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Manchester ‘Oarsome' in 39th Two Cities Boat Race

11 May 2010

The University of Manchester stormed to victory in this year’s Two Cities Boat Race, winning six out of the seven races to beat their rivals from Salford in the annual regatta at Salford Quays on Saturday

Manchester's winning Boat Race squad
Manchester's winning Boat Race squad

Kate Hodgkinson, President of Manchester University Boat Club, said:  "I’m so proud of the team. It was a fantastic result and makes all those early mornings and months of hard work training so worthwhile!"

Aside from Manchester’s magnificent display, the spectators enjoyed quayside entertainment including face painters, drummers, cheerleaders, a corporate dragon boat race and refreshments throughout the day.

BBC Radio Manchester’s Ian Cheeseman provided witty commentary for the crowds.

To conclude the day, the Lord Mayors of Manchester, Trafford and Salford came together in support of the region’s rowing and presented medals to the students alongside Vice Chancellors from both Universities.

Macmillan Cancer Support was the event’s official charity. Laura Bailey, Fundraising Manager for Greater Manchester, said:  "On behalf of Macmillan, I would like to say congratulations to The University of Manchester. It was a thrilling event to be involved in and we hope to have raised a substantial amount for people affected by cancer."            

Notes for editors

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