Taking place on the 7th of April, Putney hosted its 165th Boat Race. With Cambridge edging slightly ahead of Oxford with three more wins in the men’s race and thirteen more in the women’s race, the tension built as viewers began to wonder who would become champion this year. As millions watched, the favourites – Cambridge – became the victors in both the men’s and women’s Boat Races 2019.
However, this year there was more excitement than usual with history being made – twice. In 2019, the oldest ever rower took to the waters. James Cracknell, 46 years of age, was certainly an asset to the Cambridge men’s team. There is no doubt that his Boat Race 2019 medal will sit nicely next to his two Olympic golds.
As well as this, for the first time in the history of The Boat Race, Putney helped do their bit for the environment. Using 14,000 reusable cups, pubs in Putney served their drinks to the crowds of customers. These will also be used for coming football matches and other occasions. Led by the Positively Putney BID, this project saved an estimated 50,000 single-use plastics from ending up in landfill or in the Thames.
With these two historical achievements, The Boat Race 2019 was certainly a Boat Race to remember.
Written by guest writer, Raphael Grant aged 12 years.
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