Quintin Head: Saturday 25th January 2020
Updated: Jan 23
Dear Parents and Athletes,
Quintin Head is run over approximately 4800m with the tide on the River Thames from Hammersmith Bridge to the White Davit (650m upstream of Chiswick Bridge). Headington have entered four crews to race at this event.
Please note that all girls should use school transport to get to the event unless she has permission via email from the Head of Rowing to meet us at the event, if dropping your daughter off please ensure that she is there no later than; 8:00am. Athletes are responsible for finding out from their coaches where and when they need to meet on the day of the race if travelling separately from their team.
Headington have been given permission to boat before the race from Thames Rowing Club on the Putney embankment for this event, the address is as follows:
There is no access for parents to the boathouse and there is no parking on the Putney embankment on the day of the race. Please refer to the 'spectators' section below for the best spectator viewing options.
University of London BC
Univeristy of London (UL) BC have kindly allowed us to land at their boathouse after the race, avoiding the long row back to Putney from above Chiswick Bridge. If you are collecting your daughter after the event this is where she is to be collected from; the address is as follows:
81 Hartington Road
Please see the parking information provided by UL below and I would ask that you please abide by their wishes regarding parking:
"We are located in a residential area. Parking restrictions are Monday to Friday 10am to Noon on the roads surrounding the boathouse. All we ask is that you park considerately and do not block private driveways etc.
Competitors cars and trailers must remain on the public highway, please do not bring them onto site otherwise there is no space to rig boats.
Please do not park your cars on the section of road that the boathouse is on, we like to keep theses spaces for trailers. Cars can be parked farther along the road where the proliferation of private driveways means that the available spaces are too short to park a trailer."
The draw can be found on the event website.
The Headington crew lineups will be finalised with the girls this week. Any girls recovering from injury or illness will not race.
Please note that there will be no training on Saturday for those who are not racing at Quintin.
The bus for will depart at 6:30am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 6:20am.
Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. The ROWERS MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE while waiting outside the boarding house.
Transport is available back from Putney however, where possible, please can parents arrange transport back from the event (there is school transport available back to school for all boarders and for any rower unable to be collected from the event). No girls may depart the event until the trailer is fully loaded.
Itinerary: Quintin Head - 25th January 2020
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 the girls boat they may have to wait on the water before racing so they will need to make sure to have had a loo stop prior to racing and that have warm rowing kit available.
06:20: Meet outside school gym
06:30: Bus departs from Headington.
08:00: Bus arrives at Thames RC - begin rigging boats
08:30: Warm up then boat for pre-race training row.
10:50: Dressed and ready for pre-race chat at the trailer. Warm up then boat. Please note: rowers are responsible for ensuring that they have boated in good time, rowers need to have inspected the draw and made note of boating and marshalling times. Crews that are late may not be allowed to race. I have instructed coaches that under no circumstances are they to chase girls to get boated.
by 11:50: In marshalling area (warm kit is needed as rowers may be there for a while)
12:00: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so rowers are to row straight to the start.
After the race any breakages or other equipment issues should be reported to the coaches immediately.
from 14:30: De-Rig and load trailer at ULBC. No girl may depart before the trailer is fully loaded.
Kit and Food
The girls will need:
- Water bottles 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).
- Make sure to have a meal for after the race, such as pasta and banana / fruit and some food for after the training row.
- Kit: It will be cold and possibly wet so training and racing kit will be needed.
Make sure you have enough warm and waterproof kit for when you are sitting around. Coxes and athletes will not be allowed to boat if they are not properly attired for the weather conditions.
- Wellington boots are required for boating at Putney
The best places to view this race are from Hammersmith Bridge which is near the start or from Chiswick Bridge which is about 600m before the finish and close by to ULBC. There is some on street parking nearby both of these locations and there are also some on street parking options nearby Putney embankment.
The crews are set off approximately every 10 seconds so you can work out a rough start time for the Headington crews based on their crew number as published in the race draw.
Please see the following documents: