Joanne Harris |

Pairs Head: ‘We all felt so grateful for being able to race. It was almost quite emotional’

The sun shone on Sunday as the Pairs Head went ahead with a slightly different format due to COVID-19 and the closure of Hammersmith Bridge. Joanne Harris reports

It finally seemed as though the rowing gods were being kind on Sunday (11 October). After torrential rain and strong winds over the previous fortnight, the wind settled, the stream slowed and the sun came out. Pairs Head, the traditional season-opener of the big Tideway head races, was able to take place.

The race took a slightly different format to usual years. The combination of COVID-19 restrictions and the closure of Hammersmith Bridge meant that the organisers at Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club (BBLRC) had a number of new challenges to make the race happen.


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