The biggest paddle event in London's history is coming to Greenwich.

The company building London’s new ‘super sewer’ is launching the city’s first mass-participation paddling event on the River Thames later this year, aiming to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Regatta London will take place for the first time on September 29, with people of all skills invited to get on their paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and rowing boats to take part in a 12-mile journey from Putney Bridge to Greenwich.

The event, which will see the River Thames closed to all other marine traffic on the day, will raise money for a number of charities including London Youth Rowing, Mates in Mind and Thames21.

Event organiser Andy Triggs Hodge, a former Olympic-gold-medallist rower who now works as a programme manager for Tideway, said: “Tideway’s ultimate goal is to reconnect London and Londoners with its river, and to rejuvenate our city’s greatest natural asset.

“With work well underway on the super sewer to clean up the river, we have the opportunity highlight the potential of a cleaner Thames as a hub of sports and recreation while raising thousands of pounds for charity. This is a unique opportunity for people to experience the River Thames when it’s closed to other traffic and to see one of the greatest cities in the world from a different angle.”

Construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel is currently taking place across 23 sites in London, with more than 2km of tunnel already built under the city.

The tunnel, which will tackle sewage pollution in the River Thames, is due for completion in 2024.

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