Charity no 1161250
Charity no  1161250 Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE158NL
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Ponteland Junior Head - 24 March 2018

This event was originally run by Ponteland High School Rowing Club, but has now been taken under the wing of Tyne Amateur Rowing Club. It happens each year in mid to late March, with the exact date depending on tides. And because of tides we tend to be on the same day as a big race on the Thames in London.
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The 2018 event

This year we run on Saturday 24 March, the same day as the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races on the Thames in London. We hope to finish early enough to come back in to the clubhouse and watch them on TV in the warmth! The poster for our event should be out by the end of January. The format is likely to be the same as in 2017. We will invite entries for octs.

Report on 2017 event 
The event ran on Saturday 25 March 2017 in stunning conditions - sunburn all round. It ran over a 2.4km course from the White House (below Ryton) to the bottom of Newburn straight (by Stella), in three divisions, at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. All visiting clubs (i.e. all except Tyne United RC) boated from Tyne ARC.

We had a good if not huge entry. 53 crews started in Div 1, 39 in Div 2 and 36 in Div 3. We had one capsize and one disqualification. The weather was exceptional - warm, sunny and virtually no wind most of the day. Sun screen was needed! Unlike on the Tideway, where the HoRR had to be cancelled due to wind and waves.
There was good racing from all clubs, but eventual Victor Ludorum winners Tyne United RC had an outstanding day with eight wins. Using our patented points system TURC came out top with 35.5, followed by Tyne ARC with 27 and QEHS with 21. Cambois won the award for best average points per crew at 2.25.

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Event Secretary: Colin Percy at 

This page was last updated at on 06-02-18.

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