Out of Order: The 2016 Head of the River Race

Pic 1. From the Mile Post, the man who founded the Head of the River Race in 1926, Steve Fairbairn, keeps any eye on his creation. ‘Steve’ claimed that ‘It is not a race, it is merely a means of getting crews to do long rows’.
From the Mile Post, the man who founded the Head of the River Race in 1926, Steve Fairbairn, keeps an eye on his creation. ‘Steve’ claimed that ‘It is not a race, it is merely a means of getting crews to do long rows’.

20 March 2016

Tim Koch writes:

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):

1 (3) Oxford Brookes University I 17.34.66
2 (1) Leander I 17.43.68
3 (8) Thames I 17.57.21
4 (4) Oxford Brookes University II 17.58.59
5 (10) Imperial College I 17.59.59
6 (2) Molesey I 17.59.88
7 (5) Leander II 18.06.17
8 (6) University of London I 18.06.27
9 (13) Molesey II 18.11.32
10 (9) Tideway Scullers I 18.11.65

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.

Pic 2. Steve goes to the Oxford Brookes Dinner. This bronze bust of Fairbairn by George Drinkwater goes to the overall winner of the Head of the River Race. Picture: @OBUBC.
Steve goes to the Oxford Brookes Dinner. This bronze bust of Fairbairn by George Drinkwater goes to the overall winner of the Head of the River Race. Picture: @OBUBC.

Going to the start: Pictures from Hammersmith

Pic 3. Boating from the Furnivall Sculling Club pontoon.
Boating from the Furnivall Sculling Club pontoon.

 

Pic 4. Spectators on Hammersmith Bridge.
Spectators on Hammersmith Bridge.
Pic 5. Are Chelsea Pensioners https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_pensioner getting younger? That’s a bad sign.
Are Chelsea Pensioners getting younger? That’s a bad sign.

 

Pic 6. Going around the Hammersmith Bend on the way to Putney.
Going around the Hammersmith Bend on the way to Mortlake.

 

Pic 7. Boar’s Head Rowing Club under Hammersmith Bridge.
Boar’s Head Rowing Club under Hammersmith Bridge.

 

Pic 8. Supporters on Hammersmith Bridge. The two banners on the left are presumably for Xi An Jiaotong University from China.
Supporters on Hammersmith Bridge. The two banners on the left are presumably for Xi An Jiaotong University from China.

At the finish: Pictures from Putney

Pic 9. The overall winners, Oxford Brookes University I go Head of the River.
The overall winners, Oxford Brookes University I go Head of the River.

 

Pic 10. Second place – Leander I.
Second place – Leander I.
Pic 11. Third place – Thames I.
Third place – Thames I.
Pic 12. University of London I – eighth.
University of London I – eighth.

 

Pic 13. Molesey II went up four to ninth place.
Molesey II went up four to ninth place.

 

Pic 14. Ems-Jade-Weser from Germany is followed by Agecroft I and Molesey III.
Ems-Jade-Weser from Germany is followed by Agecroft I and Molesey III.

 

Pic 15. Passing Putney Embankment, the end is near but probably seems a long time coming for those who are rowing.
Passing Putney Embankment, the end is near but probably seems a long time coming for those who are rowing.

Returning from the finish

Pic 16. Royal Chester I (left) and Aviron Vevey from Switzerland (right) have a cuddle.
Royal Chester I (left) and Aviron Vevey from Switzerland (right) have a cuddle.

 

Pic 17. Going under Putney Pier.
Going under Putney Pier.

 

Pic 18. Xi An Jiaotong University. The crew is from China, the boat is not.
Xi An Jiaotong University. The crew is from China, the boat is not.

 

Pic 19. Nottingham University return under Putney Bridge.
Nottingham University return under Putney Bridge.

 

Pic 20. Not far to home for some lucky crews.
Not far to home for some lucky crews.

 

Pic 21. Crew 358, Imperial College School of Medicine III, is the last boat to finish. Entries were down on previous years, possibly due to the fact that the School’s Head of the River took place only three days before.
Crew 358, Imperial College School of Medicine III, is the last boat to finish. Entries were down on previous years, possibly due to the fact that the School’s Head of the River took place only three days before.

 

Pic 22. Putney Embankment, the scene of the University Boat Races in a week’s time.
Putney Embankment, the scene of the University Boat Races in a week’s time.

4 comments

  1. 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)… 😉

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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