Top Olympic and Paralympic rowers encourage people to Race The Thames for a good cause

Rowing into its third year, Race the Thames is taking place virtually in 2021 to motivate people to stay active despite lockdown whilst raising money for charity.

From 22nd – 29th March 2021 teams of 8 from across the country can either take on the length of the River Thames (346km) or the length of the Tidal Thames (72km), competing however they like to cover the distance, be indoors or outdoors by cycling, running or on a rowing machine.

Virtual competitors include a host of Olympians, Paralympians and gold medallists including Pete Reed OBE, Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, James Cracknell OBE, Tom Aggar, Sophie Hosking MBE and Mohammed Sbihi MBE.

Peter Reed, OBE said: “I will be supporting London Youth Rowing this spring by competing in Race The Thames. Since having a spinal stroke, I’ve missed team events and the thrill and enjoyment of healthy competition. This is the toughest global winter in a generation, and I believe the best way through is community, humanity and exercise. What better way to stay motivated for a team which needs you – and for a team which you need.”

Andrew Triggs Hodge, MBE said: “The winter lockdown has made it even harder for people to stay active, with the impact of isolation and the winter blues leading to a growing risk of mental health issues and decreased physical activity, for both adults and young people alike. But team work makes the dream work – and this event will bring out the best in rowing, and the best in colleagues.”

Heather Stanning, OBE said: “What better way to help shift those winter blues and get moving again! For those who have found they are missing the informal chats over coffee or lunch in the office, this is the ideal opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Taking on this challenge as part of a team could be the experience you didn’t know you need. That’s the joy about being part of a team, there’s often surprises within them, whether relationships formed, support given or experiences lived together…it’s always more fun when done together. Find your team, pick your machine and sign up!!

Participants are encouraged to fund-raise with donations split between London Youth Rowing and a charity of their choice, all they need to do is:

  1. Sign up at
  2. Find a team of up to 8 people
  3. Choose their distance – 346km or 72km
  4. Track their mileage
  5. Share pictures via Twitter and Instagram using #RTT2021

The monies from Race the Thames 2021 will help London Youth Rowing deliver the positive benefits of rowing to more young people, whilst also supporting charities chosen by the teams taking part.

Matt Rostron, CEO of London Youth Rowing, said: “Race the Thames is a great team event that can motivate friends and colleagues, young and old to come together to keep or get active through the winter, culminating in a week of rowing and celebrating together at the end of March. Rowing encompasses all of the vital skills and attributes that sport has to offer but sadly it is out of reach for most young people from the less advantaged areas of London. LYR is changing this. We run programmes for young people with all abilities from all backgrounds across London; in schools, clubs and on the water. Alongside the huge benefits of being healthy they build resilience, team work, commitment and, most of all, they help young people realise their potential”

Click here to find out more information about Race the Thames and London Youth Rowing: