4’s and 8’s Head

Clydesdale’s 4’s and 8’s Head of the River Race was held on 18 March 2017. 

Update 18/03/2017: The results are now available.

Update 15/03/2017: The final draw is now available. Unfortunately we had to cancel Res2 4+, Ju14 4x+ and W Ju16 4x+ due to insufficient entries.

Update 05/03/2017: The Information for Competitors has been updated with the new starting procedure for head races.




Four’s and Eight’s Head Course
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Clydesdale’s 4’s and 8’s 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.


The Organisers would like to invite all fellow rowers to this prestigious event.  A poster for display in your clubhouse is available here (Poster 2017).

List of Events

A full list of events and entries information is provided in the linked Crew Invite document.

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 were open until 11 March 2017, 16:00.


The draw is available for download:

Due to insufficient entries we had to cancel the following events:

  • Res2 4+
  • Ju14 4x+
  • W Ju16 4x+