January to March 2015 Schedule

For me, this weekend marks the first significant events of the new calendar year. Taking place upon the dusk of a cold January, some of the UK’s top eights will converge upon the Thames to race the Quintin Head. Not only will the junior category be a spectacle to behold but the senior events hold the sensuous promise of fantastic racing. Meanwhile, Dorney Lake will play host to the processional enthusiasts reply to Marlow Regatta; the Thames Valley Trial Head. Sculling is the name of the game and junior crews make up a large proportion of the entry demographic.

As the nights get shorter and the weights get heavier, the junior world does it’s usual whistle-stop tour of the top head races. Hampton, Henley and a murky Peterborough are some of the highlights- all three events were cancelled last year so optimism will be a key emotion to drive us through February.

March is where it all kicks off. The head season takes it’s long awaited bow as the majority of the rowing speaking world converge upon London in two weeks of madness. The Women’s Head of the River takes the opening slot and we’re looking forward to seeing what the top squads have been doing over the winter. With barely enough time to recover, the two top junior events take place in the space of two days. The School’s Head of the River gives us our best indication yet of who the front-runners are for the summer while the Junior Sculling Head acts as a stage for the best scullers in the country to do battle.

Junior Rowing News will be covering all of the above events and more- we’re going to be competing, reporting and acting as your guide through the back-end of the head season. Our team will be working on the events and aiming to get accurate, insightful previews published in the run-up to all the major races.

Below is a schedule for the events we aim to cover between now and the end of March.


Quintin Head of the River- 31/1/2015

Thames Valley Trial Head- 1/2/2015

Peterborough Head of the Nene- 7/2/2015

Hampton Head- 7/2/2015

Henley Fours & Eights Head- 14/2/2015

Head of the Trent- 1/3/2015

Hammersmith Head- 1/3/2015

Women’s Eights Head of the River- 14/3/2015

School’s Head of the River- 16/3/2015

Junior Sculling Head- 17/3/2015

Kingston Head- 21/3/2015


If anyone has any additional events that they want us to take a look at, please drop us an email at juniorrowingnews@gmail.com or tweet us @JuniorRowing and we’ll see what we can do.

The previews for the Quintin Head and the Thames Valley Trial Head will all be online by tomorrow.

I am the editor of a rapidly growing blog based around the junior rowing circuit within the UK. From launch in June 2013, the website has experienced vast growth in both its reader count and view count while the article range has expanded. I currently work with a team of 10 people, all of whom voluntarily write articles for the blog. In our first year, I looked to expand from the standard previews and reviews that had gained initial success to building relationships with clubs and conducting interviews. This move proved successful and we are currently exploring new routes to further improve our platform. The blog has led to involvement with Regatta Radio, Rowing & Regatta, Row 360 and British Rowing.