Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Gallagher Great Race

On the weekend just been, the Waikato River saw some pretty fierce and impressive rowing from high quality rowers from around the world. If your interested in rowing, The Gallagher Great Race is a great event to watch from the Waikato riverbank and the best part is it's free!

Each year in September a number of teams compete in rowing races on the Waikato River, a stone throw away from Hamilton city's main street. The hype of the day is heavily weighted towards the Gallagher Great Race. The Gallagher Great Race involves a number of high profile universities such as The University of Cambridge, Harvard University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and The University of Waikato. These universities battle it out for the ultimate prize, the Harry Mahon Trophy for the men and the Bryan Gould Cup for the women.

In the men's race Harvard University took it out this year for the first time in the competition's 14 year history, Harvard is the first USA team to have won the Harry Mahon Trophy. The University of Waikato men's rowing team has won 9 out of the 14 competitions.

Gallagher Great Race Harry Mahon Trophy and Bryan Gould Cup Results:

Men: Harvard University 13:23.12, 1; Cambridge University 13:29.05, 2; Waikato University 13:29.22, 3.

Women: Waikato University 15min 40.60sec, 1; Sydney University 16:21.11, 2; Melbourne University 18:14.35, 3.


Here is the link to the Official Website for The Great Race http://www.thegreatrace.co.nz/

Rowers on the Waikato River, New Zealand


Waikato Riverbank Crowd - The Gallagher Great Race
Harvard University Crew - Winners of the Harry Mahon Trophy 2015

Images taken from:www.thegreatrace.co.nz, @eweijschede and @timmacindoe