The inaugral University Boat Race was held in 1829, making it one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world.
This year will be the 163rd time that Oxford have faced Cambridge. Cambridge currently have the lead with 82 wins to 80 (plus one draw). They are leading in the women's race as well: 42 to 30.
The best place to watch is from one of the many riverside pubs. The race begins just in front of Putney Bridge, on the Fulham side. (This is known as the 'Middlesex' side. The south side is called the 'Surrey' side.) The closest tube station is Putney Bridge.
Putney Embankment and Bishops Park will give you a great view of the starting section. Bishops Park usually put up some food stalls, family attractions and a beer tent behind the South Stand of Craven Cottage. They might also have a big TV, so you can catch the rest of the race (they usually do).
Hammersmith Bridge marks the midway point (about 6 mins 20 secs after the start), and the bend of the river will really start to favour one side over the other. If your side is leading at Hammersmith then the chances are they will go on to win. They usually put a big TV up on the north bank (at the top of the bend). The closest tube stations are Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park.
Barnes Bridge is a great place to see them nearing the end, whilst Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge will let you view the finish.
The race comes to an end just before Chiswick Bridge.
The current record is 16 mins and 19 seconds, set by Cambridge in 1998.
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