As the famous Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race gets underway on the Thames on Sunday 31st March, two goats at Spitalfields City Farm will be taking part in an arguably far more entertaining contest, the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race.
Watching goats race may not be on your bucket list, but perhaps it should be. Forget swimming with dolphins and seeing the Northern Lights – watching goats race is where it's at.
The Goat Race started in 2008 as a fun and slightly bonkers way to raise money for the upkeep of the popular city farm. With every passing year, the Goat Race organisers have been taken aback by the level of spectator interest, with enthusiasm for the event showing no signs of abating.
Enjoy the barmy spectacle of two goats – one representing Oxford, the other, Cambridge – racing along the course, chasing an official holding a bucket of food (without it they might just stop mid-race and gawp at the cheering crowd, wondering what on earth is going on).
The course record is just under a minute, set by Cambridge in 2011, though more often than not the goats take around 90 seconds to make it to the finishing line.
It's a fun afternoon for all, with live music, dancing and stalls selling food and drink all part of the day's festivities. You can have a look around the farm while you're there, too.
If you're bored of the Boat Race – it's been going since the 1800s, after all – then be sure to check out the far more entertaining Goat Race instead.
[Top image: Ant Stone ; bottom image: Spitalfields City Farm]