Head Races take place between January and March, when they are usually for eights and fours; and also between September and December when the most races are for the smaller boats.
Each race is a processional event, with crews usually starting at 10 to 15 second intervals. Overtaking may take place during the race, and each crew is timed over the course. An overall winner is declared, as well as winners of various classes of competitor.
Most events have several races during the day, sometimes allowing crews to race more than once, when they may swap to different boats or classes for a second race.
As far as spectators are concerned, there are usually good views from along the river or canal bank. The weather is often cold, wet or windy. Crews appreciate your support, and are often grateful for the food as well as the support from the bank that parents provide.
Results are sometimes published very quickly, so that competitors know how they had got on before they go home, but for other races results can be delayed. Most races now have websites where results will be found after the race.
Coaches are encouraged to write reports about the Monkton crews, and these are published on the web.