How they train for the Great Boat Race – 1910.
In the week preceding the Oxford – Cambridge Boat Race, the crews, coaches and support staff move to residences near Putney to train daily over the course. By this stage of their training, the hard work is done and the work is light and technical. It is an opportunity for the coxswains especially to hone their knowledge of the course. It is also during this week that the rowing and non-rowing press start to write about the race and all concerned get very used to having their photograph taken at every opportunity. In these days of sponsorship and PR, the coaches reluctantly but dutifully attempt to answer questions (though without actually saying anything beyond that they are well prepared and confident). A report on the Friday Press Conference is on the Boat Race website.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Putney Embankment 2014.
Putney Embankment 1882, the Hanlan – Trickett race.
Mr. Trapmore coaching Cambridge, 2014.
Mr. Muttlebury coaching Cambridge, 1892.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, 2014.
Gentlemen of the press, 1880.
Practice at Putney, 2014.
Practice at Putney, 1877.
Images of Oxford.
Oxford are based at the Westminster School Boathouse (with ‘JH Clasper’ on the gable end). They are flying their dark blue flag while next door, Crabtree (Cambridge alumni) flies the light blue of Cambridge and the gold of Goldie.
Coach Sean Bowden gives good advice passing Barn Elms.
Approaching Hammersmith Pier.
Nearly home. Approaching Putney Bridge.
Near Barn Elms.
Helge Gruetjen (5) and Matthew Jackson (6).
A last burst before going in.
The view from the Media Centre (aka Thames Rowing Club).
Caught from the balcony of Thames RC – the ‘Spare Men’s Race’. In my recent report on the Henley Boat Races, I said that there were nine Oxford – Cambridge Boat Races (vets and men’s and women’s Blue boats, reserves, lightweights and Head of the River crews). I forgot this event – which makes it ten. The veteran women will be the next addition I suppose.
The Cambridge Press Conference.
The 2014 Umpire, Richard Phelps, in front of a picture of his grandfather, Dick Phelps, who won Doggett’s in 1923.