Boat Race 2021: Pictures from the event on the Great Ouse

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image captionThe Boat Race was held on the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire

The Boat Race was held in Cambridgeshire for the first time since it unofficially hosted the men's race during World War Two.

A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and repair work on Hammersmith Bridge forced event organisers to look away from the usual venue on the Thames in London for 2021.

They chose the hamlet of Queen Adelaide, the village of Littleport and an almost bolt-straight stretch of the River Great Ouse.

On Sunday, Cambridge continued their recent dominance over Oxford, winning both the men's and women's contests.

The waterways of The Fens hosted the race in 1944, when the crews took to the Adelaide Straight, albeit unofficially and in the opposite direction.

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image captionThe annual race normally attracts more than 250,000 people to the banks of the Thames in west London

Due to pandemic restrictions this year's event was closed to the public, but some local people watched the races from their gardens.

A spokesperson for the Boat Race Company said they were "delighted" to deliver the 75th women's and 166th men's race.

"We were very pleased with the event location. It allowed us to create an exciting event, in a Covid-secure way, and everything went very well."

They added they "got amazing footage and photos" and expressed "gratitude" to local residents and the organisations and volunteers "who helped make this historic and unique event happen for the student athletes and Boat Race supporters around the world".

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman added there were "no issues in the area" and the force was "pleased" with how the event went.

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image captionSome lucky spectators were able to watch the race from their gardens
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image captionSome had to get a little loftier to get a view of the race
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image captionThe race began at the Queen Adelaide Bridge and finished just shy of the Sandhill Bridge at Littleport
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image captionCambridge won both the men's and women's races
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image captionCambridge's men celebrate their win (left), while Oxford's crew looks crestfallen
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image captionCambridge's women celebrate their victory
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image captionCambridge's women celebrated their victory at Littleport

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