6th September 2003
Chiswick Bridge, London SW14 7SA
Great River Race
‘Throngs’ doesn’t really apply here, as, this being the Great River Race, there’s about another hour’s worth of rowing to get through before the party starts*, so the quantity of spectators here is much more Spartan. [*actually that’s only applied since 2009 when the organisers changed the race direction from Greenwich to Ham – the rowers in these pictures have really barely got going, which probably explains why they look comparatively relaxed]
We’ve touched on the Great river Race before, and will do so again: a grueling 20 mile slog through the city by person-powered boat of pretty much any shape or size as long as it includes a passenger & a cox. Though this is a piece of cake compared to that they get up to in the Amazon every year – or maybe try building your boat out of cardboard. And this is from an altogether different occasion, though Gloriana has actually taken part in this event.
Having witnessed fairly closely how the competitors are faring in at leafy Mortlake, I then hopped on to a train to catch them passing through Wandsworth, where you don’t get quite so close and the neighbourhood isn’t quite so leafy. So won’t be doing that again soon.