The Great Boat Race on the Thames River
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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:02

Join the fun on the banks of the Thames between Mortlake and Putney and cheer on the rowers!

Cambridge Oxford Boat Race

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames is one of the world's longest running sports events, and one of the most popular on the London sports calendar.


Race starts at 2.15pm at Putney Bridge but events on the riverbank start at 12 noon.


Up to 250,000 people flock to the river each year to join in the celebrations and watch the Oxford and Cambridge University crews as they race over the famous four-and-a-quarter mile course from Putney to Mortlake.

In 2011, Oxford won the 157th Boat Race, taking their overall tally to 76 races won against Cambridge's 80.

As one of the few free sporting spectacles in London, The Boat Race creates a festival atmosphere on the banks of the River Thames.

You can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are:

  • Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishop's Park (at the start)
  • Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC (best for the first mile)
  • Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course)
  • Duke's Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish)


About The Boat Race:

The two university rowing teams first raced each other in 1829, and the race has been held annually since 1856, with the exception of the World Wars.

It's said every member of the Boat Race crews trains for approximately two hours for every stroke they take. It takes about 600 strokes to complete the course.