ROWING: ROYAL Chester celebrated the 70th anniversary of the North of England Head of the River Race on Saturday with six wins, but it was Agecroft who were the overall winners for the eighth time.
Spectators at the Red House had seen Agecroft pass 18 seconds behind Royals, but were un-aware they had been delayed at the start.
After the race, timekeepers' records showed they had been six seconds faster to win by eight seconds.
Two Royals crews finished in the first three in the morning race. The Veteran C eight beat Derby by one second and the juniors won the quad sculls by nearly a minute.
There was a second Royals winner in Veteran F eights, but their winning J15 quad was a second behind the King's School J14 winner.
The King's School first eight finished fourth in the afternoon, beating three club crews in their class by several seconds. Their second and third eights were both third in senior three and four class, while the J16s won handsomely.
Royal Chester had a double triumph in J15 girls and boys' quads, but they failed to prevent King's J14s winning by three seconds.
The only disappointment for King's was the defeat of the J16 octuple eight by nearly half a minute by Shrewsbury.