Rowing On The Thames

HEAD OF THE RIVER IS A TRADITIONAL SPORTING EVENT THAT LIVES ON IN LONDON TODAY. AND THIS YEAR’S RACE IS TAKING PLACE ON MARCH 17.

The River Thames has witnessed this battle of the rowing teams every March since 1926. Upwards of 400 rowing teams from all over the world herald the coming of spring to London residents in the close to seven-kilometer-long race from Mortlake to Putney. Leander Club has maintained its crushing superiority for ten years in the Head of the River Trophy category, the most prestigious of the race’s eight different prize categories. The start time of the race varies from year to year depending on weather conditions and current. Starting time for the race, which in past years was once canceled and once halted midway, has been set this year at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.

The origin of the races, one of London’s most long-standing traditions, is down to rowing coach Steve Fairbairn, who was a firm believer in the necessity of distance training over winter. The first of the races now regarded as the harbinger of spring took place on December, 12, 1926.

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