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Danson Dashes returns with champion rower Naomi Richards after 30-year absence

PUBLISHED: 14:02 22 August 2017

Danson Dashes 2017

Danson Dashes 2017

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The park's lake held a 500m sprint regatta

Rowing clubs took to Danson Park’s water on Saturday for the return of a day of races not seen since the 1980s

Once a landmark date in the rowing calendar, the Danson Dashes 500 metre sprint regatta returned with nearly 70 races all in one day.

Competitors from 12-years-old and up entered the water as six rowing clubs battled it out surrounded by scenery of the park and its Georgian-era Danson House.

Gold medal winning rower Naomi Richards, who picked up her medal at the 2012 Paralympics, was at the event to hand out awards.

Erith Rowing Club helped organise the event along with Gravesend Rowing Club.

Club captain at Erith, Phil Simmonds, said: “It was a fantastic day due to the support from four other rowing clubs that were invited. Globe Rowing Club, Lea Rowing Club, Medway Towns Rowing Club and Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club.

“It’s been around 30 years since the event has been held and it was a great site to see all the boats being rigged and attended to on the grass by their respective crews, with all the coaches and parents in support.

Organisers hope the private regatta’s success could see a fully open event held next year.

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