Photo gallery: Christmas fun and competitive spirits as rowers take to the Wensum in Norwich for anniversary Carrow Cup race

Rowers taking part in the early race in the Carrow Cup on the river Wensum, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams Rowers taking part in the early race in the Carrow Cup on the river Wensum, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:41 AM

Christmas jumpers, reindeer antlers and even presents made into hats were the unusual kits for dozens of rowers who took to the Wensum this morning for the 200th anniversary of the annual Carrow Cup race.

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The event traces its history back as far as 1803, but this year is the bicentennial anniversary of the trophy itself, which organisers believe is the oldest for rowing in the country.

Competitors in the morning races showed differing degrees of competitive seriousness as they tackled the 3,200 metre course, starting at Pulls Ferry, off Riverside Road, and ending at the Thorpe rail bridge.

Spectators watching the event from the pedestrian bridge at the Riverside complex included Raymond Turner, 8, who was cheering on his father Richard and his Yare Boat Club team.

He said: “I think it’s quite a nice thing to do because it’s the 200th anniversary. I have seen him do it tons of times. I’m proud of him.

“One of the things I like is when a boat passes by. They look so big when you look down.”

Raymond, who has rowed himself, added that he hoped to take part in the race himself one day.

Others who had gathered to support the competitors included Alan Smith, from Watton, whose cheers for his son Phil in the Beccles Rowing Club boat were acknowledged with a smile.

Mr Smith said: “It’s just fun. They are relaxed, but they are serious as well. You can tell by the coxs’ shouts.”

Many of the boats were decked out in tinsel and mini-Christmas trees, but perhaps the boat set to give the most festive cheer at the finishing line was one which also had an inviting bottle of booze, complete with a half-full glass, firmly attached to it.

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