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The Start of The Great River Race – 14th September 2019

The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public, to understand why it is worth going down to Millwall slipway in the morning before the race to savour some of the excitement and anticipation of the competitors.

Collecting over 300 boats of assorted sizes in order would seem to be a logistic nightmare, however the organisation always seems assured and efficient.

Many of the crews dress up in fancy dress and take part to raise money for charity, so a few strange and unusual sights are about.

The Great River race is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is 21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs to Ham in Surrey and attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers. There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors.

The start has the slowest boats starting first before the great bulk of boats are launched to create a great scene on the river with all the boats taking part and many other passengers boats following  the race.

The last boats to start are the dragon boats which are a wonderful sight as they make their way up to Tower Bridge.

To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats.

The Start of The Great River Race – 3rd September 2016

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The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public, to understand why it is worth going down to Millwall slipway in the morning before the race to savour some of the excitement and anticipation of the competitors.

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Collecting over 300 boats of assorted sizes in order would seem to be a logistic nightmare, however the organisation always seems assured and efficient.

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Many of the crews dress up in fancy address and take part to raise money for charity, so a few strange and unusual sights are about.

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The Great River race is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is  21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs  to Ham in Surrey and attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers.There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors.

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The start has the slowest boats starting first before the great bulk of boats are launched to create a wonderful sight on the river with all the boats taking part and many other passengers boats following  the race.

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To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats. This was done using a sophisticated computer programme.

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The Great River Race – 3rd September 2016

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Whilst it might not have the media coverage of the London Marathon,  The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public. It is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is  21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs  to Ham in Surrey.

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To the uninitiated, the event  is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that often attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers.

There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors. Like the running marathon many of the crews dress up in fancy dress and compete for charities.

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The Race began in 1988 , but has grown each year and is a real global event attracting crews from all over the world. To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats. This was done using a sophisticated computer programme.

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As well as the crews , the entertainment is provided by the amazing array of boats on display from  the ever popular Dragon Boats to Waterman Cutters.

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It is always fun to walk down to the Docklands Sailing Centre and the Millwall Slipway to the boats and crews before the firing cannon sets of the race. Celebrity starters who have come along to fire the cannon to get the Race under way have included Sting, Jerry Hall, Sir Steven Redgrave, Sir Trevor MacDonald, Jane Horrocks and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson.

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With entries now well over 300 boats carrying approx. 2,400 competitors racing for 35 trophies, The Great River Race has become the biggest and most prestigious event of its kind in Europe.

The Race

From 9:15 hours

MILLWALL RIVERSIDE, WESTFERRY ROAD

Competing crews arrive, register and prepare their boats for the launch and of course the Race. Public announcements throughout.

12:25

MILLWALL DOCK SLIPWAY

LONDON DOCKLANDS

The starter fires the maroon to start the first of the 300-odd entrants. Boats leave on a ‘slowest first, fastest last’ handicap basis, giving all crews an equal chance.

12:55

TOWER BRIDGE

13:10

WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

13:15

LAMBETH BRIDGE

13:30

BATTERSEA BRIDGE

13:40

WANDSWORTH BRIDGE

13:45

PUTNEY BRIDGE

14:00

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE

14:30

CHISWICK BRIDGE

14:45

KEW BRIDGE

15:20

RICHMOND BRIDGE

15:25

RIVERSIDE BELOW HAM HOUSE, RICHMOND

The Start of The Great River Race – Saturday September 12th 2015

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It is always a pleasure to have a look at the boats and crews at the start of the Great River Race , the range of boats waiting on the Millwall slipway vary in size and shape. The same could be said about the crews, many in fancy dress who stand in anticipation of the challenge ahead.

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It is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is  21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs  to Ham in Surrey.  The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public.

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The start from the Isle of Dogs is one of the great sights on the river as  over three hundred boats make their way around Limehouse reach to begin their approach to the centre of London.

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The event  is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that often attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers.There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors..

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The Race began in 1988 , but has grown each year and is a real global event attracting crews from all over the world. To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats. This was done using a sophisticated computer programme.

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As well as the crews , the entertainment is provided by the amazing array of boats on display from  the ever popular Dragon Boats to Waterman Cutters.

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To make sure you don’t miss the race here are some timings:

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From 7:35 hours.

MILLWALL RIVERSIDE, WESTFERRY ROAD
Competing crews arrive, register and prepare their boats for the launch and of course the Race.

