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Peterborough Summer Regatta

18th August 2018

A full trailer and a hectic boat loading evening always means one thing… Peterborough Summer Regatta. We had a total of 17 boats racing across the 2 days and a mixture of 25 athletes from DRC, and a handful of helping hands from Newark and Agecroft Rowing Club.

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28th April 2018

We had an early start to the day with us all meeting at the club at 7am. We took 6 crews to Leicester, 2 men’s quads, a women’s quad, 2 men’s double and a mixed double, so it was a very busy day racing and spectating for us all. 

The first races of the day were the 2 men’s quads who were both in the same division, this meant our senior (James, Tom M, Andrew and Ross) and beginner quad (Tom G, Ieuan, Joe and Seb) could meet each other in the final. The senior men came down first, comfortably beating Welbeck College and followed by the beginner men who were unfortunately beaten by an older more experienced crew from Nottingham. Later on in the day, our senior quad then went on to beat the Nottingham crew. This was good race practise for both crews......Read More

Adrian Bishop

26th February 2018

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that a former member of the club, Adrian Bishop passed away on Friday 16th February 2017.  


Adrian (Ade) Bishop started his rowing career in the early 70’s at Derwent Rowing club winning his novices in a crew featuring future Derby Rowing Club captain Des Cook. Other members of that crew were Paul (Harry) Roberts and Trevor Fry, coxed by Gary Baker. Ade Migrated to Derby Rowing Club along with Dave (Twelly) Twells and Mick Ruane in1974 under the persuasive tongue of Phil (Yorky) Turner who had also persuaded the highly successful pair of Fred Hollis and Derek (Digger) Johnson to join the senior mens squad.

The squad was large enough and strong enough with the inclusion of several highly successful veterans (Henley Royal Regatta Wyfold Winners) to run two eights during the Head Season. The result being second and fourth at the Nottingham Head and First and Second at the North of England Chester Head. Unfortunately injury and illness meant only one entry in the London Head. It did however come home with the coveted Jackson Trophy. The 1975 regatta season saw the mens senior squad build on their successful head season with coxed four wins at both Senior “A” and Elite. This was followed by wins at Derby Regatta for the Senior “A” coxed four and Elite “B” eight. More wins followed for the eight at Nottingham City Regatta. Chester. Northwich and Trentham, Burton and Loughborough at Elite level.

After his successes at rowing Ade took up squash and joined South Derbyshire Squash. As a novice squash player he joined the league in the lower division. However his natural talent saw him quickly rise from division twenty up to single figure status and eventually gaining promotion to the premier division. He represented the club on several occasions.

There was no end to Ade’s sporting capabilities he played cricket to Notts and Derby Border league standard. He was pretty good at table tennis, even better at golf. Absolutely awful at football. He even tried wind surfing for a while. Finally settling for darts and playing for the Garden City Hotel (Chester Green).

Ade moved away from the Derby area some years ago always keeping in touch with his children and Max. During the later stages of his illness he came back to Castle Donnington where he had his home. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with the family at this time.

The funeral service will take place on Friday 9th March 2018 at 10am at the Derby Crematorium and afterwards at Derby Rowing Club.


Fred Hollis


Membership Renewal 2018

17th December 2017

Please note that renewal will be sent electronically.

Therefore may I ask all members to ensure that are providing me with the correct email address by 31st Dec 2017.

Membership emails will be sent out in due course, all membership must be completed by 31st January 2018.

As in line with the membership increase as voted at the last AGM in October, please can I ask that all current members paying by standing order please amend this to reflect the new membership prices. Please could this be completed by 31st January 2018.

All membership price increases are available on the website: www.derbyrowingclub.net/membership

Any questions please contact me: drcmembershipsecretary@gmail.com

Dee Autumn Head

28th October 2017

Dee Autumn Head October 2017 - A Full Trailer and a Promising Start to the Season

There's something promising about having a full trailer for the first race of the season.....Derby Rowing Club opened the racing season with 14 crews entered across the two divisions at Dee Autumn Head on Saturday 28th October in Chester.

Division 1

Despite a lack of competition in the IM1.4x-, our senior men started the day off strong, recording the 3rd fastest time of the division. They were closely followed by our J18.4x- who took on three very strong crews from Warrington RC and Northwich RC. Both of these crews will be ones to watch at Fours Head!

Elsewhere DRC's single scullers laid down some big markers for the first race of the season:

Matt Ley came a narrow 2nd in the Senior 1x, followed by Jack Kelly and Josh Rhodes who came 1st & 3rd respectively in the Nov 1x. Well done to Jack for his first win for DRC, not bad for his first race in 5.5 years!

Not deterred for a minute about racing in both divisions, Katie Remer competed in the W.J15.1x and finished in 3rd place.


Division 2

Division 2 saw four more wins for Derby, including a first ever win for four of our Intermediate Squad!

