Hundreds enjoy 2014 Great River Race

On Saturday 27th September, rowers from across the country turned out in their hundreds to take part in the London’s annual Great River Race. 

In all 332 boats covered the 21.6 mile course, having launched from London’s Docklands and finishing in Ham, West London.

The race saw a record turnout of Cornish Pilot Gigs, one of the faster vessels in the fleet, with winners of the category being Hayle men’s crew in their gig ‘Azook’.

“This is an amazing achievement for us,” said Hayle’s Guy Botterill. “It’s been the icing on the cake after having been competitive over the shorter distances over the summer.”

For most competitors, however, it’s the taking part that counts with many crews choosing fancy dress over racing lycra. 

This year was no exception with boats of Smurfs, Cornish Choughs and even un unseasonal crew of Father Christmasses entertaining the spectators lining London’s river banks and bridges throughout the afternoon.

“The Great River Race is a truly unique event” said British Rowing’s Phil Pring, who competed in this year’s event. “It offers an incredible opportunity for recreational and competitive rowers to race so many different types of boat, on such a scale and on such an iconic course.”

For results and pictures from this year’s Great River Race visit the event website: www.greatriverrace.co.uk.

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