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

The race programme traditionally included men’s and women’s lightweight crews representing Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In 2019 only the women's Lightweight crews raced at Henley, the 45th contest between the men's crews took place on the Tideway.

In 2020 the 37th race between the Women's Lightweights and the 46th men's race will take place on the Tideway.

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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