Watch crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities battle it out on the Thames during The Cancer Research UK Boat Race and The Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race.
One of the biggest free sporting spectacles in London, The Boat Races create a festival atmosphere on the banks of the river Thames. Up to 250,000 people flock to the riverbanks every year to join in the celebrations and watch the Oxford University and Cambridge University eight-oared rowing boats race along the famous 4.2-mile (6.8km) Championship Course between Putney and Mortlake.
In 2017, the women’s race begins at 4.35pm, followed by the men’s race an hour later at 5.35pm.
You can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but some of the best spots include:
- Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishop's Park (at the start)
- Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC (best for the first mile)
- Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course)
- Duke's Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish)
You can also watch all the action unfold on a big screen at one of the Boat Races in the Park events, or even live on the BBC.
About The Boat Races
The Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club first raced each other in 1829, and the women’s first race took place in 1927. The races require the student rowers from both universities to train as elite athletes while balancing intensive academic courses.
In the tumultuous weather conditions of 2016, Cambridge won the 162nd Boat Race by 2.5 lengths, their first win since 2012, taking the overall event record to 82–79 in Cambridge's favour. For the fourth year running, Oxford won the women’s race, by 24 lengths, bringing their total to 30 against their Cambridge rivals’ 41 total wins.