Eddies student helps secure Cambridge a triumph on the Thames!


Cambridge won a clean sweep at this year’s Boat Race – the 164th – with convincing wins from all four crews. The last time the Light Blues achieved this impressive feat was all the way back in 1997. Both reserve boats romped to victory before the Cambridge women’s crew blew their opponents out the water, winning by a stunning seven lengths. The men’s crew took an early lead in their race and never gave it up, winning by a convincing three lengths to bring Cambridge’s lead in overall Boat Race wins to 83 to Oxford’s 80.

Many had expected the men’s race to go Cambridge’s way, with an exceptional crew which included St Edmund’s student Rob Hurn, regarded by many as the best athlete at this year’s race. The former Yale man is widely regarded to be in with a good chance of fulfilling his dream of representing Great Britain at the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Such is the interest around him, The Times interviewed Rob in advance of the big day.

Born in Glasgow, raised in Australia, and educated in the USA, Rob has followed the Boat Race from an early age, watching with his parents in the early hours of the morning at home in Australia. After winning the Harvard-Yale varsity he turned his attention to the race he’d dreamed of competing in as a child and applied to Cambridge. With the Boat Race now successfully ticked off his impressive to-do list, he’ll continue reading for an MPhil in Nuclear Energy at Eddies, before moving on to Rolls-Royce atoms and submarines.

Rob’s successes have been supported generously by Cambridge’s alumni community via the Cambridge University Boat Club. The generosity of alumni enables current students to achieve in all spheres of university life – athletic and academic. The college is hugely grateful for the support of its benefactors, and hopes they will continue to support Eddies generously and will join us in congratulating Rob on his big varsity victory!