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Long Distance Sculling series 2016 - archive

* Wansbeck SBH was included on BROE as a division of the LDS, as it was run by the NRC. It included sweep (pairs and fours only) and did not count towards the LDS series awards.

** There were independent SBHs  with sweep (pairs and fours only) in the afternoons at Tees RC, Tyne United RC and Durham ARC - see the host clubs’ own web sites for details of the SBHs. No points were awarded for the SBH events towards the LDS series victor ludorum prizes.


Event details


Wansbeck LDS incorporating Wansbeck SBH - 01 October 2015

Hosted by  Cambois RC. LDS in morning (started 10:30) and  SBH in afternoon (started 14:30). Both run by NRC and on BROE as divisions of one event. Distance 3350m (long course). Boating in the morning was from 9.00am, low numbers first. Shared LDS and SBH documents are here:

* Risk assessment

* Safety instructions

* Course map

* Parking locations

* LDS - results - xls or pdf

* SBH - results - xls or pdf  


Tees LDS - 08 October 2016

The morning LDS (started 10:45) was hosted by Tees RC, who ran the afternoon SBH (started 14:30). Distance 5000m. See this page for details of the SBH, but shared LDS and SBH documents are here:

* Race instructions

* Course map

* Safety plan

* Safety instructions for crews

* Steering guidance

* Spectator guidance

* Car parking locations

* Final draw as  xlsx   and  pdf   

* Results V3 issued 16-10-16 as  xls  and  pdf


Berwick LDS - 15 October 2016

The LDS was hosted by Berwick ARC. Distance a long 5000m. There was no associated SBH.  Boating was from Tweed Green, Tweedmouth, Berwick TD15 2HD. Start 14:00, boating from 12:30. Event documents are here:

* Risk assessment

* Safety instructions

* Course map

* Instructions for crews

* Final start order issued as  xlsx   and  pdf  

* Results issued 16-10-16 as  xls  and  pdf


Tyne LDS - 22 October 2016

The LDS was in the morning (started 10:30) and hosted by Tyne ARC with help from Tyne United RC & NUBC. See the Tyne United RC web site for details of the afternoon SBH (started 14:30). LDS event documents are here:

* Instructions for crews

* Course map

* Start plan

* Finish plan

* Risk assessment

* Final start order with boating times issued 20-10-16 as  xlsx  and  pdf

* Results with prizes and masters adjustments issued 24-10-16 - as  xls  and  pdf


South Hylton LDS - 29 October 2016

Hosted by City of Sunderland RC.  Distance 4750m. Single division; no SBH. Boating was from 13:30 with 15:30 actual start. Event documents are here:

* Risk assessment

* Safety plan

* Course map

* Instructions for crews

* Final start order with revised start and boating times issued 28-10-16 as  xlsx  and  pdf

* Results with masters adjusted times and prizes issued 29-10-16 as  xlsx  and  pdf


Durham LDS & Durham Autumn SBH - 5 November 2016

The LDS was hosted by Durham ARC. The afternoon SBH was run by Durham ARC- see this page. Start time for LDS was 9.30am with boating at 8.20am low numbers first. The start time for the SBH was scheduled as 12.30pm with boating from 11.20am low numbers first.  LDS & SBH event documents are here:

* Instructions for crews - including timings & course plan - for both events

* Final LDS start order with boating times issued 03-11-16 as  xlsx  and  pdf  

* Results of LDS with masters adjusted times & prizes issued 06-10-16 as  xlsx  and  pdf


* Final SBH start order with boating times issued late 03-11-16 as  pdf  only

* Results SBH with master adjusted times & prizes issued 06-10-16 as pdf only

 (check at www.durham-arc.org.uk/regatta/durham-autumn-small-boats-head for updates)



This page last updated on 09-01-17.

LDS series background


The Northern Rowing Council, with the help of host clubs, runs the LDS (Long Distance Sculling) series every autumn. In 2016 we had six events over six consecutive weekends, as listed below. All ran in generally  very  good conditions. Many  thanks to our host clubs and to the army of volunteer helpers.


Coordinator for the series in 2016 (and hopefully 2017) was Sarah Smith; she can be contacted by email at sarahwilson893@gmail.com or on 01609 882000.  Any problems with this page, please email Colin Percy at  colin.percy@gmail.com.  See the 2015 LDS archive page here.


2016 Victor Ludorum series prizes


Before looking in detail at the events, here are the results of the series taken overall, in terms of points gained by clubs:


Junior events:

1st - Chester-le Street ARC - 313.5 pts

2nd - Queen Elizabeth High School RC- 127.5 pts

3rd - Tyne United RC - 108 pts


Masters events:

1st - Tyne ARC - 189.5 pts

2nd - Tees RC- 188 pts

3rd - Durham ARC - 119.5 pts


Senior events:

1st - Tees RC - 31 pts

2nd - Durham ARC - 28 pts

3rd - Tyne United RC - Chester-le-Street ARC - 27 pts


How the results were calculated

All finishing crews scored points for their Club in each Long Distance Sculling series head race. A simple points system applied based on finishing position of each crew as follows:-

A point awarded for every boat beaten by boat class within your category, grouped for this purpose as follows:

*  Seniors as Elite, IM1 / IM2 (together), IM3, Novice;
*  Juniors in three groups: J18 / J17, J16 / J15, J14 / J13;
*  Masters grouped all together taking into account handicapped times.

Points gained in composite crews were split between clubs. The prizes will be presented at the Northern Rowing Council’s Annual General Meeting on 5 December 2016 at DARC.

2016 programme


The LDS series each year has events for sculling only - singles, doubles and quads (and octs where indicated on the poster), and are for all age groups and categories. There are usually associated SBH (Small Boats Head) events with sweep on four of the six days - see below for 2016. There are usually limits on total entries for some events. Limits per event in 2016 were: Wansbeck 100, Berwick 70, Tyne 140, South Hylton 100 and Durham 120. Entries on BROE usually close at the latest at 7.00pm on the Saturday, one week before the event.


The 2016 programme comprised:



Wansbeck LDS (NRC-run SBH in afternoon) *

3350 m

Sat 01 October 2016

10:30 (14:30)

Tees LDS  (plus Tees SBH in afternoon) **

5000 m

Sat 08 October 2016

10:45 (14:30)

Berwick LDS (one division)


Sat 15 October 2016


Tyne LDS (plus Tyne United SBH in afternoon) **

4500 m

Sat 22 October 2016

10:30 (14:30)

South Hylton LDS (one division)


Sat 29 October 2016


Durham LDS (plus Durham Autumn SBH pm) **

1800 m

Sat 05 November 2016

09:39 (12:30)

Dates for the 2017 series are here.


Final day of the LDS series 2016     


Autumn colours (and winter winds and rain) at Durham on 5 November for the last event in 2016: