Sunday, March 29, 2009


The Oxford and Cambridge Boat race is being held today. One of London's greatest annual events, it always attracts the crowds who come to watch the students as they try to out row one another in their paddle boats along the banks of the River Thames. Thankfully the sun is shining so it looks like being a nice fine day. That always helps! The boat race described by some as "the world's longest surviving sporting challenge", takes place between the students of London's famous Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The historical annual event dates back to the 1800's when Charles Merivale, a student at Oxford challenged his friend (also called Charles, who just happened to be the famous poet William Wordsworth's nephew!) to a boat race. Charles Wordsworth was a student at the rival Cambridge University. The famous race, one of London's most celebrated events still continues to this day and is watched by many millions of people worldwide.

You can read more about it by following the link shown below:-


SandyCarlson said...

I hope it went well!

Jackie said...

Was the first event I ever attended as a Dad nearly dropped me in the Thames so was in terrible trouble with my Mum LOL.

Hope you are now better, I am sure Spring will also help in your recovery :)

Naomi said...

Yes it went very well Sandy.

I bet your dad was in the doghouse for a while after that Jackie. I'm a lot better now thanks. I'm due to go back to clinic for biopsy results in April.

Rich Dansereau said...

This sound like a great event. I hope it was fun for both participants and spectators.

Thanks for contributing your post to the Athletic Alley Blog Carnival.

Sharon Lynne said...

Very interesting. Sounds fun! I'm glad the day was sunny!

Naomi said...

Yes it was a great day Rich. Good luck with your carnival and thanks for including my post.

Thanks Sharon. Nice to see you again.