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Bexley rower in prestigious Thames race

PUBLISHED: 09:38 28 July 2015

Tower of London, Great Britain

Tower of London, Great Britain

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Charlie Maynard will be competing in the Doggett's Coat and Badge race

A ROWER from Bexley is hoping to win a prestigious race on the Thames this Saturday – possibly in front of royalty.

Charlie Maynard, from Erith, will be competing in the Doggett’s Coat and Badge race, in which six newly-qualified watermen row four miles and seven furlongs from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier in Chelsea.

The race, which starts at 11.30am, is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, having been founded in 1715 to celebrate King George I’s accession to the throne. Prince Philip was among the spectators last year.

Charlie, 23, will be competing against Louis Pettipher, 24, from Swanscombe, Dominic Coughlin, 24, from Cuxton, Ben Folkard, 23, from Maidstone, Frankie Ruler, 21, from Blackheath, and Perry Flynn, 21, from Kennington. All have competed before apart from Frankie and Perry.

The prize is a crimson coat with a silver arm badge depicting Liberty, the horse of the House of Hanover.

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