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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

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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.”

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