The Rutherford Head of the River Race (named after its founding body, Rutherford College) runs over a 4500-5000 metre course, usually rowed upstream from Scotswood to Newburn. It sees crews from all over the north of England and much of Scotland visiting to experience an often challenging winter race on a big river. Rutherford Head is supported by the Reece Group. The next Rutherford Head is on 26 November 2016.
Last year - event was on 5 December 2015, but ......
We took the unavoidable decision to cancel the 2015 race two days before the due date of Saturday 5 December due to an adverse weather forecast. The high winds on the day matched the forecast and we had strong top-water as well. All archive documents from the cancelled event on 5 December are here.
....... it was rearranged (eventually) on 31 January 2016
Rutherford Head was moved from 5 December first to to Saturday 30 January and then at very short notice to Sunday 31 January. This was due again to a forecast for high winds (and borne out in pratice, again). As a small consolation for our bad luck with the weather we (event and club) got a mention on Look North on local BBC TV on 29 January.
The weather on the Sunday was great - cold-ish and cloudy, but no wind and a good temperature for winter rowing; we also had perfect water! So we had good races, with 48 rowing in Division 1 and 60 in Division 2. The results are downloadable below.
Contact: Phil Robinson on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07443 621808.
Last updated on 04-09-16
As reissued 31-12-15
Issued 15:00 on 30-01-16