The University Boat Race Betting

The University boat race is run every year around the end of March/early April along the River Thames and is something of a British institution. Regardless of it's heritage, upwards of nine million people watch the race live on TV each year and an estimated quarter of a million people watch the race from the banks of the River Thames.

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The Race

The first race between the two universities was in 1829 but it didn't become an annual event until 1856. Both teams are known as the Blues, with Cambridge donning light blue colours and Oxford dark blue.

The course for the Varsity boat race is four miles and 374 yards long (6,779m) and starts at Chiswick Bridge and ends at Putney Bridge, passing beneath the Barnes Railway Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge as it weaves around through south west London.

Although not traditionally a betting event, bookmakers offer odds on the race each year with plenty of people having a punt on the outcome. As well as betting on who will win the race punters can bet on the winning margin, whether a new record time will be set and of course whether a boat will sink!

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Past Boat Race Winners

2017 will be the 163rd University Boat Race, with Cambridge leading Oxford 82-79 in the all time list of wins.

Year Winner Time
2001 Cambridge 17:44
2002 Oxford 16:54
2003 Oxford 18:06
2004 Cambridge 18:47
2005 Oxford 16:42
2006 Oxford 18:26
2007 Cambridge 17:49
2008 Oxford 20:53
2009 Oxford 17:00
2010 Cambridge 17:35
2011 Oxford 17:32
2012 Cambridge N/A - Race interrupted
2013 Oxford 17:27
2014 Oxford 18:36
2015 Oxford 17:34
2016 Cambridge 18:11

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