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Our vision is for as many as possible of our current rowers to take up the challenge – and that they are joined by many crews from our illustrious past, re-forming for this special occasion.

To be as inclusive as possible, the event is structured so that people can take up the challenge that suits them best.  The ‘units of challenge’ are:

Row

  • One lap of the Kingston reach – Clubhouse/Teddington/Hampton Court Bridge/Teddington/Clubhouse.  Approximately half marathon.
  • Two laps of the Kingston reach.  Approximately full marathon.
  • Clubhouse to Hampton Court Bridge and return, 6.5 miles. Quarter marathon.
  • Clubhouse to Hampton Court Bridge and return x2, 13 miles.  Half marathon.
  • Two laps of Richmond Park – 13.4 miles.  Half marathon.
  • Four laps of Richmond Park – 26.8 miles.  Full marathon.

(If some of our older members want to row a shorter distance, we can organise a change out) 

Run

  • Clubhouse to Hampton Court Bridge and return, 6.5 miles. Quarter marathon.
  • Clubhouse to Hampton Court Bridge and return x2, 13 miles.  Half marathon.

Cycle

  • Two laps of Richmond Park – 13.4 miles.  Half marathon.
  • Four laps of Richmond Park – 26.8 miles.  Full marathon.

Plus 2 miles cycle preamble from club to Kingston Gate and back.

For our current squads preparing for the new season, this will be a great opportunity for them to get a marathon row under their belts – or to cover the marathon distance half in a boat and half on foot or bike.  A great start to winter training.

To accommodate the numbers, we will organise a number of waves, the first starting at 10:00am.  We will lay on good food – with lots of carbs and protein – and drink to greet the return of the first wave and to create a great social event for everyone through the afternoon and into the evening.  Those that have finished can cheer and encourage those setting off and finishing.  Then in the early evening, we will hold a commemoration event involving local dignitaries.

KRC has a fine record in both men’s, women’s and junior rowing.  Our crews have raced with distinction at Henley Royal Regatta, Women’s Henley and the National championships – we have many wins to our name in all of these events.  In addition, we have produced many internationals for the GB men’s and women’s teams.  You can see their names in the International and Henley boards of honour on the club walls.  One of our most outstanding achievements was to produce the GB men’s coxed four in 1981 at a time when the national squad was already well established.

Our club has touched greatness many times and is rising again.  In these modern times it is essential for a club to invest in the best professional coaches and equipment.  This is exactly what we are doing but we have an old building in need of maintenance and further modernisation – we need to fund-raise and we want to rally the whole club to this cause, both past and present members.

This is going to be a great event –  fun, endeavour and companionship across our generations but combined with remembering the young men that gave their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy today!

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