Police find perfect excuse for messing about on the river
Law enforcers join Great River Race for noble cause
After seventeen years, The Great River Race has firmly established itself in the local sporting calendar to such an extent that experienced crews now describe it as a classic event - the one they all want to win.
With its intriguing mix of colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, it combines all the ingredients that made London's 'other' marathon such a success; but with the addition of dozens of new photo opportunities as the race progresses from semi-rural Surrey past many historic landmarks until it reaches the striking Docklands skyline.
Chief Inspector of Operations and Captain of Bechgyn Tew, Wynne Jones, is currently facing mutiny over which flag to row under (Welsh or English) and heated negotiations remain ongoing between himself, the only Welshman and the other five English crew members.
The crew consists of Wynne Jones Chief Inspector Operation, David Page Superintendent Operations, Nigel Glover (the only experienced rower) Chief Inspector Criminal Justice, Andy Rose Detective Inspector Community Safety Unit, Dave Henfrey Feltham Sector Inspector and Paul Switzer Chief Inspector Westminster ( Ex Feltham Inspector )
They aim to raise funds for the Sebastian Gates's Action against Cancer, a registered charity committed to realising the last wish of Sebastian Gates before he died, at just nine years of age, on Christmas Eve 2003, after a two and a half year battle with cancer. The trust aims to provide accommodation and support to families affected by cancer. Sebastian Gates was the son of DCI Mick Gates with whom many of the crew have worked.
September 14, 2005