Unfortunately Durham Autumn Sprint has been cancelled due to insufficient entries.
Durham ARC’s Seniors entered two crews for the Boston Marathon on September 15th. In good conditions eighty three finishers completed the 50km from Lincoln to Boston.
The men’s eight was second fastest overall, and the fastest Open 8+, finishing ahead of the Universities of Swansea, Manchester and East Anglia in 3hr 35 04.1sec.
Girls Who Dare who are training to row across the Pacific Ocean in 2020), in 4hr 30 31.2sec.
by event and by time.
Durham ARC Masters took 2 trailers and a team of 5 drivers to Lake Valence in Hungary to compete at the World Rowing Masters Regatta, entering 24 races over the 5 days of competition between September 11th and 15th.
Located 50km from Budapest, Lake Valence is the second largest lake in Hungary, covering 26 square kilometres.
The regatta attracted over 5000 entries representing 52 countries, the men’s single sculls having the greatest number of entries with 1050, including 150 entering at masters D (50 years or over) and another 150 at masters E (55 or over). The age of competitors ranged from 27 to 93.
The club returned with wins in 4 events, three of them involving John Appleby. The first win came on Thursday for Andy Jaggard of DARC and Nick Cowan of Lakeland RC (left) in the MasF 2x, winning heat 7 in a time of 3m 45.59s for the 1000 metres. Three DARC crews took part in this event, with John Appleby and Micky Stevens finishing 2nd in heat 13, and John Watkinson and Paul Rutter 3rd in heat 5.
Durham County Council) competed again in the MasG 2x, this time winning heat 8 in a time of 3m 45.3sec for John to claim his first medal.
The next medal came on Saturday in the MasG 1x, an event in which DARC had 2 entries. Andy Jaggard went in heat 6 and finished 3rd in 4.09.42, before John Appleby (after finishing 2nd in the MasH 1x on Thursday) won heat 13, albeit in a slower time of 4.14.54, to secure his second medal of the week.
The third medal for john Appleby, and 4th for DARC, came in Sunday’s mixed races where John combined with Eva Rankin of Loch Lomond (in top photo) to win the Mixed Masters G 2x, also posting the fastest time of the four heats (3.59.83).
There were two more 2nd place finishes, the MasG coxless quad of John Watkinson, Paul Rutter, John Appleby and Micky Stevens on Thursday, and the MxdMasG coxless quad, consisting of John Appleby, Micky Stevens, Eva Rankin (Loch Lomond) and Joy Skipper (Upper Thames) on Sunday.
Another 3rd place finish for DARC came on the first day of the regatta on Wednesday for the Durham/York composite Women’s Masters E 8+ including Gabrielle Moore, Clare Blowey and Sarah Rutter.
MasH 2x – Derek Gordon and Micky Stevens – 5th
MasF 1x – John Appleby – 4th
Mas I-M 8+ – Derek Gordon and composite – 4th
MasG 8+ – Micky Stevens, Paul Rutter, Derek Gordon and Grosvenor, Maidenhead, Royal Chester and Runcorn composite – 6th
WMasE 4x- – Gabrielle Moore, Clare Woodward, Sarah Rutter and Anne Homa (York City) – 6th
MasE 1x – Paul Rutter – 5th
MasF 4x- – Paul Rutter, John Watkinson + Cambois, Tyne United composite – 7th
WMasE 2x – Gabrielle Moore, Clare Woodward – 7th
WMasD 4x- – Clare Woodward, Gabrielle Moore, Sarah Rutter and Lisa Kallal (Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha) – 4th
MasH 8+ – Derek Gordon and Grosvenor, Maidenhead, Nottingham, Royal Chester and Runcorn composite – 6th
MasD 4x- – Paul Rutter + Runcorn composite – 7th
MxdMasF 8+ – Derek Gordon, Paul Rutter + Royal Chester composite – 4th
MxdMasF 4x- – Paul Rutter, John Watkinson, Gabrielle Moore, Sarah Rutter – 5th
MxdMasE 2x Paul Rutter and Sarah Rutter – 6th
Regatta Central website.
Balint Czucz and Bence Szlovak have provided event photos.
The 2020 World Masters Regatta will be staged at Linz-Ottensheim, Austria, and will take place on September 2nd to 6th.
Former Durham ARC Junior James Snowball was selected to represent Great Britain in the Men’s Eight for the European Under 23 Championships at Ioannina, Greece on September 7th and 8th.
James (front, front second right) now competes for Oxford Brookes University, with whom he won in the eight in the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in July.
The GB eight, coached by Ben Murphy, was formed from the High Performance Programme clubs of Newcastle University and Oxford Brookes University and included Dylan Mitchell, Dan Graham, David Willcox, Freddie Strawson, James Snowball, Freddie Allinson, Alfie Heath and Cameron Spurling, along with cox Ben Rich from University of London BC.
After winning their heat on Saturday they went into Sunday’s final where they took the bronze medal behind Romania and the Ukraine, one of the two medal successes for GB at the Championships.
In July James was selected for the GB pair at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, finishing 6th in the A final.
Competing for attention with an England rugby international and the Great North Run meant that this year’s Great Tyne Row could have easily been overlooked in the Tyneside sporting calendar. Thankfully it survived a late weather scare to go ahead on Saturday September 7th after a 2 year absence.
Eighteen crews entered, 17 stable coxed quads and a fixed-seat coastal skiff from Eastern Amateur Rowing Club in Portobello, Edinburgh, well down on the 34 for the 2017 event. Other entries from outside the northern region included Runcorn, Devil’s Elbow and Weyfarers.
transatlantic oarsman Phil Kite of Tyne ARC and Peter Damer of Broxbourne RC, coxed by Caroline Scholl of DARC – and ‘Darcness Monsters’ (below), a mixed crew consisting of Dave Green, Colin Lawson, Helen Adair, Paddy Deans and Kalpana Ganatra, the latter two sharing the coxing.
For none was the achievement greater than the four graduates of the Durham University community Learn to Row scheme who all have visual impairments. Coxed by Mark French their efforts were recognized by the organising committee in presenting the crew with the Harry Clasper Award.
Other awards went to the overall fastest crew “It’s Chico Tyne” from Tyne ARC who completed the course in 1hr 52mins. The fastest mixed crew prize went to Wandering Weyfarers from Weyfarers RC in 1hr 57mins, and the fastest women’s crew was won by Weaver Divas from Runcorn RC in 2hr 2mins.
Tyne, Gentlemen Please finished 3rd overall in 1hr 59mins and Darcness Monsters were 10th in 2hr 11mins. Tynemouth RC won the best dressed crew award for their cowgirls outfits.
Results, times and awards are here.
Durham Autumn Sprint Regatta cancelled due to insufficient entries.