Racers pay Portsmouth a visit in round-Britain challenge

TEAM From left, Graham Lawton, John Cooke, Andy Parson of Southsea Castle Rotary Club and Jeremy Gibson
TEAM From left, Graham Lawton, John Cooke, Andy Parson of Southsea Castle Rotary Club and Jeremy Gibson

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POWERBOAT racers paid a visit to Portsmouth on a charity trip around Britain.

The Bananashark racing team was due to take part in the historic Round Britain 2012 race but members were left disappointed when the challenge was postponed.

So the crew decided to circumnavigate Great Britain anyway, and raise money for children’s hospices along the way. Yesterday they visited Port Solent to make a donation to the Naomi House hospice, near Winchester.

The team has been donating chunks of the £3,500 entry fee which was returned from the postponed race.

Co-driver John Cooke said: ‘Following the postponement of the Round Britain race we were incredibly disappointed.

‘But thanks to the co-operation of our sponsors we will not only complete the challenge but also make a difference in the local communities.’

The Rotary Club of Southsea Castle accepted the cheque on behalf of Naomi House.