West Norfolk Rowing Club’s Mike Bond hit a weed problem at the Boston Marathon.Picture: David Dales.

ROWING: A weed-festooned Mike Bond reported himself pleased with his performance in an eventful Boston Marathon.

The West Norfolk Rowing Club member took part in the daunting 50km race from Lincoln to Boston, which was held in bright sunshine but with a fierce wind. 

More than 100 competitors were set off at one-minute intervals, including Bond, who was rowing in a single. 

Hard training allowed him to pass the 58 boats ahead of him, to reach the porterage stage, where he had to lift the boat from the water and carry it beyond the lock. 

But at the 27km mark disaster struck when Bond’s boat hit an underwater log that was obscured by blanket weed. 

Unable to control the boat in the murky water, he capsized then spent the next 30 minutes trying to swim his boat through the weed-filled water to the bank. 

Bristol Rowing club members on the bank attempted to help him drag the boat out and, once at the bank, he overturned the boat to remove the water and weed then managed to row through the weed patch, which continued for the next 5km. 

Despite the delay, he was able to make up time to finish a credible third in his Masters D group with a time of
5hrs 10 min. 

Despite his watery and weedy experience, with his boat and even oars saturated with water and covered with weed, Bond said he was pleased with his performance and had still enjoyed the race.