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Manchester just 'oarsome' in Two Cities Boat Race

13 May 2008

More than five thousand spectators saw Manchester storm to victory in this year’s Two Cities Boat Race.

Manchester's victorious rowers
Manchester's victorious rowers

The University of Manchester won six out of the seven races to beat their rivals from Salford in the annual regatta, held at Salford Quays on Saturday.

Nick Turnbull, Manchester’s senior captain, said: “It was a brilliant day. We didn’t think we would do as well as we did, but this just goes to show the talent that we have at the university rowing club.”

Among the VIPs watching the 37th Two Cities Boat Race were actor Robert Powell, Olympic athlete Diane Modahl and the artist Harold Riley, whilst BBC Radio Manchester’s Ian Cheeseman provided the commentary for the huge crowds enjoying the spring sunshine.

58-year-old David Henderson, who took part in one of the early Boat Races back in 1972, was also there to watch Manchester’s magnificent display, along with Professor Alan Gilbert, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, and Salford Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Harloe.

The spectators enjoyed performances by drummers and cheerleaders from both universities, and were able to watch a stunning spectacle when a WWII Lancaster Bomber flew overhead midway through the event.

SPARKS, the children's medical researchers, were once again named as the event’s official charity. Their vice-president, actor Robert Powell, said: "This is a terrific event. I'm delighted to be here and delighted that SPARKS, a charity very close to my heart, is going to benefit.”

Notes for editors

Contact Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester on 0161 275 8384