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Masters take accolades at Boston

Although without opposition the Durham ARC Women’s Masters D coxless quad (Clare Woodward, Gabrielle Moore, Jacki Patrickson and Susan Jackson) were the fastest of all the female quads in the Boston Marathon on Sunday September 16th, and even beat several men’s crews, completing the 50km course from Lincoln to Boston in 4hr 47m 20.3s.

Conditions were difficult and as Gabby said ‘The weeds were horrendous, covering the river from bank to bank making it impossible to steer and causing a huge drag factor’, leading to course times being much slower than anticipated. Despite this they survived and rowed well, and even enjoyed it!

The results list is here and photos are available from David Dales.

James in Henley Ladies Plate final

Former DARC junior James Snowball, now in his second year at Oxford Brookes University, followed up his success at BUCS last year by reaching the final of the Ladies’ Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in July.

James rowed at bow for the Oxford Brookes and Edinburgh University composite eight, beating Cantabrigian and Leander in the quarter-final and semi-final, before going down in the final against the Brookes first eight who retained the trophy for a seond year, setting a new course record in the process, the winners receiving their trophies from Olympic Gold Medallist and Oxford Brookes University Chancellor Katherine Grainger.

There is YouTube footage of the semi-final against Leander and of the Brookes v Brookes final.

Durham hosts August Explore Series

Durham ARC hosted the sixth round of the Explore Series on Sunday August 5th 2018, welcoming crews representing clubs from across the Northern region to race over a 250 metre course in this popular competition for novice rowers, now in its 7th season.

DARC fielded entries in the open and women’s competitions, taking on opposition from Hexham, Tees, Tynemouth, Tyne United, Tyne ARC and Berwick in a series of round robin races using the stable Explore fours, this being the first sweep-oar round of this year’s league.

The open crew of Andrew, Christine, Gerry and Stewart, coxed by Brian Freeman, won two of their 4 races, while Linda, Denise, Gillian, Margaret and Maureen, coxed by Dave Green, won one out of 3 in the women’s league.

The only incident of note came in the very first race when a restart was required following a collision between the 2 leading crews, the aptly named Barcing Mad from Berwick ARC and Wreckless from Tees RC.

After completing 16 races victory in the open league was shared between Barcing Mad and Tynemouth Buoys with 3 wins each, while Tyne of your Life, representing Tyne ARC and TURC Ducks from Tyne United fought it out in the women’s league, each winning 2 of their races. Berwick thus retain top spot in the open series and Tyne United stay top in the women’s overall, with two rounds remaining at Hexham on September 2nd and Tyne ARC on October 7th. New teams are welcome to join the competition. Entry conditions can be found on the Northern Rowing website.

More photos on facebook.

Fine weather meant we could take advantage of the marquee for outdoor refreshments with drinks and plentiful supplies of cakes and bacon sandwiches available throughout the afternoon for the watching spectators, with around 80 competitors and visitors being entertained by members of the club’s squad of daytime rowers. 

It has been a busy week for the daytime rowers, following on from their efforts in organising a visit to the club by 120 members of local walking groups last Tuesday lunchtime for their annual BBQ and quiz.

Juniors at National Championships 2018

Durham ARC’s Juniors squad had a successful weekend at Nottingham’s National Watersports Centre for the 2018 British Rowing Junior Championships on July 20th to 22nd. The club entered for the omnium in the girls J14 single sculls and in the J14 girls coxed quad on Friday, and in the J16 and J18 boys’ single sculls on Saturday as well as in a composite crew with Tyne ARC in the J15 girls’ coxed quad.

Overall 1379 junior rowers from clubs across the UK took part over the three days, starting with 167 singles and 107 doubles in an omnium competition for J14 scullers on Friday, with skills exercises including hands off at the catch, 360 degree spin, standing rigger dips, sequencing, roll ups and back down stop, before finishing with a race over 500 metres. Saturday and Sunday were reserved for time trials, semi-finals and finals for the J15 to J18 competitors.

The best performance from DARC came from Adam Morris (above) who clinched 7th position in Saturday’s time trial with a time of 5.50.6 for the 1500 metres to go into Sunday’s semi-finals of the J16 single sculls. With an excellent scull Adam completed the 2km semi-final in 8.17.8, holding off his opponent from George Watson’s College to take second place and secure a place in the A final in which he went on to finish 6th overall.

The J14 girls coxed quad of Georgia Abbott, Ruby Coe, Niamh Lang and Amy Slater, coxed by Libby Morris, finished 28th out of 36 entries in Friday morning’s 1000 metre time trial, qualifying them for the E final. Much of the day was then devoted to the omnium in which each crew member took part individually in a single, before they combined again for the 4x+ finals in which a 2nd place finish in the E final ranked them 26th overall.

On Saturday Aidan Crilley finished 37th in the J18 1x time trial but failed to qualify for the finals. Ella Sampson and Madlyn Elmer competed in a DARC/Tyne ARC composite J15 girls’ coxed quad where 18th position in the time trial gave them a place in the C final in which they went on to finish 3rd (15th overall) with a time of 8.29.82 for the 2000 metre course.

A complete list of results and an event report can be found on the Junior Championships website.

Masters miss out at Henley

Durham ARC’s Masters entered 8 events at Henley Masters Regatta on July 13th and 14th but returned empty handed despite some close races.

The closest came in only the third race on Friday morning when the Women’s Masters C eight (Jacki Patrickson, Ray Dominy, Sarah Rutter, Gabrielle Moore, Kate Sowden, Heather Tosley, Helen Adair, Clare Woodward and cox Nigel van Zwanenberg), was drawn against Putney Town in their heat, but despite drafting in reinforcements from the senior squad the outcome over the 1000 metre course was victory for Putney by a margin of only 2 feet.

In the other Friday races the MasE quad lost in their heat against Norwich by 1.75 lengths, the MasF coxed four lost in the semi-final against Grosvenor RC from Chester by 2 lengths and David Muse went down by 2.5 lengths against a Leicester opponent in the heat of the MasB single sculls.

On Saturday Kim Forster was beaten by 3 lengths by her Milton Keynes opponent in the semi-final of the Women’s MasC single, while Andy Jaggard, having progressed through the heat of the MasG single sculls against Grosvenor, came up against an old adversary from Poplar in the final and went down by 1.25 lengths. In the very next race Joyce Collett, making her first appearance at Henley, went down by 1 length against strong opposition from Tideway Scullers in the final of the WMasG single. Lastly the MasG double was beaten in the final by 2 lengths by Dart Totnes.

The full list of results can be found on the Henley Masters website.

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

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

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.

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