The Head of the River Race in London

Head of the River Race is a (men’s eight) rowing race event held every March in River Thames on the 6.8 km long stretch called ‘Championship Course’. Racing on the the championship course which stretches between Mortlake to Putney on river Thames excites the fancies of many a rowing buffs and the popularity of the event can be estimated from the fact that a maximum participation limit of 420 crews is enforced by the organizers. Started in 1926 by the rowing coach, Steve Fairbairn, today approximately 3500 participents take part in this event and several trophies are awarded under various categories.

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    The race was initially started by rowing coach Steve Fairbairn and the first race was held on Sunday December 12th of year 1926. 23 crews participated in that race. By 1936 the number of participating crews rose to 127. From 1979 and further a maximum limit of 420 crews was set keeping in view the increasing number of crews wanting to participate in the race.

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    The event is a rowing race competition in which various boat race buffs participate.

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    Important Dates

    The event is held every year in March.

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    Head of the River's race is a one-day event.

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    How To Contact

    If you are intending to contact the event then use the email given below.


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    How to participate in the race

    If you want to participate in the race then click here.

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    How to Get to Mortlake tideway (The starting point of race)

    There is no tube, tram, overground or a pier station which can be used to reach the destination, which is 'Mortlake' (the starting point of the race).

    By Bus

    The nearest bus stop is ‘White Hart Lane (Stop T)’. One can use buses numbering 209, 419, 969 or N22 to reach this bus stop. From the bus stop move east on Mortlake High St/A3003 toward First Ave to get to the Tideway Wharf from where one can easily get to the starting point of the race.View Map

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