LONDON, England – The Big Ben Challenge in Central London is allowing for a rare chance to paddle the River Thames. To date, fewer than 20 people have raced there and perhaps fewer than 100 have paddled SUPs there. By participating in the Ben Ben Race you will be among the first. The Big Ben Challenge event will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
The Tidal Thames downriver of Putney is not a place for inexperienced stand up paddlers. There are strong tidal currents, a big tidal range and river traffic so everyone entering should be confident, experienced and able to paddle at times against currents of up to 4 knots. The event is planned around low tide to minimize risk and the need to paddle against the tide.