Hampton Head: A Huge Success
This weekend saw the Hampton Head, one of the largest events in the Spring Rowing calendar.
The Hampton Head is one of the most anticipated junior rowing events of the year and is held from Sunbury Lock to Hampton Church. This year’s Head attracted over 450 crews that raced over the two divisions, from 65 visiting clubs and schools.
Crews navigate the route one after the other with their individual times recorded. Medals are awarded to the highest placing finishers.
There were strong performances from a number of schools, with Westminster School winning the overall Head along with four other categories. Henley Rowing Club also had a successful day winning eight categories across all age groups.
A full list of results can be found at myracetime.co.uk:
The Hampton crews also performed well, winning the J18 4-, J16 1st VIII, J16 2nd VIII and J16 2- races. The junior rowers enjoyed some good results too: for the J14 rowers it was a great first experience of racing and showed good strength in depth with two crews coming in the top 10 and one just outside in the J14 Octuples.
Hampton’s Director of Rowing, Mr Colin Greenaway, felt the day was a success:
“We’re extremely pleased the event went ahead, despite concerns about the weather. This was thanks to fantastic teamwork from umpires, marshals and parents alike. Conditions were challenging and the crews on the water met this challenge head-on to make a great day’s racing. It was great to see so many young rowers giving their all and enjoying the event. Hampton’s results were pleasing across the board and bode well for the Schools’ Head on 17th March.”
Thanks to Trevor Butler and Gail Fogarty for photos