Boat Race expected to go ahead after wartime bomb found in Thames

Oxford never recovered from the setback, allowing Cambridge to streak away to an unassailable 10sec lead at the first marker as they went on to win the title after four successive defeats.

The 163rd boat race got off to a scintillating start, the boats on level terms before Oxford opened up a lead of nearly a boat length at around two minutes.

Oxford won the 163rd boat race by a length and a quarter in 16 minutes, 59 seconds.

Oxford's women were beaten earlier in the day before the men were able to atone and clinch victory.

Oxford and Cambridge's two rowing crews are once again set to take to the River Thames in what this year is being called The Cancer Research UK Boat Race.

The discovery of a suspected unexploded bomb dating from the Blitz has raised a question mark over the University Boat Race today (2 April).

The course is 4 miles, 374 yards (6.8 kilometers) long.

Only in the years 1846, 1853 and 1863 the course for the mighty Boat Race was reversed.

This year saw both boats make it to the finish line without taking on water - the fate that unfortunately befell the Cambridge Women's team last year.

Cambridge's male rowers have won 82 races to date, just ahead of Oxford's tally of 79. The latter finished in 19 minutes, five seconds.

"I was just really exhausted", he said, having avoided the embarrassment of finishing a loser with both teams. "It definitely felt like a year where we worked really hard, but nobody ever let their heads get down, and we started to turn the corner in the new year and see our progress".

And there was also victory for Oxford in the reserves' race, with Isis beating Goldie by two-and-a-half lengths.

"I was focused on making sure my crew didn't get too excited", said Holland, shortly before suffering the traditional cox's baptism in the Thames.

  • Leroy Wright