Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Cyclists: Boat race picnic/barbecue

H&F Cyclists are organising a picnic/bbq for the Borough's cycling fraternity just on the other side of the river by the Thames Path, to coincide with the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge on Easter Saturday 3rd April at 3:15pm

The venue is around the mile post for the race. This looks a bit like a small Cleopatra’s needle about 10 feet high. It is surrounded by railings. It is a memorial to Steve Fairbairn. There are a couple of wooden benches, and a TV camera stand, at the same location. You can find this monument along the towpath on the South side of the River Thames between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridge. It is one third of the way from Hammersmith Bridge to Putney Bridge.  You can find a map here

John Griffiths of H&F Cyclists says:

Boats will come by, the seconds boats at about 4pm and then the main race at 4.30pm. Coming late is inadvisable. It may hamper your arrival. Hammersmith Bridge will be closed to would be pedestrians trying to cross at around 3.50pm. [you can still get a bus across, or it will reopen for a while after the reserve boats have had their race]

Please bring some of the following:- something to DRINK [essential], picnic things or things for barbecue [please be prepared to cook it yourself on the barbecue], cup, plate, knife, fork, spoon, something to sit on and suitable weather protection, as there may be some dampness occasionally. Sensible shoes might be sensible.

Wise words from John, who can be contacted at

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