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Doncaster Rowing Club's Coxed Eight Plus are back L-R Ben Furniss, 14, of Sprotbrough, Josh Foltyn, 14, of Balby, Rohan Handley Griggs, 15, of Intake, Oliver Macintosh, 16, of Hatfield Woodhouse, Thomas Howard, 16, of Edenthorpe, Jack Jones, 15, of Balby. Front L-R are Craig Sutton, 16, of Balby, Cox Ailish Elliott, 12, of Hickleton, and Adam Petty, 15, of Sprotbrough. Picture: Liz Mockler D8381LM

Doncaster Rowing Club's Coxed Eight Plus are back L-R Ben Furniss, 14, of Sprotbrough, Josh Foltyn, 14, of Balby, Rohan Handley Griggs, 15, of Intake, Oliver Macintosh, 16, of Hatfield Woodhouse, Thomas Howard, 16, of Edenthorpe, Jack Jones, 15, of Balby. Front L-R are Craig Sutton, 16, of Balby, Cox Ailish Elliott, 12, of Hickleton, and Adam Petty, 15, of Sprotbrough. Picture: Liz Mockler D8381LM

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HUNDREDS of youngsters created a splash on the River Don as they competed in one of South Yorkshire’s biggest rowing contests.

A record entry for the South Yorkshire Head of the River attracted 192 teams of oarsmen and women to Doncaster and the river was closed to other craft for the day.

The event was hosted jointly by Doncaster and Sheffield City Rowing Clubs and races were held over a course of three kilometres between Marshgate and Hexthorpe Flatts.

Teams from 22 rowing clubs across the north of England entered the races, with crews of varying numbers aged from 13 to veterans in their 70s.

The under 16s eight of the Doncaster club has been selected to represent South Yorkshire at the national junior championships at Nottingham, in May.