The Novice.4x- comprising of Tom Mortimer, Andrew Todd, Alex Wright and James Grattidge rowed well to take a win over the University of York. University students Mortimer, Todd and Grattidge will use this to motivate them through the rest of the season towards BUCS Regatta in early May.  As this was Alex's first head race he now has a 100% win rate. Alex's unique ability to survive off 3-4 hours sleep most Friday and Saturday evenings seem to be working well...

The composite Mas.G/H.8+ showed us how it's done (coxed by Viv Dean in her first event since coxing a DRC ladies crew at the Home International Regatta in the 70’s!) by taking home a comfortable win by almost half a minute.

Our Senior Men and Junior Men’s quad went head-to-head again in IM2.4x-. Both rowed well and are looking good for the Fours Head in a couple of weekends time.

Sticking with the quads, our W.J16A.4x’s put in a great performance of their first ever head race to come 3rd out of 6 in a strong field.

Rounding off the day, were our single scullers in the W.Sen.1x, W.Nov.1x and Josh Rhodes in the J15.1x who took home our last win of the day.

Well done to all DRC representatives, especially our winning crews: Mas.G/H.8+, IM2.4x-, Nov.4x, Nov.1x and J15.1x. Thank you to all of the coaches for their time spent with the crews, and to Des for towing the trailer. We look forward to seeing what the rest of the season holds!

Coming soon: A focus on the guys in the Senior 4x and J18 4x who will be racing at Fours Head on Sunday 12th November.



Mas.G/H.8+ - Viv Dean (cox), Neil Shorrock, Fred Hollis, Mick Guest, Peter Holland Lloyd, Ken Moore (BUL) Dave Wregg (NRC) Dave Night (NRC) Dave Stuart (DEW) 1st – Congratulations

IM1.4x- - Toby Venn, James Bennett, James Walker, Tim Maine Time Only

IM2.4x- - Toby Venn, James Bennett, James Walker, Tim Maine 1st – Congratulations

IM2.4x- - Tom Rubini, James Remer, Tom Ford Knowles, Sam Remer 2nd

J18.4x- - Tom Rubini, James Remer, Tom Ford Knowles, Sam Remer 4th

Nov.4x- - James Grattidge, Alex Wright, Andrew Todd, Tom Mortimer 1st – Congratulations

W.J16.4x- - Emma-Jo Gilbert, Chloe Wild, Emily Merriman, Katie Remer 3rd

Sen.1x – Matt Ley 2nd

Nov.1x – Jack Kelly 1st – Congratulations

Nov.1x – Josh Rhodes 3rd

J15.1x – Josh Rhodes 1st – Congratulations

W.Sen.1x – Sophie Payne 2nd

W.Nov.1x – Martha Nutkins 3rd

W.J15.1x – Katie Remer 3rd

BUCS Indoors

BUCS Indoors

10 people entered all together. 3 Seniors and 7 freshers. Times are the following:

Freshers - Beginner 1k

Leuan Cornish - 3:48.0

Jordan Demuth - 3:20.9

Henry Murdy - 3:26.0

Lillia Deakin - 4:45.3

Helena Thomas - 3:43.9

Ashleigh Powell - 4:39.4

Amy Richards - 4:35.8

Seniors - Open weight 2k

Ross Mclarren - 7:16.9

Tom Mortimer - 7:27

Andrew Todd - 7:12.6

All freshers achieved personal best times and seniors put in a good effort against strong competition and gave it their all. Notable mention goes to Helena who achieved a bronze medal for her time. Other universities that entered were Loughborough, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester and De Montford

Derby Sports Awards

25th October 2017

We would like to say a very well done to one of our coaches Stephanie Cook who won the Derby City Volunteer of the Year award at the Derby Sports Awards this evening. 

Steph has been in a variety of roles during her time at DRC, most recently Welfare Officer, Vice Captain, Learn to Row Coach & Junior Men Coach, among helping out with many others. 

She embodies the spirit of DRC, volunteering hermid-week evenings and weekends to introduce new members to the sport, and coach our junior squads to high levels of performance. Just recently, her athletes were among the first junior athletes to represent Derby at the British Junior Rowing Championships and the National Schools Regatta. 

We hope this award goes a small way to thank Steph for all she does for us. 

Leicester Regatta

26th April 2017

Josh Rhodes entered Leicester Regatta in the both J14 1x and 2x.

J14 1x saw 6 entrants giving 3 races for Josh. In the first heat he faced Peterborough RC, Josh led from the start and stayed out in front winning with a verdict of 4 lengths. The semi-final saw Josh up against Trent RC, both crews had a good start and Josh established an early lead of 1/2 a length and pushed this out to 3 lengths by the finish line. In the final Josh faced Peterborough City again, this was to be Josh's hardest race. Peterborough gained an early lead over Josh who responded to draw level  then pushed through to take he win by 2 lengths. 

J14 2x was a scratch double as Josh's original partner broke his foot prior to racing. The only replacement was a girl from Burton Leaner RC. Racing a straight final against Newark RC both crews had a good even start and saw the composite crew of Derby and Burton pull away from Newark holding a 2 length lead till the finish


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