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Dear Parents and Athletes, 

Arrangements for Fours Head:

The fours head is run on a tidal stretch of the River Thames from Chiswick to Putney, the start time for this year's race is 10:45. Crews are set off about every 10 seconds so if you look at the crew race number, you can approximately work out what time the crews will be coming down the course. The best place to view this race is from Hammersmith Bridge.

The Draw:

The full start list and event draws can be found on the event website

The Headington crews are setting off as follows:

174 WJ18 4x- (approximate start time - 11:15)

177 WJ18 4x- (approximate start time - 11:15)

180 WJ18 4x- (approximate start time - 11:15)

422 W 4+ (approximate start time - 12:00)

452 WJ18 4+ (approximate start time - 12:10)

The crew line ups will be distributed to the girls this week.


The bus will depart at 6am at the latest. Please meet at the Headley Way school entrance at 5:50. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE outside the boarding house. Transport is available back from Putney however, where possible, please can parents arrange transport back from the event. No girls may depart the event until the trailers are fully loaded.

Itinerary: Fours Head of the River: Sunday 12th November 2017

Please note that it is the girls responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Please note that once you boat, you may have a wait on the water before you race so make sure you don’t over hydrate, ensure you have had a loo stop prior to racing and have cold weather kit available.

05:50: Meet at Headley Way school entrance

06:00: Bus departs from the Headley Way school entrance.

07:30: Arrive at Thames RC, Putney.

08:00: Boats rigged and checked for race.

09:00: Dressed and ready for pre-race chat at the trailer. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else.

09:30: Crews boat

10:30: All crews must be in marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you will have to wait at the start).

10:45: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so ensure that you row straight up to the start.

Once you have completed your race, you need to report any breakages or issues immediately.

11:30 onwards: Off the water.

from 11:30: De-Rig boats and load trailer (all girls who race during the day must de-rig and help load the trailer). No girl may depart before the trailer is fully loaded and ready to depart.

Kit and Food

Please ensure that you have:

- Water bottles with electrolyte replacement fluid.

- Food.

- Wellington Boots

- A good breakfast before you depart (eg: Poridge, toast and a banana).
- Post Race: Make sure you have a meal for after your race, such as pasta and banana / fruit

- Kit: You will need a change of kit for after your race. Make sure you have enough warm kit. It will likely be very cold on Saturday, please come prepared!

Parking and Spectating:

Headington are boating from Thames Rowing Club on the Putney Embankment.

Viewing is possible along the full length of the course but the best place to spectate is from Hammersmith Bridge.


Thames RC



SW15 1LB

Rowers and Coxes: Please read the following (you must be fully aware of your martialling position before the race):

1) Marshalling Instructions

2) Marshalling Map

3) Navigation Rules

4) Course Map

5) Safety Information

6) Welfare Policy

More information can be found on the event website