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Durham Regatta makes big splash

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Durham Regatta returned for its 190th edition in June for two days of exciting racing.

Dialogue headed down to the river to support rowers of all ages and boats of all sizes who were taking part. From singles to eights, schools, clubs and universities from across the North of England and beyond were represented throughout the weekend.

Durham Regatta is a key part of the sporting and social calendar for our colleges who were vying to get their hands on one of the impressive trophies that were presented at the prizegiving at the Gala Theatre after the racing came to an end.

Alongside the races, there was plenty of fun and free bankside entertainment. Viking re-enactment group Dunholm Vikings impressed the crowds on the Racecourse on both days, demonstrating their skills and staging mock battles. They were joined by fellow re-enactors from North of the Tyne and York.

The regatta also welcomed a display of beautifully maintained classic cars, alongside stilt walkers and live music.


The University was represented by a variety of teams with many of them picking up victories in their categories.

On Saturday, Trevallyan College Brown and Fraser both won the Open and Women’s races respectively.

The Collingwood College White Team took home the Prince Bishop Trophy and Collingwood College Hartshorn won the Corporation Challenge Cup.

Durham University Boat Club won the Durham City Plate, while University College Harris were victorious in the Mackay Challenge Cup.

Lastly for Saturday, Van Mildert College won the Macfarlane-Grieve Challenge Cup.

On Sunday, Durham University Boat Club were winners once again in the Grand Challenge Cup as well as the Reverend C J Saunders Trophy and the Durham University Challenge Trophy.

Collingwood College Hartshorn were victorious again, this time in the Barry Ward-Thompson Trophy. Collingwood College O’Connor won the Peter H Mills Memorial Trophy.

The final Durham University team represented at this year’s regatta was Grey College Garrard who were the winners of the Five Alive Trophy.

Durham University Boat Club and the various college teams were only a handful of teams representing the city of Durham, with other clubs such as Durham School and Durham Amateur Rowing Club also competing for victory.

You can see a full list of trophies and results, on the Durham Regatta website.



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