300th ANNIVERSARY OF THAMES RACE
 

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Louis Pettipher won the 300th anniversary Doggett's Coat and Badge race.

Louis,24, from Gravesend,is pictured top left and below right.

The race, thought to be the oldest sporting event in the world, has been contested by six young rowers over four miles between London Bridge and Chelsea since 1715.

The £250 prize and the right to wear Doggett's scarlet and outfit and silver medallalion is contested by rowers who are watermen or lightermen under the age of 26.

It was created by Thomas Doggett, an actor manager at the Drury Lane Theatre, to commemorate King George I's accession to the throne after he was rowed home by a young apprentice on a stormy night when others ferrymen had refused.

Louis, a captain with City Cruises and who rows for Medway Rowing Club, came second in the race last year – and his brother Dean competed three times.

Watch a video of the race HERE

 

 

Pics: top left Doggetts Race, others PLA

Story dated August 3rd 2015