University Boat Races herald the beginning of Spring in Hammersmith

Over 250,000 spectators are estimated to have turned out for this year’s traditional university boat races, with many congregating on Hammersmith Bridge

As traditional as a weekend roast, the Cancer Research UK Boat Races are a harbinger of Spring for West London. This year there were no fewer than four boat races, including the traditional face-off between Oxford and Cambridge.

“In many ways the races signify the first big day out in London after the Winter,” said Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams Brewery, who provided refreshments at the midway point in the race, at Furnivall Gardens. Outside of the capital, millions more around the world are thought to have tuned in to follow every stroke on television.

The four total races included the Newton Women’s Boat Race, the women’s reserve race, and the men’s reserve race, alongside the main event. Oxford University emerged victorious in the womens’ race, with Cambridge snatching their 82nd victory in the mens’. A total of 36 athletes competed this year.

For a few little-known facts about the traditional Boat Races, head over to this month’s edition of Our Patch magazine. To relive all of this year’s action, go to