Guy Martin’s next speed challenge in ‘race-against-time’ to clear the watery course… you can still go and watch it for FREE though!




A sudden growth in huge weeds in the river Whitham could make things very tricky for Guy Martin ahead of his next speed challenge for Channel 4 which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday – and you can go and see for FREE.

There’s round-the-clock work taking place to clear a huge tangled mess of weeds that had a massive growth spurt during last week’s record temperatures.



The weeds have grown to such proportions that they are clogging up Lincoln’s Brayford waterfront, part of the river that Guy will sail his hydrofoil through over the next two days in an attempt to gain a record for the upcoming SPEED WITH series due to be screened on Channel 4 later this year.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo, Keith van Bergen, harbourmaster, said: “The clean-up crew can’t remember weed growing as fast as this.

“The amount of weed that has suddenly occurred in the last week or so has been amazing. We have always had a bit of a problem with the weeds each year, but not like this. This is unacceptable. In the last week it has got ridiculous.


“It is also necessary to clear the weeds for safety. The support boats need to be able to get to him if he needs assistance.”

Guy’s sailing challenge will take place tomorrow and Thursday and will go straight through the centre of Lincoln. If you want to go and watch then be aware that there is no specific time given for Guy attempting his runs on the hydrofoil because of having to wait for the right weather conditions, but just head to Lincoln and follow signs to the Brayford waterfront.

Tony Carter

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