A host of gig rowing teams from around Cornwall took part in the spectacular and gruelling The Great River Race.

The event, also known as London’s River Marathon, is a spectacular boat race covering 21.6 miles from Millwall in the East to Richmond in the west, travelling under London’s famous bridges. 

It appeals to every level of competitor, from dedicated athletes who come every year to beat their records to those who simply enjoy laughter, fancy dress and making money for their charity. 

The Truro veteran women’s team go under Tower Bridge
The Truro veteran women’s team go under Tower Bridge (Picture: Truro RRC)

It started in 1988 with 61 boats crewed by a bunch of enthusiasts ranging from young scouts to hardened offshore rowing veterans coming from diverse organisations such as rowing clubs, pubs, schools, boating societies and the armed services. 

It now has around 300 crews taking part and is an international event with competitors from America, Australia, and many European countries.

It has become the biggest and most prestigious event of its kind in Europe.

Members of the RNAS Culdrose Gig Club took part in their gig Daedalus, while fellow Cornish clubs Truro, Caradon, Bude, St Agnes, Rame, Tamar & Navy, Boscastle & Crackington, Penzance & Newlyn and Cotehele also had teams in the event.