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Marlow Spring Regatta: Saturday 30th April 2022

Dear Parents and Athletes,

Marlow Spring Regatta is being run on the River Thames at Marlow over 900m downstream from Bisham Abbey to Higginson Park, racing will take place on a three lane course. Headington have entered crews in wave 1, 2 and 3 in both J14 and J13 age groups.

Please note that all girls should use school transport (see transport section below for timings and information) to get to the event but if you wish to drop your daughter off at the race venue please let me know by email so I know not to expect them on the bus.

If dropping your daughter off please ensure she has liaised with her coach regarding when she should arrive at the venue for her race. Rower drop off and/or pick up is in the Pound Lane (Court Garden) car park, not at the Regatta car park (trailer parking only). From there it is a short walk across Higginson Park to the trailer field.


The race site / drop off address is:

Lower Pound Lane



The Draw:

The draw can be found on the event website.

The girl's crews will be confirmed at training early this week (if they have not been already) and all those who signed up via the google form before the deadline have been entered to race.

If your daughter is available to race but has not been signed up via google form please let me know as soon as possible.

If your daughter is told she is racing but is in fact now unavailable please let me know as soon as possible. Similarly if your daughter is injured or ill and unable to compete please let me know as soon as possible.


The bus for the J14 coxed quads will depart at 6:30am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 6:20am.

The bus for those racing in waves 2 and 3 will depart at 9am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 8:50am.

Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping during the morning departures. The ROWERS MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE while waiting outside the boarding house. Transport will be available back from Marlow to school for all rowers. If being collected by parents after racing; no girls may depart the event until the trailer has been fully loaded and/or they have been dismissed by their coach.

Itinerary: Marlow Spring Regatta - Saturday 30th April 2022

Please note that there are many girls racing and that it is their responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below.

Those Racing in Wave 1 (J14 coxed quads):

06:20: Meet outside school gym

06:30: Bus departs from Headington.

07:15: Bus arrives at venue - begin rigging boats

from 09:03: WJ14 4x+ heats begin

from 09:39: WJ14 4x+ finals

Those racing in Waves 2 & 3:

08:45: Meet outside school gym

09:00: Bus departs from Headington

09:45: Bus arrives at venue - begin rigging boats

from 11:36: WJ13 4x+ (coxed quads) heats begin

12:15: WJ13 4x+ final

from 11:45: WJ14 8x+ (octo) heats begin

12:24: WJ14 8x+ final

from 14:57: WJ14 2x (double sculls) heats begin

15:33: WJ14 2x finals

Boats will be derigged and loaded onto the trailer throughout the day as racing continues. No girl may depart before their boat and blades have been fully loaded onto the trailer and they have been dismissed by their coaches.

17:45: Approximate return time to Headington - the girls will be able to contact parents when we are departing Marlow)

Kit and Food

The girls will need:

- A Large water bottle (1L) with electrolyte replacement fluid.

- Food - appropriate for race day, if you are not sure what to bring please have the girls ask their coaches

- A good breakfast before departing (eg: Porridge, toast and a banana).

- A snack for after each set of races (if doing more than 1). If not sure what to bring; your daughter's coach can advise her.

- Kit: The girls will be required to race in a HSOBC lycra and white t-shirt, in the event of wet or cold weather the girls may wear HSOBC leggings and splash jackets. If they do not have any HSOBC kit yet please let me know.

Spectating The racing can be viewed along the tow path on the Marlow side of the river with the best view of the finish being from Higginson Park

I would ask parent to please avoid entering the trailer park or approaching the girls while they are at the trailer, rigging their boats and launching and landing for their races. The girls and coaches do not require any help with these activities.

Please may I also remind parents not to follow races on bicycles.

Policies and Documents

The following documents should be read/reviewed by all girls competing this weekend:

- Competitor Instruction

- Course Map

Any other safety documentation including risk assessments, welfare policy and Covid-19 measures for the event can be found on the event website

If there are any changes to the information provided above I will email them to parents with as much notice as possible.

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