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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Bernard Robertson (1936-2017)

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, at the age of 81, on Monday 30th October, following a short illness. Bernard attended Durham Johnston Grammar School before going on to St. Cuthbert’s Society in 1954 to read[…]

Bishop wins in Boston

The first medal in this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts on October 21st went to GB’s Tom Bishop, competing for Quintin BC in the Veteran 70+ single sculls. Tom has connections with DARC dating from the 1970s. Formerly of Durham University he competed for DARC at the 1972 National Championships at[…]

Geoff Potts

Quintin Boat Club has announced the death of Geoff Potts on October 28th following a heart attack while coaching in a launch at Mortlake Anglian and Alpha BC. His association with Quintin began in the 1970s and lasted until around 2 years ago when he moved to MAA. Geoff Potts started rowing at Durham School[…]

Coaching Award for Gordon

Plaudits have been flowing in for Gordon Beattie after he was given the accolade of Coach of the Year for the Durham and Chester-le-Street area in the annual County Durham Sport Awards on October 27th. Gordon has been coaching for over 40 years as well as carrying out many other duties around the Club on[…]

World 100km indoor record

On Saturday 23 September 2017 Roger Stainforth of Durham ARC participated as captain, along with 16 others from around the UK, in a team of indoor rowers aged 70+ years who gathered in Newquay, Cornwall and set a world record in the large team (9 or more members) category, rowing in relay over a distance of[…]

Senior Women’s Squad looking to expand

The DARC Senior Women’s Squad is looking to expand after a successful 2016-17 racing season, and we are happy to accept novice and experienced rowers- get in touch via email (women’s captain Alison Danforth – womens-vc@durham-arc.org.uk) if you are interested in joining us for the 2017-18 season. We accept rowers throughout the year, and people[…]

Rowing the Tyne for Stroke Association

Thirteen of DARC’s daytime members are combining with rowers from Tees and Stourport RC to enter three mixed quads for the Great Tyne Row on September 2nd while raising funds for a good cause. ‘We wanted to use the occasion to raise funds for a worthy cause, and as all of us has a family[…]

Gateshead visit

DARC rowers maintained links with neighbouring clubs by accepting an invitation to visit Gateshead Community Rowing Club for a social visit on August 17th. A group of 11 daytime rowers enjoyed a first outing rowing along the River Derwent in a selection of Gateshead’s expanding fleet of boats before a BBQ at the new clubhouse.[…]

Juniors roundup 2017

Now that we’ve reached the end of regatta season, it seems like an appropriate time to attempt to summarise the numerous achievements of our juniors throughout the year. First of all, a massive well done to all junior crews who have competed at any level this year. The section is larger than ever, and also[…]

River and path reopen

Contractors appointed by the Environment Agency were on site last weekend to effect a semi-permanent repair to the sluice gate at the Corn Mill which it is hoped means the weir will do its job as well as if not better than before. The river is therefore open for use again. More good news is[…]

River Closed – Weir/Sluice gate has failed

Overnight on 27th/28th June the sluice gate at the old mill adjacent to Durham School Boat House appears to have failed. The river level has dropped around 20cm overnight.

As such no Durham ARC crews are allowed to go afloat until further notice. Once the river levels have stabilised we will be able to assess the river and determine which parts are still deep enough for use. More importantly we need to identify any submerged objects that are now likely to cause damage.

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Honour for Club stalwart

Durham Amateur Rowing Club Chairman Barry Hudson has been awarded the MBE for Services to the Community and Rowing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Barry is a long-standing member of the Club which he has served in many capacities for over 50 years. Born in Sidegate in Durham City in 1945 Barry was educated at[…]

Revised Club Constitution

Revision of the Club Constitution and Rules was approved at a Special General Meeting on June 1st 2017. The new version can be found at https:/www.durham-arc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/DARC-Constitution-and-Rules-revised-June-2017.pdf  

All well on the northern regatta front

As we reach the midway point of the northern regatta season with Wansbeck Regatta this weekend it’s worth reflecting on the state of play of British Rowing’s revised Competition Framework. There has been a 50/50 split between those regattas adopting the old system and new system, including some in the fortunate position to be able[…]

European Junior Championships

After 2 years of intensive training with the Great Britain Junior Squad Hope Cessford is making excellent progress, taking part recently in the European Junior Championships in Germany. This follows a successful 2016 during which Hope represented Durham ARC in the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and at Henley Women’s Regatta, before Hope[…]

Lunchtime pilates sessions

Pilates teacher Jane Rae is offering twice weekly lunchtime pilates sessions to members on Mondays and Thursdays between 12 noon and 1pm at a cost of £3 per session. Brilliant for improving core strength, posture and the all important ‘reach’ required for rowing. Any member is welcome to join in. When the weather is fine[…]

Hope in GB team for Munich

British Rowing today announced the team to represent Great Britain at the International Deutschen Ruderverbandes (DRV) – German Rowing Association – Junior Regatta in Munich over the weekend of May 6th and 7th. The 32-strong team includes Hope Cessford of Durham ARC. Around 900 athletes from 16 nations, aged between 15 and 18 will take[…]

Restored scull unveiled at River & Rowing Museum

The final chapter was written in the restoration of ‘J Hopper’ with the unveiling of the finished article on March 27th 2017 at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley. J Hopper (formerly named Maxwell) is a single clinker scull named after an eminent Hexham-based professional sculler of the 1920s and 1930s called Jack Hopper.[…]

Long lost Minute Book reveals club history

The Club Minute Book covering the years between 1923 and 1951 has come to light recently, enabling Barry to add some fascinating facts from the club history to the timeline which can be found on the club’s website. As well as this it has been possible to fill in some gaps in the historical record[…]