Race Results


The Fairbairn Cup is a head race organised by Jesus College Boat Club and raced on the Cam in the ninth week of the Michaelmas term. There are divisions for both novice and senior crews.

Men's 1st IV+


It has been a challenging term for M2 but the whole crew has really risen to the occasion to get some good training in despite the challenges of needing frequent subs and the two boat rule coming into effect in the second half of term. For the race itself we needed two subs so special thanks must go those who agreed to give up their friday morning on such short notice. The race began with a power ten pas our own boathouse with supporters cheering from the hard. We were pushing rate 30 past the combined boathouse and really opened up down the reach with another power ten. Unfortunately the luck of the draw had place us in front of an M1 crew who failed to communicate well as they came by at ditton corner, forcing us to hold it up to avoid and accident. The crew rallied magnificently however and quickly wound it back up to race pace for the rest of the course, setting a good time for us to build on as we start looking towards the lents!

By Matthew Bagley

M1 8+

Having built some momentum at Henley the previous weekend, M1 were keen to be let loose on the Fairbairns course. A last minute reshuffle in the start order meant that we were set off behind Queens’ M1, the crew we will be chasing on Day 1 of the 2019 Lents. We went past the THBC boathouse at 36, and completed a stressful stride to 32 around the combined boathouses. This steady race rhythm allowed us to chase down the gap to Queens by the reach. The rowing became tough as we got into their wash, but a refocus call from cox Ed Bryan made sure the rhythm was never lost. As we rounded first post corner and raced towards the finish, Queens conceded the racing line and allowed us to finish alongside them, at a relatively steady rate of 34. Being the 6th fastest college 8+ gives us a solid baseline for the Lent Bumps, and as captain I look forward to seeing what this crew can achieve.

By Benjamin Barker

M1 4+

Eager to settle our score with Kings following a disappointing result in the final of University IVs, it was decided that despite the 8+ being the priority boat, and only having 2 outings in November, the M1 IV+ would race again in the Fairbairns. On tired legs, we knew the race would be tough, but we attacked right from the very start, with strokeman Philip Buckley, backed by seasoned stern pair rower Nathan Clark, setting a ferocious rate of 40 off the start. We then strode into our race rhythm, a steady 35 and a half. It became clear as we emerged onto the reach that the morning race was beginning to take its toll, as the cries of pain from Jono Barnes in the bow seat began to intensify, but we dug deep and produced an impressive final wind before Ditton Corner, where cox Ed hugged the bank as tightly as possible to set up a mad sprint to the finish line. Our effort turned out to be worth it, as we finished second overall, most importantly beating Kings by 3 seconds in the process despite their fresh legs. It has been a pleasure to be a member of this crew, and I look forward to trying to keep it going come the summer regatta season

By Benjamin Barker

Women's 1st VIII

Third fastest boat

Trinity Hall women exceeded everyone's expectations by coming as the 3rd fastest women's boat on the river, just after Jesus and Caius with a close-to-record-breaking result of 16:59 minutes for the whole course.

Women's 2nd VIII

4th W2 crew

W2 did a tremendous job of coming in 4th amongst all W2s with a great time of 19:05 minutes for the whole bumps course.

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