Olympian James Cracknell in training for Oxbridge boat race, after taking up Masters in philosophy

Olympian James Cracknell in training for Oxbridge boat race, after taking up Masters in philosophy

 “If he hits a wall in the race it will be because of the exertion – the same as anyone else in the team – not because of his age.”

Last year Cracknell, who is studying a Masters degree in philosophy, wrote on Twitter that he was “honoured” to have been offered a place at Cambridge University.

He added: “I’ll need the support of my amazing family to do the course & if I go for Boat Race selection support of old heart & lungs required #nevertooold.”

Cracknell has previously competed in Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race which involved rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and trekking across the Arabian Desert.

He has also become a successful runner, becoming the highest placed Briton ever in the Marathon des Sables in 2010 and completing the London Marathon in 2:43:12 in 2017.

In the past other older athletes have tried out for the Boat Race, including rugby player Andy Ripley, who missed getting a place on the team in 1998 when he was 50.

Last year Cambridge beat Oxford in all four races on the River Thames, including the men’s, women’s and both reserves.

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