Thousands of visitors due as Boston host top university rowers

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Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

Thousands of visitors will come to Boston this weekend as the town hosts top university rowers in an event usually put on in Peterborough.

The British Universities and Colleges 4s and 8s races have been moved to the River Witham due to saturated ground conditions at the usual location.

It will mean 200 boats racing on the river on Saturday and 260 on Sunday - with both days having morning and afternoon races and more than 2,750 visitors from as far away as Edinburgh and Devon expected to attend.

On Saturday races start at 10.30am and 2.30pm and on Sunday they begin at 10.30am and 2pm.

Boston Rowing Club, based at the river in Carlton Road, is hosting the event.

Coun Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure services, said: “It’s a real coup for Boston to host this event. It should be quite a spectacle and some of the country’s best up-and-coming young rowers will be seen on the water.”