Cambridge University rowers back on the water in preparation for the Boat Race
Cambridge University rowers have been granted permission to return to training in preparation for the Boat Race on the River Great Ouse at Ely.
They have been off the water since the turn of the year because of the lockdown restrictions, but British Rowing has ruled that a limited number of men and women may now train under the strict Covid guidelines for elite sport agreed with the government.
A number of athletes are already included in British Rowing's sport exemption for Elite Development Pathway programmes, announced on February 5.
“CUBC athletes and coaches would like to thank everyone at British Rowing, the university and our partner organisations for the fantastic support we have received,” said Cambridge University Boat Club women's president Sophie Paine.
Callum Sullivan, the men's president, added: “We're grateful to be given the honour to compete in this extraordinary national sporting event.”
The Boat Race is being held as a closed event at Ely on Easter Sunday, April 4, and will be screened live on the BBC.
The reserve races, which normally take place alongside the men's and women's races, have been postponed and will take place at Ely at a later date when inter-club competition is allowed in line with British Rowing competition guidance.
The races were relocated to Ely to run as a closed event with no spectators because of the pandemic, and organisers are working with relevant local agencies in order to ensure a safe event in accordance with government guidelines.
Allowing the crews to resume on the water training is an important step as part of that.