The Head of the River Race was first held in 1926 to give crews something to train for at the end of the winter training period.
Raced over 4 ¼ miles from Mortlake to Putney, the race is always held on the 3rd or 4th Saturday in March and attracts crews from around and beyond the British Isles including Germany, Australia, Belgium, France and the USA.
The average time for the race is about 16 minutes with the fastest time being 16 minutes 37 seconds which was set in 1987 by the Great Britain National Crew. The race is processional and starts with the previous year’s winning team. The crew with the best time, wins.
The race is festive and good-natured and welcomes spectators to head down and cheer on the competitors.