Monday, March 29, 2010

Head of the River Race – 27 March 2010

Daffodils at Fulham PalaceDaffodils in Brook Green, Hammersmith
Head of the River raceThe annual Head of the River Race on the Thames, is the largest continuous rowing event in the world. The length of the race is 6.8k, from Mortlake to Putney bridge, with the 400 boats in today's race, starting at 10 second intervals.

We started the day in Hammersmith and walked 2 miles to Fulham One of the carved trees in the Fulham Palace groundsPalace, which is by the finish line. After enjoying the wind sculptures in the garden, and a delicious lunch, we waited on Putney bridge for the first boats to appear. Number 1,had lead all the way and was first past the finish line and then under the bridge, but at that stage we had no idea which of the 400 boats would actually be the winner.
Head of the River race passing underneath Hammersmith Bridge
There was still plenty of time to walk back along the Thames, enjoying watching the eights row past us, and we then watched the last hundred boats go past from the midpoint of Hammersmith bridge.
Detail on Hammersmith BridgeAfter the race

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