Rowing: Gidea Park College teacher tackles Great River Race

PUBLISHED: 07:30 21 September 2018

Gidea Park College's Lucy King (second from left) in Maldon Gig Rowing Club's boat 'Ready' at the Great River Race

Gidea Park College's Lucy King (second from left) in Maldon Gig Rowing Club's boat 'Ready' at the Great River Race


Gidea Park College teacher Lucy King took part in the Great River Race on the Thames, writes Lee Power.

Open to any traditional style boat, which must be powered by a minimum of four oars or paddles and include a cox, the event is also in keeping with the Watermen’s traditional role as taxi drivers as each must carry a passenger.

King raced in one of three mixed crews for Maldon Gig Rowing Club in a boat called ‘Ready’ which came first in the Harker’s Yard Gigs category in two hours, 57 minutes.

King said: “It was a fantastic day, although quite tough as it’s the longest distance I’ve rowed and even though we were able to swap with our passenger during the race it didn’t seem much of a relief.”

After starting on the slipway of Millwall opposite Pepys Estate, Deptford, the crew rowed 21.6 miles to Richmond, as one of 320 boats taking part.

King added: “Although I thought I knew the city well it was really interesting to see how all the famous buildings sat together on the Thames and what their relation was to each other.

“We counted the bridges as we went under them and used them as markers to see how much further we had to go.

“All the boats had to be transported from their clubs around the country on the Friday and returned on the Sunday so it is quite a commitment. The camaraderie was great and we all enjoyed the sense of achievement.”

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 21:37

FA Cup: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Boreham Wood 1

Yesterday, 17:00

Due to demand, organisers have added a second event day meaning it will take place on November 10 and November 11

Yesterday, 16:30

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Tomi Adeloye is looking to build on his goal in their 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup as he hopes to start in the replay.

Yesterday, 15:00

Boro beat U’s in cup on Monday after loss at Dereham in league on Saturday

Scotland international is enjoying a renaissance at the Hammers under new boss Pellegrini

Yesterday, 12:00

Four tries from Brendan Burgess helped the Crow Lane kids secure an excellent 65-0 win

Yesterday, 11:00

Lakeside Hammers and Peterborough’s Championship play-off semi-final second leg will be restaged after consideration by the BSPA and Speedway Control Bureau.

Yesterday, 09:00

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Tomi Adeloye says they need to be a tougher side if they want to start climbing up the National League table.


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now