University Boat Race Stones

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The stone marking the start of the University Boat Race at Putney, with Putney Pier in the background
University Boat Race finish, with the stone in the (Surrey) foreground and the finishing post in the (Middlesex) background
Boat Race course ("Middlesex" and "Surrey" denote sides of the Thames Tideway corresponding to the traditional English counties)

The University Boat Race Stones are two tapered, granite cuboids on southern embankments of the Tideway in west London, one 129 metres west of Putney Bridge and the other at Mortlake, 112 metres east of Chiswick Bridge.

The stones define the starting and finishing points[1] of the Championship Course. The course, which is 4 miles and 374 yards (6,779 m) from Putney to Mortlake[2] as measured along the centre of the river, is used for rowing races including the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, Women's Boat Race, Lightweight Boat Races, Head of the River Race and other races. The finishing, western stone, is mirrored by a pyramid-topped post (wooden obelisk) across the river, painted in large bands of Oxford and Cambridge blue. The race finishes a few metres short of the rowing club commonly known as "Scullers" or TSS.

They are etched "UBR" for University Boat Race.[1][3]

Their coordinates are:

See also


  1. ^ a b Lowe, Edward (28 March 2013). "A Beginner's Guide to the Boat Race". Cherwell. Oxford Student Publications Limited. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Boat Race – Statistics". The BNY Mellon Boat Race, London 2014. The Boat Race Company Ltd. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  3. ^ Wynick, Alex (28 March 2013). "The Boat Race: 10 fascinating facts about Oxford and Cambridge's annual encounter". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
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