Regatta London, 29th September 2019
Sunday will see about 1,500 kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and rowers of mixed abilities take to the river for this pioneering event which will raise funds for great causes, connect sport with the environment and hopefully inspire people to take up paddle sports.
There’ll be a choice of two routes on the day – The London Crossing (a 12-mile challenge, starting near Hammersmith and finishing in Greenwich) and The Big Ben Challenge (a looped course from Putney to Big Ben and back).
The Regatta, which was three years in the making, will see a section of the Thames closed to other marine traffic on the day and it will raise thousands of pounds for several charities. It is being sponsored by Tideway, the company currently building London’s new “super sewer”, the Tideway Tunnel.
Olympian Andrew works as a programme manager for Tideway.
He said: “What we are aiming for is an event like the London Marathon and Ride London but for paddle sports. So many people taking part in this first-ever Regatta have been training very hard and there’s a great message behind the event too – to make people more aware of the capital’s environment, to keep the river clean and safe for sport.
“I don’t think these kinds of sport get the attention they deserve. The Regatta is one way to show just how popular they are.”
He added: “With work well underway on the super sewer to clean up the river, we have the opportunity to highlight the potential of a cleaner Thames, as a hub of sports and recreation while raising thousands of pounds for charity. This is a unique opportunity for people to experience the River Thames when it’s closed to other traffic and to see one of the greatest cities in the world from a different angle.”
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