Schools' Head of the River Race
|Schools' Head of the River Race|
|Location(s)||Championship Course, River Thames in London, England|
|Previous event||26 March 2014|
|Participants||approx. 300 crews|
|Organised by||Westminster School|
The Schools' Head of the River Race (SHORR) is a processional rowing race organised by Westminster School for crews aged between 14 and 18 years old. The race also forms one third of the prestigious rowing 'triple'. The triple encompasses winning the Schools' Head of the River Race, the National Schools Regatta, and the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
Emanuel School still hold the record for the most wins at a total of 11.
The race is held annually on the River Thames in London, England, on the 4 1⁄4 miles (6.8 km) Championship Course from the University Stone in Mortlake to Westminster School Boat Club flagpole in Putney. It is rowed with the tide and is in the opposite direction to The Boat Race.
The race is seen as the largest head race of the winter season by junior crews. It attracts around 300 crews each year. However, composite crews, drawn from more than one club or school, are not permitted.
Aside from the Championship Course, the event used to offered a shortened course for smaller boats, such as J15 4s, J15 B 8's, and Maiden 4s. The shortened course ran from Hammersmith Bridge (previously from London Corinthian Sailing Club) to the regular finishing post at Putney. However, CD Riches, the event manager, changed this in 2009. All crews now do the full course of 6.8 km.
In 2012, the J4- and WJ4- events were introduced. A year later, the Mix4x event was also introduced to the head race.
The current record holders for the events are:
|J16 Ch8+||Hampton School||17:25||2011|
|J16 1st8+||Sir William Borlase's Grammar School||17:53||2011|
|J16 2nd8+||Hampton School||17:51||2014|
|J15 Ch8+||King's College School||17:58||2007|
|J15 1st8+||St George's College||18:12||2011|
|J15 2nd8+||St Paul's School||18:37||2012|
|J15 3rd8+||Hampton School||20:13||2013|
|J4+||George Watson's College||18:42||2007|
|WCh8+||The Lady Eleanor Holles School||18:28||2011|
|WJ168+||Kingston Rowing Club||19:41||2011|
|WJ4x||Latymer Upper School||19:24||2011|
|WJ174x||Henley Rowing Club||20:56||2014|
|WJ4-||Sir William Borlase's Grammar School||20:37||2012|
|WJ4+||Henley Rowing Club||20:12||2007|
|WJ164+||Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls||21:03||2002|
|Mix4x||Evesham Rowing Club||19:42||2013|
|Ch8+||St Paul's School||16:56|
|2nd8+||Latymer Upper School||17:29|
|J161st8+||Bedford Modern School||18:10|
|J15Ch8+||St Paul's School||18:13|
|J152nd8+||St Paul's School||19:28|
|WJ168+||The King's School, Chester||21:19|
|WJ158+||Henley Rowing Club||20:18|
|J4+||Evesham Rowing Club||19:57|
|J164+||The King's School, Chester||20:05|
|Mix4x||Runcorn Rowing Club||20:45|
|WJ174x||Henley Rowing Club||20:56|
|WJ4+||Henley Rowing Club||21:45|
|WJ164+||Bedford Girls School||21:59|
|St Paul's School||16:56||2014||St. Edward's School||Radley College|
|Hampton School||17:10||2013||Abingdon School||St Paul's School|
|Abingdon School||16:53||2012||Hampton School||Shrewsbury School|
|Abingdon School||16:53||2011||Eton College||Shrewsbury School|
|Eton College||17:22||2010||Shrewsbury School||Hampton School|
|Eton College||16:47||2009||Shrewsbury School||St Paul's School|
|Shrewsbury School||09:39*||2008||Abingdon School||Eton College|
- denotes shortened course.