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.


25 April 2015

Two crews from Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club, having been selected at a regional trial last month, were part of a squad of 24 crews representing the Northern Region at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham last weekend.


The Junior Inter Regional Regatta is an annual National competition for junior rowers aged between 14 and 16. Competitors represent their region, there being 12 British Rowing regions, having been selected at regional trials. Talkin Tarn ARC belongs to the Northern region. At the regatta, crews from each of the regions compete in heat races over a 1500m course and the six crews with the fastest time race in the final.

Despite very difficult windy conditions along the 1,500m course, both Tarn crews did well in the heats and therefore qualified to compete in the Final against the 5 best crews from across the other 11 rowing regions in Great Britain.


In the finals, the Tarn crews again battled strong winds at this notoriously exposed course, but to everyone’s delight, both won Bronze medals.

Talkin Tarn's medal winners were: James Smith rowing on his own in a single scull at J15 (15 years old and below) and Tors Glaister , Georgina Rowntree , Maya Ellingsen, Jessica Machin with cox Tom Lewis rowing in a coxed quadruple scull at WJ14 (14 years old and below). All the Tarn athletes trained 4 times per week both throughout the winter and leading up to this event under the guidance of their dedicated coach Graeme Mark – who was a finalist for the Unsung Hero award in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2014.

It is impressive to note that out of the 24 crews representing the Northern region, 3 medals were won, and 2 of these by Talkin Tarn!


18th April 2015

Rowers from Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club put on a good show at the Chester le Street Regatta on Saturday 18th April. This was the first Regatta of the season over in the North East, many more are to follow!

Chester le Street is a deceptively tricky course over 700m on the River Wear, starting with a long sweeping left hand bend, and finishing with an “invisible” right hander, and with many trees coming into the river to catch the unwary.

Various Senior crews entered, with much hard work and some very close finishes, the medals eluded us all on this occasion. Captain Katie Robinson won two of her heats convincingly, but narrowly lost in the final to a very fast lady from York.

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The Juniors however held up the honour of the Club. Ben Norman won his J12 single scull, and  Tors Glaister and Jessica Machin their WJ14 double scull. The all-conquering WJ14 coxed quad crew of Tors Glaister, Georgina Rowntree, Jessica Machin, Maya Ellingson and cox Tom Lewis –unbeaten for 2 years – won a blistering final. This sets them up very well for representing the Northern region at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta at Nottingham next weekend. Also there will be James Smith, who won his J15 single scull at Chester le Street.

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Lydia Graham navigated smoothly  to serenely glide to a win in the WJ16 single scull, and Megan Lewis and Emily Batchelor won again in their WJ18 double scull – proving that winning and revising can be compatible.

Julius Deane


11 April 2015

Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club emerged from the dark winter nights of training in the gym to enter their first regatta of the season hosted on the River Nith through Dumfries by Nithsdale ARC. This is the 150th year of the Nithsdale ARC club, and drew an entry from clubs from all over Scotland, with Talkin Tarn being the sole representative from South of the Border.

The weather was brisk with a strong wind blowing down the length of the 750metre course for most of the day, making some challenging waves. Talkin Tarn fielded a strong field of Junior rowers, who had successes in all categories. Some of the most exciting racing of the day being in the J18 category where James Martin won by just 30 cms, holding off a late Scottish challenge, whilst those of us on the bank held our breath.

There were 3 wins each for Newbiggin’s Tom Lewis, both coxing and rowing, and also James Smith from Brampton. 2 wins each for Emily Batchelor, Maya Ellington, Megan Lewis, James Martin, Toby Noble, Ben Norman and Georgina Rowntree. Lizzie Gray won her first ever medal in the WJ13 single scull event, narrowly beating fellow Tarn member Ester Rowntree. Wins also for Lydia Graham, Tors Glaister, Jess Machin, Luke Mallinson and Fi Ponton.

The veterans also put up a good display, not bringing any medals back on this occasion – but apparently enjoying the cakes!

Talkin Tarn ARC welcomes people of all ages and all levels of experience. Please contact the club through our website www.talkintarnarc.co.uk  for further information.


Remember to change your clocks!

British Summertime starts on Sunday 29th March and with it comes the new season's training timetable. There are additional rowing groups this year that take into account different training needs, and the regular slots may not be quite as you remember them from last year.

8th March 2015

Talkin Tarn juniors had a very successful day at inter-regional trials on Sunday 8th March.

The day started with a win by an impressive 35 seconds from James Smith in his j15 single qualifying for the inter-regional regatta in Nottingham next month. James then went on to win his j15 double with Arun Philipson from Tyne United rowing club.

Maya Ellingsen, Georgina Rowntree, Jessica Machin, Tors Glaister and cox Tom Lewis also qualified for the inter regional regatta in the women's j14 coxed quad rowing a tight time trial and qualifying with under a second spare. Maya and Georgina then went on to qualify in the women's j14 double event. Jessica and Tors coming in close behind them.

Lydia Graham also faced very tough competition and resulted in a hard earned second place in her women's j16 single.

Eliza Raine