Capital effort from sporty student Maddie in boat race

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It’s a battle between two teams of student rowers that rivals the more famous one held between Oxford and Cambridge.

And on Saturday, former Selkirk High School pupil – now Edinburgh University sports science student – Maddie Arlett was in the Edinburgh boat in the Clyde harbour, ready to take on Glasgow University.

13/5/15'STRATHCLYDE PARK'Glasgow Edinburugh Universities

13/5/15'STRATHCLYDE PARK'Glasgow Edinburugh Universities

And in the Glasgow boat was her partner in the GB under-23 lightweight double scull, Emma McDonald.

The capital team were desperate to do well after losing to their great rivals the previous year when they had a steering malfunction.

And when the Edinburgh men’s first VIII retained their title by beating their Glasgow opponents, the heat was definitely on for the ladies to keep up the momentum.

And they did it in style, stepping up their performance to snatch victory in glorious sunshine, and in front of a large crowd of well wishers.

Robin Hart-Winks, Edinburgh Women’s first VIII captain, said: “There was a lot of pressure on us this year as we came in feeling like the stronger team, but you never know what’s going to happen when it’s a one-on-one race.

“Last year we had a steering malfunction, so to have a clean race this year was good.

“It’s been a great atmosphere with so many people down, as well as family and friends. It’s fantastic to get such strong external support.

“It’s so good to win, although with most of us off to the Met Regatta next weekend, we’ll need to take it easy at the party tonight.”

Arlett told us: “Rowing helps me a lot in my course, and it pushes me to the absolute limit. It’s perfect.”

Running since 1877, the Scottish Boat Race is the third oldest boat race in the world behind only the famous Oxbridge contest and Harvard-Yale Regatta in America.

More than one thousand people flocked to watch Saturday’s races, which also included alumni and reserve races, as well as an ergometer relay, with Edinburgh winning four out of seven.