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The Great Thames Row 2016

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Naomi Riches, MBE

I have always wanted to row the River Thames and when I became Patron of IN-vision I knew I would do it for them.

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Naomi Riches MBE, London 2012 Paralympic Champion, Bronze Mecallist at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and six times World Champion Rower,  has completed her biggest challenge yet.  In 47:59:54 Naomi rowed the Navigable Thames from Lechlade to Gravesend setting a new World Record. Thank you to everyone for your support!!!

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The Great Thames Row

Completed in 47 hours, 59 minutes and 54 seconds and a new Guinness World Record Holder!

From 17-19 September 2016, I will be attempting to set a new World Record for the fastest woman to row 165 miles down our glorious River Thames. I need to complete this in 50 hours or less. 

This is not purely for blisters, a sore bum and a bit of fun 8-), but to raise money & awareness for IN-vision; the charity I became Patron of in 2014.

I was diagnosed with Nystagmus (amongst other things) when I was a couple of months old & back then my parents could not get the answers & information they really wanted and needed. The Founder of IN-vision had the same issues when her gorgeous son was born so together we want to make things better.

I also want to raise awareness of the ability of those with a disability. Every day people with a visual disability, indeed with any disability or impairment, have to trust strangers... so to add to my challenge, I will be guided down river by a bunch of strangers.

Event date

17-September-2016 00:00  - 
19-September-2017 00:00

Event type

UK challenge

Event is completed


And why the heck not! We are nearly at the end of this amazing journey and I am so proud to have raised this much along with the support of 100s of others for IN-vision! xxx
Donation by Naomi Riches, MBE
on 11-12-2017
£41.25 gift aid
Congratulations to all who helped Naomi realise this extraordinary goal for I vision.
Donation by David Jackson
on 16-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
I was inspired to do my own #165 challenge of 165km on the cross trainer (but not all at once like Naomi!). That's one amazing lady. Well done and I hope it's a Guinness World Record. x
Donation by Lesley Adams
on 23-08-2017
£41.25 gift aid
And why the hell not, now it's £48,000.01
Donation by Anonymous
on 20-08-2017
£8.35 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 18-08-2017
£35.00 gift aid
Hey Naomi.. huge effort for a fabulous cause.... thats why we love you
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Jen S
on 27-05-2017
£11.25 gift aid
Donation by Derek Redmond
on 22-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Great work Naomi!
Donation by Joe Duckworth
on 22-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Hey Naomi - fab cause and fab achievement from a fab person. Thanks for Vino - bottle No1 was superb. Nige.x
Donation by Anonymous
on 21-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £31,378.01
Offline Donations: £18,885.62
Total Raised: £50,263.63
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £55,110.01

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