level there was a win for Sam English, Aisling Dutton, Gabrielle Moore and Christine Heppell (pictured top) in the Women’s Masters E coxless quad.

Results from Saturday and Sunday are on the Masters Championships website.

Durham finished in 15th place out of 90 clubs in the Victor Ludorum competition for the best club at the Championships and was the highest placed northern club.

DARC on winning form at Durham Regatta 2018

Honours were divided equally between juniors, seniors and masters as Durham ARC secured 9 wins from 42 entries at the 2018 Durham Regatta, the premier regatta in the north of England.

Three of the wins came on Saturday and six on Sunday, two of these coming on the 1800-metre long course.

The first win on Saturday went to the women’s masters E eight of Sarah Rutter, June Davison, Helen Adair, Gabrielle Moore, Susan Jackson, Christine Heppell, Sam English, Angela Lund and cox Nigel van Zwanenberg, who overcame the Tyne ARC masters C eight in a straight final to take the British Heart Foundation trophy.

Next was a win for the women’s elite coxless quad of Chloe Readman-Bell, Gabrielle Maxfield, Rachael O’Connor and Beth Holmes who overcame Leeds University before winning by 2 lengths against Talkin Tarn in the final.

The final victory on Saturday went to Adam Morris who won easily against Cambois to take the J16 single sculls, winning the North of England Sculling Championship.

On Sunday the women’s masters E crew of Nicola Field, Vickie Jackson, Carole McCarthy and Julie Kitson followed up their victory over the Doncaster masters C quad at Durham City Regatta by beating the same opposition more convincingly to win by 2 and a half lengths.

In the first of the long course finals the J18 coxless quad of Matthew Edge, Josh Stephenson, Adam Morris and Harry Coe overcame Yarm School to win in a time of 5.48.4 sec.

The next win for the juniors was for the J14 girls coxed quad, with Miriam Stewart, Niamh Lang, Alice Davies and Georgia Abbot, coxed by Thomas Woods, beating Hexham on the short course in the semi-final before winning against St Leonard’s School to take the Arthur Stainsby Memoria Trophy.

Next was another win against Yarm School, this time for the senior women’s non-championship coxed four, with Kate Sowden, Becky Chilcott, Heather Tosley, Alison Danforth and cox Emily West winning easily to take the Danny Webster Memorial Cup.

The senior men’s crew of Will Hamlyn, Reece Stockport, Nicolas Baird and David Rutter overcame Newcastle University in the semi-final of the open championship coxless quad, before rowing over on the long course in the final in a time of 5.49.5 sec after their opposition from Durham University scratched.

The final success of the day went to the masters E coxless quad, with Richard Court, John Watkinson, Paul Rutter and John Lyons overcoming two Hexham crews to win the masters DEF handicap, winning by half a length in the final in 2.12.8 sec.

There were many more creditable performances in a very successful regatta. Full results are available on the Durham Regatta website.

If you are interested in joining the senior men’s or women’s squad please get in touch with the club captain by email to