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We’re gonna need a bigger goat…

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 26, 2010

Every year spectators gather by the course to watch Oxford vs Cambridge in the big race. Sometimes Oxford wins, sometimes Cambridge wins, sometimes either oxford or Cambridge get tempted off the track by a particularly tasty-looking woolly beard. Bring on The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race!

Last year may of you got down to the Spitalfields City Farm for the first ever Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. The inaugural Goat Race saw the pygmy goat wonder, Cambridge, storm home to victory in front of a roaring crowd of over 400 people. Some of those people were wearing knitted beards. You know who you are. They raised nearly £1000 for the farm.

Goatee Knitting Race – Fancy yourself a speedy stitcher? Pah! Show us your stitching stuff while under the steely goat eyes of the fierce competitors! You haven’t really speed knit until you’re up to your ankles in mud while being stared at by goats. This year The Goatee Knitting Race challenge is thrown down. The race kicks off at 3.30 and the longest beard, after a tense five minutes of furious fibre flinging, is declared the winner.

Place your bets with the official Goat Race bookie and sweepstake, dance in your wellies to the DJ and buy goat-themed treats from the markets stalls.

Go goat go!

Join The Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race Facebook group for the latest news, including their Goat of the Day (some of them cute, some of them goatishly dressed a hipsters…).

SATURDAY 3rd April (Easter Sunday)
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm (Goatee Knitting Race at 3.30pm. Goat Race at 4.30pm)
Venue: Spitalfields City Farm and then Secret East London Location
Buxton Street
London E1 5AR

Map Website Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green, Whitechapel

Dress code: Strictly black tie, rowing lycra, boat club jackets and ties, or goat

All proceeds from the day go to Spitalfields City Farm. A place where chunky beasts live in harmony with the concrete city around them. If it wasn’t for beasts like these and green goat-riddled havens like these then children would think all yarn was delivered by the yarn fairy.

A free London event where you can support your local goats in their sporting endeavours and take your knitting by the horns.


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