SO-CALLED “facts” about Henley Royal Regatta were trending on Twitter.
Competitors, visitors and supporters contributed using #HenleyRoyalRegattaFacts. Here are some examples:
Phelan Hill, cox of the current Great Britain eight, wrote: “The course distance of 2,112m is an accident caused by an intoxicated steward wrongly measuring out 2,000m in 1891.”
Pete Reed, a former Leander captain and a member of the eight, said: “For charity the stewards are donating 10 per cent of all champagne sales to help the upper middle classes.”
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell, another member of the crew, said: “83 per cent of all athletes and 97 per cent of all coaches don’t remember which side is Bucks and which is Berks.”