Champs Eights Head

Champs Eights Head 2024

Sunday 19 May 2024

John Stewart & Helen Patterson Trophies

Champion of the Thames RC will be running Champs Eights Head on Sunday 19 May 2024 with racing on a 1450m course upstream from the Plough to the site of the former Penny Ferry pub.

Queries and questions can be sent to our Events Secretary via this webform.


Divisions will be run with a maximum entry of 40 crews per division. Your chosen division will be secured once payment has been received for your entry. Should the event be over-subscribed, we will consider adding an additional division rather than expanding planned divisions.

Division 1: 12:00 | Division 2: 13:30 | Division 3: 15:00


Entries can be made through this entries webform, and will close at 17.00 on Wednesday 15 May 2024 or when the divisions are full – whichever is sooner. Late entries will be considered until Friday 17 May at 17.00 if space is available to accommodate your crew – please contact the Events Secretary via this webform.

Full details for payment is given on completion of your entry via the form linked above. Entries will be charged at £80/boat (£10/seat). Payment must be received before your race numbers are issued. No crews will be allowed to race without payment having been made.

Entries will be accepted in College Bumps and CRA categories as follows:

College Men’s 8s:         Mays Divisions M1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + GoR

College Women’s 8s:   Mays Divisions W1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + GoR

CRA 8s:                         Championship, Club A, Club B, Novice, Masters, Junior

Should a category have 2 or fewer entries the organiser reserves the right to combine categories to create meaningful competition.

College crews, please note that your category is the division in which your boat would have finished in last year’s May bumps, not your current crew number (e.g. College current W1 raced in Mays W2). Any crews that will be entering the Getting-on Race are welcome to enter as M5/6 or W4/5.

CRA crews, please note that categories will be as defined per events offered by the CRA winter league:

  • Championship – highest category: aimed at crews who will be racing off-cam at National events this season. (See notes below)
  • Club A – average more than 2 BR or CRA event wins in last 24 months (head race or regatta) who are below Championship level.
  • Club B – average less than 2 BR or CRA event wins in last 24 months (head race or regatta) on or off cam
  • Novice – Maximum of 2 members of the crew have won a BR or CRA event (head race or regatta) before 1st January 2018.


  • A crew may always enter a higher category than that for which they are qualified
  • The status of a crew is as at close of entries. If your category changes between making the entry and close of entries, please advise the entries secretary
  • No substitutions that will take the crew into a higher category are allowed without the crew changing status or racing Time Only.  Should any category have more than 8 entries the organiser reserves the right to expand the categories (e.g Club A, Club B, Club C or Novice and Beginner).


For 2024 we again have prizes and special awards to make it another challenging and entertaining event including:

  • Category winner prizes
  • Champagne for breaking the current course records for Men’s and Women’s crews
  • Awards for fastest Men’s and Women’s crews on the day – the John Stewart and the Helen Patterson trophies
  • Champion Cox awards for judged best lines around Ditton Corner
  • Best starts Men’s and Women’s


Will be found at RowClock after each division is complete. Final results will be posted on this website in the days after the event.

Course Fastest Times

College Men       (2019 – M Course Record) – Caius M1 4:13.0

CRA Men (2019) – Cambridge 99 M2 4:44.2

College Women (2019 – W Course Record) – Newnham W1   4:54.6

CRA Women (2018) – Cantabrigian Senior Women 4:57.2

Past winners of the John Stewart and Helen Patterson trophies (for the fastest time each year) can be found here.

Future Dates

Each year we aim to run this event on the 3rd Sunday in May. Future dates are to be approved by Cambridgeshire Rowing Association & Cam Conservators.

The following is information relates to 2023 and older

Detailed information on the event and its management can be found in these documents. All participating crew members and their bank parties MUST read these prior to racing.

Results from previous races