East End stages its own Oxford & Cambridge ‘goat’ race

The Oxford & Cambridge ‘Goat’ Race is back in London’s East End by popular demand.

Two goats are racing each other on the same day, same time, as the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race.

They compete for the third year running—or trotting—at Spitalfields City Farm on Saturday.

Gates open at 1pm with ‘’goat related nonsense’ right up until the race itself at 5pm, when the goat named Oxford, otherwise known as Bentley and dressed in Oxford’s dark blue colours, tries to see off its rival named Cambridge, or Bramble, dressed in the light blue, around a cobbled track.

The programme includes a ‘Nice Butt’ contest and a breakaway ‘Oxford & Cambridge Stoat Race’ at 3pm. It has attracted up to 1,000 goaty spectators in the past.

The goats even have their own website: www.thegoatrace.org, and their own goat-facebook: facebook.com/thegoatrace.

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