Carpmaels & Ransford swapped IP law for oars at the weekend to raise money for St Mungo’s, a local charity that works to end homelessness and rebuild lives. A total of 20 volunteers, many of whom were rowing novices, took to two boats for the race.
Now in its 30th year, the annual fixture attracts competitors and spectators from the UK, Europe and further afield with a total of 332 boats entering the race this year. The boats are handicapped according to their performance with the slowest types of boat being given a head start. Every boat is individually timed over the course to provide a comparison with other crews. Our crews were racing in two Drascombe Gigs: ‘Big Phil’ and ‘Betty Court’.
Known as ‘London’s River Marathon’, the Carpmaels & Ransford rowing squad navigated the 21.6-mile course from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey. The two crews battled through thunder and lightning to reach the finish line. A healthy dose of team spirit and competition saw both teams complete the race in under 3 hours and 40 minutes, enjoying the views of London landmarks along the way.
Over £1500 was raised for St Mungo’s, and will support the charity in providing care services along with skills and employment for homeless individuals.
We would like to thank the Great River Race team for organising such a fun-filled event. An enjoyable day and a great achievement for all those involved.