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Adult Sunday Sessions

Durham ARC offers Sunday community rowing sessions for adults who have taken part in Learn to Row courses or the Allcomers Regatta. The aim of the sessions is to impove on the skills you have learnt and to develop them with the end goal of progressing to join squads within the club.

Sessions take place each Sunday between 2pm and 3.30pm.  Attendance is available to club members within their subscription and is also available on a per sesson basis to non-members  upon payment of £5 per session.

If you would like to join the sessions or require further information please email Beth Holmes at beth1411@googlemail.com.

Learn to Row courses

Summer Learn to Row courses for adults and juniors are available on the following dates –

Adult courses
Tuesdays commencing 17th July 10.00am – 12.00pm

Fridays 27th July – 14th September 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Sundays 29th July – 16th September 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Courses are of 8 weeks duration and the cost of £95 includes a British Rowing handbook.

Junior course

A 5-day course for beginners aimed at young people aged 11 – 15 will take place from Monday 23rd July to  Friday 27th July, between 9.00am and 11.00am each day. The cost is £65.

Further details and application forms can be found on https://www.durham-arc.org.uk/thinking-of-rowing/explore-rowing/

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

Junior Formal Dinner

2018 got off to a successful start on January 4th, breaking new ground with a great turnout for the first ever Junior Formal Dinner, organised by the Junior Captains and Vice-Captains Alannah Baldwin, Harry Coe, Katie Strangward and Sam Taylor.

All the junior squads were represented along with coaches and club officials and the meal was followed by music and dancing and presentation of the Junior Oarsman and Junior Oarswoman Awards for the 2017 season to Harry Coe and Gabby Suggett, along with an interesting selection of awards to squad members and coaches

Most Happy – Dom Crilley
Most Smiley – Katie Strangward
Fattest Erg – Kahn Evirgen
Best Coordinated Hair – J14 Girls
Loudest Rower – Jess Cooper
Best Baker – Gabby Suggett
Biggest Party Animal – Natya Priestley-Leach
Best Facial Expressions – Adam Morris

Most Famous Coach on the River Bank – Bill Parker
Most Motherly Coach – Vicky Jackson
Coach who is the Best Photographer – Ray Dominy
Calmest headed Coach in the face of adversity – Mike Rowe
Coach with Best Leggings – Beth Holmes
Coach who is the Biggest Beyonce Fan – Elliot Kay
Coach who is Best Looking in a Pigeon Costume – Mark Bell

A great success, and with seniors and masters providing the waitress service it looks set to be repeated.

Jess Eddie becomes President of Parliamentary Group

Former Durham ARC Junior Jess Eddie took up office on November 9th 2017 as the inaugural Honorary President of the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group, initially for a one-year term. The Group consists of MPs and Lords of all political persuasions and meets regularly to discuss issues of importance to the sport and to hear from those involved. The appointment was announced by Group Co-Chair and MP for Hendon Dr Matthew Offord. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP for Durham is also a member. Jess attended her first meeting with the group at Westminster on December 6th.  

Jess was coached in Durham as a junior by Gordon Beattie and represented Great Britain in the World Junior Championships in 2001 while training with the club before going on to win a silver medal with the GB Women’s Eight at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chairman’s MBE Investiture

On November 21st Durham ARC Chairman Barry Hudson was presented with the MBE by the Duke of Cambridge in an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry was awarded the MBE for services to the Community and to Rowing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June, having served on the DARC Committee for 50 years, taking on numerous roles including Secretary and Chairman, as well as carrying out coaching and umpiring duties.

Three River Serpents seeking new members

Dragon Boat Racing is Britain’s fastest growing water sport.  Three River Serpents, based at Durham ARC is the most northerly premier crew in the British Dragonboat Racing Association League and is looking to recruit new members, both male and female.

Club members meet for training at Durham Amateur Rowing Club on Sundays at 10am (all year round), or Wednesdays at 6.30pm (April to October). To take advantage of the offer of three free taster sessions send your details to Jane Kemp on 07932628007 or email JaneKemp@Gateshead.Gov.Uk

See the club poster and taster session leaflet for further details.

If you are interested and would like further information about the club please visit the website at http://www.threeriverserpents.co.uk/ or email Kendal Mayes at kenimayes@hotmail.com

Winning start for Hope at Harvard

Former Durham ARC Junior Hope Cessford who took up a place at Harvard University in the USA this autumn was selected for the Radcliffe Crew Women’s varsity first eight to compete at the Foot of the Charles Regatta on November 11th 2017.  

Raced this year in sub-zero temperatures the event is rowed over the same course as the Head of the Charles and marks the end of the autumn head season.

Radcliffe Crew is the rowing branch of the Harvard Department of Athletics, competing in varsity athletics at Harvard University, the women-only Radcliffe College having merged with the men-only Harvard College in 1976 continues to compete in its traditional black and white under the Radcliffe name.

The eight raced against opposition from other universities in Boston and was fastest of the 17 competing, finishing in 20.26.2, twenty two seconds ahead of Northwestern University.

The culmination of Hope’s time as a Junior at DARC, where she was coached by Gordon Beattie, was selection for the GB Women’s squad for the World Junior Championships in Lithuania in August, rowing in the coxless four that won the B final.

Bernard Robertson

We are saddened to learn of the death of Bernard Robertson who was Club Captain between 1983 and 1989.

The family has announced his passing, on Monday 30th October, following a short illness.

Bernard had a lifelong passion for rowing, representing school and University with distinction before going on to coach, Captain and Chair St. Cuthbert’s, Durham Amateur Rowing Club and Durham Regatta. A true gentleman, his warmth, generosity and laughter will be sorely missed by all.

A service for family and friends is being held at 12pm on Thursday 9th November, Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham. DH1 3TQ.  With light refreshments afterwards at the Duke Of Wellington, Neville Cross.