London's river marathon, the Great River Race, took place on Saturday 15th sept, with over 300 crews from all over the globe rowing 21 miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey. Gold Medal rower Sophie Hosking and Silver Medallist Rob Williams were aboard the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana as it preceded the leading boats of The Jubilee Great River Race on the final stretch from Richmond to the Finish at Ham. Gloriana, glittering star of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Torch Relay, was rowed by youngsters supported by The Rowing Foundation, the Race's official charity.

New Quay descended on London for their second consecutive year, hoping for sunny weather this time round! A hot Friday travelling to the campsite was a good sign and the forecast was good. Saturday morning was an early start – up before the parakeets! Dressed up at cops n’ robbers, the four crews made their way to the buses, enjoying a scenic route to the start line. As the docklands are busy with crews organising their boats, it’s the last chance to relax before the marathon row!! Waiting on the water for the starting cannon was mad, exciting chaos and all four boats were away without incident. Rowing 21 miles down the Thames is no mean feat but what a sight!! Passing under some beautiful bridges, seeing the sights from the river plus all the spectators shouting encouragement is truly wonderful. This year the crews enjoyed a ‘jolly’ taking in the atmosphere and simply being part of such a great event. A brilliant weekend was had by all, which no doubt will be repeated year after year

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