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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!!!

Event details

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  - 
30-September-2017 00:00

Event type

UK challenge

Event is completed


To make it to the £51,000 BECAUSE I CAN !!!
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-09-2018
Still can believe you did this, you mad woman! :-)
Donation by Sarah Pearl
on 29-09-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Greg Williams
on 28-09-2018
Donation by MTR&F Committee
on 03-09-2018
£27.50 gift aid
Happy Birthday Naomi Riches!
Donation by Richie Gray
on 15-06-2018
Thanks for organising the certificate, keep up the good work
Donation by Graeme Hyman
on 01-03-2018
£0.00 gift aid
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 summary

Online Donations: £31,671.38
Offline Donations: £19,328.62
Total Raised: £51,000.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £55,907.22

Donations closed

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