|Putney Embankment - Finish of the HoRR (Photo: B. Kitch)|
The victory for Leander constitutes a first in the history of the Head Races on the Thames, as no club has ever won the Fours Head (November), the Women's Head (March) and the Eights Head (April) all in the same season before, according to the Leander website. Molesey had a strong performance, as they missed first place by just over three seconds, crossing the line in 16:54.21 to Leander's 16:50.75, and also took tenth place with their second crew, Molesey II, ahead of Leander's second heavyweight boat (though the Leander Lightweight VIII placed fourth overall, in a time of 17:03.77). This marks the first time that Molesey has had two crews finish in the top ten, according to the MBC website.
A strong performance from London RC's first VIII successfully defended the Vernon Trophy, placing 8th overall with a lineup that featured five club oarsmen (with three internationals). The Vernon Trophy goes to the fastest club on the Tideway (clubs within London), and LRC I can be proud of their effort in a very competitive field. A nice write-up of this year's race, as well as some historical notes on the event, can be found on Göran R. Buckhorn's blog, Hear the Boat Sing.