Get involved in London’s legendary Head of the River Race.
London’s Head of the River Race in March is one of the city’s longest running sporting traditions.
Over 400 crews from around the globe will take to the waters of London’s famous Thames River to compete in this historic boating event.
The Head of the River Race was started in 1926 by Cambridge and Tideway oarsman, Steve Fairbairn. It was conceived as a way for crews to practice long rows during winter, in preparation for the summer regatta. The annual event now sees hundreds of boats, each manned by eight men, row over the 4.25 mile (6.8km) championship course from Mortlake to Putney.
It is customary for the previous year’s winner to start first. They are followed at 10-second intervals by other crews in finishing order and finally, the new entries start in alphabetical order.
The event is a great way for Londoners and visitors alike to celebrate the start of spring as they cheer on teams along London’s picturesque River Thames.
River Thames between Mortlake to Putney