The University Boat Race has graced Putney’s shores for over 180 years. In that time, Putney has developed the event into a national spectacle by making it an oar-some day.

The nail-biting race starts near to Putney Bridge and stretches 4.2 miles along the River Thames, ending near Chiswick Bridge in Mortlake.

The battle began in 1829 when Charles Merivale from Cambridge challenged Charles Wordsworth from Oxford to a race. Since then the competition has remained close, with Cambridge leading Oxford  83 – 80 as of 2018.

Each year the event brings in upwards of 250,000 spectators. Positively Putney works to create a welcoming and merry atmosphere with a live stage compered by Wandsworth Radio in Church Square, and food and drink stalls.

The 2020 Boat Race is set to commence on Sunday 29th March.

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