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Rutherford Head - 7 December 2019
An early finisher in Div 1 at Rutherford 2018
It was just a little cold and wet in 2018!

Rutherford Head 2019

As at mid-September, details of the upcoming 2019 event are being thrashed out. We have been debating whether to make it two day, but this seems unlikely. We will canvass opinion during this year's event and also see how the two-day BUCS 4s & 8s Head (now returned to the Tyne for 2020) goes before reviewing this fully.

So the format is likely to be very much as last year (see 2018 docs below), though we might tweak the events on offer and see if we can squeeze in a few more into each division as well. We would like to give all interested clubs a chance of entering at least some crews, so we may reserve the right to limit the number of entries per club. So please think about your priorities if you want to enter a large number of crews.

The poster should be out by Sunday 27 October. We are currently aiming to open entries at 6.00pm on Sunday 10 November and close formally at 6.00pm on Wednesday 27 November. But please note that going by last year we will have to suspend entries within minutes/hours of opening, so please be ready. Come back here early October for confirmation of these dates.

Rutherford Head 2018

Rutherford Head of the River Race, our largest home competition of the year, was held on Saturday, 1 December 2018. We were lucky in having excellent conditions for rowing - low wind and fairly calm water -  but crews had to suffer rain and cold temperatures, especially in Division 1. Launch drivers, marshalls and umpires also suffered! But the racing was as firece as ever.
We had just under 130 crews in each division, with eights and coxed and uncoxed fours and quads. Some of the best rowers in the country were there from some of the leading rowing universities including Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and University of London. We had visitors from as far north as Aberdeen and a three way international in the open masters F eights, between clubs from Scotland, Northern Ireland and England; Scotland won (Tay Rowing Club, with a bit of local help admittedly).
Fastest boat in Division 1 and the day on a dead high tide was a Newcastle University open eight stroked by Costley, coming in at 14:03. The fastest women's boat in that division was also from Newcastle Uni, the coxless quad stroked by Anderson in a time of 17:36. The special prizes for fastest Durham College Rowing (DCR) open eights and the women's coxed four both went to Hild Bede College. Tyne's women's masters C/D/E eight was fastest on raw time, but lost out by 12 seconds to Durham ARC on handicap.

Fastest boat in Division 2  was an open coxless quad from Edinburgh University stroked by Horsburgh in 14:38 (against the tide by this time). Fastest in the premier women's eight event was University of London stroked by Davies in 16:10. The winner of the newly created university Alumni open eights event was University of London Tyrian, stroke Clarke in 15:29. Tyne ARC's masters E eight won their C/E category in a very creditable 16:49, beating a younger York crew even on raw time. Prizes for the fastest DCR women's eight went to Hild Bede and open coxed four to Hatfield College.

This page last updated at 16-09-19

Note: See this page for past results.

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