Thames relay passes through Maidenhead and Windsor

Thames relay passes through Maidenhead and Windsor

Michael Owens

Thames relay passes through Maidenhead and Windsor

Precious cargo passed through Cookham Lock on Wednesday, August 27, as part of a celebration of the Thames.

(clockwise from top left) Rhiannon Griffiths, Eliza Harding, Talia Antioco, Rosie Harris, Maja Tomasik and Naomi Ross-Masson on the 11th leg of the relay

As part of the 2014 Source to Sea River Relay, a bottle of water from the source in Gloucestershire had made it's way down the river during the previous 10 days.

The event is part of Totally Thames, a month-long celebration of the river with season of arts and cultural  events organised by the Thames Festival Trust.

Henley Whalers delivered the bottle to Cookham Lock via steam power in the Magic Dragon boat on Tuesday, August 26 and left it in the safe hands of relief lock keeper Andy Croxford for the night.

The H2O was then passed on to champion rowers from Maidenhead Rowing Club junior girls squad - winners at the Junior National Championships in Nottingham in July - who ferried the shipment down to Bray Lock in the 11th leg of the journey.

Cookham Relief Lock keeper Andy Croxford


Club coach Jim Hotchin said it was approached to take on the task and the girls jumped at the chance.

"We were asked to be a part of the event and they said they would love to do it," he said.

"They are one of the most successful crews we have got and they were fantastic.”

The baton was handed on to Bray village residents and members of Bewl Canoe Club, who set sail and paddled from Bray Lock to Romney Lock on Thursday.

On Friday, young members of Bray Lake Watersports continued the journey down river past Old Windsor on the way to the hand over to Staines Boat Club.

The relay will conclude on September 30 when the water is cast into the sea by the Gravesend RNLI.

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