Scullers Head of the River Race

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Scullers Head of the River Race
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Championship Course, River Thames in London, England
Years active 1954-Present
Previous event 16 November 2013
Next event 29 November 2014
Participants 500 crews
Website
www.vestarowing.co.uk/vesta-scullers-head

The Scullers Head of the River Race is a rowing race held annually on the River Thames Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney, open to single scullers only. The race is held in November or early December each year on a week usually to suit the mid-morning or mid-afternoon timing of the ebb tide.

History[edit]

The Scullers Head was first raced in 1954 when it was won by John Marsden.[1] It now admits entries of over 500 scullers[2] and is the largest sculling race in the UK for a single class of racing shell. The race gains enough entries to organise the greatest number of marshalls for any singles event on the Thames and it draws considerably more overseas single scullers than the same race held in reverse usually three to four weeks before, the Wingfield Sculls, which dates to the middle of the 19th century.

In 2014 were the first admissions of categories for adaptive rowing for athletes with disabilities, in TA and LTA adaptive rowing classifications.[2]

Annual organisation[edit]

The race is organised by Vesta Rowing Club, Putney, London.

Results since 2001[edit]

Men[edit]

Date Winner Club Time
2001 Guy Pooley Leander Leander Club Rowing Blade.svg 20:03.94
2003 cancelled due to exceptional weather conditions
2004 Mark Hunter Leander Leander Club Rowing Blade.svg 21:22.13
2005 Tom Gale Tideway Scullers Tideway Scullers School Rowing Blade.svg 22:05.18
2006 Mahé Drysdale Tideway Scullers Tideway Scullers School Rowing Blade.svg 19:55.26
2007 George Whittaker Imperial College BC Imperial College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 20:58.76
2008 Alan Campbell Tideway Scullers Tideway Scullers School Rowing Blade.svg 20:30.57
2009 Jamie Kirkwood Imperial College BC Imperial College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 20:55.38
2010 Stephen Feeney[3] London RC London Rowing Club Rowing Blade.svg 21:31.20
2011 Adam Freeman-Pask Imperial College BC Imperial College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 21:09.02
2012 Alan Campbell Tideway Scullers Tideway Scullers School Rowing Blade.svg 20:43.32
2013 Sigmund Verstraete Walton RC Walton Rowing Club Rowing Blade.svg 21:06.99
2014 Jamie Copus Oxford Brookes University BC 21:03.55

Women[edit]

Date Winner Club Time
Results missing
2009 Hester Goodsell[4] Reading University BC Reading University Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 22:21.92
2010 Beth Rodford[5] Gloucester RC Gloucester Rowing Club Rowing Blade.gif 22:54.06
2011 Imogen Walsh London RC London Rowing Club Rowing Blade.svg 22:35.9
2012 Georgina Phillips Imperial College BC Imperial College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 22:40.24
2013 Lou Reeve Leander Club Leander Club Rowing Blade.svg 22:14:41[6]
2014 Brianna Stubbs Wallingford RC 22:41.31

See also[edit]

  • Metropolitan Regatta The London Cup (singles). Held in late May/very early June at Eton-Dorney Lake.
  • Diamond Challenge Sculls rowed by race-winning singles at Henley Royal Regatta, forming the second prerequisite of the rare accomplishment of a 'Triple Crown' with those above and below. Held in July.
  • Wingfield Sculls rowed by singles along the course in reverse, the last component of the 'Triple Crown'. Held in October or early November. Where the Scullers' Head is also won there is the theoretical possibility of a 'Quadruple Crown' for a single sculler able to win all four events. As the Diamond Sculls is not open to women, a win at the Scullers Head forms the last leg of the UK's Triple Crown for an all-round champion female single sculler.
  • Rowing on the River Thames

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Telegraph Obituary John Marsden 5 March 2004
  2. ^ a b [1] Main page noting new facts and full capacity of 550 entries has been reached in 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.britishrowing.org/gb/biographies/stephen-feeney
  4. ^ http://www.vestarowing.co.uk/vesta-scullers-head/vesta-scullers-head-2009-results/
  5. ^ http://www.vestarowing.co.uk/vesta-scullers-head/vesta-scullers-head-results-2010/
  6. ^ Scullers Head 2013 Results (pdf) Vesta Rowing Club. Retrieved 2014-17-11.

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