Clyde Head of the River Race for Eights and Fours

Unfortunately, due to works to Polmadie Bridge, the 2018 Clydesdale Head of the River Race for 8s and 4s will not be going ahead. Watch this space for 2019 though!





Four’s and Eight’s Head Course
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Clydesdale’s 8s and 4s HoRR takes root from the original Fours Head of the Clyde as started by Glasgow University in 1950. Such was the success of the early events that assistance was required in the logistics, planning and organisation. The University students asked Peter Grieve, a former President and Life Member of CARC, for help and it was duly given. Students came and went, but Peter remained until ultimately the event was organised by Peter with the assistance of members from Clydesdale.

In 1997, eights were invited to compete on the traditional course of 4000m which starts on the straight above Dalmarnock bridge and finishes at Nelson’s Monument in Glasgow Green. It is a timed processional race and is open to all grades of rowing. Originally, there were pennants for clinker and shells only.

It was the first open Head of the River Race in Scotland and requires skill in rowing and coxing over its sinuous course. The race has enjoyed entries from many clubs in Scotland and other parts of the UK. One notable entry was from Nottingham BC which had on board the three times World Champion Peter Haining. Clydesdale member Gillian Lyndsay, Olympian and World Champion, raced on a number of occasions.

So, should you take part and complete the course, take a moment to reflect on those who have raced down this river before you and wonder if your efforts will be noted in the same light.


We would like to invite all fellow rowers to this event.  A poster for display in your clubhouse is available here – HOR 2018 Poster

List of Events

A full list of events and entries information is provided in the here – HOR 2018 Crew Invite

Information for Competitors

To ensure that the event runs smoothly, all competitors should make themselves aware of the information that is contained in the linked Information for Competitors document.

Rules of Racing

The regatta will be held under Scottish Rowing rules and will also abide by the Rules of the River. All competitors must make themselves aware of these rules prior to racing.

On-Line Entry

Entries are open until 17 March 2018 at 16:00 at