THE University of Bedfordshire has sent a team to compete against Oxford and Cambridge in tomorrow’s 161st boat race.
The race will feature three teams for the first time since its inception in 1829 after a battered mini-bus pulled up at the start line, unloading students who asked for ten minutes to blow their dinghy up.
Cambridge cox Denys Finch-Hatton said: “We couldn’t just turn our guests away, but we do have major concerns over their readiness for the event.
“Their boat, which is an eight-foot three-seater inflatable crocodile, doesn’t have room for the entire team, let alone all that cheap cider.
“They only have one oar, which is currently being used to dig a barbecue pit on the banks of the Tideway, and they snigger every time anyone says ‘cox’.”
Bedfordshire student Wayne Hayes said: “Our secret weapon is this small outboard motor.”