Bolton School Senior Boys

Old Boy Chris in Boat Race Victory

Old Boltonian Chris Fairweather, aged 21, rowed in number 2 position for the ISIS (Oxford) crew that won this year's reserves' boat race. Chris has done amazingly well, given that he only began rowing three years ago at Hollingworth Lake, near Rochdale. He left Bolton School in 2009 and is currently reading Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford.

The Cambridge team, Goldie, won the toss and chose to start from the Surrey station, as did their first team in the main race, half an hour later.

This year's reserve race was a largely British affair, with fourteen domestic competitors. Of those competing, twelve were either current undergraduates or graduates students who had completed their undergraduate degree at their respective university. 

Despite Goldie holding an early lead, the ISIS crew gradually pulled away during the course of the race and won by a comfortable margin of 5 lengths.  Their finishing time of 16:41 set a course record for the reserves race and was equal to the third fastest time the course has been completed in since it began in 1829.

ISIS v Goldie 2012

Chris helped the ISIS team set a new course record in this year's reserves boat race

A triumphant ISIS team

Chris, 2nd back from the back, celebrates after the ISIS victory. This official photograph (click to enlarge) was taken by Sonali Campion.

The ISIS team as it powers ahead under Hammersmith Bridge