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THAMES BRIDGES

TREK 2020

It's 25km & 16 Bridges

London's best views...

Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge

SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Join 2,000 walkers as we venture across the Capital taking in unrivalled views of the skyline from its best vantage points by the River Thames.

Setting out from Putney Bridge - we head downstream towards the City, zig-zagging over the array of historic bridges - each with its own fascinating story - and a mid point stop in Vauxhall for some snacks & drinks. 25km later, it's a finish line celebration in Southwark past the majestic Tower Bridge.

The Thames Bridges Trek is a great opportunity to get out, get fitter, meet others, and explore the very best of London!

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  • Fully supported 25km Walk

  • For Charity or Self Fund  

  • Fully signed route with arrows

  • Join as an Individual or a Team

  • Start near Putney Bridge - Fulham

  • Tented village & warm up at start

  • Free 'Thames Bridges buff' 

  • 9.00am to midday start times

  • Midpoint  rest & food stop

  • Free snacks & drinks

  • Medal, T-shirt, glass of fizz

  • Food at finish

  • Thames Bridges APP

Details, Timing, Provisions >

Distance: 25km

Start location: Bishops Park, Fulham, South West London 

Start times

09:30am - midday Sat 12 Sept 2020


Finish location: 
Southwark Park, East-Central London

 

Finish times: 
4 - 7 hrs

 

Food & rest stops:

  • 12km - snacks, drinks, hot drinks.
  • 25km - celebration meal

 

Getting there & away:

  • There is no parking at the start/rest stop/finish
  • Public transport options in all areas are plentiful

 

Baggage services: Pay cash on the day - no need to book

  • To finish - £5

Bridges & Route Details >

16 Historic Bridges - 25km

 
 

1. Putney - The current bridge was opened in 1886 replacing the 1729 timber bridge - it is 700 ft long and made of Cornish Granite and is just downstream from the start of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

2. Fulham Railway - The District Line runs over this bridge. Opened in 1889 pedestrians can also cross here - and was designed by Brunel's former assistant William Jacomb.

3. Wandsworth - Known as the least notable bridge in London and opened in 1940 the original blue paint colour was used in the Blitz as camouflage - and replaced the 1873 bridge.

4. Battersea - The old bridge (opened in 1771) was painted by Turner, Whistler and Cotman. This was demolished and replaced by the current bridge which is the narrowest road bridge in London.

5. Albert - Famed for being in the titles to made in Chelsea this grade II listed structure is also known as the Trembling lady.

6. Chelsea - was opened in 1937 and it is a self-anchored suspension bridge. During construction large quantities of early Roman and Celtic artefacts which has led historians to believe it to be Caesar’s crossing point.

7. Vauxhall - Opened in 1906 it is near a bridge-like structure found in the silt which is presumed to be from circa 55BC. It has been in many James bond movies as it’s next to MI6.

8. Lambeth – It was opened in 1932, The bridge’s paint scheme matches the House of Lords, which is at the southern end of the Palace of Westminster nearest the bridge.

9. Westminster - A favourite haunt of tourists the bridge is painted in the colours of the House of Commons. Opened in 1862 it replaced a bridge from the 1750s.

10. Golden Jubilee - Opened in 2002 to commemorate 50 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign the builders had  to be careful to avoid unexploded bombs and the Bakerloo line.

11. Waterloo - The current bridge was opened in 1945. It’s predecessor was dismantled and it’s stone sent around the world. It’s name comes from Wellington’s Victory over Napoleon in 1815.


12. Blackfriars – The present bridge was built in 1869 to coincide with the rebuilding of the embankment by Sir Joseph Bazalgette. If you look closely you can see the river Fleet emptying under the north end of the bridge.


13. Millennium – Opened for the millennium the bridge still retains the nickname ‘the wobbly bridge’ due to oscillations which have since been fixed.


14. Southwark – Featured heavily in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels the bridge was opened in 1921.


15. London – The current box girder bridge opened in 1973 replaced a 19th Century stone bridge which itself replaced the medieval bridge which the nursery song is based upon due to its rickety nature.


