Boston rowers brave the colds

Wednesday, 9.10am - BOSTON Rowing Club members braved the freezing temperatures on Saturday for the Annual Boxing Day 3km Row.

The handicapped event is one of the highlights of the club calendar, where members intend to row off some of their Christmas Day extravagance, yet at the same time having a bit of fun.

Of course, as with any fun event, there is always the element of strong competitive desire to win, which was evident from the start as the coxless four, two coxed fours and a coxless quad made their claims for their respective handicap.

With all four boats setting off from Anton's Gowt within about 20 strokes of each other, it soon became very clear that the race was on.

About 500m from the start as the two coxless boats gained clear water, the two coxed fours clashed blades as they battled for the best racing line and lost vital distance on their opponents.

Two kilometres further down the River Witham towards the boathouse the quad started to pull away from the other three boats and finished a convincing 150m ahead.

The Boxing Day row comes one month ahead of the Boston Head Race where approximately 300 rowers from around the country will descend on the town.

Anyone who is interested in setting a New Year's resolution and trying something different this year, be they male, female, juniors, adults able bodied or disabled, whether out of curiosity or for recreational, competitive or group/corporate fun rowing, should contact or call 07894 084196 for further details.