Well, what a difference a year makes! Last year’s sunshine and pink faces turned unceremoniously into stair-rod rain and a rather “washed out” look on people’s faces.
Of course, it wasn’t all bad. In fact the first 90 minutes of play was conducted under much fairer skies. However the clouds soon gathered, the breeze picked up enough to position the giant rain cloud over Greetham Valley, then dropped right away leaving the rain to heave down for the next couple of hours.
The ladies team being among the first teams to arrive at the Halfway House after the downpour had started each and every one of them suitably attired in weather-proof clothing, absolutely undeterred and in fact rather determined to carry on. It was not such a pretty picture for some of the other teams. Waterproof clothing was minimal and in some cases completely non-existent and the persistence of the rain unfortunately led to a few teams throwing in a very soggy towel before completing their rounds.
Overall, half the amount of teams that started actually completed a full round of golf, a commendable feat in itself considering the challenging conditions.
The night then continued at the bar and around the pool table with pictures of flooded greens being shared and many fingers being crossed that we return to the sunshine and pink faces next year.
Racing for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice
Dragon Boat Race Peterborough 2016
Peterborough Rowing Club at Thorpe Meadows, PE3 6LN
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