The Cancer Research UK Boat Race will represent one of the peaks in the sporting calendar; a tradition respected and maintained across nearly two centuries through world wars and economic crises, whilst representing the self-same values that brought the contest to life 164 years ago. This year will see Oxford and Cambridge face each other for the 164th time on the men’s side, and the Women’s 73rd encounter. Both crews have been gearing up for the 4 and a quarter mile challenge throughout the winter and recent arctic temperatures covering countless miles whilst studying at two of the world’s most revered academic institutions. When the crews meet on Saturday 24th March underneath the struts of Putney Bridge, no stone will be left unturned in their pursuit of Boat Race glory.
Oxford wellies spotted on the Tideway whilst the rowers were out on the course practicing.
Where to watch in Putney?
Anywhere along the Embankment is good but it gets very busy so make sure you arrive early. Wandsworth radio will be hosting a live stage from midday in Church Square, at the bottom of Putney High Street alongside street foods and outside bars. The area in Putney Wharf in front of Carluccio’s is a great place to watch the crews warming up and you get to see the rowers very close up.
The atmosphere in Putney is always buzzing on Boat Race day, come along and join the fun and see who is crowned the winners this year.