Cambridge University Lightweight crew 2020

Lightweight Boat Race 2020

Members were delighted to hear of the selection of Durham ARC alumnus Matthew Edge in the Cambridge University Eight for the Lightweight Boat Race, to be raced on the Tideway between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge on Sunday March 15th. Now in his second year at Cambridge Matthew is the youngest member of the[…]

Juniors qualify at JIRR trials

Eleven Junior crews from Durham ARC were among around 100 entered for the Junior Inter-Regional Trials at Cambois Rowing Club on Saturday, February 8th. The outcome of the time trial raced in 2 divisions over a 1000 metre course on the River Wansbeck serves to determine the selection of the Northern squad sent to the[…]

Durham SBH weathers the storm

Durham Small Boats Head went ahead on February 1st after some initial concerns about the weather forecast, Durham’s topography affording sufficient shelter from the elements to prevent an addition to the long list of cancellations over the past year. The decision to go ahead was vindicated, with the moderate south-westerly wind failing to trouble competitors,[…]

Junior Formal Dinner

The third annual formal dinner for the Junior squad and coaches took place on January 4th 2020. Organised by the Junior Captains Adam Morris, Ella Sampson, Matthew Harrison and Ella Metcalfe the 3 course meal celebrated the successes of 2019 and got the new year off to a flying start, with awards presented by the[…]

Durham Small Boats Head 2020

The poster for Durham Small Boats Head on February 1st is available here (and in printer-friendly format here). Entries will close at 7pm on Friday, January 24th, or earlier if the safety limit is reached. Any queries can be sent to regattasec@durham-arc.org.uk.

A successful year over, many yet to come

The passing of another year, and depending on your point of view, another decade, allows for some reflection on what has passed and what is yet to come. Although successful 2019 has been a mixed year, with only 2 out of 6 competitive events scheduled on the River Wear actually taking place, Durham Regatta, Durham[…]

Victory for Roger at BRIC

Roger Stainforth may have been Durham ARC’s only representative at the 2019 Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC), officially the largest indoor rowing event in the world, but he returned triumphant with a gold medal and a British record in the Masters age 75-79 heavyweight 2km event! On Saturday December 7th over 1,800 competitors took[…]

Good conditions for Rutherford Head 2019

A large entry of 264 enjoyed some unusually good conditions for Rutherford Head on Saturday December 7th with a breeze in the afternoon providing the only real difficulty. Organised by Tyne ARC the head is the northern region’s premier race for large boats in the winter season and attracts some of the best rowers from[…]

Derwentwater Head trial

The weekend of November 23rd/24th was a frustrating one for rowers on the River Wear with high water levels causing the cancellation of Durham College Rowing’s Senate Cup competition scheduled for Sunday, but it was certainly a busy weekend for club members with plenty of action on offer elsewhere. Three DARC quads went to London[…]

Tideway Fours and Veteran Fours

DARC was well represented at the Tideway Fours heads last weekend, with men’s and women’s quads in the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours (HoR 4s) on Saturday November 23rd and a women’s masters quad in the Veteran Fours Head (Vet 4s) on Sunday 24th. But for the untimely intervention of the weather there would[…]

Record for Roger at Scottish Indoors

Having moved up an age category in September Roger Stainforth added to his indoor rowing achievements on Saturday by setting a British record for the age 75-79 heavyweight 2km while competing in the over-70 event at the Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell. His time of 7m 29.7s beat the[…]

Early finish for Sculling Series

The Long Distance Sculling Series (LDS) finished a week early after it was decided to cancel the final round at Durham along with Durham Autumn Small Boats Head (SBH), planned for November 9th, because elevated river levels made it impossible to provide safe and fair racing. 2019 has been a difficult year as regards unpredictable[…]

School Games Indoor Rowing Championships

Durham ARC Juniors put in some good performances at the Level 3 School Games County Durham Indoor Rowing Championships at the Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle on Thursday, Congratulations to the successful rowers in each year group – WJ13 – Sian Davison 1st in Year 8 girls J13 – Will Terry 3rd in Year 8[…]

Durham LDS and Autumn SBH cancelled

After reviewing river conditions on Friday morning it has been decided to cancel tomorrow’s Durham Long Distance Sculling Series and Autumn Small Boats Head competitions due to elevated river levels. The organising committees have issued the following joint statement. “Having reviewed the river levels this morning we have taken the decision to cancel the Durham[…]

Sculling Series nears climax

After the completion of 4 of the 6 rounds of the 2019 Northern Rowing Autumn Series uptake for both the Long Distance Sculling Series (LDS) and associated Small Boats Heads (SBH) has been enthusiastic, with entries for the competitions at Tees, Tyne, Wansbeck and Durham being suspended early when safety limits were reached soon after[…]

Sunday League season ends at TURC

The final round of the 2019 Sunday League took place in rather damp conditions at Tyne United RC on October 6th, with 13 teams taking part in a sculling splash & dash competition. Winners on the day with a maximum 4 wins each were It’s Chico Tyne from Tyne ARC in the open competition and[…]

Community Coach vacancy

Durham Amateur Rowing Club is seeking an enthusiastic Community Coach to provide co-ordination and coaching for our Learn to Row and community rowing sessions for both adults and juniors. Full information and job description are available on our website at https://www.durham-arc.org.uk/about-us/jobs/   The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st October.

Pairs Head 2019

The first of the Tideway Heads of the season was the Pairs Head on October 6th. Raced over 4.5km of the River Thames between Chiswick Bridge and Harrods Wall near Hammersmith Bridge the event for doubles and pairs reached capacity a week before the closing date at 450 entries. A forecast of blustery winds and[…]

Junior Championship medals presented

Two months after the British Rowing Junior Championships the J14 girls have at last received the medals they won for the double sculls omnium. The Chairman of the BR Junior Championships, Chris Callow, travelled up to Durham from Bedford last week to present Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddart with the bronze medals they won at[…]

Boston Marathon 2019

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. The[…]

World Rowing Masters 2019

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[…]