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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 March, 2003, 13:48 GMT
The Mile Post (1st time point)

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Start - Putney Bridge Fulham Football Ground The Mile Post Hammersmith Bridge Chiswick Eyot and Chiswick Steps Barnes Bridge Chiswick Bridge

By former World Rowing Champion Chris Baillieu

The first timing point is marked by a memorial to Steve Fairbairn, an Australian who rowed for Cambridge in the 1880s and then went on to become a famous, if sometimes controversial, coach.

The Steve Fairbairn memorial
A great innovator, Fairbairn revolutionised both rowing and training methods, and the memorial was built to commemorate the establishment in 1934 of the Head of the River Race.

This is a timed event for 420 eights racing on the ebb tide from Mortlake to Putney that is traditionally held the Saturday before the Boat Race.

How to get there:
Buses: 33, 72, 209, 283, 419, 485





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