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Date Posted | 10/04/2021

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The Boat Race returns! After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the classic Oxford v Cambridge, Men’s and Women’s, Boat Race set sail once again in a historic event.

There was to be a twist to this years event however, the race would not take place along the River Thames as it normally would. This year saw the race moved to Ely, near Cambridge, to stroke along the Great River Ouse.

We were proudly offered to continue our ongoing relationship with the event and set out own sails to help the event take place out of it’s normal staging area. Wise Security provided a number of different staffing categories for the event, including Security (SIA Door Supervisors), Event Stewards and Traffic Management Operatives.

All though this years’ event was pushed behind closed doors, there were a lucky few who lived along the river who had a great view of the race, as well as our teams patrolling the riversides ensuring there were no gathering as per the COVID restrictions at the time.

Thankfully the residents of Ely, Queen Adelaide and Littleport all took heed of the warning to stay away and the event was a great success. We were also thankful for some unusually nice March weather!

Post event, the Event Manager for The Boat Race passed on the below “I’ve been really happy with your whole team, who have been nothing but a pleasure to work with.” – This kind of feedback is crucial to us, and it is always our goal to ensure our clients are pleased with the level of service we have provided.

Our Operations Manager, Daniel Frost, had this to say after heading up the event “It is always a pleasure to work at The Boat Race as the people we work alongside are incredibly professional and always in good spirits. This year has presented many challenges with COVID and a change of venue, but these are always challenges we enjoy to overcome and give us a great deal to learn from.”

Next year’s Boat Race is scheduled to return to the Capital along the River Thames, we look forward to supporting it once again, but this time with around 250,000 spectators all eager to be part of the historic event.