Durham Regatta a sunny success

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ROWING fans flocked to the River Wear’s banks at the weekend.

The 180th Durham Regatta drew hundreds into the city for a schedule of 500 races, with more than 1,400 participants.

Crews returning upstream to the start line.'180th Durham Regatta on the River Wear in Durham City.'Spectators enjoyed the summer weather and racing, last years event was cancelled because of the dangerously high river level.

Crews returning upstream to the start line.'180th Durham Regatta on the River Wear in Durham City.'Spectators enjoyed the summer weather and racing, last years event was cancelled because of the dangerously high river level.

It attracted entries from around the country and covered races for all abilities, from novice to intermediate rowers.

And, for the first time this year, a rowability race was held for disabled athletes yesterday.

The event committee’s chairman, Nigel van Zwanenburg, said: “The big difference with the Regatta this year was the rowability race for people who have various levels of disability,” he said.

“There were two scull races – people may have seen races like it on the Paralympics.

“We are one of the only regattas to hold this race and I would want it to continue.”

Nigel said the celebration is an important part of the city’s calendar.

“It’s a big part of the social and sports calendars,” he said. “People can enjoy the rowing, beer festival and music at once.”

Last year’s event was called off due to bad weather.