The Fours Head is cancelled

2020 Fours Head Cancelled

With enormous sadness and disappointment, the Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Fours Head in the light of the worsening COVID-19 situation in England and the latest Government guidance.

We had hoped to overcome the many challenges presented by both the pandemic and the closure of Hammersmith Bridge, and we are hugely grateful to all of the upper Tideway host clubs who had also worked hard to find ways to accommodate visitors alongside their own crews in a COVID-secure manner. As a result of their commitment and ingenuity, we were on track to hold an event of more than 200 crews – many more than we’d originally thought possible.

We understand how much people wanted to race but we hope that competitors and coaches will agree that this decision is now unavoidable and that by making it now, clubs and individuals can avoid unnecessary expense, travel, or planning.

All entry fees will be refunded in full via BROE2 as soon as possible. The Fours Head will cover the costs that have already been incurred from our reserves.

Chairman Richard Phelps said, “I want to thank all the competitors, coaches, club officials and the many volunteers who have showed great understanding and patience as we tried our best to navigate the various challenges we faced. I also want to thank the Fours Head Committee for their tireless energy and creativity in seeking solutions to all those challenges. We look forward to holding an amazing event in 2021.”

Written by Helena Smalman-Smith

Fours Head webmaster, expedition rower and creator of RowingStory.com

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