First class performance in Boston Rowing Marathon by Salford squad
A team of four young rowers from Salford sponsored by Aquarium Software successfully completed the Boston Rowing Marathon on Sunday 17 September. The 31 mile race from Lincoln to Boston was notable for the participation of double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, who was in one of the 96 boats taking part.
The marathon attracts crew members ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, with James Cracknell himself commenting afterwards that he felt it was one of the most challenging races he had ever taken part in. The young team from Agecroft Rowing Club in Salford, couldn’t quite match Cracknell, (who set a course record in his event of 3 hours 33 minutes), but the girls came a creditable second in their class, posting a time of 5 hours 47 minutes along the way. Aquarium Managing Director Ed Shropshire (a former international rower in his own right), was delighted with their efforts.
“To complete 31 miles of hard rowing in under six hours and post second in your class is an achievement to be proud of, and all of us at Aquarium would like to congratulate the team on their gargantuan effort,” said Aquarium Software Managing Director, Ed Shropshire. “It is a pleasure to be able to sponsor a team from our local club and play a small part in their success. We look forward to seeing the team progress in the years ahead.” The weather conditions were kind on the day and all the rowers were able to get off to a somewhat misty early start, but the river conditions were also perfect for rowing. In acknowledging the team’s achievement, Ed was also keen not to rule out future opportunities for Aquarium to work with Agecroft Rowing Club again.
“Aquarium is committed to playing its part in the local community, and I’m sure we will look to keep relationships going and the hope is this initial sponsorship may lead to developing further links with Agecroft Rowing Club and Aquarium Software in the future.”