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Former Hinchingbrooke School pupil Dave Bell savours Boat Race success with Cambridge University

Dave Bell, foreground, celebrates victory on the Tideway with Freddie Davidson
Dave Bell, foreground, celebrates victory on the Tideway with Freddie Davidson

Winning the 165th Boat Race with Cambridge University was “an incredibly special moment” for Dave Bell.

The 31-year-old Homerton College student and former Hinchingbrooke School pupil was making the step up from the victorious Goldie crew in 2018.

Bell had honed his skills in the single scull for many years before graduating to the Blue boat.

“That was physically, incredibly demanding,” he said about the one-length win. “I think it’s fair to say our whole crew is very, very hurt right now.

“I have to give huge credit to Oxford after that.

“Something in rowing is that when you’re quite a long way up, it can be very easy to relax and move away to send dirty water to the other crew, but Oxford just would not quit.

“They stayed right behind us and I think they got a bit of an overlap towards the end.

“Huge credit to them as they put us under pressure from gun to tape.

“Personally, it’s an incredibly special moment. I’ve been rowing for a very long time but I’ve been looking for a huge result like this that makes it all feel all worthwhile.”

Reflecting on the narrow margin of victory, and their first consecutive wins since 1998-1999, he added: “To be part of one of the most closely fought races of the millennium so far, Cambridge’s first back-to-back wins this millennium as well, that is truly special.”

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