The Henley Boat Races are a series of match races held each Spring between crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Two crews race side-by-side over a course of 2000 metres, from Phyllis Court to Temple Island along the famous 'Henley Reach'.

The race programme includes men’s and women’s Lightweight crews representing Oxford and Cambridge Universities. 2018 will represent the 44th contest between the men's crews and the 35th between the women. In addition leading college crews from the Oxford Torpids and the Cambridge Lent Bumps, race over a shorter course of 1750m.

Between 1977 and 2014 the Henley Boat Races also hosted the annual Women’s Boat Race and reserves race between Osiris (Oxford) and Blondie (Cambridge). These races moved to the Tideway in 2015.

OULRC 2014 (© BigBlade Photography)

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