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Epsom Sea Scouts take on mammoth race

Information from 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea ScoutsWarspiteSeaScouts

On 1 September, the 2019 Great River Race started; & Warspite Sea Scouts from Epsom were there in force. Five youth teams and an adult veterans team had all challenged themselves to compete this 21.6 mile river rowing Marathon, which goes through the middle of the City of London on the Tidal Thames.

This is not a race for the faint hearted. It is a full commitment to race under Tower Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament, through Wansdworth, Chiswick, Kew and then into Richmond. There is a time limit, you need to outpace the tide's turn and these are big, heavy boats. This is an international race, with crews from across Europe taking part.

To say that they did us proud is an understatement.

With this marathon, it is most definitely the finishing that counts. The variety of boats means that it is incredibly difficult to place in our boats, when faced with faster racing craft, even with the handicapping system. So how did they get on:

Team 1 in Adron achieved 4 hours, 27 minutes in the ASC. A fantastic achievement & one that really shows their determination and effort.

The team in Thunder were the 3rd fastest Scout under 16 in a Home Counties Gig. They finished in 3 hours, 49 minutes.

The adult team in Lamb had a very respectable 3 hours 44, the 280th fastest boat in the race. They have already raised over £1400 to support the work of Prostate Cancer UK.

Just ahead of them were the team in Darno. As well as being the 3 hours 43 minutes, and the 2nd fastest under 16 Home Counties Gig. They were however the fastest under 14 team in the entire race and will receive the Ted Springer Trophy. It's 7 years since we last won this category.

The fastest under 16 Scout Home Counties was the team in Onrad. Their precision rowing brought them home in 3 hours 32 minutes. 

Finally, the fastest Warspite boat was our under 18s in Vanessa. Their time of 3 hours & 30 minutes - a fantastic achievement.

If you would like to help make sure that these events can happen, please do think about sponsoring our crews -

We do have a short film of the race: which shows some of the excitement of the day.

For more info visit: @WarspiteScouts


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