Schools' Head of the River Race

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Schools' Head of the River Race
FrequencyAnnual
Location(s)Championship Course, River Thames in London, England
Years active1946 – present
Previous event15 March 2019
Next event18 March 2020
Participantsapprox. 300 crews
Organised byWestminster School
Websitewww.shorr.org.uk

The Schools' Head of the River Race (SHORR) is the UK's largest school-age processional (head rowing) race and is organised by Westminster School for crews aged between 14 and 18 years old. It is held in Spring, the end of the head race season.

The race forms a leg of the national kudos of winning a rowing 'triple' in which occasionally an indefeasible Junior Eight (J18 8+ or WJ18 8+) wins this race, the National Schools Regatta, the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta or the Peabody Cup at Henley Women's Regatta.

Course[edit]

The race is held annually on the River Thames in London, England, on a course from Chiswick Bridge 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.[1]

Race format[edit]

History[edit]

The event in its infancy 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 (from London Corinthian Sailing Club) to the regular finishing post at Putney. However, CD Riches, the event's manager, changed this in 2009.

Current format[edit]

The race is the largest head race of the winter season by junior crews. It attracts around 300 crews each year. Composite crews, drawn from more than one club or school, are not permitted.

All categories race the same course.

In 2012, the J4- and WJ4- events were introduced.[n 1]

In 2013, the Mix 4x[n 2] event was introduced to the race.

In 2017, the course was considerably shortened on the day, retaining the usual start line but finishing at the bandstand shortly after Barnes bridge.[2]

Records[edit]

The current record holders for the events are:

Men's events[edit]

Event Winner Time Year
Ch8+ Shiplake CollegeShiplake College rowing blade.gif 16:36 2019
1st8+ Canford School Canford School Rowing Blade.svg 17:13 2014
2nd8+ Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 17:11 2018
3rd8+ Hampton School Van Mildert Boat Club Blade.svg 17:46 2007
J16 Ch8+ Hampton School Van Mildert Boat Club Blade.svg 17:25 2011
J16 1st8+ Sir William Borlase's Grammar School Sir William Borlase's Grammar School rowing blade.gif 17:53 2011
J16 2nd8+ King's College School Kings College School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 18:08 2018
J15 Ch8+ Aberdeen Schools RA 17:54 2018
J15 1st8+ St George's College St George's College rowing blade.gif 18:12 2011
J15 2nd8+ St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif 18:37 2012
J15 3rd8+ Hampton School Van Mildert Boat Club Blade.svg 20:13 2013
J4x[n 2] Maidenhead Rowing Club 17:19.5 2018
J17 4x[n 2] Westminster School Westminster School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 18:20 2014
J4- Westminster School Westminster School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 18:41 2012
J4+ George Watson's College George Watson's College Rowing Blade.svg 18:42 2007
J16 4+ Evesham RC Evesham RC Rowing Blade.svg 19:17 2011
J15 4+ Westminster School Westminster School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 19:38 2012

Women's events[edit]

Event Winner Time Year
WCh 8+ The Lady Eleanor Holles School Lady Eleanor Holles School Rowing Blade.gif 18:28 2011
WJ16 8+ Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 19:02 2018
WJ15 8+ Latymer Upper School Latymer Upper School rowing blade.gif 19:33 2018
WJ 4x[n 2] Latymer Upper School Latymer Upper School rowing blade.gif 19:17 2018
WJ17 4x[n 2] Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 20:56 2014
WJ4- Sir William Borlase's Grammar School Sir William Borlase's Grammar School rowing blade.gif 20:37 2012
WJ 4+ Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 20:12 2007
WJ16 4+ Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls Haberdasher's Monmouth School for Girls rowing blade.gif 21:03 2002

Mixed events[edit]

Event Winner Time Year
Mix 4x[n 2] Evesham RC Evesham RC Rowing Blade.svg 19:42 2013

Winners of all categories when last held[edit]

Event Winner Time
Ch 8+ Shiplake College Shiplake College rowing blade.gif 16:36
1st 8+ Monmouth School
Winchester College
17:32
2nd 8+ St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif 17:16
3rd 8+ St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif 18:12
J16 Ch8+ Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 17:30
J16 1st8+ Bedford School 18:14
J16 2nd8+ Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 18:19
J15 Ch8+ King's College School Kings College School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 18:20
J15 1st8+ St George's College St George's College rowing blade.gif 18:42
J15 2nd8+ King's College School Kings College School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg 19:07
W Ch8+ Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 18:18
W 1st 8+ Portora Boat Club 19:01
WJ16 8+ Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 19:02
WJ15 8+ Latymer Upper School Latymer Upper School rowing blade.gif 19:34
Ch 4x- Maidenhead Rowing Club 17:19
J16 4x- Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 18:14
J4+ Molesey Boat Club 18:26
J16 4+ Aberdeen Schools RA 19:18
J15 4+ Radnor House School 19:41
Mix 4x- York City Rowing Club 18:56
WJ 4x- Latymer Upper School Latymer Upper School rowing blade.gif 19:17
WJ16 4x- Marlow Rowing Club 20:09
WJ 4+ Henley Rowing Club St Johns College Boat Club Blade.svg 20:31
WJ16 4+ Kingston Rowing Club Lady Margaret Rowing Blade.svg 20:32

Previous J18 eights' winners[edit]

Year Time Winner Second Third
2015 17:58 Westminster School Westminster School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg
2014 16:56 St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif St Edward's School St Edward's School Boat Club Rowing Blade.png Radley College Radley College Boat Club Rowing Blade.png
2013 17:10 Hampton School Van Mildert Boat Club Blade.svg Abingdon School Abingdon School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif
2012 16:53 Abingdon School Abingdon School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Hampton School Van Mildert Boat Club Blade.svg Shrewsbury School Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg
2011 16:53 Abingdon School Abingdon School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Shrewsbury School Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg
2010 17:22 Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Shrewsbury School Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Hampton School Van Mildert Boat Club Blade.svg
2009 16:47 Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Shrewsbury School Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg St Paul's School St Paul's School rowing blade.gif
2008 09:39[n 3] Shrewsbury School Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Abingdon School Abingdon School Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg Eton College Eton College Boat Club Rowing Blade.svg

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ In line with increased rationalisation globally to coxless fours see for example the 2006 abolition of the Prince Philip Challenge Cup and expansion of the Britannia Challenge Cup with the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for university student coxed fours at Henley.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Quad. Ch, only used in the 8s category, denotes top boat (Championship entry for each school) for other symbols used (+ and -) see Rowing (sport)
  3. ^ Shortened course.
References
  1. ^ "About the Race" Schools Head of the River Race Westminster School. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  2. ^ Rowing, British (23 March 2017). "Announcement! @schoolshead course has been shortened to finish at the bandstand due to current weather conditions #SHORR2017". @BritishRowing. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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