Sunday, March 16, 2014
WHoRR 2014 - some views from Hammersmith
Tim Koch writes:
A press release issued by the organisers before the 2014 Women’s Head of the River Race started:
On Saturday 15th March at 3:30pm, the 74th Women’s Head will take place from Mortlake to Putney. With the wettest winter the UK has experienced since records began, many rowers have had their training disrupted and head races have been cancelled across the country. In recent weeks, the stream conditions on the Tideway have also been affected by the large volume of water from upriver. Providing the weather is favourable on race day, the stream should make for some very quick times and potentially allow course records to be broken.
Well, the weather was favourable, the stream did make for some very quick times and seven course records were broken including the Head time which was 17.42.21. The full results for the 291 crews are on the event website. Below are some images from around Hammersmith Bridge, the point at which sixty per cent of the race is done. Any half decent crew can get there in a respectable time, but only those who have trained hard can really make a race of it from Hammersmith to the finish.
The rescheduled Schools’ Head of the River Race is on Wednesday, 26 March at 13.30.
The Head of the River Race is on Saturday, 29 March at 14.15.
The Veterans’ Head of the River Race is on Sunday, 30 March at 10.30.
Photography © Tim Koch