Records Week returns to Coniston for 47th year

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9 October 2017 1:21PM

HIGH-OCTANE action returns to the Lake District later this month for the 47th Coniston Power Boat Records Week.

Cumbria's spiritual home of speed is set to welcome racing machines from around the UK and Europe once more for five days at the end of October and start of November.

From the early days of record breaking, which saw Malcolm Campbell hit 141mph back in 1939, to the death of his son, Donald, 18 years later, Coniston Water has always been synonymous with speed.

Records Week is the only event in the power boat racing calendar to bring together all classes of boat since its start in 1970.

The only event of its type in the UK racing calendar that brings together all classes of boat. It is also the only straight-line speed event in the country.

Each pilot is timed over a straight 1km distance, before turning round and doing the same in the opposite direction.

The average speed of the two counts as the recorded run.

Last year's action saw 35 entries making 180 record attempts, bringing over 200 officials, drivers and crews directly involved with the event to Coniston.

The great weather saw a large number of spectators throughout the week gathering on the shore to enjoy history in the making, with more than 20 world and national records broken over the five days.

The first run of the week is usually around 8am on the Monday with the last run each day at around 4pm. The final run of the week will be at 2pm on the Friday. However, it is difficult to predict when the majority of action will take place, because, as ever, it comes down to the famous Lake District weather.

So if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the action, make sure you keep your eye on the weather forecast.

The event is free for spectators so grab a blanket and head down to the shoreline to take in the action.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week 2017 runs from Monday October 30 to Friday November 3.

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