Victory for Durham in the University Boat Race
(13 May 2002)
8,000 people lined the banks of the Tyne to witness the sixth Northumbrian Water University Boat Race.
Durham University's rowers triumphed over their Newcastle rivals in this year's Northumbrian Water University Boat Race, taking the overall trophy for the sixth year in a row.
Durham won the Men's and Women's races, but a strong performance from Newcastle's Freshers' in the first race of the afternoon prevented a Durham hat-trick.
The most convincing win of the afternoon belonged to Durham's Women's crew, who reversed last year's result in fine style, winning by six clear lengths.
In the Men's VIIIs race, Durham retained their stronghold on the title with a four length victory over Newcastle.
Chairman of the Boat Race Executive Committee, Graham Rayner, said: "Once again, the Northumbrian Water University Boat Race has provided a magnificent day's sporting entertainment with high-quality performances from all of the crews.
"The Durham Men's and Women's VIIIs were particularly impressive. However, the convincing win by Newcastle's freshers means that Durham might have a fight on their hands to retain the title next year."
He added: "We're delighted to have had the added elements of the Millennium Bridge and Gateshead Quayside this year, which resulted in a significant increase in the numbers of spectators at the event."
The final results were:
Freshers: Newcastle University won by 3.5 lengths
Women's VIII - Durham University won by 6 lengths
Men's VIII - Durham won by 4 lengths