Fun flows as thousands join Regatta

Crews in action on the River Wear in Durham for the 178th Durham Regatta.

Crews in action on the River Wear in Durham for the 178th Durham Regatta.

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A WEEKEND of oar-some sport kept crowds thrilled as the 178th Durham Regatta took to the Wear.

An estimated 2,000 competitors rowed along the river to battle it out for top titles, attracting national and international competitors.

Teams included students from Durham University, Durham School and the city’s Amateur Rowing Club, which has been involved in the races from their early days.

An estimated 7,000 people turned out to watch the event, which has been dubbed the Henley of the North – despite pre-dating the Thames counterpart by five years.

Event spokesman Phil Tully said: “Apart from the weather, it has been very good. We have still been able to attract a few thousand spectators.

“There has been some good racing, including some good successes for crews that have travelled a distance to be here, but some good home-grown wins.”

The event also included a vintage car rally, live music, trade stands and displays.