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Head of the River Race

The processional Head of the River Race involves a staggering 420 eights, making it the largest continuous rowing event in the world. The journey from Mortlake to Putney Bridge is certainly no mean feat.

For those not accustomed to rowing terminology, "processional" means that the boats start one after the other at ten-second intervals, which in theory should mean that there is a continuous procession of boats from the start to the finish of the race.

Sweat, grit and determination are involved throughout the hardy four-and-a-quarter miles (6800m) from Mortlake to Putney, as opposed to the usual 1000m for a regatta and 2000m for the Olympics. The race usually takes a boat around 35 minutes in all to finish.

The Great River Race, London. Courtesy of Stuart Wolff

Head of the River Race Information


When: Mar 2013 (annual)

Where: London

Cost: Free to watch

Opening Hours: 11am

Address: London

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