On Saturday 7 May the Boat Race of the North will return to the River Tyne.
The annual event, which relaunched last year, will see Newcastle University Boat Club take on Durham University Boat Club. The two giants of university boat racing in the UK will race through the heart of Newcastle to compete to be crowned Champions of the North.
The crews will battle it out over a 1500 metre course on the River Tyne, from the Redheugh Bridge to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, passing some of the North East's most iconic landmarks along the way. With hundreds of spectators set to line the banks, and loud-speakers broadcasting commentary on the racing, the event will be an exciting spectacle for both rowing enthusiasts and members of the public alike.
Newcastle University Boat Club is looking to defend the overall title they won last year, but it is set to be a tight contest, with all crews training exceptionally hard for the event.
This year there will be six head to head races in all, with both universities fielding their first and second eights from their men's and women's squads. There will also be an alumni race and a local derby showdown between two North East rowing clubs: Tyne Rowing Club and Tyne United Rowing Club.
Barnaby Stroud-Turp, Newcastle University Boat club president said: "The Tyne provides an amazing waterway in which to race, it is great to see the city from a riverside perspective and have crowds lining the Quayside and cheering us on.
"Last year's event was the first to be staged in five years; it proved popular with the competitors and public alike so we are keen to make it an annual fixture. We'd encourage everyone to get down to the Quayside to watch this exciting event."
The first race on Saturday 7 May starts at 3.30pm, with the final race taking place at 4.45pm.