Forget the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race: this caprine alternative is a charming east London tradition.
Taking place at Spitalfields City Farm just off east London’s Brick Lane this Sunday, April 7th, the Oxford Vs Cambridge Goat Race is a gentle sporting contest that’s hard to bleat.
While strapping poshos push themselves to the limits as they row the Thames in west London, animal-lovers will be reassured to know this race is rather more relaxing: essentially a nonchalant trot in pursuit of a bucket of delicious slops. Even the crowd keep things to a hush so as not to befuddle the wee beasties.
Naturally, there’ll be plenty of other festivities around the race proper, with beer, music and vegetable-trophy-making some of the activities on offer. This year, they’re kicking things up a notch with an afterparty, which will no doubt feature the triumphant beast as the guest of honour.
Sadly tickets to this gladiatorial sporting contest have all sold out, which is frankly devastating news. But rest safe in the knowledge that all the money raised goes towards supporting the local work of the farm. Doors open at midday; the race is likely to be around 4pm – so if you’re still planning on watching it, we’d recommend you’re safely ensconced in a high vantage point by 3:45ish…
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