Links: Friends of the Race

With a rich history, the Borough of Richmond has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Trace the footsteps of famous historical figures; explore the legacies chronicled in surviving heritage sites; take in the beauty of picturesque gardens and the Royal Parks; or simply enjoy a Victorian-style camping skiff holiday on the River Thames – the Borough truly is an experience that will appeal to everyone.
Discovery Richmond
Top-rated walking tours around Richmond upon Thames by enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides. Discover the area’s rich heritage including royalty, rock stars and wildlife. Book a private tour or join our riverside tour on Sunday 10 September, the day after the Great River Race
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Thames Alive exists to promote and revitalise the river by coordinating activities and attractions like the recent Henry VIII Coronation Tudor Pageant. Ray Little’s great photographs of the event are an excellent illustration of how The Thames can still capture the public’s imagination. NB. Prints can be ordered via this downloadable form.
Northern Exposure
Northern Exposure Rescue is a registered charity that’s supported the Great River Race since 2006. Each year they bring together an army of 70 volunteers from across the country to man the 35 safety boats we need to get all of our competitors safely to the finish line in Richmond. They have a lot of experience in supporting marine events across the UK and they’ve got a history of some of the most prestigious events such as the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, the Olympic Torch Relay, Dartmouth Week, the RYA Youth Regatta and of course the Great River Race!
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The borough of Richmond upon Thames has an excellent choice of accommodation to suit all budgets ranging from family run B&Bs, guest houses, house boats and self-catering units to 4 star luxurious hotels.
The centre was opened in 1989, funded by the London Docklands Development Corporation and the Sports Council at a cost of £1.2 million with the aim of providing recreational water activities for all sections of the community living and working in the local area.
Turk Launches offer a versatile fleet of traditional and modern luxury vessels with facilities for up to 150 guests offering exciting alternative venues throughout the year for any style of event our clients can imagine. Our unrivalled experience and resources ensure that we are able to provide a personal and flexible service to accommodate your needs and budget.
Southern Cranes & Access Ltd have been trading for over 18 years supplying Cranes, Access & Tele-Handler equipment to the Construction Industry, we also supply Heavy Haulage transport up to 100te, we are pleased to have supported the Great River Race for all their cranage needs for a number of years & look forward to continue the same. Please look us up on our website
Choosing to travel on the Viscount is to experience the unique style that only she can offer. The Viscount is an original Thames Steamer launched for the first time in 1908. She has witnessed over 100 years of changing English heritage and history along the River Thames. The Viscount is available all year round for private parties, weddings and corporate events.
The Royal Benevolent and Educational Fund for Watermen and Lightermen has as its patron, Her Majesty The Queen. It is the result of the merger of a number of charities. The Charity provides relief for people working or who have worked on the River Thames in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage by grants or almshouse or the provision of education, training and coaching for rowing. It gives priority to Freemen, people working as Watermen and Lightermen and then others involved on inland waterways.
Ocean to City - An Rás Mór is Ireland's very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually.
Now in its tenth year, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks and canoes.
With thousands of spectators each year, the race is a real flagship event for Cork Harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
An Rás Mór (''The Big Race'') covers 15 nautical miles (28 km) and appeals to a wide range of rowers and paddlers from across Ireland and beyond.
It includes races over four distances, all finishing to a warm welcome in Cork's city centre.
Race the Dragon Ltd is the heart and soul of dragon boat racing in the UK. Specialising in providing charity, corporate and youth dragon boat racing festivals and events nationwide.
Operating a large array of event equipment, infra-structure and event support services including Pontoons, Presentation stages and Marquees. Providing complete event support & management services for a variety of local and national charities, fundraising organisations, businesses, as well as Rotary, Lions, Round Table and youth organisations.
With extensive knowledge & experience in dragon boat racing that extends further than the fantastic festivals and events they operate, Race the Dragon also offer dragon boat & race equipment sales & support services throughout Europe.  
We are proud to be working in partnership with the GRR.