University Boat Race: Oxford v Cambridge

River Thames, Between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge, London 51.469987 -0.218181
Dates & Time:
The main race is scheduled to start at 5.35 PM; The women's race will begin one hour earlier, at 4.35 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch from the riverside
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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 over their rivals with 82 wins to 79, and one draw.

The best place to watch is from one of the many riverside pubs. The race begins at 5.50 PM just in front of Putney Bridge, on the Fulham side. (This is known as the 'Middlesex' side -- the south side is the 'Surrey' side.) 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 is perfect for the midway point. They usually put a big TV up on the north bank (at the top of the bend). Barnes Bridge is a great place to see them nearing the end, whilst Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge will let you see 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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