Naomi Riches is a friend of mine. It’s not for everyone I get up at 5.30am on a Saturday morning to film on a cold River Thames. Once it was 9pm on a Friday. Does this woman ever have fun?

The Paralympic gold medal rower  (she’s the reason Marlow has a gold postbox)  has been putting in serious amounts of training. She wants to become a Guinness World Record holder this autumn.

Between 17th and 19th September she’s attempting to row the 165 navigable miles of the Thames up to Gravesend, non-stop. The current record is just under 43 hours and 41 minutes, so she won’t be able to sleep during all that time.

It’s a physical, mental and logistical challenge that’s ramping up over the next five months.

While clearly crazy, Naomi is fab, and I’ve had a real laugh while leaning out of boats and over bridges. However, getting decent shots of her speeding into the distance backwards isn’t always easy. I’ve also learnt a lot about chaffing!

She and Liz from charity IN-vision are looking for a sponsor to get their name on her lovely Filippi.

All the money raised for what’s called The Great Thames Row is going to IN-vision. It funds research into infantile nystagmus. Children born with nystagmus find it difficult to focus so have varying degrees of visual impairment.

Naomi was born with the condition, so the charity row is personal.

If you can help in any way get in touch with the lovely Liz at or on twitter @invision_buzz or @TGTR2016

Thanks very much, I know all help will be MUCH appreciated.

have a look here for the video I created for Naomi and IN-vision