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Long Distance Sculling series 2017 - archive

*   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 are awarded in the SBH events for the LDS series victor ludorum prizes.

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


Event details


Berwick LDS - 7 October 2017 -  event cancelled, info as planned but not executed

The event was cancelled the day before due to weather concerns. Hosted by Berwick ARC. Distance 5000m. Single division; no associated SBH.  Boating from Tweed Green, Tweedmouth, Berwick TD15 2HD. Limit of 70 entries. Start time revised to 3.00pm.

* A film crew working in the area underneath the New Bridge and roads closed in that area affecting access to Tweed Green and Berwick ARC boathouse.

* Revised parking arrangements map - follow the route marked on the map to get to Tweed Green. After unloading cars/towing vehicles should follow the route to park at the Tweed Dock Wagon park.

* We have no access across the Old Bridge so competitors will have to walk across the New Bridge.

* Combined instructions, maps, and risk assessment

* Start order xlsx and pdf

No results as cancelled!


South Hylton LDS - 14 October 2017

Hosted by City of Sunderland RC.  Distance 4750m. Start 12.00 noon (revised from 11.30am). Single division; no associated SBH. Limit of 100 entries. The event was held in relatively warm, calm conditions. Hurrah! Event documents:

* Risk assessment

* Safety plan

* Course map

* Instructions for crews

* Start order as xlsx and pdf

* Final results as xlsx and pdf - issued 20-10-17

* And results by boat class here


Wansbeck LDS incorporating Wansbeck SBH - 21 October 2017

Hosted by  Cambois RC. LDS in morning and SBH in afternoon. Both run by NRC and on BROE as divisions of one event. Distance was to be 3350m but shortened to about 2500m due to forecast wind. Limit of 100 each division. Shared LDS and SBH documents are below. The event was held despite the threat of Storm Brian and high winds forecast. The right call, as the wind was never that bad.

* Risk assessment

* Safety instructions

* Course map - note course shortened as compared with this plan

* Parking locations

* LDS & SBH revised start order as xlsx and pdf

* LDS results as xlsx and pdf  and by boat class here

* SBH results as xlsx and pdf  and by boat class here


Tyne LDS - 28 October 2017 - both LDS & SBH were cancelled, so info is as planned but not executed

The LDS is hosted by Tyne ARC with help from Tyne United RC & NUBC. The SBH is organised by Tyne United RC - see their web site for details. Distance 4500m. Limit of 140 in each event. The events were cancelled due to forecast winds of up to 20 mph, gusting 40 mph, from the west: it was unrowable after mid-morning. Event documents:

* Risk assessment

* Safety plan

* Instructions for crews

* Course map

* Start plan - draft

* Finish plan - draft

* Start order as xlsx and pdf  

No results as cancelled!


Durham LDS & Durham Autumn SBH - 4 November 2017

The LDS in the morning was hosted by Durham ARC. The afternoon SBH was run by Durham ARC - see this page for details, results, etc. Initial limit was 100 for each event (but SBH later expanded to two divisions and more entries). The LDS was at 9.30am, SBH first division at 12 noon and SBH second division at 2.30pm. The events ran in good and calm conditions, sunny but coolish. LDS & SBH docs apart from start orders & results were common and are here as well as LDS start order and results:

* Safety plan

* Instructions for crews & course plan

* LDS start order as xlsx  and pdf  

* LDS final results as pdf  and xlsx  - issued 10-11-17 and by boat class here


Tees LDS - 11 November 2017

The LDS was hosted by Tees RC. Tees RC ran the afternoon SBH. Distance 5000m. The events ran in sunny but cold conditions with a bit of a north east breeze to help rowers sit up into!  There was no limit on entries. See this page for details of the SBH, but shared LDS and SBH documents are here as well as there:

* Safety plan

* Safety instructions for crews

* Race instructions

* Course map

* Steering guidance

* Spectator guidance

* Car parking locations

* LDS start order as xlsx  and pdf   

* LDS final results as xlsx  and pdf and by boat class here - issued 17-11-17


This page last updated on 10-12-17.




Berwick LDS (one division) - cancelled

5000 m

Sat 07 October 17


South Hylton LDS (one division)


Sat 14 October 17


Wansbeck LDS (NRC-run SBH in afternoon) **


Sat 21 October 17


Tyne LDS & Tyne United SBH - cancelled *


Sat 28 October 17


Durham LDS (plus Durham Autumn SBH pm) *


Sat  04 November 17


Tees LDS  (plus Tees SBH in afternoon) *


Sat  11 November 17


Sue Sanderson and Julie McIntyre of DARC receiving bouquets and thanks for their work on the LDS series in 2017


Series background


The Northern Rowing Council, with the help of host clubs, runs the Long Distance Sculling (LDS) series every autumn. In 2017 we were hoping to have six events over six consecutive weekends, as listed below, but it turned out that two were cancelled due to wind concerns and only four ran.


The LDS series is for sculling boats only - singles, doubles and quads (and octs where indicated on the poster). They are open to all age groups and categories. There are usually associated SBH (Small Boats Head) events with sweep in the afternoon on four of the six days.


2017 Victor Ludorum results


The series winners for 2017 were announced at the NRC AGM on 27-11-17 and were:


* Senior: Chester-le-Street ARC

* Masters: Cambois RC

* Junior: Chester-le-Street ARC


The full points tables over the four events that ran are here.


Dates for 2018


The regional rowing calendar up till 31 March 2019, including LDS dates for autumn 2018, is now available and can be seen on this site here.


Getting in touch


Queries about all aspects of the LDS series including entries and results should go to lds@nerowing.com. Any questions specifically to do with how this page works (or not) should be directed to Colin Percy at info@nerowing.com.



2017 programme archive


The 2017 poster is here as a  doc  and  pdf. The programme was as follows: