Women's Eights Head of the River Race

Best of British & beyond

The Race attracts crews from across the UK and beyond.
Over 3,000 women come to race, from Olympic Champions to the very best beginners.


The Prizegiving is held on Race day. Crews and their supporters are encouraged to celebrate in the local rowing clubs. Since 2014 it has been held near the finish in Putney.

Thank you

Over 200 volunteers and officials give their time and expertise to the help make the Race possible. It wouldn’t happen without you.

Ready to race?

In the hour before the Race over 300 crews will gather along the rivers edge. At the witching hour each crew will turn in order, crossing the start line every 5 seconds.

2012 Racing the thin line

In 2012 the race was run on a neap tide with 288 crews completing the course. A headwind at Harrods tested the tenacity of the even the hardiest crews.

1930 WEHoRR is born

The same year as Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and the great depression starts to bite across the world.

The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race

The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race – founded in the 1930s with 5 crews participating – has now become the largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and up to 320 crews taking part. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.

Our aim is to organise the largest and most iconic women’s distance rowing race in the world, and we are grateful for your support.

The 2018 race is on 10 March at 9:45am.


Joint Statement about the 2018 Races

You may be aware that in 2018, the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and the Head of the River Race will be taking place on consecutive days over the same weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. The organising committees of the two events are excited about the prospect of a weekend of great racing on the Tideway.

In order that both events can run smoothly, we will need to ask for the help and cooperation of all clubs, both local hosts and visitors. There will be close to double the normal number of crews around the Tideway, and this presents a number of logistical challenges, especially since both races have early start times.

At this stage, we want to make people aware of some extra restrictions that will be in place regarding trailer movements on Putney Embankment during the weekend. All the following guidance and rules will apply equally to clubs attending either, or both events.

  1. Every trailer from a visiting club will require a permit to access the Embankment. Boating permission will not constitute permission to bring a trailer onto the Embankment.
  2. Where possible, visiting clubs are encouraged to share trailers, either between clubs, or with boats for both the men’s and women’s races.
  3. Putney based clubs are encouraged to temporarily move any trailers off the Embankment during the weekend. We are in negotiations regarding a location for parking.

We trust that clubs will understand the need for these restrictions and, with your help, we are confident of delivering two great races.

The Organising Committees of the WEHoRR and HORR