BBC Countryfile In Ely: The 1944 Boat Race In Ely

Here is the final feature that made up BBC’s Countryfile episode from Ely. Not many people know that in 1944 the Oxford and Cambridge Varsity Boat Race was raced on the River Great Ouse. It was the it’s the only time the boat race has not been held on the Thames in its 150 year history as the country was still in the grip of World War II and London was deemed unsafe for such an event.

The race was won by Oxford despite Cambridge being ahead early in the contest.

The feature has an interview with Martin Whitworth, one of the eight that made up the Cambridge crew of 1944 along with interviews of the current team .