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04-04-2012 : OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE BOAT RACE

The 158th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race will be held this Saturday 7th April 2011.

The race dates from 1829 and the race against two universities is said to be the worlds longest surviving sporting challenge.

The two teams row a gruelling four and a quarter miles along the Thames from Putney to Mortlake.

The race began when two friends from the separate universities Charles Merivale a student at Cambridge and his Harrow school friend Charles Wordsworth who was the nephew of the poet William Wordsworth who was at Oxford.

The first Race took place at Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire and the event was such a success that the people there decided to organise a regatta of their own which duly became Henley Royal Regatta.

The River Thames can be cruised as part of The Grand Ring which can be started from our Canal Boat Holiday locations at Gayton, Aldermaston or Union Wharf.

If you are lucky enough to have a two or three week Canal Boat Holiday cruise down the lock free Paddington Arm to Little Venice and even on through London Zoo to Camden lock.

Explore the River Thames in London and all of the riverside attractions including British Airways London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, The Tower of London and St Pauls Cathedral .

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