What’s on this weekend

Huntingdon Head of the River/Sam Hunter-Gordon

Head season is back in full swing, and there’s a host of events up and down the country to whet your rowing appetite this weekend.

Thames

The 2011 Weybridge Silver Sculls
gets underway on Saturday, with over 400 crews scheduled to take to the Thames
for ‘the oldest sculling head on the non-tidal reaches of the Thames.’

The 55-year-old event covers 3300m of the
Thames between Walton and Weybridge
, and counts Olympians Sir Steve
Redgrave and Guy Pooley among its illustrious rol call of past winners.

There are two divisions for singles
and two for doubles, with pewter tankards awarded to winners of each event. The
famous Weybridge Silver Sculls trophy will be awarded to the fastest single
sculler in the final division, with Burway Rowing Club’s 2010 winner Tom Barras
returning to defend his title this year.

Eastern

The 2011 Huntingdon Head of
the River Race
takes place on Saturday,
organised by Huntingdon Boat Club.

The event gets underway at 10am on
a stretch of the River Great Ouse, with crews starting at Houghton Lock before
rowing 4500m
upstream to finish shortly after Huntingdon Boat Club
.

Clubs from across Cambridgeshire
have entered the 2011 Huntingdon Head, with over 80 crews scheduled to take
part.

East Midlands

The 2011 Burton Head of the
River
takes place on Sunday in
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

The event – which is organised by
Burton Leander and Trent Rowing Club – covers a 3500m course downstream along
the River Trent.

Races are offered in Senior Men’s
and Women’s classes, Juniors, and Masters, with Division One races scheduled to
start at 11.00am.

Over 100 crews entered the inaugural
Burton Head in 2007, with clubs from across the region entering the event.

Northern

The Tees Small Boats Head and Long
Distance Sculls
are both set to get underway on Saturday, on the River Tees
at Stockton-on-Tees.

Both races cover 5000m
courses downstream along the Tees
, with the Long Distance Sculls scheduled to
start at 10,45am.

The Small Boats Head (starting at 2.30pm)
offers races in Fours, Quads, Doubles & Singles, with prizes for the
overall fastest men’s and women’s crews on the river.

More than 25 clubs, schools, and
universities from the north of England and Scotland have entered over 100 crews
into this year’s event.

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