Durham triumph over Newcastle in the annual clash of oars
(17 May 2004)
Durham University's rowers triumphed over their Newcastle University rivals in this year's Northumbrian Water University Boat Race, taking the overall trophy for the eighth year in a row.
8,000 people line the banks the Tyne to witness the eighth Northumbrian Water University Boat Race.
In a thrilling climax to the day, the Durham Men's VIII pipped the Newcastle Men's VIII at the post, winning by just one-third of a length in a nail-biting finish that raised the cheers of the crowds along the banks of the Tyne to a deafening pitch.
Chairman of the Boat Race Executive Committee, Graham Rayner, said: 'The Men's VIII was a great race - full of excitement right up to the line, providing the highlight of a really entertaining day. Newcastle didn't win a race this year but is determined to return next year in a stronger position to take on their rivals.
'It was an absolutely marvellous day, with the hot weather bringing out the crowds to enjoy the delightful setting of the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides, which must be one of the most attractive water-sports amphitheatres in the world.'
The final results were:
Novice Women's VIII: Durham University by two lengths
Novice Men's VIII: Durham University won by five lengths
Women's VIII - Durham University won by one length
Men's VIII - Durham University won by one-third of a length