Shock and Oar: Spectators will be fined £ 200 for watching Boat Race from the riverbank

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Shock and oar: spectators will be fined £ 200 for watching the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race from the riverside of Ouse

  • Anyone attempting to watch this year’s Boat Race from the river bank could be fined
  • Signs have been posted warning of sanctions to prevent crowds from gathering
  • Covid marshals will be there to make sure the public stays away from the outdoor event

The last time the Boat Race was held outside the Thames in London was at the height of the Second World War.

Crowds lined the banks of the Great Ouse to cheer on the crew when it took place there in 1944.

But if the race returns to the same river in Cambridgeshire next Sunday, anyone trying to watch it from the bench could be fined.

Security officials and workers from the Environment Agency patrolled the river last week to identify ‘unusual activity’ while crews trained. The Oxbridge crews race along a river straight from Queen Adelaide Bridge in Ely to Victoria Bridge in Littleport

Signs have been put up warning of sanctions to prevent crowds from gathering to watch the annual clash between teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The notices state that anyone who ignores the ban on spectators could face a fixed fine and a fine of £ 200. Fines are doubled for further offenses up to a maximum of £ 6,400.

Security officials and workers from the Environment Agency patrolled the river last week to identify ‘unusual activity’ while crews trained.

People are told to avoid footpaths along the river on race day between noon and 6:30 pm. Covid-19 marshals will be stationed to make sure the public stays away.

According to current coronavirus rules, top sporting events must take place without spectators. This includes the Boat Race, which has been moved from its normal route on the Thames due to structural problems with Hammersmith Bridge and Covid-19.

Signs have been posted warning of sanctions to prevent crowds from gathering to watch the annual clash between teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities.  The notices state that anyone who ignores the ban on spectators could face a fixed fine and a fine of £ 200

Signs have been posted warning of sanctions to prevent crowds from gathering to watch the annual clash between teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities.  The notices state that anyone who ignores the ban on spectators could face a fixed fine and a fine of £ 200

Signs have been put up warning of sanctions to prevent crowds from gathering to watch the annual clash between teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities. The notices state that anyone who ignores the ban on spectators could face a fixed fine and a fine of £ 200

Anna Bailey, leader of the East Cambridgeshire District Council said: ‘We had hoped that by the time the Boat Race arrived we would be welcoming people to enjoy the event in person. Unfortunately this is not possible.

‘The safety of residents and those involved is paramount and the roads, footpaths and the river in the area are closed to the public. I urge everyone to sit on the couch, tune in to the TV coverage, and of course shout out loud in support of Cambridge. ‘

The Oxbridge crews race along a river straight from Queen Adelaide Bridge in Ely to Victoria Bridge in Littleport.

Last year’s race was canceled due to the coronavirus and the decision to move from his traditional home was announced in November.

When the race was last held in Ely in 1944, Oxford won by three-quarters of a length. This year’s clash is the 166th between the men’s teams and the 75th for the women.

The last time the Boat Race was held outside the Thames in London was at the height of the Second World War.  Crowds lined the banks of the Great Ouse to cheer on the crew when it took place there in 1944

The last time the Boat Race was held outside the Thames in London was at the height of the Second World War.  Crowds lined the banks of the Great Ouse to cheer on the crew when it took place there in 1944

The last time the Boat Race was held outside the Thames in London was at the height of the Second World War. Crowds lined the banks of the Great Ouse to cheer on the crew when it took place there in 1944

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