ROWING: Bad weather sees cancellation of record breaking Head of the River race in Brigg

Frustration! Thumbs down from Jim Copson of the Ancholme Rowing Club as water laps over the path by the clubhouse on Manley Gardens, forcing the Head of the River race to be called off.
Frustration! Thumbs down from Jim Copson of the Ancholme Rowing Club as water laps over the path by the clubhouse on Manley Gardens, forcing the Head of the River race to be called off.
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Bad weather forced the cancellation of the Ancholme Rowing Club’s ‘Head of the River’ race on Sunday.

Torrential rain accompanied by a high wind fell overnight and into Sunday morning.

Rowers flocked from throughout Lincolnshire and Yorkshire for the annual October event, but two foot waves at the start of the course near Broughton Bridge and a fast flow on a northerly wind were the problems. The high river overflowed its banks by the clubhouse on Manley Gardens,

“Health and safety of participants is the prime concern and so we had no option,with so many youngsters taking part, to call the event off,”said Jim Copson on behalf of the organisers.

“We had a record entry of 180 crews this year as well,it is the first year we have ever had to call off.”