SHORR 2023 Entries

Date of Event: Friday 17 March 2023

Start: 1200

Course: Chiswick Bridge to Putney [4.25 miles]

Deadline for entries: 0800 Wednesday 1st March

Entries are invited for the following categories:

Eights Coxless Quads
Championship Eights School/Junior
School first Eights School/Junior Girls
School/Junior 2nd 8o  
School/Junior 3rd 8o  
J16 Championship Eights  
J16 School First Eights  
J16 2nd Eights  
J15 Championship Eights  
J15 School First Eights  
J 15 2nd Eights  
Championship Girls Eights  
Girls School First Eights  
Girls 2nd and 3rd Eights  
Championship J16 Girls Eights  
Girls School J16 eights  
Girls J16 2nd Eights  
Championship J15 Girls Eights  
Girls School J15 Eights  
Girls J15 second Eights  
Mixed School Eights New event  

The event is run under British Rowing Rules with these special Conditions:

  1. All Participants in the race must be in full-time education in schools or sixth-form colleges and must be 18 or younger on the day of the race.
  2. School First/J16/J15/Mixed Eights events are only open to single School crews.
  3. No composite entries are allowed or ‘flags of convenience’ crews.
  4. A significant aim of the Schools Head [taking place on a School day] is to promote rowing in schools and school Boat Clubs. Where possible, Schools should have first call on rowers who also row with clubs.
  5. All competitors must have attained their 13th birthday.
  6. A club may only enter a ‘2nd or ‘3rd crew if a genuine first crew has been entered.

It is a condition of entry that all those taking part are competent swimmers. The committee take every precaution to ensure the safety of competitors but is not to be held responsible for accidents.


The fastest Eight will receive the Head Trophy and a pennant. All other winning crews receive pennants. Individual medals will be awarded to all members of winning crews in events with more than three entries. The second and third crews in Championship events will be awarded silver and bronze medals. The Thames Team Trophy will be awarded to the school with the fastest aggregate time of any three eights.


Entries are on British Rowing online entry system (BROE2). Details on the British Rowing site.

Entry Fees: Eights £140 Quads £70

If you have an urgent query, please email

Race details will appear on the Schools Head Web site at:

The 2024 Schools Head of the River takes place at 1300 on Wedesday 20th March.


All coxes should have watched the Tideway coxing video and the PLA code.

As before, we would like to remind coaches that the 3rd Eights event is for genuine 3rd Eights, and not an alternative J16 event

All crews should adhere to the Row safe code and note the following:

The Committee emphasise that rowing on the Tideway is very different from rowing on still or non-tidal waters. Good coxing and watermanship are essential if the race is to be an event which is safe and enjoyable for all participants. We therefore urge coaches to use their discretion in making their entries and consider whether weaker crews should be entered. We also remind them that it is permissible to use coxes who are older than the age group they are coxing.

Boating Arrangements

We would encourage you to make the same arrangements as you did previously. Boating capacity is available at Emanuel and at Barn Elms. You MUST contact the club where you would like to boat in good time, and indicate your boating arrangements on the entry .