Durham Regatta Online Shop

Durham Regatta’s Online Shop is now open for the sale of merchandise for collection over the weekend of the 2024 Regatta – Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th, 2024. Also available are entry tickets and parking permits which can be ordered online and collected from the Regatta car park on Friday, June 7th between[…]

Boat Race double accolade

Cambridge University Boat Club enjoyed double success on the one weekend in the year when Rowing is most in the spotlight, taking both Men’s and Women’s Boat Races on Saturday, March 30th. The previous day had seen Cambridge secure another double of winning both the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Boat Races. For a second year[…]

Umpire recruitment for 2024

Umpires are essential in order to run all of the competitions in the racing calendar and we are very grateful to the umpires who give so much of their time voluntarily to allow members to compete. Here at Durham we run some of the largest competitions in the Northern region and Durham ARC has always[…]

Gold for Canadian paddlers

A team of outrigger canoe paddlers from British Columbia in Canada spent a week at a training camp in Durham before going on to win gold medals at the World Championships at Dorney Lake between August 8th and 16th. The paddlers from the Powell River Outrigger Canoe Society were part of a Salish Sea squad[…]

Roger strikes World Indoor Gold

At the age of 77 Durham’s Roger Stainforth remains a force to be reckoned with on the Masters Indoor Rowing stage and on Saturday he achieved his goal of taking the gold medal in the Men’s Masters 75-79 Heavyweight class over the 2000 metre distance at the World Rowing Indoor Championships. Competing from home on[…]

New Elvet Bridge reopens

Following a 15-month closure for essential repairs New Elvet Bridge reopened on October 22nd. The bridge and riverside footpath closed in July 2020. In order to carry out overhead work it was also necessary to close the river for lengthy periods leading to considerable disruption for the rowing community and businesses based on the river.[…]

River wall repairs

Work is being undertaken to demolish and reconstruct 56 metres of river wall adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, downstream of Baths Bridge. Consultants appointed by the owners of the hotel, in response to concerns expressed by the Environment Agency, carried out an inspection of the site around 5 years ago and established that parts of[…]

River closure to continue into January

Last week the club was informed that, apart from a Christmas break between December 18th and January 4th, the river will continue to be closed at New Elvet Bridge from Monday to Saturday each week between the hours of 0730 and 1700  until January 23rd 2021 while bridge repairs are ongoing. This will come as[…]

Cox development programme at DARC

FILLING “THE 9th SEAT” If the rowers are the “brawn” of the boat, then the cox is,”the brains”. The cox is a crucial seat in the boat, not just a seat to be filled by someone dragged off the bank! As much as the physical and mental skills of the rowers, makes a difference come race[…]

Junior Golden Year

J18’s win GOLD at National Junior Championships At the National Junior Rowing Championships of Great Britain on 19th and 20th July 2014, held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, Durham Amateur Rowing Club Junior Boys under 18 eight beat off competition from all the Thames-based clubs, to take the GOLD MEDAL in the Blue[…]

Racing news – The DARC side of Durham Regatta

J18 Womens Junior Quad It was a pleasure to watch this classy quad compete over the long course, over the Durham Regatta week-end – Jessica Harris, Lauren Mcmillan, Carina Sowerby, Katie McDaid. They won Wj184x- on the Saturday, with some great action photos of their racing expertise … and later, the crowd were left open-mouthed[…]

Durham Regatta Report

DURHAM REGATTA 14th and 15th June 2014  – Record entry and new-look Championship events picture courtesy of Alan Sharp Coming soon – RACING NEWS – DARC AT DURHAM – GET YOUR RACE STORY TO ajaggard@btinternet.com NOW for inclusion .. The 181st Corepeople Durham Regatta was another resounding success with superb racing and enjoyment all round. The weather[…]

Curry Night – unwind after Durham Regatta

Our famous Curry Night and only £7 a ticket. Please buy your tickets NOW – Helen and Sarah need to know numbers so they can get the quantities right. Helen Adair and Sarah Rutter have been organising this for some time – lets support it and get together as a club. Tickets available from Helen,[…]

Durham Junior Girls Eight Win Gold

A crew of eight under-16 girls from Durham Amateur Rowing Club took national honours last weekend at the National Schools Regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. The crew of Hannah Iqbal, Charlotte Jackson, Corinne Hatton, Sarah Coleman, Alex McMullen, Ellen Blowey, Georgia McMillan, Laura Phillips and Cox Rebecca Jackson finished in[…]

Durham Regatta Grants for Local Rowing

Durham Regatta have agreed to make available a pool of funds of £7500 per year, for at least the two year period commencing 1 January 2014. This amount will be used to fund grants of up to £1,000 to organisations involved in the development and promotion of the sport of rowing on the River Wear[…]

DARC Profile – Jacki Patrickson

Jacki Patrickson is DARC’s coaching co-ordinator. A civil engineer and mother of two, her first job as a graduate, was spent building roads and bridges around Durham (I have it on good authority that she is particularly fond of culverts). Four years ago she moved back to Durham and started working freelance, providing interim management,[…]

Another world record for inspirational Gill

2014 looks set to be another golden year for DARC super rower, Gill Prescott. Gill, who recently won the North East Sporting Inspiration of the Year Award 2013, broke her own world record for the 55-59 age group at the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester on 3rd March. Gill took 1/10th of a second[…]

The Great Gym Clean

The Rec rowers did a magnificant job yesterday, Monday 10th Feb, to give the gym a deep clean, and the Junior section pitched in to put all the equipment back in place, before their training session. Twenty plus rec rowers spent over two hours on the cleaning make-over with their characteristic enthusiasm. Virtually all the[…]

Sarah warns of Killer Shrimp

Talking to DARC profiler, Sarah Wheater, I took the opportunity to find out about the CHECK-CLEAN-DRY campaign. Andy: Sarah, it sounds like a dry cleaning company, what’s it all about? Sarah: It’s actually about stopping the spread of alien species Kind permission of The Environment Agency Andy: I’m guessing you’re not talking about rowers from[…]

DARC Profile – Sarah Wheater

Sarah Wheater is an environmental scientist and novice rower. Originally from South Yorkshire, she moved to Durham in September 2012.  How did you get into rowing? Through the sports and social club at work. I had a friend in Warrington who was helping organise a Learn to Row course and they needed an extra body[…]

Juniors raise £600 at bag pack!

The juniors spent 3 hours bag packing at Sainsbury’s at Pity Me on the night of 30th December – a fairly quiet night as shopping numbers go, but the  amount raised was a whopping £601.54. The junior Christmas Breakfast raised £76 The junior Christmas fayre raised £570  for the Phillipine Disaster Appeal ( increased to £1070 on[…]

Gill named Outstanding Performer of the Year

It’s been another award-winning week for the unstoppable Gill Prescott. On Thursday 5th December she won the Northern Echo Local Heroes Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year, after winning the Durham Regional Award. Two days later, she followed this with  a Championship Record breaking performance at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in Cardiff on the 7thDecember.[…]

Roly Metcalfe

I am sorry to have to inform you that Roly Metcalfe, a long standing member of DARC, passed away peacefully on Friday, after a short illness. Roly was a member of DARC for many years, indeed he was one of the Vets who introduced me to rowing over 20 years ago, coxing his crew at[…]

Real Veterans Day Out

Mick Downworth, of the Mens Development Squad, is an outreach worker for forces Veterans and their families in Gateshead. So, last thursday 28th November, Mick had arranged a day out, at the club, for this ‘Gateshead Veterans Hub’. Some of the veterans had suffered injuries and disabilities and have served in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo,[…]