Rowers pull together on marathon course

Harriet Housam.
Harriet Housam.

Boston rowers have been taking on the Witham as they competed in the 31-mile rowing marathon from Lincoln to the Carlton Road boathouse.

The annual event saw Boston Rowing Club members take to the water.

The event was completed by three Boston boats, and was well-attended by 135 in total.

Pat Burns, Robert Parker, Adrian Apletree and Andrew Cook’s quad was the fastest full Boston crew home in 3hrs 54.06mins.

Glen Ablard and Harriet Housam, in a mixed quad with two other crews, completed the race in an excellent 3hrs 52.59mins, and Mark Housam made his debut event in a single scull in 5hrs 04.08mins.

The marathon was followed by the Ancholme Head in Brigg.

The2.75km race was made harder in the afternoon when torrential rain drowned a few spirits, but all rowers completed the course with reasonable times.

Victories went to Polly and Saffy Summerfield (junior double WJ15 sculls, 13mins 28secs), Harriet Housam and Glen Ablard (mixed double scull, 11mins 29secs), Pat Burns, Adrian Apletree, David Raine and Robert Parker (men’s coxed four, 11mins 48secs), Pat Burns, Adrian Apletree, David Raine, Robert Parker and Andrew Cook (men’s quad, 11mins 38secs), Joe Burns and Matt Adams (J17 double, 11mins 46secs), Dingo Summerfield (junior boys J13 single, 14mins 55 secs.

Competing on the Thames at the famous Pairs Head, Harriet Housam and Glen Ablard rowed the reverse of the Boat Race (Chiswick to Hammersmith Bridge - 4km) and gained second place among a group of high-quality scullers in 12mins 59secs.

On a bendy 4km course at Huntingdon, Polly and Saffy Summerfield won their WJ15 2Xage group in 20mins 19secs while Jeff Elms and Glenn Ablard were part of a composite quad which won in 16mins 09secs in the coxed four (17mins 07secs). Tom Nuttall won the boys J15 1X (24mions 48secs).

Boston Rowing Club will now host the Great Britain Winter Rowing Trials on Saturday.

Harriet Housam has qualiied to compete in the single sculls.

Harriet has recently been showing her potential on a GB Rowing Junior Potential camp at Nottingham.

Junior trials will be followed by the senior trials on the weekend of November 24-25, with London 2012 Olympians competing on the River Witham.