Covid-19 Update

Following further advice from Government and British Rowing, Club Officers met tonight to discus the club’s next steps in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak. The decision was made that the club will close completely at end of business today, Tuesday 17th March, initially until Friday 3rd April. This is in line with the closure of the British[…]

Scottish Spring survives Storm Hannah

The sprint racing season stuttered into full swing at the weekend, the predicted effects of Storm Hannah putting paid to the Junior Inter Regional Regatta (JIRR) on Saturday, while further north Strathclyde Park was able to avoid the worst of the weather to enable the newly styled Scottish Rowing Spring Regatta to go ahead. Fresh[…]

Learn to Row in 2019

Dates of Learn to Row courses for Adults in 2019 have been published. Our first course starts on Sunday April 28th and will take place each Sunday thereafter for 8 weeks between 11.30am and 1.30pm. The course is for age 16+ beginners, and no experience of rowing is necessary. The cost is £95. To apply[…]

March comes in like a lion

It’s been a busy few weeks for squads as the Tideway season looms for some, while others concentrate on preparations for the coming regatta season in April. Conditions were good for Tyne Head of the River race on February 16th with 10 crews from DARC among the 150 entries joining crews from Lancaster, York and[…]

Touring rowers visit

On Monday, October 29th we welcomed John and Caroline Turnbull from Weyfarers Rowing Club and British Rowing’s Recreational Rowing Committee, who joined the daytime rowers for a paddle before retiring to the clubhouse for soup and bacon sandwiches prepared by Gene and helpers, where they addressed members about the virtues of rowing tours. John and[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

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[…]

York Summer Regatta 2017

The Juniors went to York on Sunday June 18th for York Summer Regatta, along with a crew from the Senior Women and one from the Masters Men, returning with wins in 6 events. Forty-seven events were contested overall in 3 divisions over a 1000 metre course on the River Ouse. Both the J14 boys double[…]

Clean sweep at Tees Explore Series

Round 4 of the Northern Explore Series took place at Tees Rowing club on June 4th. This was the annual sculling skills round, where competitors race against the clock on a circular course over 1km between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Infinity Bridge, carrying out a series of tests along the way, including[…]

Allcomers Regatta entries now open

If you’ve never rowed before but want to have a go then Durham ARC’s annual Allcomers Regatta is the ideal opportunity. This year’s Allcomers is on Sunday July 9th. All you need is a team of 4 people. Full details and entry forms can be found on the Allcomers Regatta page. Boats are provided by[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Juniors at Chester-le-Street

Chester-le-Street presents a great first regatta for our junior crews, especially the younger juniors, who were out in force. A total of 12 junior crews were entered, so for the sake of brevity and interest they’ve been reported on by age group rather than specific crew. The J13 Girls entered two quads and a double,[…]

Volunteer of the Year Awards

Recognising the volunteers who make a significant contribution to the sport the awards presentation to the winners of British Rowing’s Volunteer of the Year for 2016 took place at a lunch at the River & Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames on February 4th. Winner of the Event Administration award for the Northern Region, on behalf of[…]

Victory for Roger in German Masters

Roger Stainforth continued his good form winning the 70-74 Heavyweight category gold medal at the Deutsche Rudern Meisterschaft (German Masters Indoor Rowing Championships) in Essen on Sunday January 29th in a time of 3.24.9 for 1000m, the fastest recorded by a GB athlete in the age group on the Concept2 records for 2017, a very[…]

York Small Boats Head 2016

Heavy rain during the week raised concerns about prospects for York Small Boats Head but come the day autumn sunshine prevailed allowing all 3 divisions to go ahead as planned over 3km on the River Ouse on Sunday, November 20th. Durham ARC had 20 entries from a range of squads and 6 wins were secured.[…]

Pelaw Wood update – winter 2016

Durham County Council has issued the following update about restoration work in Pelaw Wood. Following thorough analysis of the second landslip, a design to stabilise the ground has been completed. Additional soil nailing works were also required to stabilise the steepest parts of the bankside. A mesh will be installed at the surface and vegetation[…]

Geoff celebrates 60 years at DARC

On October 31st 2016 Geoff Graham completed 60 years as a member of Durham ARC with a small celebration in the clubhouse. Geoff has taken on innumerable jobs around the club over the years, having raced for the club, coached numerous crews and even helped to build the old clubhouse As an oarsman he achieved[…]

World Rowing Junior Championships 2016

The World Rowing Championships took place on the recently opened 6 lane Willem-Alexander Baan course in Rotterdam between August 21st and 28th, with Hope Cessford of Durham ARC and Lauren Irwin of Chester-le-Street ARC selected for Great Britain in the Junior Women’s Pair (for athletes under 19), the only representatives from the Northern region in[…]

Silver for Jess in Rio

Members nearly raised the roof as the Great Britain Women’s eight including Durham ARC life member Jess Eddie crossed the finishing line in the Olympic final at Lagoa de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday August 13th. For the first time ever a GB Women’s eight achieved the distinction of winning an Olympic medal,[…]