It’s all about Oxford, Cambridge and the River Thames this Easter!

This year, Easter falls early; very early, in fact, and coinciding with another traditional, historic, pulsating, exciting, mesmerising, and sometimes wet event… the Boat Race!

Sunday 31st March, Easter Sunday, at 4.30pm when most of us will be sitting on our sofas wishing we hadn’t eaten so much chocolate, the crews of the Oxford and Cambridge boats will be lining up on the River Thames, tense and poised, ready to plunge their oars into the choppy waters of the River Thames as soon as they hear the starting gun fire!  And it’ll be a cold one this year with temperatures unseasonally low, as much as 10 degrees lower than previous years!

Crews between Oxford and Cambridge universities first raced in 1829; the Boat Race is unique and one of the oldest sporting events in the world.  Many now famous, recognisable people have been in a Boat Race crew: actor and comedian Hugh Laurie (a Cambridge Blue and following in his father’s footsteps); Chairman of the British Olympic Association Lord Colin Moynihan (an Oxford Blue who’s also an Olympian!); author and historian Dan Snow (an Oxford Blue); co-founders of the Facebook social network, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (twins and Oxford Blues!); mountaineer and adventurer Andrew Irvine (an Oxford Blue); and multi-Olympic gold medallist, Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE (an Oxford Blue and he’s won the Veterans Race!).  Sir Pinsent is this year’s umpire…

The 159th Boat Race course, known as the Championship Course, is 4 miles, 374 yards long, or 6.8km, and runs between Putney and Mortlake.  This course, first used in 1845, has been held in the opposite direction on just three occasions: 1846, 1856 and 1863.  The Fulham/Chiswick side of the course is known as the Middlesex side, whilst the Putney/Barnes side is the Surrey side.  The race is started on an incoming flood tide, about an hour before high tide, to ensure that the crews are rowing with the fastest possible current.

Make an occasion of the famous Boat Race this Easter Sunday; take a trip to London and enjoy a fabulous family day out, feel the excitement all around you as the tension rises, the oars splash through the water, and the crews give everything they have to be victorious!  Events start along the river bank from 12pm, at Bishop’s Park and Furnivall Gardens, with big screens from which you can view all the action.  Or find a place along the river bank including Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment, Hammersmith and Barnes, Dukes Meadow and at the finish, Chiswick Bridge.  On the other hand, if you don’t want to wrap up warm and brave the weather, you could always watch on the TV;  BBC’s coverage starts from 3.15pm.  But do you really want to miss a fantastic experience?!

At Heathrow Gatwick Transfers, we can get right into the heart of the Boat Race action!  We offer our customers a service that is of the highest quality, is highly competitive, affordable and meets your expectations.  Our fleet of well-maintained, spacious, chauffeur-driven cars are able to carry from one to eight passengers, plus picnics, coats, gloves, hats and scarves you will need to keep you warm!  We also offer a FREE Meet & Greet service so you can rest assured that your chauffeur will be there waiting to help you from the moment you arrive, to the moment you depart

And we don’t charge any extras or charge you to book online with a card – all our prices are All Inclusive so, the price you see is the price you pay.  So, book your transport online today at Heathrow Gatwick Transfers and make sure your 2013 Boat Race travel plans are all wrapped up.