The 2011 Boston Rowing Marathon has been cancelled, amid safety concerns on the River Witham.
The 65-year-old event had been due to take place on Sunday, with crews from around the country expected to arrive in Lincolnshire to race, raise money for charity, or simply enjoy the challenge of rowing the 31-mile course between Lincoln and Boston.
‘It is with deep regret that we have to announce that this year's Boston Rowing Marathon has been cancelled,’ the Boston Rowing Marathon Committee said in a statement.
‘Weed growth on the river has been a greater issue than normal this summer. British Waterways have been attempting to make sure the river is clear for the event, and we have been carefully monitoring their progress.
‘However, when we completed one of our scheduled inspections of the river today it became apparent that the situation had deteriorated in the last few days to such an extent that we were left with no choice but to cancel [the event].
‘We will, in due course, be organising refunds for all entries.’
This is only the second time that the Boston Rowing Marathon has been cancelled, with the event called off for the first time in its history in 2000 because of a fuel crisis.
For the latest updates on the cancellation of this year’s event, visit the Boston Rowing Marathon website.