27 March, 2008 – Oxbridge Boat Race comes to the North West
As the word-famous Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race approaches, a crew of talented rowers from the universities of Salford and Manchester are preparing to lock oars along the River Irwell in the Two Cities Boat Race – the North's answer to the Oxbridge contest.
The first Two Cities Boat Race took place on 26 February 1972 and now, over 30 years on, the annual event is recognised as one of the highlights in the region’s sporting calendar – with thousands of spectators cheering on the action at Salford Quays.
With this year’s event taking place on Saturday 10 May, both teams are in full training. Last year’s race was the closest contest for years, with Manchester pipping Salford to the post in the final seconds.
Salford University Boat Club President, Rhys Kearney said: "The Two Cities Boat Race is a great chance to show how far we’ve come since we first started rowing.
"We’re looking forward to crossing the finishing line a few lengths ahead of Manchester. This year it’s revenge!"
As well as the eight-race regatta, the Two Cities Boat Race will feature dragon boat racing in the morning and a festive atmosphere along the quayside with food, drink and live entertainment.
For more information about the event go to www.twocitiesboatrace.co.uk
Source: University of Salford press release