Landmark anniversary of only Oxford-Cambridge boat race not rowed on River Thames to be commemorated

17:03 20 February 2014

The Oxford University Boat Club prepare to launch on the River Great Ouse

The Oxford University Boat Club prepare to launch on the River Great Ouse

Archant

In 1944 the only Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race not rowed on the River Thames was contested on a stretch of the Great Ouse, near Ely.

The 1944 race approaches the finish lineThe 1944 race approaches the finish line

Next Wednesday, some 70 years later, Martin Whitworth, who was number four in the Cambridge Boat, will host lunch for one of his old opponents, Michael Brooks, in celebration of the race’s anniversary.

Michael, who lives in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, rowed at number three for Oxford and his crew won the wartime race by three-quarters of a length.

Cambridge levelled the wartime series the following year at Henley-on-Thames, with Martin at stroke.

Martin Whitworth, president of the Isle of Ely Rowing ClubMartin Whitworth, president of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club

Martin lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk, and is president of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club. To mark the occasion, the Ely club will also name their new boat Michael Brooks, in honour of Oxford’s victory.

At the commemoration event held on Wednesday, a framed photo and naming ceremony DVD will be presented to Michael.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:19
Two Ely crews were called to this road traffic collision earlier this morning after a lorry had collided with a tree on the A10 near Stetham.

Two people have been injured after a lorry crashed into a tree on the A10 near Ely.

Yesterday, 10:19
The lorry which overturned on the A142 near Mepal yesterday

A Chatteris man was hospitalised yesterday after the 32 tonne lorry he was driving overturned on the A142 near Mepal.

Yesterday, 19:45
Who will succeed this man? MPs starting to declare who they will support to be the next PM: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

As a picture of who is supporting who in the leadership contest emerges over the coming days, we will bring you the latest here.

Yesterday, 16:59
Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, speaking at the Norfolk headteacher conference in 2014. Photo: Bill Smith

The chief inspector of schools has highlighted concerns about the performance of high schools in Cambridgeshire.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up