MORE than 300 boats took to the River Ouse for the 2018 York Small Boats Head race run by York City Rowing Club.

One of the club’s highest profile races, the Small Boats Head takes the form of a time trial from Fulford Landing to King’s Staith in the heart of town, and the sunny conditions this year were perfect.

Across three divisions and 70 categories, 700 competitors aged 13 to 83 raced over 3km in one, two and four-person boats.

There was excellent representation from neighbouring clubs across the Yorkshire region, with crews also travelling from as far away as West Norfolk, Berwick and Talkin Tarn to take part.

A York City quadruple scull of Ben Bollans, Dan Lewis, Pat Evans, and Andy Wilkinson took home bragging rights as the fastest crew of the day. The home club took a total of 19 wins, with neighbours St Peter's School and the University of York also collecting a number of trophies.

Chris Polack, head of the organising team, said: “It was a great day’s racing with 332 crews racing over three divisions.

"The conditions were perfect and there has been a lot of positive feedback from the athletes.

"York City Rowing Club looks forward to welcoming clubs back for the next event on the River Ouse which will be the Yorkshire Head, on Saturday, March 2, 2019."