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