Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jolly Boating Weather for Thousands

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jolly Boating Weather for Thousands

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Byline: By Megan Bolam

More than 5,000 people lined the banks of the River Wear yesterday for the finals of the 170th Durham Regatta.

About 250 entries took part in the racing this year with the warm weather attracting thousands of spectators over the two days.

The North managed to retain the Grand Challenge Cup after Durham University rowed to victory in the 1,800m course.

The crew beat a team from St Leonard's School, in Durham, to the post and were last night presented with the grand trophy at a ceremony at Durham Town Hall.

Regatta secretary Roly Metcalfe said the event was a great success, with more than 60 crews from across the country taking part.

"Today has been splendid. It has been wonderful racing, warm weather and the spectators filled the banks of the river," he said. "The competition numbers were up this year, although the number of entries were slightly down because a lot of people teamed up and jumped into eights boats with larger crews. …

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