The Good Friday row


Wednesday, 25 April 2012 08:32 Written by Administrator


Twenty six people took part in the 2012 Good Friday row from Nottingham to Newark; a total distance of 37km including 4 locks. The weather was kind as usual with no rain. The sun shone in the morning but it clouded over in the early afternoon and it became chilly; a good reason to get on with the task at hand.  

Six boats took part, four explorer rowing 4X+, one wide 2X, and the clubs Little Red Robin, a 4x.   Nigel, Sandra, Bev and Richard from the Leisure section, Marcus, Adam and Kate from Novices, and Meryl, Kate, Athena and Hannah from IM3 took part. Bob Griffith stood in for Jenny Huskinson at the last minute and we all appreciated his time and effort. Kenwyn Rees from the Leisure group provided land cover. The remaining rowers came mainly from Newark RC, who during the last two years has provided a large number of rowers, and Joan was again the sole representative from the Lincoln Rowing Centre.  

The visitors’ boats arrived at 08.30 a.m. and during the next hour boats were off-loaded and rigged. Mark and Geoff kindly cooked sausage and bacon cobs for breakfast.

All boats were on the water for 10.00 a.m. with all coxes donning fluffy pink ear headbands ‘thoughtfully’ provided by no one else but Sandra.

Good progress was made to the Holme Pierrepont lock where we had a short wait for a boat to come through the lock. Good banter was had with Ian Wain who happened to be at the lock with his two Labrador dogs.

Passage to and through Stoke Bardolph lock was uneventful, and then straight off to Gunthorpe; no time to stop for that elusive pint as a lack of suitable moorings and the strong stream did not permit it.   After a long wait for a sea going cruiser to pass through the lock, which dwarfed our waiting boats, a picnic lunch at Hoveringham beckoned. When we had beached the boats however, the sun had disappeared behind clouds and it had became notably chilly; not really the weather for the picnic. Lunch was a relatively short affair and unlike last year nobody swam across the River Trent to cool off.