The team at Limelight Sports, billed as ‘the agency of the active world’, have unveiled a new challenge event – Regatta London. The UK capital will become centre stage on 29 September 2019 as the rowing, kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding challenge gets under way.
Regatta London offers participants a unique experience of London, with no other non-racing boats and no tide, thanks to the planned closure of the Thames Barrier.
Participants can kayak/canoe, row or stand-up paddle board. The race will be chip timed throughout, with medals for everyone taking part. It offers up an opportunity to see famous London landmarks from a completely different viewpoint as well as ‘a massive finish line celebration with thousands of other paddlers’.
Places are limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis. There are two routes:
The London Crossing (the pink line) – this offers paddlers a 12 or 14 mile route from either Hammersmith or Putney to Greenwich, taking in the iconic sights of the city. Strict cut off times apply here as all participants must be clear of Westminster by 10:0 and off the water by 11:45am.
The Big Ben Challenge (the orange line) – here, the Active 360 event returns as part of Regatta London. The Big Ben Challenge offers up a route from Putney to Big Ben, and back. The 12 mile (6 miles out, 6 miles back) looped course offers a slightly more relaxed experience, allowing participants to focus on the task in hand.
Both routes will take in iconic London landmarks including Battersea Power Station and the Houses of Parliament, and for those on the London Crossing, the London Eye, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
The organising team adds that ‘This is a unique chance to take over the River Thames with us as we close the river to all traffic, making Regatta London truly an event like no other.’