A CHARITY rowing event has been cancelled amid rising Covid cases.

Maldon Little Ship Club's charity row and gig race, in aid of RNLI, was advertised weeks ago with no idea a new variant would "take us by storm".

It was because of the rise of Covid cases and concerns surrounding the new Omicron variant Maldon Little Ship Club has reluctantly had to postpone the Row Race scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday, January 3.

Despite this being an outdoor event, the clubhouse must be used for registration and coordination of the event to ensure safety on the water.

The club felt unable to fulfil its responsibilities of providing social distancing with the large numbers of visitors expected, therefore risking the health of racers and spectators alike.

John Rodgers, member Maldon Little Ship Club (MLSC) committee, said: "We are sorry we had to make this regrettable decision and disappoint so many participants and onlookers, but unfortunately this is one of the many traditional events which Covid has prevented happening.

"The club hopes to run a similar event later in the year once a date with suitable tides and availability of safety boats has been identified."

MLSC has thanked supporters of the event.