Putney Bridge is the start of the historic boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. April 7th 2012 sees the 158th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. First raced in 1829 The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.
Watched by thousands along the banks of The Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London and by millions more on TV around the world, The Boat Race is a unique sporting event
The Boat Race is an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities.The Race takes place close to Easter each year on the River Thames in West London between Putney and Mortlake. The first race took place in 1829 in Henley on Thames following a challenge between old school friends. Since the second race in 1836 the contest has taken place in London. The 2012 Race on April 7th will be the 158th contest; Cambridge lead the series with 80 victories to Oxford's 76, with one dead-heat in 1877.