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Rower's surprise as team is a winner

PUBLISHED: 13:28 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

A ROWER who has been part of the losing Cambridge team in the University Boat Race for the past two years has told of his shock win last weekend. Henry Pelly, 26, (pictured) who was born in Farnborough Hospital, the former Princess Royal University Hospi

A ROWER who has been part of the losing Cambridge team in the University Boat Race for the past two years has told of his shock win last weekend.

Henry Pelly, 26, (pictured) who was born in Farnborough Hospital, the former Princess Royal University Hospital, was part of the winning Cambridge team in the 156th University Boat Race on Saturday.

Oxford, favourites to win, made a strong start and looked to make it three wins in a row, but Cambridge, always in contention, went on to win by one-and-a-half lengths in 17 minutes and 35 seconds.

Mr Pelly, who now lives in central London is in his final year at Cambridge University studying environmental design in architecture.

He said: "It was a fantastic feeling crossing the finish line.

"I was in the crew that had lost the race on two years before that, and to win this time was amazing.

It wasn't until I watched it back on the television that I realised quite how far down we were and how far we had come back.

Mr Pelly, who has been rowing for 10 years, has

represented Great Britain in the quadruple scull at U23 level in 2004, and he was also the world university

champion in the men's double scull in 2006.

He says he now hopes to make the next GB Olympic team. He added: "It has been months of training and it was very tough, but to cross the finish line in first was a huge relief. Everyone was so pleased with how it all turned out, it all went to plan, and that was the best part."

The result means Cambridge lead Oxford in the overall rankings by 80 wins to 75, with one dead heat.

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