The Great Thames Row – this weekend!

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tgtr logoMarlow residents will be very familiar with Naomi Riches – London 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist, and as a Marlow resident – the reason we have our Gold postbox!

This weekend, Naomi will start her attempt to set a new Guinness World Record as the fastest woman to row down the River Thames in a single scull. She will be passing through Marlow of course – more on that later.

Naomi will be raising money for IN-vision, the charity she became Patron of in 2014, raising awareness of the eye-condition they support and celebrating ability. (Donate here!!)

The challenge is frankly ridiculous:

  • Naomi will set off from Lechlade at 4pm on Saturday 17th Sep
  • Then it’s just a 165 miles row to Gravesend Royal Pier, where she hopes to arrive around midday on Monday 19th.
  • So that’s nearly 2 days of effort then!



How can we support Naomi in Marlow on Sunday 18th?

tgtr local timingsThe table shown here include planned arrival times locally on Sunday 18th Sep – these are obviously estimates.  However, Naomi has a longer stop planned at Marlow Rowing Club – and will be leaving at 4.30pm. So cheering her on from the bridge at that time would be a plan, and/or being at Marlow Lock around 16:39! 


More background reading?

Over recent months we have been keeping track of Naomi’s preparation in a series of exclusive blogs written by Naomi herself. You can access those here:

There are some great resources on the superb official website including

Other useful links:

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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