Return of the famous rowing marathon

The latest sports news for the Hemel area
The latest sports news for the Hemel area

The Boston Rowing Marathon will return this week.

The event - which sees boats attempt to clock the fastest time over the 30-mile distance from Lincoln to the Carlton Road Boathouse - began in 1946 as a pub bet.

But it is now a hotly-anticipated event on the rowing calendar with teams from across the globe - both juniors and seniors - travelling to take part in the unique spectacle.

The current record for the marathon is 2 hrs 59 mins 45 secs, set in 1991 by a University of London Boat Club men’s eight.

The event has been held every year since its debut, apart from in 2000, due to that year’s fuel crisis, and in 2011, due to an unusually prolific growth of water weed.

Rowers should begin retuirning at about 12.30pm.