University's Head of the River rowing race cancelled
Release Date 18 February 2014
Reading University Boat Club's (RUBC) Head of the River race, due to be held on 1 March, has been cancelled due to the recent adverse weather conditions.
University of Reading Director of Rowing Will Rand said: "Currently the flow rate on the River Thames is six times the average for this time of year, and there is lots more water upstream of our stretch heading this way.
"It is extremely unlikely that the river conditions will allow safe racing for some time yet - let alone parking vehicles and trailers on the waterlogged land. We thank everyone for their support and we hope that next year things will be better."
The race has been run by the students of RUBC since 1935 and is not only the largest student-run public sporting event in the country, but also the fourth oldest and largest ‘head of the river' race. It attracts over 240 boats each year from some of the top schools in the country including Eton, Radley, Abingdon and Shrewsbury.