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Rowers Head Thames field; GRASSROOTS SPORT SHORTS.

DURHAM Amateur Rowing Club entered a record six crews in the annual Head of the River Race on the River Thames as they celebrate their 150th anniversary.

The race, which takes place on the same stretch of river as the University Race, has been running since 1926 and attracts amateur rowing clubs from all over Britain as well as university rowing teams.

For the first time in the club's 150-year history, three different junior teams took part in the race.

The squad in the boys' championship finished 24th in 19 minutes 13 seconds in a race which included crews from private schools such as Eton, Abingdon and Kings Chester as well as teams from abroad.

Durham's under-16s were 12th in a time of 20 minutes 15 seconds.

However, the biggest surprise came in the senior men's category where Durham took 91st spot out of 300 crews - the first time in many years Durham had had a representative in the top 100.

In the over-55s race, a team led by cox Emma Watchman won their category by a massive 18 seconds, just falling shy of their third place from last year by collecting seventh in the overall mixed category in 13 minutes and 53 seconds.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 12, 2010
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