Lifeboat crews from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, Cromer, Wells and Sheringham ready to row

The William Riley, a 100 year old rowing lifeboat

They use state-of-the-art technology when saving lives at sea, but Norfolk's lifeboat crews will rely on brute strength and wooden oars when they take part in a fundraiser this weekend.

RNLI crews will take part in a fundraising row in this Whitby-based William Riley lifeboat

Crews from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, Cromer, Sheringham and Wells will join RNLI crews from Yorkshire when they row more than 40 miles in a 100-year-old lifeboat.

They will take the historic William Riley lifeboat from Wroxham to Yarmouth and Yarmouth to Brundall, stopping at pubs along the route to collection donations for the RNLI –and rest their weary limbs.

Alan Churchman, a crewmember of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station, said: 'It's not often you get an opportunity to row an old lifeboat like this one.

'It should be good fun. I've not done a lot of rowing so that'll be interesting – I'm not that good when it comes to two oars and two hands, but our station is really keen to get out in the public and help raise money for the RNLI.'

The William Riley's Norfolk Broads challenge will start at Brundall Bay Marina with a team from Cromer lifeboat station taking the first leg, rowing 13.5 miles to the Acle Bridge Inn before the Sheringham crew take over, rowing 10.25 miles to Yarmouth Yacht Station.

The Yarmouth and Gorleston crew will row nine miles to Reedham Ferry Bridge on Sunday morning before the Wells crew take over for the 10½ mile final stretch to the Yare pub in Brundall. Together the crews will cover 43½ miles and be rowing for about 10 hours.

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Full timetable is as follows:

Saturday, June 29

9.30am - Launch lifeboat at Landamores Boatyard Slipway

10.30am - Depart from Brundall Bay Marina

11.30am - Arrive at Swan Inn, Horning

12.30pm - Depart

2.30pm - Arrive at Acle Bridge Inn (13.5 miles)

Lunch and crew change

3.30pm - Depart

4pm - Arrive at Ferry Inn, Stokesby

5pm - Depart

7pm - Arrive at Yarmouth Yacht Station (10.25 miles)

Stay overnight.

Sunday, June 28

9.30am - Depart Yarmouth Yacht Station

10.30am - Arrive at Berney Arms

11.30am - Depart

12.45pm - Arrive at Reedham Pub

1.30pm - Depart

2pm - Arrive at Reedham Ferry Pub (9 miles)

Change Crew

3pm - Depart

4pm - Arrive at Red House, Cantley

5pm - Depart

5.45pm - Arrive at Beauchamp Arms

6pm - Depart

6.45pm - Arrive at Yare Pub in Brundall for fundraising drinks, tea and celebration.

7.45pm - Boat back to Brundall Bay Marina (10.5 miles)

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