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University boat race teams share honours


Durham beat Newcastle in the senior men's race

Durham and Newcastle universities have shared the honours in the 14th annual boat race on the River Tyne.

Newcastle won the first two races - the freshwomen's and freshmen's eights - while Durham were victorious in the senior women's and senior men's.

Hundreds of spectators lined the banks of the river at the finishing line under the Millennium Bridge.

The draw means that 2009 champions Newcastle retain the overall event title.

Benji Dawes, president of Durham University Boat Club, said: "We put in a really strong performance in what was a very tough race, but the men held their nerve to claim a great victory in the end.

"Durham and Newcastle are both strong forces in rowing in the UK, and a close result like this is really good for rowing in general."

Newcastle University's Boat Club's president Andrew Corrigan, who was in the defeated senior men's crew, said: "To lose such a close race is devastating.

"We set off ahead of Durham at the start of the race, so we were able to see them, and to be rowed through in the last few metres of the race is really painful."

He added: "I'm very proud of the freshwomen and freshmen, who put in really great performances."

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