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The Great River Race 2014

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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The Marathon That Launched 300 Row Boats

The Great River Race is for serious competitors
The Great River Race is for fundraising samaritans
The Great River Race is for fancy dressers
The Great River Race is for families
The Great River Race is for...

I could continue, but to cut a long list short, The Great River Race is for everyone. Anyone enthusiastic enough to pick up an oar and persistent enough to convince their mates to join their team can enter. That's probably why the event has attracted such a wide assortment of boats. Since its conception in 1988, The Great River Race has seen a Bronze Age Greek galley replica, an eighth century style Irish Currach, a shallop, wherry, and 'Royal Oak', the world's oldest rowing boat.

The Great River Race 2014 kicks off from London Docklands at 9.30am on the 27th September. From there, over three hundred competitors will row 21.6 miles down the Thames to Ham House in Richmond. There are all sort of categories, so it isn't just the first to cross the finish line to win a prize. There are awards for best sportsmanship, greatest effort, most money raised for charity, and many more.

Will you be there to cheer them on?
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When: 27th September, 9.30am
Phone: 020 8398 8141
Where: London Docklands to Ham House
Cost: Free
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