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 Jessica, Maya,Georgina,Tors and Fi(cox) in the Womens Novice Quad Sculls

Jo Lewis in the Womens Masters C/D Single Scull

              James Smith in the J16 Single Scull            

Megan and Emily in the Womens Elite Double Sculls


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.



Early morning on the 13th August, ten members of Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club set out to try and row the 90km length of the Caledonian Canal in just two days, to raise funds for the Club and the Great North Air Ambulance (Pride of Cumbria).
Having camped in the middle at Fort Augustus, we decided that with the good weather forecast for the first day, we should tackle the 36km “inland Sea” of Loch Ness whilst the going was good, so set off in high spirits. These were dampened a little after a significant swell built up during the morning, this resulted in waves breaking over the bows and pouring into the footwells of both boats – not something often seen on the Tarn! Stopping every few minutes to bail out did slow progress, but we pressed on regardless and were washed up on a pebbly beach at the North East end of the Loch by 2:30 for a late lunch of delicious pies from Billy Kirkup in Longtown. Then it was a relatively easy 12km along the Canal into Inverness, the main challenge being a low swing bridge that required a little limbo dancing.
Our wonderful support crew of Penny Raine and Fiona Britton were there to meet us with tea & sympathy, blister treatments and a boat trailer, and 12 hours after setting off, we were back at base camp, shortly to avoid the midges and collapse into tents.
Friday dawned cold and grey, so after a quick round of bacon rolls we set off to drive to Banavie near Fort William – the start of the Canal. The distance to be covered was about 45km, similar to the previous day, but with more Canal that was less affected by wind and waves. The rowing felt harder with tiring limbs, and with many locks to “portage” around, the boats seemed to get heavier and heavier, especially as the landing stages were designed for canoes a quarter of the length.
Loch Lochy is about half the length of Loch Ness, but none the less dramatic, the mountains on both sides dwarfing the boats. But the winds were favourable and we pressed on through to lunch at Laggan lock.
The last loch was Loch Oich, which required good navigation from our coxes as the path weaves a twisty route with two large North Shields trawlers bearing down on us, again the sort of traffic we don’t experience on Talkin Tarn! The last section of Canal to Fort Augustus was tempered by rain and midges, but with a beautiful wide straight through tree lined banks, we couldn’t help imagining we were at Henley and got rid of any last drops of energy to finish with a little race.
A superb and challenging event, which tested the endurance and persistence of the whole team, but fostered a great team spirit that should help in many future events. 
We are very grateful to all our generous Sponsors, and proud to have now raised over £3000 for the two good causes.
Crews: Jon Britton (Longtown), Dave Harte (Brampton), John Lewis (Newbiggin), Charlie Raine (Farlam), Julius Deane (Kirklinton), Tim Morris (Slaggyford), John Pearson (Carlisle), Callum Thornhill (Carlisle) and coxes Georgie Raine (Farlam) and Sarah Loan (Carlisle).
Any further contributions would be very gratefully received on the team Just Giving page at:

08 July 2015

There have been Regattas raced at Talkin Tarn since the early 1850’s, about a decade before Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club was formed in 1859. In 1852, both Professionals and Gentlemen Amateurs competed for prizes of up to £20, and last Saturday, competitors from 24 Clubs ranging from Aberdeen to Maidstone, continued the tradition with a stunning day’s racing on the Tarn.

Crews travel in such number to the Tarn Regatta, as most rowing is on rivers, and rowers do like to experience something different on a wide body of water. Carrying on their normal habit of “following the bank” is not going to help win races on the Tarn! The 700m 3-lane course starting at the Tarn End Hotel and running diagonally north east can be deceptively challenging to navigate.

The day started with heavy rain and a thunderstorm to further challenge the dedicated organising team, but with many able bodies to push cars through the mud into the parking field, the lightning stopped, and we ran 240 races in good conditions.

There were some good successes for the home crews. Two of our youngest competitors, Ben Norman and Esther Rowntree won their Junior and Women’s J12A Single Scull races respectively. Esther’s sister Georgina then won with Jess Machin in the Women’s J14A double sculls, and then they both hopped in with Fi Ponton and Maya Ellingsen to be coxed by Tom Lewis to continue their winning streak in the Women’s J14A coxed quad.

James Smith showed his continuing form by winning both his J15A single scull, then the J15A double scull with his partner Arun from Tyne United. His friend James Martin then powered through in the adult category Intermediate (IM2) single scull. The girls were not going to be outdone, Lydia Graham won her Women’s IM3 single, then Megan Lewis and Emily Batchelor won in their Women’s IM1 double.

The adults in the club had some good battles against some very strong opposition (who didn’t spend the early part of the day pushing cars!). Club Captain Katie Robinson charged through the heats to win in her Women’s Masters A/B single, then joined with Vice Captain Jo Lewis to win the double scull in the same category. The first outing for the Masters C coxed Four of Jon Britton, Dave Harte, John Pearson and Julian Auckland-Lewis, coxed by Tom Lewis resulted in success also.

Thanks must go to all the Club members and volunteers who helped make this big event run so smoothly.

Julius Deane

Thanks to everyone for taking part in a day of great competition, enduring some interesting weather conditions. The results are now linked to on the regatta page, or directly here

Regatta documents are now available on the regatta page

17 June 2015

Many rowers from Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club had a great time competing at the 182nd Durham Regatta last weekend. This Regatta is one of the oldest in the country, and often refers to itself as “the Henley of the North” – in fact, many in Durham refer to Henley as “the Durham of the South”! It is a very large event, often attracting over 2,000 competitors and 10,000 spectators, with racing all day Saturday and Sunday.

For once, the weather had been kind in the run up to the event, so the river was calm, but heavy rain on Sunday morning dampened spirits for a short while. Talkin Tarn traditionally makes a bit of an event out of this one, setting up a small village of caravans & tents on the Friday night at a prime spot on the banks of the River Wear.

This year, entries were down slightly due to a clash of dates with the British Rowing Masters Championship in Nottingham on the same weekend, where Talkin Tarn’s Dave Harte along with Kevin Oates of Hexham won their Masters C Coxless Pair (two men, one oar each) by an impressive 7 seconds.

For the Senior rowers, there was an “all Tarn” competition between 3 Tarn ladies, but Farlam sculptress Linda Watson pulled strongly through against her friends in the Women’s Masters Single Scull (one person, two blades) category to win the event. But our Captain, Katie Robinson along with local doctor Jo Lewis, bounced back and later won the Women’s Masters Double Scull event (two people, two blades each).

The Juniors had some stunning results. The J14 coxed quad (4 girls aged 14, 2 oars each, one cox) crew of Jess Machin, Georgina Rowntree, Tors Glaister and Maya Ellingsen, coxed by Tom Lewis continued their recent winning streak, winning their events on both Saturday and Sunday.

Particularly impressive were the wins by Megan Lewis and Emily Batchelor in their Elite Double Scull, James Smith in his Novice Single Scull, and James Martin in his Intermediate 2 Single Scull, as these were all youngsters of 15 and 17 racing, and beating, the cream of the North East’s experienced adult rowers.

The event finished with a glittering prize-giving in the Gala Theatre, where the winners may get to hold their beautiful silver trophy for just a few minutes…