Reading University Head has been CANCELLED

Updated: 28/02/2018

notice from the event organisers:


Following a committee meeting this morning we've taken the decision to cancel this Saturdays Reading University Head of the River.

Several factors influenced our decision not least safety based on the weather forecast and the low temperatures due to severe wind chill from the persistent easterly wind. Another critical factor is the appearance of a submerged cruiser in the middle of the river near the just upstream of Caversham bridge. This cannot be seen from water level but is marked with a buoy.

Many thanks for your support and look forward to seeing you all in March 2019 at the next Reading University HoRR.

Kind regards.


Dear Parents and Athletes,

Arrangements for Reading University Head:

There will be 2 divisions at 10:30 and 14:30 raced downstream over 4600m on the Reading stretch of the River Thames finishing at Caversham Bridge. Headington have entered crews into division 1 only. Please note that all girls must use school transport to get to the event unless she has permission from the Head of Rowing to meet us at the race venue.

Please note: I will update this page with any changes caused by poor weather conditions as soon as information becomes available.

The Draw:

The start order will be available on the event website.

The girls will be told their crews the week preceeding the event.


The bus will depart at 7:30am at the latest. Please meet outside the Headley Way school entrance at 7:15am

Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE outside the boarding houses.

Transport is available back from Reading however, where possible, please can parents arrange transport back from the event. No girls may depart the event until the trailer is fully loaded.

Itinerary: Reading University Head - Saturday 3rd March 2018

07:30: Bus departs from the Headley Way school entrance.
08:30: Bus arrives at Reading Rowing Club - begin rigging boats
09:00: Boats rigged

09:15: 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.

09:20: is the estimated earliest boating time for girls (this could be earlier so please keep an eye on the event website for accurate boating times). Rowers note: you are responsible for ensuring that you have boated at the correct times. Crews that are late may not be allowed to race. I have instructed coaches that under no circumstances are they to chase you to get boated! 

from 09:40: In marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you may be there for a while).
10:30: Approximate start time of division 1: 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 other equipment issues to your coach immediately.

from 11:30: De-Rig and load trailer. No girl may depart before the trailer is fully loaded.

Kit and Food

Please ensure that you have:

- Water bottles with electrolyte replacement fluid.

- Food.

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

- Kit: You will need a change of kit for after the race. Make sure you have enough warm kit for when you are sitting around even if it means you bring a blanket down.


Headington are boating from Reading Rowing Club next to Caversham bridge.

Viewing is possible along the full length of the course but I ask that parents please do not cycle with their daughter's crew, the coaches need to follow the races and there is limited space on the towpath for bikes.


Reading RC
The Boathouse
Thames Promenade
Richmond Ave

Links to the following safety documents can be found on the event website:

- Event safety plan

- Risk assessments

- Welfare satement, plan and forms

- Competitor instructions