Saturday 8 September 2018
The Great River Race, London’s river marathon, will take place on Saturday, 8 September 2018.
The race which attracts competitors worldwide starts at Millwall, London Docklands at around 12pm with the first boats finishing at Ham, Surrey from around 2pm onwards.
The winners will receive the coveted Challenge Trophy of The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames.
- Free ferry running from Richmond to Ham House from 12.15pm with the 16 piece jazz band Tartouffe playing on board
- Full Turks bar open from 12.30pm till late
- Food stalls
- Plenty of entertainment for kids
- Winners ceremony 6.00 pm
Please note: The Turks daily tripping service to Richmond will not be operating on Great River Race day.
The diverse 300-odd fleet will comprise traditional-style, fixed-seat craft from curraghs to cutters, galleys to gigs, lifeboats to longboats, shallops to skiffs, whalers to wherries and many, many more. The Race is run on a ‘slowest away first, fastest last’ pursuit handicap basis, so all will be attempting to maintain their various handicap advantages over Cam and Old Balliol, the fastest boats in the Race and faithful replicas of the fixed-seat gigs which were rowed in the inaugural Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race in 1829.
The Great River Race
LONDON’S RIVER MARATHON
44 Summer Road
Photos – Ray Little/The Great River Race.