Nottingham sculler sets new record at the Boston Marathon

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:23 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:44

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The Boston Marathon is a gruelling 31 mile rowing race on the River Witham from Lincoln to Boston that takes upwards of three hours to complete, with most crews taking around four hours. This makes it a physical challenge comparable in scale to running a marathon and, as in that event, just to complete the race is a significant achievement. This year it took place on Sunday 21st September, and luckily this year’s good early autumn weather persisted, with the added benefit of a tailwind making for excellent conditions on the course.

Nottingham Rowing Club had three single scullers entered into the marathon. In the Masters D singles, Graham Angus won the event with a time of 3:49:12, making him the fastest sculler of the day overall in a field of 71 singles. In setting this time he smashed by over seven minutes the existing record time for Masters D singles that has lasted since 1996. This remarkable time was sufficient to place him 13th overall out of 166 finishers, beating most eights, quads, doubles and of course all other singles. In fact there were two quality Masters D scullers in the event, with Mark Stewart-Woods from Monmouth RC also posting a good time of 3:49:38, with these two being in a class of their own, nearly 10 minutes ahead of any other single sculler.

Abi McCartney competed in Women’s IM3 singles and completed the course in 4:23:24, finishing in 2nd place in her event by some 12 minutes and placing 74th overall. John Dainty was in Masters B Novice singles, finishing in 99th place in a time of 4:35:42. The race overall was won by a women's quad from Tideway Scullers School in a time of 3:33:14.

Graham's win is the first winter trophy for Nottingham Rowing Club, who amassed a record breaking 65 winter wins in the 2013/2014 season and surpassed 1,000 trophies since the club was established in 2006.