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FRONT ROW SEAT

An inside view on life while preparing for the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, by Cambridge Cox Matthew Holland.
Photography BENEDICT TUFNELL

Pinned to the board in the changing room of Cambridge University’s Goldie Boathouse is a small wooden cross with a poppy fixed in the middle, a small memorial to the 21 Cambridge blues who lost their lives in the World Wars. It serves as a stark daily reminder of one of the more special aspects of being involved in a Boat Race campaign; upholding the honour of those who have come before. For the past five months, I have been preparing for the 165th Boat Race with the Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC), where we have been training twice a day, attempting to achieve the first back to back Cambridge victories since 1998. It will be no easy feat.

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