Carrick gears up for Head of the Shannon

Hudnreds of rowers from all over the country will gather in Carrick-on-Shannon next Saturday, February 23, as the famed local rowing club host its traditional Head of the River to start off the Carrick 400 celebrations in real style.

Hudnreds of rowers from all over the country will gather in Carrick-on-Shannon next Saturday, February 23, as the famed local rowing club host its traditional Head of the River to start off the Carrick 400 celebrations in real style.

The Head of the River, the first of many events organised around the town throughout 2013 to mark the Carrick 400 celebrations, will be run over 3,800m will be run as two separate time-trials in the morning and the afternoon and will finish at the boardwalk in the centre of town.

The trial, now in its seventh year is widely regarded as one of the most difficult and arduous events of the national winter season, demanding a happy combination of fitness, endurance and navigational skill, as any steering error may well prove fatal to hopes of a win in any of the various categories. The crews will begin the course at 10 second intervals from 11.30 am and 2.30 pm.

The event has already attracted over 160 entries from around the country and this large entry with crews from universities and clubs in Dublin, Galway, Athlone, Sligo and Belfast will ensure a great atmosphere with friends and supporters travelling in support.

Some of the stand out categories include a number of Trinity College crews racing NUI, Galway and St. Joseph’s in the men’s intermediate eight, and large varied entries in the women’s intermediate scull, men’s intermediate four and men’s intermediate scull.

The preparations have intensified in recent weeks and we will, on Saturday, be ready to run a safe and fun event. Those wishing to support the Head and the many Carrick crews competing, should be ready along the boardwalk from 11.40am and 2.40pm.