The 2012 Great River Race on London’s iconic River Thames will take place on Saturday the 15th of September. The Great River Race sometimes known as London’s River Marathon is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames which attracts over 300 crews from all over the world. Over 300 traditional rowed and paddled crafts are expected to be taking part in the race; this will include Chinese dragon boats, Hawaiian war canoes, and Viking longboats.
The course for the Great River Race is a grueling 21 miles, upstream from the Docklands in the east to Ham, Richmond, in the west. The Great River Race will start at 10.30am depending on the tides at the Docklands Sailing Centre and then continue up the Millwall Riverside, Westferry Road along the London Docklands and then finish up in Ham House Greenwich.
Spectators wishing to get the best view of this exciting race and soak up the atmosphere would be recommended to watch it from either Tower Bridge or from London Bridge. Other popular bridges would be Richmond Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge, Wandsworth Bridge, Battersea Bridge and Westminster Bridge.