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  • Thank you to all the volunteers and competitors for a great race in 2019.

    In 2020 the race will be on Sunday 11 Oct at 11am.

    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.

    Boat types: 2x & 2- 

    Categories offered:  

    • Junior J16, 2x; J18; 2x & 2-  
    • Senior: Open, Women; 2x & 2-  
    • Masters B-K: Open, Women; 2x & 2-  
    • Mixed and Mixed Masters B-K; 2x
    • Lightweight Open and Women; 2x
    • Adaptive; 2x & 2- (by arrangement)

    £36 per crew


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

    Pairs Head 2019 Start Order 

    Note – due to some crew changes your number may have changed. Please check the final Start Order before the race.

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

    Host Club Changes
    No further changes in the Host Club please. Your number will be sent to the Number location indicated on the Start Order.

    In compiling the Draw we have used the Crew Ranking Index and CRI Max for banding categories. Banding will be sized broadly as follows:

    • 0-9 entries – 1 band – single Pennant
    • 10-20 entries – 2 bands – Club,  Championship
    • 21-30 entries – 3 bands – Club and/or Intermediate, Senior or Championship
    • 30+ entries – 4 bands – Club, Intermediate, Senior and Championship

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

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

  • Pairs Head Competitor Information 2019

    Marshalling Map

    Note: Crews boating from locations in the marshalling area may join the later sections as they move up, but must not cross the river after the race has started.

  • Pairs Head 2019 Results

    Pairs Head Results – Overall (PDF)

    Results by gender

    Pairs Head Results – Female (PDF)

    Pairs Head Results – Mixed (PDF)

    Pairs Head Results – Open (PDF)

    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 2019 Prize Giving will be held on Sunday 27th October.

    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.


    2018 – Victoria Brock & Karen Newbury – Lea RC

    2017 – Isobel Cole & Anna Terry – Tideway Scullers School

    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.


    2018 – Katy Wilkinson-Feller & Fran Rawlings – Tideway Scullers School

    2017 – Charlotte & Mathilde Hodgkins-Byrne – Composite University of London & Reading University Boat Club

    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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