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Worcester Duo set New Rowing Marathon Record
Three crews from Worcester rowing club ventured out to compete in rowings toughest UK event,
the Boston Marathon. A gruelling fifty kilometre rowing event designed to test the mettle of all the enter.
Three crews entered from Worcester which were a junior sixteen double scull, a junior eighteen quadruple scull and a masters E double Scull.
The junior double of Tommy Fouweather and Sam Hunt managed to finish first in their category securing a win with the quad scull gaining a creditable second place in their category.
Juniors Coach Jas Hales said 'it was inspiring to see Worcester RC members competing and completing in this huge challenge. Junior and master athletes along side each other and encouraging all the way'. To achieve 2 wins, a new course record and a J18 quad in 2nd place was just awesome'
It was however the masters men that stole the show. Keith Hiley and Adrian Carter had spent a solid four months training for this event alone.
They put in the long and dedicated mileage on the river to build up the required stamina.
Not only did they win their category beating the nearest rival by over thirty minutes, they proceeded to set a new course record for their category completing the thirty one mile course in four hours and four minutes.
Worcester rowing club members also had the pleasure of boating on and competing alongside famous Olympian James Cracknell who was also giving the Boston Marathon challenge his attention.
Club Captain Anne Singleton said "Their bravery for taking on such a difficult challenge is an inspiration to the rest of the club. They knew what they were attempting was scary, difficult and at points dangerous, but they did it anyway as the possibility of winning was worth the chance of losing."
Upon their return to Worcester, Keith and Adrian received a huge amount of applause and congratulations from the rest of the club members for their record setting row. They continue their training for the next event which is Worcester's Own Head of the river race due to take place on October seventh at eleven thirty am. Spectators from the city are warmly welcomed by the club to come along for the Head of the River Race.