Although it is technically a ‘processional’ race, the 83rd Head of the River Race for men’s eights over the Thames Mortlake to Putney course was no procession – as the provisional finish order of the first ten crews shows (start position in brackets):
(3) Oxford Brookes University I
(1) Leander I
(8) Thames I
(4) Oxford Brookes University II
(10) Imperial College I
(2) Molesey I
(5) Leander II
(6) University of London I
(13) Molesey II
(9) Tideway Scullers I
Full results are on the HoRR website. It was a first ever headship for Oxford Brookes, the nineteenth club to record a HoRR win. Leander did not boat their superstars in an Olympic year and cox Phelan Hill posted on Twitter: ‘Solid row but lost to a better crew. Congrats to @OUBUBC on the win’. Thames confirmed their men’s return to form by claiming third place. A fuller report by Daniel Spring is on the British Rowing website.
I know you didn’t mean “Going around the Hammersmith Bend on the way to Putney.” – they’re actually on their way to the start (in Mortlake, whence they will race to Putney)… 😉
That’s my crew walking down the pontoon at Furnival! I’m out of shot though…
I was a bit puzzled by the “Go SPGS” banner (which I saw while racing) and the “LEH” banner (which I didn’t). Both of those clubs are girls’ schools- St. Paul’s Girls’ School and Lady Eleanor Holles respectively- and as such wouldn’t have been racing at HoRR.
Probably left over from the Schools Head, which was on the Thursday before.
I believe Brookes are the first all student winners since University of London in 1963, the ULBC crew went on to win the Grand that year … and given it is an Olympic year the Grand is probably up for grabs.