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  • The Pairs Head 2018 will be held on Saturday 6 Oct at 3pm.

    The race will start at The Boat Race finish post downstream of Chiswick Bridge and finish at Harrods Wall downstream of Hammersmith Bridge, approx 4.5km.

    Pairs Head Notice of Competition

    Boat types:  2x & 2-

    Categories offered:

    • Senior: Open and Women; 2x & 2-
    • Junior: J16; 2x; J18; 2x & 2-
    • Masters B-K: Open and Women; 2x & 2-
    • Mixed and Mixed Masters B-K; 2x
    • 1Lightweight Open and Women; 2x
    • 2Adaptive: 2x & 2-

    1The maximum weight for these events is in line with British Rowing rules for the winter period.

    For men max weight is 75kg, and for women max weight is 61.5kg. All lightweight competitors must meet this limit; there is no additional average crew weight restriction. Any crew that entering lightweight but fail to weigh in successfully will be moved into the equivalent open weight category.

    Weigh in arrangements will be emailed out to entrants.

    2Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

    20.08.2018 – Notice and website updated to include Adaptive 2-. J16 2x only.

    The number of pennant winning categories will be entirely dependent on the entries received. This year following pennant categories will be awarded:

    • Championship
    • Intermediate
    • Club
    • Freshers

    Entry fee – £36 per crew


    The Pairs Head of the River Race is an annual event proudly managed and run by Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club.

  • Entries are now CLOSED as we have reached capacity. You may continue to make substitutions and payment through BROE2.

    If you have any queries about entries please use our contact form.

  • Start Order (PDF) 2018

    Start Order (Googlesheet) 2018

    A few minor adjustments to the Start Order where 50/50 split for odd number of crews. Note the bands are baselined and will not be adjusted.

    Club Admins must contact us when a substitution may move the crew into a higher category. Details of bands have been provided to Club Admins.

    Host Club Changes
    We can change your host club, however the ‘Number collection location’ will not. Your crew will need to arrange to collect their number from the noted on the Start Order v3.0.

    In compiling the Draw we have used the Crew Ranking Index (CRI) for banding categories and have not considered ‘old points’. Banding will be sized broadly as follows:

    • 0-10 entries – 1 band/single Pennant
    • 10-25 entries – 2 bands: 50% Championship Pennant,  50% Club Pennant
    • 26-40 entries – 3 bands: 30% Championship Pennant, 40% Intermediate Pennant, 30% Club Pennant
    • 41+ entries – 4 bands:
      EITHER 20% Championship Pennant,  30% Senior Pennant,  30% Intermediate Pennant,  20% Club Pennant
      OR 20% Championship Pennant,  30% Intermediate Pennant,  30% Club Pennant,  20% Freshers Pennant

    Band ranges are not fixed, eg ‘Club’ band will not be the same point range across different categories, they are determined by the sizing described above.

    If your experience is not reflected in your assigned category, and you feel you should be placed in a higher category, please let us know using our contact form.

    Combined Masters Categories will have handicaps applied, these are:

    • Mx Mas B/C 2x
    • Mx Mas D/E 2x
    • Mx Mas F/G 2x
    • W Mas B/C 2-
    • W Mas D/E 2-
    • W Mas F/H 2-
    • Op Mas F/G 2-

  • Pairs Head Competitor Information 2018

    Pairs Head Marshalling Information 2018

    Pairs Head Course 2018

  • Pairs Head Results 2018

    Results from previous years:

  • Prize Giving

    Each year the Pairs Head committee hold a prize giving at the Civil Service Boathouse, home of both Barnes Bridge Ladies and Cygnet Rowing club.

    The 2018 Prize Giving will be held on Sunday 21st October and presented by Sue McNuff. Sue is a former Civil Service Ladies Rower (now Barnes Bridge Ladies), International rowing and Olympian, competing in Moscow, 1980

    Well done all our Pennant Winners in 2017. Thank you to George Nash,  for presenting at our Prize Giving 2017. Photos of the event are available to view on our Facebook page.

    Anna Roots Trophy

    Anna Roots Trophy for fastest Women’s Pair

    In 2014 the Pairs Head Committee introduced the Anna Roots Trophy for the fastest Women’s Pair. Anna was tragically killed during a charity cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands End. Anna was a well loved, successful Tideway rower and regular Pairs Head competitor.


    2016 – French & Statham – University of London

    2015 – Bridget Snaith & Amanda Benson-Skailes – Lea RC

    2014 – Sarah Jones & Madeline Foster – Thames RC

    Amy Gentry Trophy

    Amy Gentry Trophy
    Amy Gentry Trophy

    In 2013 the Pairs Head Committee introduced the Amy Gentry Trophy for year the fastest Women’s Double Sculls.

    This beautiful Trophy, kindly donated by John Langfield and Catti Moss, is a tribute to Amy Gentry, founder of the Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club, celebrated sculler and pioneer of women’s rowing.


    2016 – Parfett & Hart-Winks – University of London 

    2015 – Alice White & Pippa Birch – Composite Star & Arrow and Upper Thames RC

    2014 – Debbie Flood & Fran Rawlings – Leander

    2013 – Charlotte Taylor & Fran Rawlings – Composite Putney Town and Mortlake Anglian & Alpha RC

    Fran Rawlings (previously from MAA) and Debbie Flood, receiving the Amy Gentry Trophy, both rowing for Leander in 2014



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