Thames River Race is upstream all the way
1st September 2009
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For those of you who didn't find enough to do in Richmond over the bank holiday weekend,here's a 'what's on' example for this coming weekend.

This Saturday 5th September sees the annual Great River Race on the Thames, and this year they're doing everything backwards.

Established in 1988, the Thames' River Marathon is for the first time ever having to bow down to tidal patterns, and will this year run entirely in reverse.

Starting this time at its usual finish in London's Docklands, competitors will row with the tidal current and finish at the usual start point at Ham in Richmond.

This of course will mean a different slant on festivities for the people of Richmond, this year hosting the finish and all its encumbant jolities.

Dubbed as London's real marathon, The Great River Race attracts rowers of all skills, from competitive racers to costume-clad fundraisers out for a bit of fun.

River festivals and races always guarantee a cracking day out, and this year's on the Thames will be no exception. With the first boat due to be away at Docklands at 11.00am, the earliest finishers are expected into Richmond at about 2.00pm. With the course set at 22 miles, that's no mean feat, especially if you're dressed as - I'm sure there'll be - one of the many pirates.

And if rowing wasn't enough, after the boat race, around 50 submerging entrants will take part in The Great Swim, a 1000m race from Chiswick Pier to Chiswick Eyot and back.

All in all a great day out, with plenty of riverside festivities at Richmond as well as the action on and in the water.


See you there!



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