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GRR 2018 Introduction
May 22nd, 2018 at 10:55pm
 
This year's Great River Race will take place on Sat 8th September!

All members are welcome to put their names down, including novices and junior's. This year we hope will be the best attendance yet by hopefully introducing the GRR Cycle! This will be arranged on a separate post but we are looking into having a team cycle the Thames as a social event supporting our rower's, as some of you will remember the Legend that is Sian Attwell introduced this in 2014!

For those of you who are new to the club The Great River Race is London's River Marathon. A spectacular boat race up the River Thames, it attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe. The Great River Race appeals to every level of competitor! From dedicated athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts, it's a great fun weekend away!

We will be departing Wiseman's bridge early Friday morning and stopping at Chippenham Pit Stop for lunch before arriving at Richmond to unload the boats and register for the race, souvenirs are available for purchase at the registration tent, these include books and t-shirts etc. Boats have to be launched for the tow down service by 6pm!† We will then make our way to Shandon House Hotel or the campsite before meeting at The Red Cow Pub for drinks as is tradition.† Please note We expect all rowers to help launch the boats as this can be tricky.† We will then be dining at Bueneos Aires Argentinian Steak House. Please note a table will be booked for those travelling up together, however anyone arriving later may want to make their own arrangements. Also with camping there is a bbq available at the campsite on the Friday night.

Saturday morning is an early one as we will be catching the buses to the start line at 6.30am.† Hot drinks, and bacon rolls etc are available at the start line and portaloos are also available. This is a great opportunity to take group photos and meet other rowers. The boats will need to be set up ready so you must be prepared to help there, but this is a fun event so enjoy yourselves Cheesy

At the finishing line assistance will be needed to retrieve the boats as this is usually chaotic. The boats will need to be dragged up the bank and then dollied through to the trailer park so again we will need all hands at the ready but hopefully our cyclists will also be there to assist.
Food and drinks are available at the finishing line!

There is a party to follow,† going back to the hotel to shower and change is optional. There is a fancy dress competition but usually involves a lot of waiting around when we could be drinking!

Cost for taking part in the race is as follows:-
Adults. £100 per person
Juniors £65.25 per person
(Prices include tow down service and bus to start line)

There is also a passenger boat for anyone who would like to follow the race without rowing or cycling, you would be responsible for bookingnthis yourself, please ask for further details but the cost would be:-
Adult £31.50
Child under 16 £15.75
Child under 6 Free
Family 2xAdult 2xChild £75

In addition to the race costs will be travelling costs (petrol and bridge), and accommodation which also has a separate post. Please see that post to reserve your room.

Please post below if you are interested...oh and did I mention It's fancy dress? 🤡





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Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2018 at 10:57pm
 
So far:-

Di and Gary (Gary towing)
Nikki and Rachel (Rachel possibly towing)
Libby and Graham
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Reply #2 - May 23rd, 2018 at 7:54am
 
Hi,

Steve and I would like to join you  Smiley
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Reply #3 - Jun 22nd, 2018 at 10:32am
 
Just the one boat going so far this year:-

Di and Gary
Libby and Graham
Dan and Jess

Double Ensuite rooms are booked under Liz Lloyd, Diane Hodgeson and Dan McDermott at Shandon House. Will discuss deposits to get boat booked in shortly!
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Reply #4 - Jun 24th, 2018 at 6:58am
 
Come on people sort it out! Letís have some names!
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Reply #5 - Jun 24th, 2018 at 9:13am
 
Unlikely me and gog will make it... but you never know! !
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Reply #6 - Jun 24th, 2018 at 11:53pm
 
Elizabeth and I would like to join you.
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Reply #7 - Jun 30th, 2018 at 9:56am
 
sorry guys, entered Saundersfoot tri which is on the same weekend, have a good one, I know you will Cheesy Wink
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Reply #8 - Jul 15th, 2018 at 1:22pm
 
So we have one mixed boat going to London

Di and Gary
Libby and Graham
Jake and Elizabeth

Still hoping to get another boat but we'll have to see x
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Reply #9 - Jul 16th, 2018 at 9:48am
 
Sorry Nikki.  Gary and I are going to withdraw if only one boat going.
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Reply #10 - Jul 17th, 2018 at 7:17am
 
We will pull out too now as there isn't enough people  going  sorry Nikki  I love London  x
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Reply #11 - Jul 20th, 2018 at 4:18pm
 
Very sorry for this Guys, I have cancelled the hotel bookings,  hopefully next year x
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Reply #12 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 5:29pm
 
Unfortunately as itís around £100 for a seat in the boat plus two nights accommodation and the party, it has become rather an expensive race to do - particularly if there are two of you! Definitely one to maybe pencil in for next year as it is an experience! They are in danger of pricing people out as it has increased by quite a bit over the years though Sad
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Reply #13 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 7:01pm
 

I am so sorry Nikki I am gutted we didnít get a boat together in the end. I love London but I think taking one boat makes it economically such an expense that it puts people off going† Kiss Kiss Kiss

Perhaps the commitee can  see now that the mileage payment for towing is too high for our  towers who are also members of the club. I donít know why it is set at such a high rate. I agree fuel expenses,parking etc.should be covered but surely that is enough. Perhaps the commitee could also consider that with the money the club is generating from different parts and the towing money float, that it could be helping our Celtic rowing team by subsidising challenge races with towing costs such as the like of  London and Anglesey that are so prohibitively expensive owing to the mileage and hotel costs added on to race fees, after all Rowing is supposed to be what the club is about after all.
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Reply #14 - Jul 24th, 2018 at 9:40am
 
I agree with Libby re the towing cost, too high, all that's needed is to cover the fuel price, especially if we share the towing around, food for thought if the cost of racing is what is putting people off Wink Wink
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