10:45

MILLWALL DOCK SLIPWAY
The start of the first of the 300-odd entrants.
Boats leave on a ‘slowest first, fastest last’ handicap basis, giving all crews an equal chance.

11:15

TOWER BRIDGE

11:30

WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

11:35

LAMBETH BRIDGE

11:50

BATTERSEA BRIDGE

12:00

WANDSWORTH BRIDGE

12:05

PUTNEY BRIDGE

12:20

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE

12:50

CHISWICK BRIDGE

13:05

KEW BRIDGE

13:35

RICHMOND BRIDGE

13:45

RIVERSIDE BELOW HAM HOUSE, RICHMOND

Finish

For more details visit The Great River Race website here

The Great River Race – Saturday September 12th 2015

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Whilst it might not have the media coverage of the London Marathon,  The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public.

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It is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is  21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs  to Ham in Surrey.

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To the uninitiated, the event  is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that often attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers.

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There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors. Like the running marathon many of the crews dress up in fancy dress and compete for charities.

The Race began in 1988 , but has grown each year and is a real global event attracting crews from all over the world.

To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats. This was done using a sophisticated computer programme.

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As well as the crews , the entertainment is provided by the amazing array of boats on display from  the ever popular Dragon Boats to Waterman Cutters.

To make sure you don’t miss the race here are some timings:
From 7:35 hours.

MILLWALL RIVERSIDE, WESTFERRY ROAD
Competing crews arrive, register and prepare their boats for the launch and of course the Race.

10:45

MILLWALL DOCK SLIPWAY
The start of the first of the 300-odd entrants.
Boats leave on a ‘slowest first, fastest last’ handicap basis, giving all crews an equal chance.

11:15

TOWER BRIDGE

11:30

WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

11:35

LAMBETH BRIDGE

11:50

BATTERSEA BRIDGE

12:00

WANDSWORTH BRIDGE

12:05

PUTNEY BRIDGE

12:20

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE

12:50

CHISWICK BRIDGE

13:05

KEW BRIDGE

13:35

RICHMOND BRIDGE

13:45

RIVERSIDE BELOW HAM HOUSE, RICHMOND

Finish

For more details visit The Great River Race website here

The Great River Race – Saturday 27 September 2014

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From early morning there was a steady arrival of people and boats for the start of the Great River Race.

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The people get used to delays on the roads on the Isle of Dogs but being held up by small boats is a bit of novelty.

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Getting near to the start time , the excitement builds and the logistic nightmare of getting boats and crews into the water begins.

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The Millwall slipway and the Docklands sailing centre are quite small but everyone takes the organisation in good spirits and use the time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

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The cannon marks the start of the race when the slowest boats start off first, and the others wait for their turn to begin.

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The first part of the race takes the crews up to Canary Wharf and round Limehouse to see the skyscrapers in the City.

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But there are still 20 miles to go in the River Marathon and the finish in Richmond.

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Getting Ready for The Great River Race Saturday 27 September 2014

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Whilst it might not have the media coverage of the London Marathon,  The UK Traditional Boat Championship or the Great River Race as it is known has become a favourite with crews and the public.

It is known as the ‘River Marathon’ because the course is  21.6 Miles from the Isle of Dogs  to Ham in Surrey.

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To the uninitiated, the event  is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that often attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from the fun rowers to the more serious racers.

There are 35 trophies at stake for the various classes of boats and competitors. Like the running marathon many of the crews dress up in fancy dress and compete for charities.

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The Race began in 1988 , but has grown each year and is a real global event attracting crews from all over the world.

To give all crews an equal chance, entrants were handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats. This was done using a sophisticated computer programme.

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As well as the crews , the entertainment is provided by the amazing array of boats on display from  the ever popular Dragon Boats to Waterman Cutters.

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To make sure you don’t miss the race here are some timings:

From 9:30 hours.

MILLWALL RIVERSIDE, WESTFERRY ROAD
LONDON DOCKLANDS
Competing crews arrive, register and prepare their boats for the launch

Race Begins

12:40

MILLWALL DOCK SLIPWAY
LONDON DOCKLANDS
13:10

TOWER BRIDGE
13:25

WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

13:30

LAMBETH BRIDGE
13:45

BATTERSEA BRIDGE
13:55

WANDSWORTH BRIDGE
14:00

PUTNEY BRIDGE
14:15

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE
14:45

CHISWICK BRIDGE
15:00

KEW BRIDGE
15:30

RICHMOND BRIDGE

15:40

RIVERSIDE BELOW HAM HOUSE, RICHMOND

Finish