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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 captain@durham-arc.org.uk

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 allcomers@durham-arc.org.uk.

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 captain@durham-arc.org.uk

National Schools Regatta 2018

DARC’s Juniors squad sent two entries to the National Schools’ Regatta over the weekend of May 25th to 27th 2018. Taking place for the second year at Eton Dorney it is the largest junior rowing regatta in the United Kingdom, offering 6-lane racing to competitors from 14 to 18 years of age. 

The event was established in 1947 and attracts over 5000 competitors each year over the 3 days of racing. With numbers increasing annually J14 and J15 events take place on Friday, followed by Championship events on Saturday and Sunday.

The J15 boys’ coxed quad of Matthew Harrison, Dominic Crilley, Ben Brown and Thomas Taylor, coxed by Ellen Eames (pictured left), was one of 61 entries in their event and finished 30th in the time trial, completing the 1000 metre course in 3m 35.06s.

From an entry of 26 the J14 girls octuple then secured a 12th place finish in their time trial, completing the 1000 metres in 3m 47.53s. This put them into the B final later the same day, where the crew of Georgia Abbott, Alice Davies, Miriam Stewart, Ruby Coe, Lydia Kind, Niamh Lang, Ellie Goad, Amy Slater + cox Libby Morris (top) took 4th place (10th place overall) in a time of 3m 40.46s.

Results and video footage of the WJ14 8x+ final can be found here, while the J15 4x+ time trial results and video are here.

 

Durham City Regatta 2018

An entry of over 450 meant a busy weekend for the Club at Durham City Regatta on May 12th and 13th. Conditions were ideal and a healthy turnout of spectators drawn by the Spring sunshine was able to witness some exciting racing.

Durham ARC had an excellent return of 17 wins from 59 entries, with 10 on Saturday and 7 on Sunday, ranging in age from WJ13 to Masters G and covering every boat size.

As well as a strong contingent from the host club and schools and clubs across the northern region there was the usual fierce competition between the Durham colleges, with Collingwood College winning both the senior eight and senior coxed four, and also good representation from Yorkshire clubs with Doncaster, York and Bradford to the fore.

The J13 girls (Libby Morris, Tilly Stoddard, Violet Elliiott, Alice Chilvers + cox Francesca Suggett) won their coxed quad on Saturday and then Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddard also won the WJ13 double on Sunday.

The J15 boys double and J14 girls double both won on Sunday, while the J18 boys double won on Saturday.  

The Masters squad had a successful time with Andy Jaggard winning the MasG single on both days, and the WMasE coxless quad of Nicola Field, Linda Forwood, Vickie Jackson and Julie Kitson winning on both days.

There were more wins for the Masters Women on Saturday in single sculls with Kim Forster winning at WMasC and Joyce Collett at WMasF.

The MasD 8+ won on Saturday and another Masters G win went to John Appleby and Micky Stevens in the double sculls.

There was a first regatta win for the WMasF quad of Alison Shepherd, Sue Lyons, Jane Auster and Kalpana Ganatra, with John Lyons winning his first medal as a cox. Another Sunday win went to Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin in the MasD double.

The Senior men’s Intermediate coxless quad of Joe Owen, Nick Spong, Nicholas Baird and David Rutter won on Saturday, as did the Intermediate double of Nicholas Baird and David Rutter.

The performance across the board bodes well for the coming season as crews prepare for Tees, Wansbeck and Hexham Regattas in the coming weeks before focusing on Durham Regatta on June 9th and 10th.

All the results from Saturday and Sunday are available. Also see website for latest list of  results.

The senior squad is keen to recruit new members both male and female. If you are interested please email the Captain at  captain@durham-arc.org.uk

We are also offering Learn to Row courses over the summer. To express an interest please email explorerowing@durham-arc.org.uk

Crews wanted for Allcomers Regatta

Sunday July 15th has been set as the date for the 2018 Durham City Allcomers Regatta, an event for those who haven’t rowed before, and crews are needed!

