UWRC Head of the Severn

Sunday 29 January 2017

Entries close 3pm Saturday 21 January 2017


Head of the Severn 2017

The date for the next race is Sunday 29 January 2017

The results are available at RowTimer.com

Photos are available here courtesy of Ben Rodford.

Please also email us with any feedback about the day, we would really appreciate it.

Thank you for coming, see you next year!

The Head of the Severn is run under both British Rowing and BUCS rules. BR crews will race under their normal insurance. BUCS crews will be insured by their University.

Two venues - almost guaranteed racing!

In ordinary conditions, the UW Head of the Severn will run on our own, fantastic, stretch of the river Severn in Worcester. We can offer a wind sheltered, 6km course. However, it is a race that falls in late January/early February, and we often have flooding. We have therefore arranged a reserve venue on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, courtesy of Gloucester Rowing Club.

We run the event in different ways, depending on the venue. When in Worcester we will offer 3 divisions, 2 long (6km) courses, with a short (4.25km) course in between. However, in Gloucester we will have two divisions, each containing two start points; one for a long course (5km), and one for a short course (1.75km). When entering crews, please plan accordingly for either scenario!

Details of which venue we will use will be published through this website in the weeks leading up to the race. Please make sure of the venue before you travel!


Please see the entries page for information on entering. Please also see that page for an explanation of the change we are making this year that both entry & payment need to be received by the deadline of Sunday 29 January 2017.

Race safety

This race is run under the rules of British Rowing rules and the British Rowing Rules of Racing will apply. Umpires will be stringent on checking boats on the day. Please check that all heel restraints meet the guidelines, and that all boats have clear boat codes.

For the event safety plan, please click here.

As this race is both BUCS and BR affiliated, the 'rules of the road' will be applied: if an incident occurs between a BUCS and a BR crew, the insurance of the crew that is at fault is what will be claimed against.

Divisions - Worcester

Division 1 - 6km downstream, £10/seat
Women's VIIIs and Men's IVs

Division 2 - 4.5km downstream, £9/seat
This division is for beginner/novice crews and less experienced juniors.

Division 3 - 6km downstream, £10/seat
Men's VIIIs and Women's IVs

For full details of which events are in which division, click here.

Divisions - Gloucester

Division 1 Long - 5km, £10/seat
Women's VIIIs and Men's IVs


Division 1 Short - 1.75km, £9/seat
Course for younger juniors/beginners in Women's IVs and Men's VIIIs

Division 2 Long - 5km, £10/seat
Men's VIIIs and Women's IVs


Division 2 Short - 1.75km, £9/seat
Course for younger juniors/beginners in Men's IVs and Women's VIIIs

For full details of which events are in which division, click here.


Photography will once again be provided by the brilliantly talented Ben Rodford. Images will be uploaded to his website after the event.

Division 1

Division 2

Division 3

Non racing album

Live timing!

Live timing will be available from RowTimer. Track your crews as they make their way down the course, being recorded at 4 separate points. Watch them in start, event, or club order. You can also see their %GMTs calculated to compare across boat classes!

Future event dates

  • 29 January 2017
  • 04 February 2018
  • TBC 2019

  • Sponsors

    This year, Stitch Rowing Clothing are sponsoring the new medals that we are offering to event winners!

    We are very grateful to M&M Meats for their continued support of our event. They help us provide a high quality barbecue to our competitors and spectators at great prices!

    Please contact us if you would like to sponsor a category, or the event!

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