Edinburgh rowers beat city rivals Glasgow

Edinburgh run out victorious. Picture: Comp
Edinburgh run out victorious. Picture: Comp
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Edinburgh students have retained their title by winning an annual boat race competing against Glasgow rowers.

Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger watched as the rowers battled it out on the Clyde yesterday in this year’s Scottish Boat Race.

Hundreds of spectators looked on as Edinburgh and Glasgow’s elite university rowers took part in six races, including alumni and reserve contests.

The capital’s students were celebrating after claiming victory in five of the contests - including the men’s feature race, retaining the title from last year after Glasgow had won it every year since 1999. However, Glasgow did secure the women’s title.

Olympic rower Grainger, who attended Edinburgh University, said: “It’s been brilliant. It was pretty dominant by Edinburgh University this time round, which is a bit of a shame as it’s nice when it’s close racing all round, but it’s always a great event and it’s lovely to see so many people coming down to support it and cheer on the rowers.”

Having been running since 1877, the Scottish Boat Race is said to be the third oldest boat race in the world behind only the famous Oxbridge contest and Harvard-Yale Regatta in America.