Universities clash oars on Millennium Bridge
(24 April 2002)
The Universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne met today on the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle for this year’s official boat race challenge. The Boat Race will be held on 11 May.
Eight members from the Durham and Newcastle crews will approach from either side of the bridge. When the rowers meet in the middle, the president from each of the university crews will cross oars. Durham, as last year’s victors, will be challenged to this year’s Race by Newcastle. The Challenge will be presided over Dr Chris Spray from the main Boat Race sponsors Northumbrian Water.
Should Durham accept the Challenge, the Race will take place on the River Tyne on Saturday 11 May. The Race is the centrepiece of an afternoon of marine activity including jet-skiing and dragon boat racing. There will also be live music and entertainment on the Quayside.
Dr Chris Spray, Northumbrian Water’s Environment Director, said: "As someone who used to row regularly, I have a keen interest in the sport, and it’s a marvellous feeling to be here today to witness the challenge between these athletes from Durham and Newcastle University."
Dr Peter Warburton, representing the University Boat Race Executive Committee said: "Let battle commence! The Boat Race is now firmly established in the North East calendar and it’s a day for everyone to enjoy set against the stunning backdrop of the River Tyne."
This is the sixth annual Northumbrian Water University Boat Race. There will be three University Races with crews from the University’s Men’s, Women’s and Freshers’ teams battling it out for glory. Events start at 12.30 on Saturday 11 May with the University races starting at 3.15pm.
Media Inquiries: Anna Woodford, Public Relations Officer, University of Durham: (0191) 374 1805