River Safety


  • You are reminded that the consumption of alcohol before or during the race is extremely dangerous. It increases the risk of accidents, hypothermia and possible drowning.
  • In previous years it has become customary for spectators to throw flour or eggs at Raft Race entrants as they pass under the bridges between the start and Redbrook. The organisers do all they can to minimise this but cannot prevent it completely. The organisers therefore advise that Raft Race crews should organise some protection. Either hard hats or a light weight canopy above the crew seats. Warning :- Rafts could become unstable with a risk of capsizing if fitted with a heavy canopy.
  • When the water is low in the river, its quality is believed to have caused diarrhoea and vomiting from time to time by involuntary ingestion of bacteria. DO take care therefore with your personal hygiene and DO please make use of the hand cleansing dispensers provided at all food and drink points!
  • As a consequence of the above point, as well as the safety of spectators on the bridges and riverbanks, anyone evading the pre-race scrutiny process and using water cannon may well be prosecuted by the Police who have demanded far greater rigour by the organisers in this respect.
  • Competitors are also reminded that any proven dangerous behaviour on their part may result in prosecution.
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