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Womens' Head of the River Race

The Womens' Head of the River Race (HORR) was first held in 1927, a year after the first Mens' HORR in 1926. Like the Mens' race, it is rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course from Mortlake to Putney - i.e. the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race course in reverse.

Only two crews contested the first event and entries grew to only three by 1929. There were no races between 1940 and 1949. When the event resumed in 1950 there were five entries but this number increased through the 1950's, only to reduce again in the 1960's.

Developments in womens' rowing during the 1970's, including the establishment of a national womens' squad, the inauguration of the National Rowing Championships in 1972 and the introduction of womens' rowing in the 1976 Olympic Games, were a major boost to the sport, leading to a steady increase in the number of entries for the Womens' HORR. There were 270 entries in 2003 and the event is now so popular that entries are restricted to 300.

For more information please visit the Womens' Head of the River Race website (opens in a new window).