Cambridge University rule the Tideway with Cancer Research UK Boat Races whitewash

PUBLISHED: 19:28 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 23:36 24 March 2018

Cambridge University celebrate Cancer Research UK Boat Race successes. Picture: Rich Marsham

Cambridge University celebrate Cancer Research UK Boat Race successes. Picture: Rich Marsham

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Four wins out of four for the Light Blues over Oxford

Cambridge University Boat Club celebrate winning the Boat Race. Picture: Rich MarshamCambridge University Boat Club celebrate winning the Boat Race. Picture: Rich Marsham

Cambridge University secured a magnificent whitewash in the Cancer Research UK Boat Races on the Tideway.

In a set of results that has not been achieved by the Light Blues for many a year, they secured wins in both the Blue boat races, and with men’s reserve crew Goldie and women’s reserve boat Blondie.

The skies may have been Dark and overcast but it was all Light on the water as some extremely impressive performances heralded a glorious day in London.

First off were Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club Blue boat, and before they had even passed Putney Embankment, they were in the lead.

Cambridge University Women's Boat Club wins the Women's Boat Race. Picture: Rich MarshamCambridge University Women's Boat Club wins the Women's Boat Race. Picture: Rich Marsham

They surged away to win by seven lengths, in 19min 6sec.

Cox Sophie Shapter said: ““It’s awesome, it sounds cliche but it’s a dream come true to do this.

“To be honest I think that’s me done (with rowing). I don’t want to go and do any GB stuff, it’s intense, it’s your career, and that’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life. So I think this is it.”

It was a similar story in the women’s reserve race, with Blondie making a blistering start, and carrying on their superiority to win by nine lengths, in 19.45. Osiris clocked 20.12.

Cambridge University Women's Boat Club win the Women's Boat Race. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP PhotographicCambridge University Women's Boat Club win the Women's Boat Race. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

The men’s reserve crew Goldie did not have quite as sizeable winning margin, but they were two-and-a-half length winners over Isis, in 18.11.8.

And Steve Trapmore signed off as head coach of Cambridge by seeing his side surge off the start and never look in any sort of danger to win by three-and-a-half lengths in 17.51, compared to Oxford’s 18.01.

“We had something to prove this year. We learned a lot from last year’s defeat,” Trapmore said. “We put some real positivity in place, and the belief and resilience saw us home.”

The successes across the club added to the wins for both the men’s and women’s lightweight crews at the Henley Boat Races.

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