SIM Cutter collects three trophies in Great River Race
The Great River Race is London’s River Marathon and is a spectacular event attracting nearly 350 boats from all over the world. There are crews from countries all over Europe as well as entries from far wider afield including the USA and Australia. The gruelling course is nearly 22 miles long, starting in London Docklands and, after passing many of London’s historic landmarks, finishes in Ham. There are around 2,500 competitors taking part, some very serious racers, others in an array of fancy-dress raising money for charity.
Unlike the marathon race, the boats are handicapped with the quickest crews starting at the back of the field. Each boat is timed over the course but with boats of all different shapes, sizes, speeds and crew numbers, the early miles make for challenging and exciting racing. The course is narrow in places especially around London’s famous bridges to allow for other river traffic. This results in the coxes of faster moving boats searching for near impossible gaps to overtake.
With a starting number of 293, the WCSIM crew successfully overtook nearly 280 boats on their way winning the Riparian Trophy, clocked the 6th fastest time overall (2 hours 22 minutes) and picked up The Thames Waterman Cutter Shield and the City Challenge Cup against some stiff competition. The crew raised over £300 for Mencap.