The Boat Race

7th April 2019 RIver Thames, London

The Boat Race is an renowned rowing race that takes place every year and sees the Oxford University Boat Club compete against the Cambridge University Boat Club

What to expect at The Boat Race

The Boat Race is a high profile event that takes place every year. Oxford and Cambridge battle it out on the water over a 4 mile course, which stretches between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames. The race starts in Putney. The Women’s Boat Race takes place about an hour before the Men’s Boat Race.

Famous Faces

The BBC provide live coverage of The Boat Race and you will likely see famous rowers such as Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave. It is just down the road from Chelsea so you will likely spot some of the MIC cast cheering from the bridges.

Event hotspots and hospitality

The paths along the river are packed for this event. Popular places include the riverside pubs in Putney as well as the drinking holes that have a view of the river near Hammersmith. The bridges provide a great view of the action. Fan zones in Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith feature big screens plus merchandising stalls and bars.

Did you know

The race came about because two friends from Harrow School, Charles Wordsworth (nephew of the poet William Wordsworth), of Christ Church College, Oxford, and Charles Merrivale of St. John’s, Cambridge, met during the vacation in Cambridge, where Wordsworth’s father was master of Trinity. Wordsworth went rowing on the Cam, and the two school fellows decided to set up a challenge.

The Boat Race is always umpired by an ‘old Blue’, with an ex-Oxford umpire alternating year-on-year with an ex-Cambridge umpire.

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