Paralympic champion takes on the Thames

As the Paralympics closes this weekend Naomi Riches MBE is aiming to set a new world record as the fastest woman to row the length of the Thames.


Naomi Riches MBE. Photo credit: Anita Ross Marshall.

Starting on Saturday 17 September, the 2012 Paralympic champion will begin the 165 miles from Lechlade to Gravesend in a single scull as part of her ‘Great Thames Row’.

Naomi will need to complete the row in under 50 hours to qualify as a new world best by the Guinness Book of Records.

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Patron of IN-vision, Naomi is fundraising for the sight loss charity which is dedicated to combating nystagmus, one of the visual impairments that has affected her since birth.

“It’s one of the most common eye conditions in children but it often comes with a range of other issues that are considered more serious so it doesn’t get the attention it deserves,” she says.

You can row a section of the river with Naomi for a donation of £16.50

“We want to support research, make sure the patient pathway is there so it’s spotted early, and eventually find a cure.”

Join the challenge and row a section of the river with Naomi for a donation of £16.50.

You can follow her progress along the Thames or online here at where-is-naomi/

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