Racing on the River Thames Tideway

The 'Boat Race' is an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities on the River Thames in West London between Putney and Mortlake.

The first race took place in 1829 in Henley on Thames following a challenge between old school friends. Since the second race in 1836 the contest has taken place in London.

Sunday 27th March 2016 will see the running of the 162nd Boat Race (3.10pm) and 71st Women's Boat Race (4.10pm), both now taking place on the Championship Course. Watched by thousands along the banks of the Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London, and by millions more on TV around the world, the Boat Races are a unique sporting event. With four very strong squads of athletes, we expect to see more thrilling contests once again this year. 

The Head of the River Races were founded by Steve Fairbairn, the Cambridge and Tideway oarsman in 1925, in order to give crews something to aim for at the end of the winter training period and this year LVRC are sending two crews to compete.

The races are processional; that is, crews start one behind the other at 10 second intervals, the winner being the crew which returns the fastest time. The previous year's winner starts first, followed by the other finishers in time order and then by new entries in alphabetical order within their classifications. These are rowed over the 4¼ mile Thames Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney (i.e. the Boat Race course in reverse) and are usually held on the third or fourth Saturdays in March, depending on the tides.

These are the only races in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attract a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.


 Saturday 5th March

On Saturday 5th March, with a start time to be confirmed (and for the first time in a number of years) we will have a W.IM1.8+ competing in this iconic women's distance rowing race the Women's Eights Head of the River Race (founded in the 1930s) which has now become the largest women's rowing race in the world with around 2,700 women racing and 300 crews taking part.

"Despite this high profile race being over a month away, the crew has been training hard since October in preparation. Everyone has been so well focused and driven towards the end goal that we are aiming to finish within the top half of the entries. This would be a great result for us as, not only will we have not performed highly at this event for many, many years, it would be a great achievement for a provincial club from the North West. This year we are also aiming to finish high in the rankings of a newly introduced category, 'Small Clubs' which is based on your club's previous performance at high profile events e.g....HORR, Henley etc.... we are in the small clubs category and hopefully we can come near top of it :)"

Becky Andrews (LVRC Women's Captain)  



Saturday 19th March
The Head of the River Race will be rowed from 1.30pm, Saturday 19th March. Over 400 crews of eights (3200 seats) take part, making it one of the highest participation events in London. LVRC will be entering an IM2.8+  

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