Races finishes at Hampton School Boat House
Millenium Boat House
Lower Sunbury Road
Hampton TW12 2ES
HAMPTON RACES The Essentials
- Hampton Eights and Fours Head
- Hampton Small Boats Head
Info for Spectators
Both events race from Sunbury Lock down to Molesey lock. At the time of writing this we boat out of Hampton School’s Boathouse off the Lower Sunbury Road and opposite Platts Eyot
Parking: The Hampton boathouse is nowhere near anything to do with the race-it is the opposite side of the river (north bank) from where the action takes place and there are very few places on that side where you can get any sort of view at all. Having dropped your athlete therefore retrace your steps along Lower Sunbury Road and head back to Hampton Court bridge and cross to the south side. Try and park in the Sadler’s Ride Public Car park or any of the side roads around there. It does get busy but you should find a space and then just head towards the towpath.
Viewing: All the way along the towpath on the south side. Bicycles are allowed and in theory you can follow the race all the way down towpath but it gets very crowded.
Catering/Food: Hampton run a refreshment tent just upstream from the finish with teas, cakes and sometimes bacon butties. You can also find food at the Molesey Boat Club which is a good 10-15 minute walk from the main event. Alternatively there is a Tesco superstore on the corner of Hurst Road and Buckingham Avenue. Plenty of places to eat in East Molesey but quite a walk from the towpath.
What to bring: Both happen in winter and it can be extremely cold on the towpath. Wrap up very well. Few places to shelter other than the Hampton Refreshment tent.
Other useful points: Loos are very few and far between-probably the best and warmest are in Tesco; there are more at Molesey Boat club and mobile toilets at Sadlers Ride. Dogs are allowed as it is a public towpath. Race programmes available from the Hampton tent.