UWRC Head of the Severn

Sunday 2 February 2020

Entries close 3pm Saturday 25 January 2019



At the Head of the Severn, safety is paramount. We also know that running an event in January/February, we are at risk of unpredictable weather and river conditions.

If the conditions are not ideal, we will do what we can to run an event in some form - if it is safe to do so.

Just a few of the options we have contingencies for are:

  • Move the event to the Sharpness Canal in Gloucester
  • Shortened courses to avoid the bridges
  • Reduced events - only allowing experienced crews to race
  • Increased gaps between crews at the start

However, should we hit a set of conditions that we cannot safely mitigate for, we will need to cancel the event. If that does happen, we will give as much notice as possible in order to prevent clubs from travelling unnecessarily. We will particularly look to contact those further away first if travelling the night before (please tell us if that is your plan), although we would hope an advanced cancellation would happen before then.

We will use this website to maintain a traffic light system for the status of the race, along with a date for when it was last updated.

If we do have to cancel the event, we will need to retain enough of the entry money to cover the costs that we have incurred in organising the event. As a small event, this is a large portion of the entry (sadly!), however, we will look to return a portion of the fee if this is possible. As our costs go up the nearer to the event that we have to cancel, the amount will vary significantly so no guarantees can be offered. If it suits your club, we may be able to hold some money for next year's entry.

Future event dates

  • 03 February 2019
  • 02 February 2020
  • 07 February 2021

  • 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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