Ore Oduba, Vernon Kay and Rebecca Adlington join Olympic rowers to prepare for a celebrity version of The Boat Race

Stephen Walter
Strictly champion Ore Oduba takes to the water ahead of presenter Gethin Jones - Handout Cancer Research

A host of famous faces took to the Thames yesterday as they trained for their very own version of The Boat Race.

The teams, coached by Olympic rowing legends Sir Steve Redgrave and James Cracknell, will have their own contest broadcast during the BBC’s coverage of the latest showing between Oxford and Cambridge University on April 2.

Strictly champion Ore Oduba takes to the water ahead of presenter Gethin Jones - Credit: PH

The sides, including the likes of Strictly winner Ore Oduba, presenter Vernon Kay, and double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, were taught the basics with rowers Andrew Triggs-Hodge and Helen Glover - each of whom will race with them.

Ore, 31, said: “I think this is the kind of group that will find it quite easy to fall into the water. It is a worry, but I’ve got enough layers.”

James Cracknell's team, including Rebecca Adlington, Vernon Kay, Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Ore Oduba and Gethin Jones, hits the water. - Credit: PH

The ‘Celebrity Boat Race’, in aid of Cancer Research UK, will pit the two teams of eight - in addition to a cox each - take on a 2.5mile section of the course.

Team Redgrave, from left: George Nash, Mark Watson, Jodie Kidd, Helen Glover, Zoe de Toledo, Michelle Ackerley, Dan Snow, Dan Walker, Harry Judd and Sir Steve Redgrave - Credit: PH

BBC duo Sophie Raworth and Dan Walker will be the team captains.

Team Cracknell, from left: Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Vernon Kay, Ore Oduba, Emma Spruce, Gethin Jones, Zoe Lyons, Sophie Raworth, Rebecca Adlington, James Fox, and James Cracknell - Credit: PH


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