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  • The Pairs Head 2017 will be held on Saturday 14 Oct at midday.

    Entries are open on BROE2, they will close on Saturday 30th Sep at midday or when 550 paid entries have been received.

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

    About the Race

    This year the Pairs Head will be run according to the new British Rowing competition framework. 

    For entries this will mean that competitors wishing to race under Women, Open or Mixed categories, the crew will be entered as: W Sen 2x/-, W Sen Lwt 2x, Op Sen 2x/- , Open Lwt 2x or Mixed 2x.

    For those wishing to race under either the Masters, including mixed Masters, or Junior categories entries will be submitted in the same format as previous years. We will also be offering Adaptive entries, please contact us before entering.

    This is the first Head race to use the new competition framework, and the underlying principle of the framework is to have crews of similar racing ability in the same category. 

    After entries have closed on 30 Sep the Pairs Head Entries Secretary will review the entries based on Crew Ranking Index, provided by British Rowing. This analysis will enable the Pairs Head team to apply category boundaries based on the index and number of entries.

    Dependent on the number of entries received, Masters categories may be combined and/or divided based on Crew Ranking.

    The Pairs Head Committee is proud of its history of being able to offer a broad range of pennants. In 2017 we anticipate having approx 50 pennants available across Women, Open, Masters and Junior events.

    The application of the category boundaries will be based solely on the information provided to us by British Rowing. If any crews wish to raise a query on the amount points assigned to their crew entry please do so directly with British Rowing, as Pairs Head have no control over ranking points.

    Plaques and individual LIDDED POTS will be presented to the crew of the fastest boat finishing the course in each division. 


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

  • Entries are open on BROE2, they will close on Saturday 30th Sep at midday or when 550 paid entries have been received. If you have any queries about entries please use our contact form.

  • The Draw will be available on Tuesday 3rd Oct.

  • 2017 Competitor Information will be available on Tuesday 10th Oct.

  • Pairs Head 2016 Results

    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 Prize Giving will be held on Sunday 29th Oct at midday. Olympian George Nash, will be presenting the prizes.

    Well done all our Pennant Winners in 2016. Thank you to Alan Sinclair, @alansinclair, Jack Beaumontt@jackbeaumontt and John Inverdale for presenting at our Prize Giving 2016. 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.


    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.


    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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