The Great River Race: 21 Miles from London Docklands to Richmond
From its debut in 1988, The Great River Race now has firmly established itself in the sporting calendar to such an extent that experienced crews describe it as a classic event - the one they all want to win.
And with its intriguing mix of colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, it combines all the ingredients that made London's 'other' marathon such a success; but with the addition of dozens of great photo opportunities as the race progresses from the striking Docklands skyline at the start, through central London until it reaches its semi-rural Surrey conclusion.
The Great River Race attracts both the true racer and the leisure rower and, in developing into 'London's River Marathon', is doing for rowing what the 'Road Marathon' did for running. Not surprising when the course is a gruelling 21 miles (ouch!) for fixed-seat rowing from London Docklands to Richmond.
Let's hope you have a good supply of plasters for those blisters!
Details on the actual course are here though I'm sure those who have already done this route can provide further valuable insight!
The Great River Race 2010 takes place on the 25th September. Visit the Great River Race 2010 website for details on how to enter.