Boat Race: Oxford’s Beth Bridgman seeks revenge after last year’s defeat

The 21-year-old believes she and her close-knit crew are ready to turn the tables on Cambridge on Sunday

The training alone for Sunday’s Boat Races is a challenging enough prospect but juggling the gruelling schedule with academic requirements at two of the world’s leading universities can be daunting.

“I’ll go to training in the morning, come back, go to lectures, have a few hours in the middle of the day where I really need to get my head down and work, and then I spend most of the afternoon training,” says Beth Bridgman, a mathematics undergraduate at Oxford, of the twice-a-day, six-days-a-week training regime. “I come back in the evening and again I’ve got to do a bit more work but because the day is so packed I end up being more efficient, I think. I’m not procrastinating. It’s tough but you’re all going through the same thing together.”

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