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The oldest continuous sporting competition in the world (probably!)

Few annual individual sporting contests in the world can match the continuous history of the Doggett's Coat and Badge Wager, which was founded in 1715 by Thomas Doggett. For more than 300 years, this race has run through the centre of London, from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier in Chelsea.

The 7,400m race is hotly contested by watermen and lightermen in the first year of their freedom, with many following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents seeking the prize of the red coat and solid silver badge given to the winners. 

Use these pages to find out more about the race, and those that take part, and find photos and footage on our Facebook page and on YouTube. To read Tim Koch's 2022 race report, visit heartheboatsing.com.

The Wager is run by The Fishmongers' Company, and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. 

(Photo right: George Gilbert, the 2022 Race Winner. Photo courtesy of Ben Fitzpatrick for the PLA)



The Fishmongers' Company and The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames would like to thank the Wager Supporters, without whom the race could not run: