Dear Parents and Athletes,

Arrangements for Walligford Head of the River:

Wallingford Head is run upstream on the Wallingford stretch of the River Thames over two divisions of racing: 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 Wallingford, if dropping your daughter off please ensure that she is there by 8am at the latest. 

Headington is boating from the Oxford University Boathouse, there is no access for parents to the boathouse or the surrounding yard and no parent parking in the carpark. If you are dropping your daughter off please do so at the gate and do not enter the carpark.

The Draw:

The draw can be found on the event website.

Headington have entered three crews into the Women's Open Eights event.

The crews will be finalised this week and the girls will be given their crews before the weekend.

Please note that not all J15 and Senior rowers will be racing at Wallingford and there will be no training on Sunday for those who are not racing at Wallingford.


The bus will depart at 7:20am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 7:10am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE while waiting outside the boarding house. Transport is available back from Wallingford 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: Wallingford Head: Sunday 25th November 2018

Please note that there are many girls racing and that it is their responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Also, once you boat, you may have to wait on the water before you race so make sure that you have had a loo stop prior to racing and that you have warm rowing kit.

07:10: Meet outside school gym
07:20: Bus departs from Headington.
08:00: Bus arrives at Wallingford - begin rigging boats
08:30: Boats rigged for Div 1

08:45: 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.

09:00: Estimated earliest boating time for girls. Rowers note: you are responsible for ensuring that you have boated at the correct times, ensure you have inspected the draw and mkae note of your boating time. 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! 

09:45: In marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you may be there for a while).
10:30: 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 other equipment issues to your coach immediately.

from 12:00: 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 - appropriate for race day, if you are not sure what to bring please ask your coaches

- A good breakfast before you depart (eg: Porridge, toast and a banana).
- Post Div 1: Make sure you have a meal for after your race, such as pasta and banana / fruit

- Kit: It will be cold and possibly wet so you will need a change of kit for after your race race. Make sure you have enough warm and waterproof kit for when you are sitting around even if it means you bring a blanket down. Coxes and athletes will not be allowed to boat if they are not properly attired for the weather conditions.

- Wellington boots


Headington are boating from the Oxford University Boathouse on the Wallingford side of the river, there is no parking on the boathouse site and access to the boathouse is for athletes and coaches only but the towpath which runs in front of the boathouse is public access.

Please see the Wallingford Head website for parking and spectator information.


OUBC Flemming Boathouse
Chalmore Gardens
OX10 9EP

Please see the following documents:

1) Competitors Instrucitons

2) Course Map

3) Location Map

4) Safety Plan

5) Welfare Plan