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Northern Region Sunday League series - 2019        


Links to individual round pages (when ready)


* Round 1  -  Tyne   * Round 2 - Durham     * Round 3 - Berwick  * Round 4 - Tynemouth  

* Round 5 - Hexham   * Round 6 -  Ebchester   * Round 7 - Talkin Tarn  *  Round 8 - Tyne United


Note that Round 6 at Ebchester will not be the normal sort of event with side-by-side racing (too narrow!), so watch out for details on the event page here.




The Northern Rowing Council with the help of British Rowing set up the Northern Region Sunday League series in 2012 under the auspices of the national Explore Rowing scheme. We renamed it as the Explore Series,at the request of British Rowing in 2016, but as of 2019 we have now reverted to the old title of Sunday League (sorry BR). The series is aimed at recreational rowers, novices, recent graduates of learn to row courses and those returning to rowing after a break.


In 2018, the seventh year of our Sunday League / Explore Series, we were to have eight events, but the first one was cancelled, so we ran seven. We rounded off the series with an exciting event at Tyne ARC on 7 October. See the Round 8 page for more details of the day, but we ended up with open series winners being Barcing Mad (Berwick ARC) and joint winners in the women’s being TURC Ducks (Tyne United RC) and Tyne of your Life (Tyne ARC). The final league table for 2018 is here.


Pages for previous years


*  2012 - archive     *  2013 - archive     *  2014 - archive     *  2015 - archive      *  2016 - archive

*  2017 - archive    *  2018 - archive.


2019 programme and how to enter


The steering group (Caroline Scholl, Colin Lawson and Colin Percy) have agreed a programme for 2019 with participating host clubs, as below. As each event approaches we will create a separate web page with details - see the list at the top of the page.


See in the Format and Rules below who is eligible to enter and what teams can consist of. The entry form (Excel spreadsheet) to be used is here. This should be returned each month by the Wednesday before the event in question to coordinator Colin Lawson at colin60lawson@gmail.com.



British Rowing generic guidance on events like the Sunday League series


British Rowing has issued generic guidance on Explore Series events (based, we have to say, very much on this region’s work). Whilst the local rules below are much more detailed, you may wish to have a look at the BR document, especially if you are a host club.


In particular host clubs should note they are responsible for making sure there is full insurance cover for their home event under their own insurance policy; this includes cover for damage or loss to equipment borrowed from other clubs, unless the lending club has confirmed their cover still extends to use by the host. See the document here (pdf).


Format & local rules for Northern Region Sunday League series in 2019




Aims:  To be a fun, relaxed and social series of events.


Target audience: New rowers, recreational rowers, returning rowers, retired racers


Entrants:   Open & Women’s


Boats:   Stable coxed quads or fours




Who can row

- Row membership (the basic and cheapest membership level)

- Race membership (more expensive, but means you can row in ‘proper’ rowing events).


Event types



Day timings


Unless otherwise notified these will be:

Splash & Dash events


Distance: Approximately 200 - 300 m, maximum 300 m, side-by-side racing.


Points system for Splash & Dash:


Skills Head events


Distance: Up to 1 km head races to include a selection of required skills en route.

- Emergency stops (penalty if not stopped in required distance)

- Backing Down

- Cornering

- Spinning

- Blade changes

- Other skills can be added when/as required.

 Points system for Skills:

1st gets 4+4 = 8 pts

2nd gets 4+3 = 7 pts

3rd gets 4+2 = 6 pts

4th gets 4+1 = 5 pts

All others taking part get 4 pts


There are series prizes for the Open & Women’s Teams with the most points after the final round. No prizes to be given at single events, to keep costs low.


This page last updated on 08-07-19.


Sun 3 Mar 2019   

Tyne ARC


Splash & Dash


Sun 7 Apr 2019



Splash & Dash


Sun 5 May 2019



Splash & Dash


Sun 2 Jun 2019



Splash & Dash


Sun 7 Jul 2019



Splash & Dash


Sun 4 Aug 2019





Sun 1 Sep 2019

Talkin Tarn




Sun 6 Oct 2019  

Tyne United


Splash & Dash