Entries are invited for our annual fun regatta, racing in stable coxed fours over a short course on the River Wear. All you need to do is gather together 4 people to form a crew.

Entry is £80 per crew. Cox and coach will be provided by the club, as will all equipment, including a boat!

So how does it work?

  • Crews race over a 300-metre course
  • One experienced rower permitted per crew
  • Male, female and mixed crews can take part
  • Four practice sessions in advance of the day
  • Each crew is guaranteed at least 2 races
  • Previous Allcomers winners count as experienced
  • Unsuccessful competitors can re-enter

Entries close on Wednesday July 4th.

Further details can be found on the Allcomers page and on the flyer, so ask your friends to form a crew.

Entry forms will be available soon so start planning now.

Enquiries by email to allcomers@durham-arc.org.uk or telephone 0191 3866431.

Strathclyde Park Regatta 2018

Durham ARC sent a sizeable contingent to Strathclyde Park Regatta over the weekend of April 28th and 29th and returned with a good haul of medals.

Following the postponement of Chester-le-Street Regatta this was the first event of the season for many, a multi-lane regatta (2000 metres for juniors and seniors and 1000 metres for masters), which also incorporated the Scottish Student Rowing Championships. The venue has added significance this year as the rowing events at the inaugural European Championships in Glasgow will be staged there on August 2nd to 5th.

From 12 entries on Saturday there were two wins, two second places and 3 third places. The first places went to the J15 coxed quad (Thomas Taylor, Ben Brown, Dom Crilley and Matthew Harrison, coxed by Emily Shaw from St Leonard’s), and the WJ13 double of Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddard (left). DARC finished 2nd and 3rd in the Masters D/E double sculls, and there were also third place finishes for the J18 coxless quad and the WJ14 coxed quad.

Sunday produced one win and three second places from five entries, the win going to Kim Forster and David Muse (above) in the Open Masters B Restricted2 double sculls, and following Kim’s 2nd place in the Women’s Masters C single on Saturday and David’s 2nd in the Masters B single on Sunday rounded off a particularly successful weekend. Other 2nd places went to George Adair, Gerry Sharpe, Michael Seed and David Oliver in the Masters F coxless quad, and to the Open Restricted1 coxless quad (Can Evirgen, Mert Evirgen, Will Hamlyn and Reece Stockport).

Summary of Saturday results –

  • J18 2x 2nd in heat, 5th in final
  • J18 4x- 3rd
  • J15 4x+ 1st
  • WJ14 4x+ (A) 2nd in heat, 3rd in final
  • WJ14 4x+ (B) 4th in heat
  • WJ13 2x 1st
  • Open 4x- 5th
  • WRes1 4x- 6th
  • WMasC 1x 2nd
  • MasD 2x 2nd
  • MasE 2x 3rd
  • MasF 4+ 4th

Summary of Sunday results –

  • MasB 1x 2nd
  • Open MasB Res2 2x 1st
  • Open MasF 4x- 2nd
  • Open Res1 4x- 2nd
  • WJ18 2- 7th

Full results are available in a spreadsheet

 

Durham ARC at Durham Regatta

With less than two months to go until the 185th Durham Regatta it’s time to reflect on some of the Club’s past glories.

In its early years Durham Amateur Rowing Club had considerable success at winning Durham Regatta’s most prestigious trophy, the Grand Challenge Cup for coxed fours, the first victory coming in 1863 for the crew of W.Brignall, W.H.Hedley, C.Rowlandson, P.Forster and cox E.H.Dykes. This was only 3 years after the club’s formation in 1860 (see Club History Timeline). Ten more victories followed in the years up to 1901, and 4 more between the Wars.

Durham ARC also won the Wharton Challenge Cup (now known as the Durham Challenge Cup) in the first 5 years following its inception in 1877, the first victory going to E.A.Lowe, L.Ward, A.Ward, S.F.Prest and cox G.F.Bell. At this time John Lloyd Wharton, whose portrait (left) is on display at Wharton Park, and after whose uncle William Lloyd Wharton the trophy was named, was Club President, a position he held from 1861 to 1894.

The Wharton Challenge Cup went to R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper and R.Powney, coxed by W.E.Coldicot in 1928 and 1929.

Another double success was to come twenty years later for the post-war four of R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills and cox R.E.Brown, winning in 1948 and defending the trophy successfully in 1949.

The best run of success was the nine consecutive wins in the Grand Challenge Cup between 1955 and 1963. Current Club President Ian Shepherd (pictured with Jess Eddie after winning an Olympic silver medal with the GB women’s 8+ in 2016) was involved in eight of these, starting with the 1956 victory. His predecessor as President, Bill Parker, was in the crew for five of the wins, and Keith Yates who has been the commentator at Durham Regatta since 1976, coxed the crew to victory on five occasions between 1958 and 1962. The same crew also secured the Wharton Challenge Cup eight times during this period, with the combination of F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith and cox K.J.Yates winning both trophies three times in succession between 1960 and 1962.

The club’s most recent win in the Wharton Challenge Cup was by R.H.F.Metcalfe, R.G.Oates, R.A.Longhurst, J.R.Appleby and cox A.G.Bailes in 1969.

In total DARC has won the Wharton Challenge Cup 37 times and the Grand Challenge Cup thirty times, the most recent being the 1992 Grand win by G.Wilson, K.Oates, M.Terry , R.Bodsworth and  cox Toni Spoors.

The 2018 Durham Regatta takes place on June 9th and 10th.

Durham ARC winners of the Grand Challenge Cup are as follows –

  • 1863   W.Brignall, W.H.Hedley, C.Rowlandson, P.Forster, cox E.H.Dykes
  • 1866   C.Barnes, C.Rowlandson, P.Forster, J.H.Robson, cox A.H.Barnes
  • 1867   C.W.S.Henderson, C.Rowlandson, W.BrignaLL, c.Barnes, cox A.H.Barnes
  • 1879   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Hutchinson, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1880   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1884   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1885   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1886   J.Parkinson, T.Rickerby, J.Johnson, F.Salkeld, cox S.Salkeld
  • 1888   A.Morgan , E.Bulman, H.Rule, E.White, cox S.Salkeld.
  • 1891   C.Brown, J.Sarsfield, F.A.Bulman, E.White, cox R.Grant
  • 1901   R.Benson, C.S.Young, R.H.D.Thompson, M.Muirfield, cox R.Greenwell
  • 1928   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1929   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1930   R.Longstaff, R.Powney, J.Hopper, Alex McLaren. Cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1933   H.W.Peele, R.Peele, J.Hopper, A. McLaren, cox E.A.Nelson
  • 1948   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1949   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1953   M.Turner, A.Beecroft, H.Smith, J.H.McGregor,  cox B.Thompson
  • 1955   H.Middlemas, J.M.Thornton, M.Turner, P.H.Mills,  cox J.Biglands
  • 1956   F.Weatherley, J.M.Thornton, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1957   F.Weatherley, H.Smith, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1958   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1959   F.Weatherley, M.Turner, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1960   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,   cox K.J.Yates.
  • 1961   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1962   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith, cox K.J.Yates
  • 1963   W.T.Parker, D.Fawcett, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox A.Pinder
  • 1969   R.H.F.Metcalfe, R.G.Oates, R.A.Longhurst, J.R.Appleby, cox A.G.Bailes
  • 1980   J.Ringer, P.Rutter, A.Duncan, D.Turnbull,   cox  T.Maddison
  • 1992   G.Wilson, K.Oates, M.Terry , R.Bodsworth,  cox Toni Spoors

Durham ARC winners of the Wharton Challenge Cup are as follows –

  • 1877   E.A.Lowe, L.Ward, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox G.F.Bell
  • 1878   P.B.Junor, L.Ward, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heaviside
  • 1879   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Hutchinson, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1880   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, A.Ward, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1881   J.P.Lumsden, W.Crozier, F.Stobart, S.F.Prest, cox C.E.Heavisides
  • 1883   G.F.Bell, J.C.Crozier, G.Bulman, E.White, cox C.L.Armstrong
  • 1884   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1885   J.Crozier, T.Rickerby, G.Bulman, E.White, cox J.Newby
  • 1886   J.Parkinson, T.Rickerby, J.Johnson, F.Salkeld, cox S.Salkeld
  • 1888   A.Morgan , E.Bulman, H.Rule, E.White, cox S.Salkeld.
  • 1890   C.Elliott, E.H.Bulman, F.A.Bulman, E.White, cox E.Cowell
  • 1891   C.Brown, J.Sarsfield, F.A.Bulman, E.White, cox R.Grant
  • 1897   A.W.Mirfield, H.Peele, T.Hutchinson, H.Fawcus, cox H.Weatherall
  • 1900   A.P.Hough, R.C.Cumberlege, H.Peele, E.H.Veitch, cox G.Patrick.
  • 1903   R.Hill, F.McBride, L.Mackay, G.R.Mackay,  cox A.S.Coxon
  • 1904   W.D.Lowe, A.M.Hutchinson, A.A.Wilson, F.Bell, cox A.Stainsby
  • 1905   R.Hill, W.Coulson, L.Mackay, H.Liddle, cox A.S.Coxon.
  • 1913   W.Rushworth, C.H.Pickworth, R.Levitt, R.W.G.Mitham,  cox W.Wood
  • 1923   J.Veitch, W.Skipsey, A.D.Calvert, G.R.Herbert, cox H.W.Coyne.
  • 1928   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1929   R.R.Powney, J.W.Walton, J.Hopper, R.Powney,  cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1930   R.Longstaff, R.Powney, J.Hopper, Alex McLaren. Cox W.E.Coldicot.
  • 1931   R.Longstaff, S.Pearson, J.Hopper, R.Powney, cox G.Greenwell.
  • 1933   H.W.Peele, R.Peele, J.Hopper, A. McLaren, cox E.A.Nelson
  • 1935   G.Blagdon, W.R.Martin, C.A.Riley, L.Shaw, cox R.Nelson.
  • 1948   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1949   R.Layfield, J.H.McGregor, J.W.Golightly, P.H.Mills , cox R.E.Brown
  • 1953   M.Turner, A.Beecroft, H.Smith, J.H.McGregor,  cox B.Thompson
  • 1955   H.Middlemas, J.M.Thornton, M.Turner, P.H.Mills,  cox J.Biglands
  • 1956   F.Weatherley, J.M.Thornton, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1957   F.Weatherley, H.Smith, I.C.Shepherd, P.H.Mills,  cox I.S.Curry
  • 1959   F.Weatherley, M.Turner, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1960   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,   cox K.J.Yates.
  • 1961   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox K.J.Yates
  • 1962   F.Weatherley, W.T.Parker, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith, cox K.J.Yates
  • 1963   W.T.Parker, D.Fawcett, I.C.Shepherd, H.Smith,  cox A.Pinder
  • 1969   R.H.F.Metcalfe, R.G.Oates, R.A.Longhurst, J.R.Appleby, cox A.G.Bailes

Learn to Row courses 2018

Details of this year’s adult and junior learn to row courses are now available.

Junior Courses (11-15): 5 mornings during school holidays, £65.

Easter Holiday Junior Learn to Row

There are still a few places left on the learn to row course for ages 11 to 15 taking place on the second week of the Easter holidays 9th – 13th April 2018. The sessions last 2 hours each day from 9.30am till 11.30am.

Adult Courses (16+): 8 weeks, £95 (inc. British Rowing handbook)

Courses are available commencing on the following dates

  • Sundays w/c 8th April 4pm – 6pm
  • Wednesdays w/c 18th April 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Fridays w/c 4th May 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Application forms for both courses are available on our website