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DURHAM Amateur Rowing Club warmed up for a busy summer with their best performance in over a decade at the Head of the River race on the River Thames.

The men's senior team, coxed by Sarah Armitage, finished 66th out of 394 crews.

The 7km race is the largest head race in the country, attracting over 3,500 participants from all over Europe each year. The Czech Republic national crew won the overall event last month.

The team of Andy Saul, John Roxborough, Danny McCarron. Harry Shepherd, Nick Clay, Alex Palmer, Dan Lewis and Jonathan Mitchell climbed 40 places from their starting position and were the eighth-fastest non-Thames club.

With all eight rowers aged between 18-26, and a number making their debuts in the competition, it bodes well for the future of the region's fastest-growing club.

"Everyone is proud of the club, they all put in a heck of a lot of work and are extremely happy with themselves," said coaching coordinator Phil Tully. Despite the monumental effort in London, the hard work and tough training does not stop for the men's senior team. They have a busy period to look forward to in June with the Durham Regatta and Henley Regatta taking place on the 14th and 27th respectively.

The men's senior team trains five times a week on a 2.5km-long stretch of the River Wear.

They also train on the River Tyne for extra, more difficult sessions on courses approximately 6-7km long.

Although they have a membership of over 300, the club is encouraging youngsters in the area to give rowing a go for themselves.

One of the first clubs to join the "British Rowing Explore Rowing scheme", they have released their dates for learn to row courses beginning in July. Full information can be found on their website -
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2012
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