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.



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


Talkin Tarn hosted this month’s Northern Rowing Council Sunday League. There were 15 crews from Bradford, Chester le Street, Durham, Hexham, Tees, Tyne and Talkin Tarn taking part.

It was a sweep skills test that involved the crews completing a rowing course that included 360 degree turns, backing onto a buoy, emergency stop, rigger dips and square blade paddling. Each crew was timed over the course twice but, the sting in the tail, the second attempt was conducted blindfolded (except the cox)! Take a look at what happened during the day:  Watch on YouTube

Each crew was awarded an overall time based on the addition of the blindfolded and non-blindfolded times and this was used to determine places. The hours of practice carried out by the Talkin crews over the last month paid off. The Talkin crew of Anna, Jane, Lynne and Rob came 3rd overall and Malcolm and Charlotte who helped out Hexham who were short of two members came 2nd.

And so, after 4 of the 8 Sunday League events between March and October the Talkin crew, Talkin Comets, now sits 3rd in the League Table behind Durham and Tyne. Great result guys…

Many thanks to Linda for all her hard work in organising and managing the day and the volunteers without whom the event could not have happened.


A friendly and cheerful regatta – although a low entry of 24 races due to Juniors being at the National Schools Regatta, and most others enjoying the Bank Holiday and Half Term! But a hardy bunch from Tarn braved the weather forecast – and I’m glad we did.

Masters coxless Quad – Peter/Charlie/Julius/John. We had a very strong start which kept us motivated through the aroma coming out of Warburtons, the strange current pulled us across towards the bank near the Uni boathouse, but John heaved us round and we made the bridge cleanly – neck & neck with the Tyne opposition. A timely call of “give it some pressure” and we found some previously hidden depths – and managed to win by almost a length, and kept relatively dry in the process! Very pleased to have my first “proper” win and lose my novice status.

Masters Double – Julius/Charles. After all the practicing over winter, we had to break the duck. Against a newish Tyne crew we had a nice start, perfect steering and were never really challenged. Charles did call me to “calm down, they’re going backwards” under the bridge, so I actually had enough breath left at the end for the 3 cheers for a change. Nice to gain another Pot.

Masters Single – Gill. In the pouring rain and against the very experienced Liz from Tyne, Gill had a very well matched race and they were only inches apart at the finish. But Liz had a nice handicap deducted and was the winner.

The other winner of course has to be Mick’s new invention – the Bacon Roll with Bolognese sauce – fantastic and well deserved by the Tarn team.

Julius Deane