Aberdeen University Triumphs
A legion of fans lined the banks of the River Dee on Saturday 5th March as Aberdeen University rowed its way to victory in the Aberdeen Asset Management Universities’ Boat Race. Aberdeen University triumphed over their rivals, Robert Gordon University (RGU) for the 14th time in the 16 year history of the race. The winning team completed the 3.5km race from the Bridge of Dee to Aberdeen Boat Club in Torry in 8 minutes and 22 seconds and won by 4 lengths.
The build up to the big race started at 12.35am with the Universities’ Second Crew Boat Race which was won by Aberdeen University with a time of 2 minutes and 38 seconds. The Alumni boat race followed and was won by three lengths in a time of 8 minutes 13 seconds by RGU. Local media celebrities from the Press and Journal and STV, added to the day’s entertainment by racing 300m in coxed ‘tub’ pairs for the Media Challenge Cup. Both crews battled it out and the Press and Journal came out on top as the winners with a time of 1 minute and 16 seconds.
Hugh Little, head of acquisitions for Aberdeen Asset Management, says, “The boat race event was once again a huge success with a fantastic spectator turnout and all of the participants took part with a great deal of enthusiasm. Congratulations to Aberdeen University, and their opponents at Robert Gordon University, both of whom are a credit to the area’s athletic talent. The success of this year’s event is a good marker for the next two years of the race which Aberdeen Asset Management has committed to continuing sponsoring. A great day was had by all and I would like to thank everyone who supported the day for making it such great sporting event.”Media Release – 7 March 2011