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Swanscombe sculler wins prestigious Thames race

PUBLISHED: 13:58 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:58 03 August 2015

Louis Pettipher

Louis Pettipher

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Louis Pettipher was the victor in the Doggett's Coat and Badge race

A sculler from Swanscombe who is a captain on the River Thames has won a prestigious rowing race.

Louis Pettipher beat five other newly-qualified watermen to be crowned the winner of the Doggett’s Coat and Badge race, a four-mile, seven-furlong race from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier in Chelsea on Saturday

He had already come second in the race last year – and his brother Dean competed three times, coming third, second and second.

The annual race is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, having been founded in 1715 to celebrate King George I’s accession to the throne. Prince Philip was among the spectators last year.

The other competitors were Charlie Maynard, 23, from Erith, Dominic Coughlin, 24, from Cuxton, Ben Folkard, 23, from Maidstone, Frankie Ruler, 21, from Blackheath, and Perry Flynn, 21, from Kennington.

Louis’ prize is a crimson coat with a silver arm badge depicting Liberty, the horse of the House of Hanover, along with an engraved watch specially commissioned for the race’s anniversary.

His mum Elizabeth said: “We are so proud of him.

“He had been training for a whole year at Medway Rowing Club – even on Christmas Day.”

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