A little bit about us

If you want to learn to row, we operate regular courses, usually about six sessions, that will teach you the basic skills. If you already row and want to improve or compete, we have regular training sessions and plenty of flexible crews at all levels of ability. We follow a year-round competition calendar, at all levels from novice to elite, national and international.

Our clubhouse includes a fully equipped gym so, with competitive membership fees, rowing offers a very attractive opportunity to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.

Talkin Tarn is a natural lake close to Brampton, Cumbria about ten miles east of Carlisle. As well as rowing, the tarn offers sailing and other watersports. A lakeside path and woodland walks make it an ideal location for walking, running or just enjoying the wildlife and natural surroundings while members of your family are rowing.

Please feel free to come and talk to any of us, contact us or signup for one of our courses.


14 February 2015

An historic Tyne Head; this was the last TRC event hosted from the old boathouse. A new boathouse is being built which requires the old boathouse to be demolished in March.

The River Tyne was very benign being flat and calm in the morning with a slight wind ruffling the surface in the afternoon. Great conditions for a Head.

Tarn took 7 crews across to Tyne RC. James and James won J18A 2x; Jo, Linda, Katie and Gill won WMasC/D 4x-; Megan and Emily won WJ18A 2x.

Tors, Maya, Georgina and Jessica with Tom were racing up a category as a WJ15 4x- crew and finished just 12 seconds behind the J15 category winners.

Gill Houston

7 February 2015

A fully loaded trailer left a fog bound and ice covered Tarn for Durham SBH. As dawn broke over Durham, the conditions were ideal with no wind or ice.  

Durham SBH is an 1800m course starting with an early winding river section and finishing with an 800m sprint down the racecourse straight. The dividing point being the notorious narrows of the Elvet bridge which attracts a crowd of sightseekers watching crews negotiating the obstacle.

Tarn had entered 22 crews and won 5 events: James Smith won J15A 1x; James Martin won IM3 1x; Captain Katie won WMasA/B 1x; Megan & Emily won WIM2 2x-; Tors, Maya, Georgina, Jessica with Tom coxing won WJ14A 4x+.

Adam, Rufus, Chris and Jacob raced twice as J18A 4x- and IM2 4x- and showed great consistency by recording the same time in both races!

Gill Houston


Captain Katie had the brilliant idea of organising a “turn up & take part” event today, with the aim of working off the after effects of too much turkey/Christmas Pud/mince pies/Port etc etc.

This was the first TTARC competition using our two new stable quads, soon to be named “      “ and “       “! Perfect boats for the mixed up scratch crews, all of which seemed to be a competitive blend of 2 Seniors and 2 Juniors.

To her considerable surprise, 31 entrants turned up prompt at 0900, and so she herself had to take a seat. The weather was perfect considering what we’ve had this week, starting at just below freezing, but with bright sunshine by the end.

All races were hard fought with pretty close finishes, but the final was between Linda/Ian B/Georgina/Emily with Ben coxing, and Katie/Leo/Megan/Jacob with Eliza coxing, and the latter crew heaved gracefully to a 2 length win. 

Thanks to Oarsport for prizes, so elegantly modelled in the photo.

To be repeated!






The BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2014 had a special interest to TTARC this year. Graeme Mark, having won the Northern region Unsung Hero award, was a guest of the BBC at SPOTY and, along with 15 other regional winners, was a candidate in the national Unsung Hero category also awarded at SPOTY. And so a convoy of cars with 14 supporters of Graeme left Cumbria to attend the SPOTY broadcast in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Sunday.

Before the announcement of the winner of the Unsung Hero award the audience was introduced to all 10 candidates for the Sports Personality of the Year award. There were short films introducing them and a live interview on the stage. All were so passionate about their sport, totally dedicated to their training and often worked with schools to pass on interest in sport.

There were other awards made. The greatest applause and standing ovation was for the winners of the Helen Rollason award for inspirational achievement in the face of adversity. This was awarded to all who took part in the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. What these competitors had achieved was totally humbling.

The winner of the Unsung Hero was awarded to Jill Stidever for helping children with special needs learn to swim. Although not a winner on this night Graeme’s achievement in getting to the final of this award that recognises people who have made an extraordinary difference in their community was fantastic and a great recognition of the commitment and dedication he has shown in his 23 years as Captain and 40+ years association with TTARC.

I walked away from the event with the realisation that there are no short-cuts to being a sportsperson; it takes hard work and graft. But also success in sport relies on all those people who support the athletes. We should recognise that without these people our own sporting achievements would not be possible. 

Gill Houston


Rutherford Head was held on Saturday 29th November. It was a mild, dry day and the Tyne was flat calm – very different to snow, rain and winds of previous years.

We arrived very early at Tyne RC, only Hexham had arrived before us, but this meant there was time for Mick’s excellent bacon butties before boating to boost energy levels.

TTARC had a small entry with two crews rowing in both divisions. John Lewis, Alan, Denis and Charlie rowed in both Open Masters 4x+ (where they were the only crew) and Open IM3 4x+.

Jo, Linda, Katie and Gill rowed in the Women’s IM2 4x- and Women’s Masters 4x-. With handicap applied they finished fastest of five crews in the Masters competition.

The challenges did not finish with the racing. The jockey wheel on the trailer failed whilst manoeuvring the trailer to load the boats and the crews had to work out how a broken trailer and boats sitting in a muddy, boggy field could be successfully returned to TTARC. More delicious cakes and refreshments from Tyne RC helped fuel the brain cells to resolve this issue.

Thanks to Tyne RC for organising the event and excellent hospitality.

Gill Houston