Tideway Fours weekend

Following on from the Pairs Head in October the next weekend of major competition on the Tideway took place on November 3rd and 4th, the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours on the Saturday and the Veteran Fours Head on Sunday. Both events are time trials for fours and quads and are raced over 6800[…]

Explore Series winds up on the Tyne

The 2018 Northern Explore Series reached its conclusion on October 7th with the final round, the last of 7, taking place in breezy conditions at Tyne Amateur Rowing Club. Completing its seventh year the competition is organized by the Northern Rowing Council and is aimed at novice and recreational rowers, those returning to rowing after[…]

Pairs Head survives blustery conditions

The 2018 autumn heads season got underway on the Tideway with the Pairs Head on October 6th with 470 crews representing clubs from across the UK, and Juniors, Seniors and Masters rowers racing in pairs (sweep-oar) and doubles (sculling) in age categories ranging from J16 to Masters H (70+). The race starts at The Boat[…]

Juniors make waves at Autumn Sprint

The Regatta season drew to its conclusion with around 100 entries for Durham Autumn Sprint on September 29th. Traditionally this is an event that appeals mainly to junior competitors and this year was no exception, with Durham ARC, Durham School, St Leonard’s and the Tyne clubs well represented. For the second year omnium competitions were[…]

Masters race in Sarasota

Undeterred by the 4000 mile journey four members of the Masters squad headed for the early autumn heat of Sarasota-Brabenton in Florida for the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta, joining athletes from 48 countries taking part in 445 races over the 4 days between September 27th and 30th, with the USA accounting for more than[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Grand Slam for Roger in Germany

Roger Stainforth concluded an excellent season on the indoor rowing circuit, winning last weekend in the 70-74 age category at the German Indoor Championships in Kettwig-Essen. This sixth victory rounds off a highly successful season in which he has won medals at the North-Eastern, Scottish, Welsh, British, Irish and German Indoor Rowing Championships. Although without[…]

Durham Small Boats Head 2018

Rowers from across the north of England and Scotland converged on Durham City on Saturday February 3rd for the annual Durham Small Boats Head, a time trial over 1800 metres of the River Wear with nearly 400 crews taking on the course, starting at Count’s House and rowing through the arches of Elvet Bridge to[…]

British Rowing Indoor Championships 2017

Durham ARCs Roger Stainforth returned with a gold medal from the British Rowing Indoor Championships after winning the Masters 70-74 Men’s 2000 metres race at the Lea Valley VeloPark on Saturday December 9th, his fourth victory in that age group since the Championships moved to the London Olympic Velodrome in February 2015. Although 10 seconds[…]

Rutherford Head 2017

Durham ARC entered 13 crews for Rutherford Head, raced over two divisions on November 25th, and came away with successes for the Women’s Masters E eight and the Masters C coxless quad, both winning in division 1 in entries of five and three respectively. Rutherford Head traditionally marks the finish of the autumn season before[…]

Head of the River Fours weekend

November 11th and 12th was a weekend to remember on the Tideway with competitors returning to action after the cancellation of the British Rowing Senior Championships in October. The Veteran Fours Head for Masters took place on November 11th and the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours for Senior crews took place on November 12th.[…]

Durham LDS and Autumn SBH 2017

Rowers from across the north of England converged on the River Wear last Saturday for the Durham round of the Northern Rowing Council’s Long Distance Sculling (LDS) Series, a time trial over 1800 metres with competitors taking on the course from Count’s House to the Bandstand in single, double and quadruple sculls, the key element[…]

A Shot in the DARC win Explore Series

The final round of the 2017 Explore Series took place at Tyne United on October 1st. It was a successful day for DARC with the women’s crew ‘A Shot in the Darc’ (Alison Shepherd, Sue Lyons, Jane Auster, Kalpana Ganatra and Margaret Richardson) winning all four of their races to clinch top place with 50[…]

World Masters Regatta 2017

DARC surpassed all previous records taking a party of 36 rowers, some accompanied by non-rowing partners, to Slovenia for the World Rowing Masters Regatta held on Lake Bled over 5 days between September 6th and 10th 2017. Crews entered a total of 69 races, more than twice the number entered by the club at any[…]

Boston Marathon 2017

This year we sent three crews to the Boston Marathon, the mother of all long course events. They rowed 50.2 Km (and some cycled slightly more) and performed extremely well in one of the toughest events on the rowing calendar. First to set off were the J16 girls in the coxed quad, consisting of Catherine[…]

DARC into the lead at Tynemouth

After the July round was cut short by windy conditions on the Tyne, the sixth round of the Explore Series was back on track for the sixth round at Tynemouth on August 6th. The Tynemouth round is always one of the most eagerly anticipated of the season, with challenging conditions guaranteed. After last year’s cancellation[…]

World Junior Championships, Lithuania 2017

Hope Cessford of Durham ARC was the northern region’s only representative in the Great Britain squad at the World Rowing Junior Championships at Trakai, Lithuania recently. Hope rowed at bow in the junior women’s coxless four along with Flo Donald (Lea RC), Mary Wright (Henley RC) and Charlotte Fennell (Marlow RC). With 17 nations competing[…]

Hope selected for World Championships

Hope Cessford of Durham ARC joins a squad of 34 chosen by British Rowing to represent Great Britain at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships taking place at Trakai, Lithuania between August 2nd and 6th. Crews were finalised following trials 2 weeks ago. Selection for the Women’s coxless four is a fantastic achievement for Hope[…]

BR Junior Championships 2017

The Club entered 2 crews for the British Rowing Junior Championships held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on July 14th to 16th, a J14 girls’ coxed quad (pictured) and a J15 girls’ coxed quad. This year’s Championships was the biggest ever with a record number of entries and over 1500 rowers representing 131 clubs from across[…]

Henley Masters Regatta 2017

Durham ARC returned with 3 gold medals from 10 events entered at Henley Masters Regatta, the regatta established in 1994 and hosted by Upper Thames Rowing Club held on July 7th and 8th 2017, the week after Henley Royal Regatta. Competitors travel from all over the world to compete over 1000 metres on the famous[…]