1829 – First ever Varsity Boat Race

1829 – First ever Varsity Boat Race

Now a mainstay of the British social and sporting calendar, ‘The Boat Race’ has not always carried the same prestige. The 4.2-mile (6.8km) race has grown from small beginnings in 1829 and Thames-side crowds approaching 300,000 now gather to watch the annual event.