The Great River Race: Hundreds of boats to race past London landmarks

07:00 15 September 2012

The Great River Race route passes the Houses of Parliament

The Great River Race route passes the Houses of Parliament

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Hundreds of boats will be taking to the Thames today to participate in The Great River Race.

London’s river marathon is expected to attract 300 crews from around the world, with some wearing fancy dress for the event.

The 21-mile course begins at London Docklands and ends at Ham in Surrey.

Boats will leave on a slowest first, fastest last handicap basis from the start point at Millwall Dock Slipway at 10.40am.

During the course the boats will pass under bridges including Tower Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Kew Bridge.

The route passes London monuments including Canary Wharf and the Houses of Parliament.

The Great River Race started in 1988 and includes both professional and leisure rowers.

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