Saturday was a beautiful day in London with blue, blue skies and a soft warm sunshine. This was very lucky as it was the day of the Great River Race when over 300 crews were taking part in a marathon rowing race and thousands of spectators were lining the route.
We set up our position by Kew Bridge and watched some paddleboarders go past, a little wobbly on the part of the learner but by the time they returned he seemed to have got the hang of it! The Thames is much cleaner than it has been for a very long time but I reckon it’s still better not to fall in…
Then the racers started to appear and we saw the first boats heave themselves into view. The race starts at the Docklands and finishes just past Richmond, 21 miles later. The slower boats start first and the quicker boats then have to catch them up to win, though each boat is timed individually.
It was a great spectacle, especially when seen against the lovely riverside of Kew.
Alongside the serious rowers are some ‘fun’ rowers. A bit like their land marathon comparators, people like to dress up or try rather challenging boats for this daunting task and I salute their achievement!
Bye for now