Thames challenge for three Woodbridge women in a boat
PUBLISHED: 11:33 27 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:23 27 May 2014
Three intrepid women – all members of Deben Rowing Club in Woodbridge – are to row 142 miles down the River Thames this month, re-enacting the adventure made famous in Jerome K Jerome’s book, Three Men in a Boat.
Catherine Larner, Jacq Barnard and Lucy Hollis, below and right, will set off on June 3 and take seven days to cover the course, starting at Lechlade, Gloucestershire and finishing at Richmond, Surrey. They aim to cover 20 miles a day and will negotiate 45 locks in a traditional Victorian 26ft wooden skiff.
The skiff has been hired from a specialist company and has a canvas cover which turns the boat into a tent. Two of the women plan to camp overnight in the boat, while the other will sleep in a tent alongside.
Catherine, Jacq and Lucy plan to visit as many rowing clubs as possible along the route and hope to row along the famous Henley Regatta course. They’ll also be undertaking various challenges to raise money to buy more lightweight equipment which can be used by women at Deben Rowing Club. For details of how to get involved and to track their progress check Twitter @3womeninaboat.