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History of the Remenham Challenge

The inaugural Remenham Challenge was hosted by Kingston RC on 23 January 2000.  40 plus crews battled their way down a course from the Water Gallery at Hampton Court Palace to the Kingston RC Boathouse, a distance just over 3 miles.

2001 saw the Challenge move 'down river' to the Tideway, where London RC hosted the 37 crews competing over the reverse Boat Race course.  In 2002 the Challenge moved back up to the off-tidal reaches, this time with 48 crews being hosted by Molesey BC.

In 2003 however the Rowing Gods did their worst and Staines BC were unable to host the race due to flood water conditions on their stretch of the river.  The spirit that embodies the Remenham Challenge came to the fore at this time with Thames RC stepping into the breach, offering 34 crews their hospitality and the running of the Challenge on a uniqure course upstream from Battersea Bridge to the Craven Cottage football pitch.

In 2004 Staines BC were finally able to stage its first ever long distance race with 39 boats racing the course. 

Alphabetical order was restored in 2005, when Twickenham RC mirrored the ground-breaking success of Staines by proving to club sceptics young and old and hosting a long- distance race for 57 crews downstream from Teddington Lock to Richmond was possible.

The longer racing distances offered by the Tideway were revisited in 2006 with Vesta selecting a downstream course from Barnes Bridge to the Vesta boathouse with 58 crews all testing their mettle on a beautiful Sunday morning in January.

History of the challenge