'In The News' Win Northenden Boat Race 2018
In the News sailed to victory, despite tough weather conditions in this year’s Northenden Boat Race.
The victorious boat, crewed by boat race newbies Dom Bond and James Nightingale, managed a credible 14 minutes 45 seconds to take first place.
Last year’s winners Shaun Boater came in second at 15 minutes 32 seconds, and third place Hey! Boat Down! at 16 minutes 15 seconds. The canoe race was won by Dave Metcalfe and Geoff Paley in Wendy Wishes with a time of 15 minutes 5 seconds.
More than 30 boats entered this year, racing from Simon’s Bridge at Didsbury to the Tatton Arms bridge, Northenden.
Race winners Dom and James say they will be back next year to defend their title: "We are very pleased to have won in our first year competing, and glad to be raising money for a good cause. We’ll be back next year prepared for a tough showing!"
The very first boat race was between two friends, Andy Cameron and Mark Chapman. As with most stories it started in the pub, as a challenge. It took place just after the turn of the century in the middle of a torrential downpour; the result being a closely guarded secret! It wasn't until 2006 that the race took shape as a formal event.
The boat race raises money each year for The Christie and as Andy says: "It's a nice event that brings the Northenden community together. We are all very proud to be involved in organising the race and there are many unsung heroes behind the scenes all working hard, doing their bit to make it a success on the day."
The final total raised for The Christie will be calculated after the presentation evening at the Crown Inn, Northenden on 27 October, and will be published in our next issue.