The long standing tradition of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is one of the oldest annual sporting events in the world, broadcast live to an audience of millions globally. With Cambridge University currently winning the men’s rowing by 82 races to 79 and also the women’s by 41 to 30, each individual race is just as exciting and important as the next.
The course runs for 4 miles along the River Thames in London between Putney and Mortlake, with the first men’s race taking place in 1829 with the lady’s race starting from 1927. The tradition has since become an afternoon full of entertainment, attracting huge crowds and featuring a number of other boat races before and after the main event.
Nearest airport to the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is Gatwick, with train journeys taking around 40 minutes. The race is free to watch, with four miles of river bank to see the excitement unfold. The day’s events start from midday, whilst the main races are due to start at 4.35pm and 5.35pm, normally taking the teams between 15 and 20 minutes to complete the course.
With the popularity of the historic event and being a free afternoon out, it is strongly advisable to arrive as early as possible to gain the best position. The most popular vantage points for the day’s racing are at Putney Bridge where it all starts, the midway point at Hammersmith and Barnes, or Chiswick Bridge for the finish line. The main points on the course also have big screens and further entertainment to help soak up the atmosphere.
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With so much to see and do in London, make the most of your visit by taking a tour bus and visiting the many historic sites such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Take in a show in the West End or visit the many museums and art galleries London has to offer.
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