Caption:19.01.2014. River Thames, London, England. Oxford University Boat Club Trial VIIIs. The University stone marks the start of the race at Putney Bridge. The Trial serves as part of the selection process to determine who will represent Oxford University in the 160th running of the University Boat Race on April 6th 2014. The trial for the two eights, named Persistent and Stubborn is the only occasion during the season that the squad members can race side-by-side over the full four and a quarter miles of the Championship Course between Putney and Mortlake in a simulation of The BNY Mellon Boat Race.