16. Tower - Built in 1886 as a solution to the demand for river crossings east of London bridge the innovative design is able to open for the tall ships which used to be unloaded in central London.  

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How to Join...

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.. or just go for it!

OPTION 1 - CHARITY SPONSORSHIP

Pay a Low Registration Fee & do 'lots' of Fundraising for a chosen Charity. The Charity covers your event place cost.

Details & Prices Here >

Ideal if you can raise lots of money for your chosen charity (they pay for your event place). There's 500+ Charities - and it's 25% OFF Reg Fee if for a 'Partner Charity'

 

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£5 Reg Fee online

+ at least  £245 Charity sponsorship

 

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 ... OR NOMINATE A NEW ONE

 

 

NOTE: All fundraising is sent directly to the Charity via your JustGiving page. Your Charity will send you an info pack.

  

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Note: At least 50% of the Min Sponsorship target should be with your Charity by 6 weeks prior to the Challenge. At this time your Charity will pay a Fee for your place to the Organiser (similar to the Self Funding cost). Failure to meet the 50% target may result in cancellation by your charity. The remaining 50% should be with your Charity 4 weeks after the Challenge.

 

See Cancellation Policy - Conditions apply

 

 

SIGN UP - CHARITY SPONSORSHIP >

OPTION 2 - MIXED FUNDING

Pay a Low Registration Fee & do 'lots' of Fundraising for a chosen Charity. The Charity covers your event place cost.

Details & Prices Here >

Ideal if you can raise lots of money for your chosen charity (they pay for your event place). There's 500+ Charities - and it's 25% OFF Reg Fee if for a 'Partner Charity'

 

  • CHALLENGE:

£5 Reg Fee online

+ at least  £245 Charity sponsorship

 

 500+ CHARITIES TO CHOOSE FROM

 ... OR NOMINATE A NEW ONE

 

 

 NOTE: All fundraising is sent directly to the Charity via your JustGiving page. Your Charity will send you an info pack.

 

 

2020 'PARTNER CHARITIES' - SAVE 25%

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Note: At least 50% of the Min Sponsorship target should be with your Charity by 6 weeks prior to the Challenge. At this time your Charity will pay a Fee for your place to the Organiser (similar to the Self Funding cost). Failure to meet the 50% target may result in cancellation by your charity. The remaining 50% should be with your Charity 4 weeks after the Challenge.

 

See Cancellation Policy - Conditions apply

 

 

SIGN UP - MIXED FUNDING >

OPTION 3 - SELF FUNDING

You pay Full Event Place Cost when you register. No fundraising required, but you can if you wish to!

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INDIVIDUAL OR AS A TEAM:

JOIN AS AN INDIVIDUAL >

You'll meet others - our Team will support you!

 

Select 'Individual' within the Reg Form (you can create or join a Team later by logging back into your reg form)

 

THIS EVENT IS A WALK

 

You'll need to choose a 'Start Time'

CREATE A NEW TEAM >

Select 'Create a Team' if you are 1st Team Member to register.

 

  • You'll become the Team Captain
  • You'll need a Team Name
  • Create a Password (optional)
  • You Register in full yourself
  • Choose the Team's Start Time 
  • Communicate Team Name / Passsword to those joining
  • Team Members search for Team Name when registering
  • You will receive details of a person who joins the Team

 

Note: If fundraising, the min target is per person - NOT per Team

 

Team Members can fundraise for the same, or different Charities, or Self Fund.

 

Teams can be of any size

 

 

JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM >

Select 'Join a Team' within the Reg Form

 

  • 'Team Captain' gives you Team Name
  • And a Password if they set one up
  • You register in full yourself via the website
  • On the form you can search for Team Name + enter password
    Team Captain will have chosen Team's Start Time
  • Team Captain will be emailed your details also

 

Note: If fundraising, the min target is per person, NOT per Team.

 

Team Members can fundraise for the same, or different Charities, or Self Fund

 

Teams can be of any size

 

Teams can all do the same or a MIX (eg some Full or Half, some Walk or Run etc) 

Note - Event is a Walk - No Running

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