Surprisingly fast considering the narrow towpath section and the "cross country" experience through Christ Church Meadow. Enjoyed it, though I think they could improve the goody bag; it was a bit miserly for an expensive race. And the results aren't up yet, even though they were supposed to be 'live'.
However, living in Oxford for many years, they will also need the buy-in from the Universities who still think its 1711 and are able to pull all sort of archaic strings and levers to prevent things from happening.
Speaking as the bursar of an Oxford college, I can only say that there are far too few archaic strings and levers for my liking! If someone could provide me with a way to pull a few strings--archaic or otherwise--in the City Council planning department, I'd be very grateful!