Grey skies and intermittent drizzle could not dampen the spirits of the 180+ crews that entered the Head this year. Oxford Brookes ‘A’ crew produced the fastest time of the day for the course of 14.49.9 secs and The Eton 1st VIII showed why they are the fastest school crew in the country by producing the 2nd fastest overall time of 14mins 52.5 secs. Well done to KRC crews who won the IM2 category, the women’s IM2 4+ and the J15 4X+.
With everyone boated from the KRC raft by 10.30am, the event started only minutes after the official start time of 11:00 am, this was due primarily to a hitch in the arrangement of getting the Starter up to Hampton Court. A real vote of thanks is well overdue to all the Marshalls and Umpires who, all working together ensured the smooth running up at the Start.
Anyone who was down at KRC could not fail to notice the huge array of food that was provided for the competitors, the spectators and all the many volunteers who help run the Head. A commendation plus a Merit Star must go to the junior mothers who toiled all day cooking and making sandwiches in the kitchen and serving the drinks and food in the clubroom. On behalf of the organisers of the Kingston Head, I can only say how much we all appreciate the time and effort that you put into providing the much needed refreshments.
Easter is even later next year falling over the weekend of the 22nd to 23rd April. This in turn means that the 2011 Kingston Head of the River Race will take place on Saturday 26th March. Please make a note in your diary and if you can find time to help us, your assistance will be gratefully received.
Thanks to Guy Lewis for once again organising the Marshalls; Andy Crawford, who incidentally isn’t even a member of KRC, for organising all the Umpires; Stephen Drury who assumes responsibility for the safe running of the Head and the many others, whose contribution on the day makes this one of rowing’s premier events.
An assortment of primarily KRC pictures can be found at www.mjfstudiophoto.com