Durham ARC enjoyed outstanding success at the Junior Inter-Regional Trials at Cambois Rowing Club on March 5th when all 12 members of the Junior squad who attended featured in the fastest crew in their event.
The purpose of the trials is to determine the team to be selected to represent the Northern Region at the annual British Rowing Junior Inter Regional Regatta (JIRR) which this year will take place at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on April 23rd. At the Regatta crews of J14 to J16 athletes representing the 12 British Rowing regions race against one another on the 6-lane course. With the cancellation of the last 2 years by Covid-19, and 2019 (to have been at Peterborough) cancelled due to unsuitable weather it will be the first JIRR since 2018.
The 2020 cancellation came at the start of lockdown restrictions, but not before several DARC crews had performed well at that year’s trials.
On Saturday DARC had entries in the J15 1x, J15 2x, J16 4x-, J16 4+, J16 boys 8+ (unopposed) and J16 girls 8+ (composite with Durham School, Hexham, Tyne ARC and Tyne United), taking part in a 1500 metre time trial on the River Wansbeck with entries split into 5 divisions.
The J15 2x, J16 4x-, J16 4+, J16 8+ and WJ16 8+ won their respective events. The team selection will be finalised later by the Northern Rowing Council (NRC), possibly after Ponteland Junior Head on March 26th. Results and times are available on the JIRR Trials page of the NRC website, where the team selection will also be posted in due course.