The Oxford-Cambridge boat race began in 1829. It all started as a challenge between Charles Merivale, a student at Cambridge, and his old school friend from Harrow, Charles Wordsworth at Oxford. Little did they know that some 189 years later, it would still be going strong, more popular than ever.
Over the years, there have been a few annual boat races missed due to Wars, one dead heat (in 1877), and then 82 wins by Cambridge and 80 wins by Oxford. If you think you might like to go and cheer along Oxford to close the gap, don't be fooled. Unlike Eights Week and Torpids, this race takes place on the River Thames in London. Luckily it is an easy coach or train journey from Oxford, and well worth trip. The river bank at Hammersmith is a good place to watch. It is half way along the 4 mile course. And there is a busy pub for refreshments.