I felt a little delicate this morning – can’t think why – and was rather slow to get going, in fact we were at Chertsey before I knew it!
|Thames Court Staines|
|The Swan Hotel on the Egham side of the river|
Up through Staines and on into Windsor where we had hoped to moor but at 3pm on a sunny Saturday afternoon we were not lucky – well not with having the bow and stern alongside!
|Steam Boat Alaska|
We moved on up to Boveney Lock and found a lovely mooring place above the lock and almost beside Dorney Lake. As we arrived a chap taking photographs asked if we would mind moving as he wanted to take some photos down river - I was very polite saying no!!
All day we had been seeing runners with 100k on their backs. A little research showed me that they were taking part in the Thames Path Challenge, a race that you can either walk, jog, or run - in aid of a charity of your choice. There are three options
• 100 km - 24 hour Walk, or Ultra Marathon Run from Putney Bridge to Henley
• 50 km - Walk or Run as a 'marathon plus' challenge - 1st 50 km London to Runnymede or 2nd 50 km Runnymede to Henley (day & night option!)
• 25 km - four walk options (each 25 km section from Putney to Henley) & two run options
Please note that there is a night option!! We are moored alongside a gravel path and they are scrunching their way along in the dark – I hope it doesn’t go on ALL night!
We are moored by Boveney Chapel which is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. It isn’t used anymore and is cared for by the Friends of Friendless Churches who saved it in June 1983. The chapel dates from the Norman Conquest and is Grade 1 listed. It was built to serve the bargemen or bargees as they were called who plied their trade on the river, although the quay immediately adjacent is long lost.
|Dorney Lake Boat House|
|The finish line|
Strangely enough there is another triathlon tomorrow which is the HSBC Triathlon, Duathlon & Scootathlon – the latter being for 4 to 8 year olds!