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Great River Race: pictures and video

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More than 300 boats took part in the Great River Race on Saturday.

Great River Race: pictures and video
Great River Race: pictures and video
Great River Race: pictures and video
Great River Race: pictures and video
Great River Race: pictures and video

The annual 21-mile race from the Isle of Dogs to Richmond attracts a range of competitors from charity fundraisers in fancy dress to serious sportsmen and women.

All participating boats are unpowered – or human-powered – craft.

Spectators lined many of the bridges along the route to cheer on the competitors.

At Tower Bridge the spectators were just yards away from a march by supporters of the English Defence League who cross the river chanting anti-Islamic slogans.

This year's race has been included as part of the extended programme of The Mayor's Thames Festival.

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