Oxford Brookes University Boat Club’s Rowing 1st and 2nd men’s eights made history on Sunday when they beat crews from Boat Race hopefuls Cambridge University on the Tideway.
It is the first time that a Brookes crew has beaten both Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race crews in the same year.
The Cambridge Blue Boat won the toss and elected to take the Surrey station for both pieces.
It was Cambridge who scored the first blow, and by Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage, the light blues led by around half a length.
As both crews came straight into the final stages of the race, Brookes pushed hard, and quickly came back level.
By the end of piece, Brookes had gained a lead of a full length.
After a short break the crews lined up alongside Chiswick Eyot to start the second piece.
Cambridge moved out to a slight lead but as the course straightened out, Brookes had moved through.
Brookes were able to push out to a lead of half a length, which they extended to a full length for a thrilling, hard fought finish.
Brookes Rowing race again this weekend, with both the Head of the River Race and the Women’s eights Head of the River Race.