Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race Surrey
Boat Race 2014: River Thames, Putney to Mortlake
Flashing blades, flying foam, high-spirited partisans thronging the banks of the Thames: it can only be the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, back for its 160th running.
Cambridge are four wins ahead in the series – 81 to 77 – despite last year’s defeat on the tideway. Stretching from Putney to Mortlake, the 4-mile, 374 yd course runs past Richmond borough for much of its way.
The first race took place in 1829 in Henley on Thames following a challenge between old school friends. Since the second race in 1836 the contest has taken place in London.
There are some great vantage points from which to watch the race, including bars, bridges and the Pier House at Chiswick Pier, near Barnes Railway Bridge.
April 6, 4.30pm start