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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 March, 2004, 17:23 GMT
The Mile Post (1st time point)

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Putney BridgeFulham Football GroundThe Mile PostHammersmith BridgeChiswick EyotBarnes BridgeChiswick 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.

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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