The Goat Race 2010 took place yesterday at Spitalfields City Farm and was won for Cambridge by Bramble in a record time of 1m 14s. Oxford was represented by Bently who came in a respectable second place. This was the second time that the goat race had been held with the 2009 race having been won by Cambridge.
There was added family rivalry this year as the competitors were brother and sister. In the pre-race parade both goats showed a distinct lack of pace with Bently refusing to move at one point and having to be coaxed with a feed bucket.
The course bookies were doing a good trade with 1-2 odds being offered for both competitors and a sweepstake for the winning time was also being run. During the race both goats managed to unseat their riders and Bramble took a lead which Bently was not able to make up.
All proceeds from the event go to assist with the running of the city farm. Find out more online: www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org or go and visit.
Photography and words by Andrew Smith AKA McTumshie with thanks.