Pennants and Trophies: Frequently Asked Questions

What changes did you make in 2016 and 2017?

In 2016, we: introduced two new Pennants – for Medium Clubs and Small Clubs; introduced Pennants for the crews finishing second and third in the Race; decided to no longer offer IM2 or IM3 events; clarified the rules over eligibility for more than one pennant. In 2017, we added the University Intermediate Pennant in response to feedback from student clubs that the 2016 changes had reduced the number of prizes for which they could compete.

Why did the Committee make these changes?

The Committee implemented these changes to ensure that racing at the WEHoRR is relevant and exciting to all competitive rowers. The WEHoRR is the preeminent long distance race in the UK rowing calendar and we aim to attract the fastest women’s eights to come and race against each other. Over the years the status awards have had a disruptive influence on the balance of crew formations, with some clubs focussing on building lower status squads in the belief that winning the lower status awards is more likely to be within their reach. Sadly the statistics show the chance of winning at IM3 is the lowest across all the our awards and only possible for crews that are capable of winning the IM2 and IM1 awards as well. The long term impact of female rowers and coaches holding down their squads points has been felt most by the more experienced rowers in clubs who have had to limit their racing to avoid being too ‘expensive’ in term of points or have been left out of the racing crew and in consequence eventually leave the sport.  In essence, the points system, for all its positive intentions, has eroded the competitiveness and the value on winning for our top women’s club crews.  By introducing two new club pennants we want to help clubs of all sizes to put out their fastest crews and to encourage female rowers to get out there and get racing.  After all racing is what defines a competitive rower. We want to reward female rowers who race rather than offer awards that discriminate against them. We hope you like the new format.

Why have the IM3 and IM2 status awards been removed?

The Committee have noticed in the last ten years that there is not much difference between all three winners of the intermediate status awards and often the IM3 or IM2 winners were faster than the IM1 winners. In analysing the results over the last ten years on the chance of winning and the spread of winners the Committee wish to provide the clubs and crews with a more relevant set of Pennants that encourage rowers to aspire to race in the fastest crews and clubs to enter their fastest crew at the WEHoRR. For a more detailed answer see the previous question on this page.

How has the Committee come up with the list of clubs eligible for the WEHoRR Medium Club or WEHoRR Small Club Pennants?

The lists are created by tracking the number of crews a club has raced at the WEHoRR in the past ten years. Each crew entered is awarded 1 point. From the 2015 race onwards, 1/8th (0.125) point is awarded for each rower in a composite crew. For races up to and including 2014, the Committee does not hold the data to determine the number of rowers from each club within a composite crew: for these races each club listed in a composite is allocated 0.5 points. To prevent clubs being unfairly penalised where they have been represented by national team athletes in composite crews the Committee have removed pre-2015 national team composite crews from the weighting (i.e. those clubs have not been given the 0.5 points).

Any clubs that are “clubs of convenience” like Thames RC’s United Universities or Leander Club’s Star and Arrow are only eligible for the Club Pennant and are not eligible for the Medium Club or Small Club Pennants. Clubs linked to schools and universities are also not eligible for the Medium Club or Small Club Pennants. Neither are international clubs or clubs linked to performance systems. The WEHoRR Committee has final say on the lists.

How do I check whether I am on the list of clubs eligible for the WEHoRR Medium Club or WEHoRR Small Club Pennants?

The Medium Club Pennant is open to crews from British clubs which over the last 10 years have accrued 12 points or fewer and more than 5 points. Click here for the Medium Club Pennant list for 2017.
The Small Club Pennant is open to crews from British clubs which over the last 10 years have accrued 5 points or fewer. Click here for the Small Club Pennant list for 2017.

Please see the Pennants and Trophies page for the full eligibility rules for these Pennants.

I am a new club: how do I get onto the list of clubs eligible for the WEHoRR Medium Club or WEHoRR Small Club Pennants?

Before 31 December each year any club that believes it might be eligible for the either the WEHoRR Medium Club or WEHoRR Small Club Pennant in the following year must make contact with the WEHoRR Committee and explain why it should be included.

I want to appeal the list of clubs eligible for the WEHoRR Medium Club or WEHoRR Small Club Pennants.

Before 31 December each year any person that wants to appeal the inclusion or exclusion of a club from the lists must make contact with the WEHoRR Committee and explain in writing why a club should be included or removed from the list.

What’s the University Intermediate Pennant?

The University Pennant remains the top award for University crews, with the Novice Academic award still available for novice crews to enter. We have introduced the University Intermediate Pennant which should cater for crews of an intermediate standard. It will be open to any second or lower crew from a British University entered in the University Pennant (i.e. a higher crew from that University must already be entered in the University Pennant). Crews representing Colleges of the collegiate universities (Cambridge, Durham, London & Oxford) are also permitted to enter. All crews that are entered in the University Pennant will be automatically be entered for the Intermediate category if they meet the eligibility criteria.