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Cambridge and Oxford to return to London for the Boat Race in April 2022

Cambridge University race away from Oxford in the 2019 men's race. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Cambridge University race away from Oxford in the 2019 men's race. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

The Boat Race will be back on the Championship Course on the Tideway in London next year.

Cambridge University will take on Oxford University on the River Thames on Sunday, April 3, after two years away from the capital.

In 2020, the race was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and then in 2021 it was held as a private event on the River Great Ouse at Ely.

The lifting of restrictions means that the 167th Men’s Boat Race and the 76th Women’s Boat Race can be held back in London, between Putney and Mortlake.

Tim Senior, chair of the Boat Race Company Limited, said: “The Boat Race is one of the most iconic events in world sport, but our supporters missed out on it over the last two seasons due to Covid-19 so we are looking forward to welcoming them and the crews back to London in 2022.

“We will continue to enhance all aspects of the race, delivering an exceptional experience for the athletes, spectators and viewers alike, while celebrating the event’s heritage and connection with our loyal community of supporters.

“Our vision is to further grow the Boat Race’s engagement and experience for existing and new audiences.’’

The Boat Race in Ely this year proved to be very popular, even if crowds were not allowed to attend.

It produced two enthralling races, with Cambridge winning both, in the women’s contest by almost a length and in the men’s race by just under a length.

There were also wins for the Light Blues’ reverse crews, Goldie and Blondie.

Bronya Sykes, who was in this year’s victorious Cambridge crew and is the current women’s president, said: "I'm hugely excited for the Boat Races' return to the Tideway in 2022. The Ely Boat Races were the perfect place for the 2021 races in the Covid-19 pandemic and both women's and men's races were great contests.

“But the Tideway is the home of the Boat Races, and we're looking forward to the atmosphere and challenge of racing that you can only get racing against Oxford from Putney to Mortlake.

“We're truly grateful for BRCL's work in getting the race back to the Tideway, and to being part of one of the UK's great traditional contests."

Oxford men’s president Martin Barasko said: "It is extremely exciting that the Boat Race is returning to London after two long years. Oxford is very much looking forward to racing again on the Championship Course.

“Both the women and men have had a strong start to the season and have established a solid foundation on which to build on over the next six months.

“Thank you to the BRCL for their tireless work in organising what is shaping up to be a thrilling contest on the Tideway.’’

The women’s race will start at 2.23pm and the men’s race at 3.23pm, with both on April 3.

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