The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2017 Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge.

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2017 Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge.

Tuesday (25th July) was a great day: the annual Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge! It’s been held on the Thames every year since 1715...

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2016 Race for Doggett's Coat and Badge

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2016 Race for Doggett's Coat and Badge

The Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge has become a much-anticipated fixture in our annual calendar, and we were delighted to be in London for this year’s race on 20th July. Despite it being the world’s oldest continually-held sporting event, having been held every year since 1715, it’s not as well-known as it should be, although its popularity is growing.

Harold Pinchbeck and The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge

Harold Pinchbeck and The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge

This year was the 300th race of the famous and historic Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge, held every year for 300 years now on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea. Up to six apprentice Watermen compete in this 4-mile race which passes under eleven bridges en route.