The Boat Race 2019 – Can Oxford gain revenge for last year?

rowing

We’re approaching that time of year when the UK’s biggest on-water rivalry reignites with the 2019 renewal of the Boat Race between Cambridge University and Oxford University takes place.

Thousands will gather on the banks of the River Thames on Sunday 7th April as the two universities lock horns in the men and women’s boat races.

Oxford University has won the coveted title 80 times but their Cambridge counterparts have edged in front in recent years with a total of 83 wins.

Last year the Cambridge crew won the Men’s Race by three lengths with a winning time of 17:51 minutes, and the Cambridge Women’s crew completed the clean sweep with a seven-length victory over their Oxford rivals with a time of 19:06.

Oxford will be desperate to get revenge this year but are set to face an additional challenge this year in the form of double Olympic Gold medallist James Cracknell who has been named in the Cambridge squad.

The 46-year-old became a household name after picking up his first gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 alongside Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Tim Foster.

Cracknell is currently studying a Masters in human evolution and will become the most decorated rower in the race’s history with six world titles to add to his Olympic medals.

It will be interesting to see how the former Olympic champion fares against rowers up to 25 years his junior.

The Women’s race will take place first at 2.15pm with the Men’s race getting underway at 3.15pm. Don’t worry if you are unable to make it down to the River Thames, the whole event will be broadcast on BBC1 and will be available to stream via the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.