Race Results

The May Bumps are split into eleven divisions (six for men, five for women) of 17 boats. The top boat of each division (apart from the top division) races at the bottom of the next division, and so a continuous chart can be drawn mapping the progress of all crews. The races are run over six days, finishing on Saturday 13th.
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Men's 1st VIII

Men's 1st VIII

Day 1 - Bumped by Pembroke

We knew that the first day of bumps was going to be an important one - a nasty placing saw us sat between Downing and Pembroke, two crews that had shown themselves to be quick over the term. Despite this, we had a focussed row up to the start with two good practice race starts, the second holding off Downing who went only a few seconds after us (intimidation techniques?!)
A somewhat tense but solid start on the cannon saw us hold Pembroke and begin to move on Downing, but Downing quickly caught St. Catherine's and poor clearing soon put our cox Zoe in the impossible position of trying to steer past the Cat's VIII which was right across the river. Forced to hold it up, the entire division below us stopped and a re-row was called.
We came off the second start with a much more controlled and relaxed start, and settled into a perfect racing rhythm. Coming into the corners we had a couple of wobbles and the knowledge that there was no boat in front didn't help the pain in our legs. Pembroke put in a huge push past the plough and another through Ditton, closing on us rapidly. Despite this, we held our rowing together well and got good run off the boat. Pembroke caught us just as we came onto the Reach, leaving us relatively content that we had rowed well and determined to come back with a vengeance tomorrow!

Day 2 - Rowed Over

We came into Thursday's race with the perfect attitude - the nerves from the day before had gone and we were a crew with a mission. We went off the start well and settled to a good rhythm, putting a good push off First Post Corner and grinding away at Pembroke who had bumped us the day before. As we came into grassy, we saw Pembroke come by after bumping St. Cat's and were given a new set of legs by many of the crews cheering us. We put in some big pushes through the corners and came onto the Reach with about a length of clear water between us and Clare. Clare made some big moves down the reach, closing to about half a length at times, but we absorbed everything they threw at us and moved away - determined not to give them anything. This continued all the way to the top finish, both crews giving everything until the final stroke.
As we came around Ditton, many of us heard Martin scream from the bank "Do you want it boys? DO YOU WANT IT?!". We wanted it. A row of pure guts.

Day 3 - Bumped St. Catherine's

We produced probably our best practice start yet under the railway bridge on the way down to the start, but allowed ourselves to be distracted by the large and vocal crowd at the plough and made a bit of a mess of the second one. In the race, we went off hard, determined to catch Catz quickly and get away from Clare again. Our start was extremely effective, getting whistles before the first corner, but the rough water and a slight lack of composure caused our rowing to become scrappy and Catz pushed hard to hold us off. They held us until the reach, where they finally tired and we got our bump. A good result, but not our best rowing.

Day 4 - Rowed Over

We went into our last race of the mays with the aim of improving on the previous day's row and getting ourselves a positive score for the week. The beautiful weather had brought out a massive crowd and we enjoyed a focused row down, including a solid rate build in front of a big group of Hall supporters. We had a good solid start from our station but perhaps lacked a bit of aggression in the first half of the race, which allowed Queens' to hold us for most of the race. We put in some big pushes along the reach and closed to within half a length, but unfortunately we couldn't find the killer move we needed to end it and they held us off to the finish.

Men's 2nd VIII

Day 4 - Bumped Robinson II

Day 1 - Bumped by Hughes Hall

Today we were bumped by the Hughes Hall M1 crew, over half of which were members of the blues squad. We managed to hold them off the start and maintained our distance from them for the first minute whilst steadily grinding down Peterhouse M2 to half a length. They caught up with us after a while...but at least we didn't get beaten by Oxford.
Bring on tomorrow.

Men's 2nd VIII

Day 2 - Rowed Over

Today M2 were in the unfortunate position of being behind Hughes Hall, a boat which we were never realistically going to catch (barring catastrophic equipment failure on their part). Behind us was the Darwin M2, which we were confident were slower than us on Wednesday. We ended up rowing over the course, facing little pressure from Darwin who languished many lengths behind by the end, and with very few crews ahead of us to chase since most of the division bumped out. But it means Jesus M3 will be in the firing line tomorrow, a crew we have beaten earlier this term. Lets hope for a bump tomorrow.
Dave

We began today's race knowing we were probably in for a long row behind the Hughes boat, but didn't let this dampen our determination or focus. We had a strong start and solid row over despite the 6 crews in front of us bumping out and leaving nothing to chase. With Darwin not posing too much of a threat behind us again tomorrow, let's keep our fingers crossed that we can catch Jesus ahead!
Amy

Day 3 - Bumped Jesus III

The words of the day today were 'row through' not 'bump'. With this in mind, we went out determined to focus on our own technique, working together, and to ignore our opposition. What ensued was our best rowing of the week - Jesus didn't stand a chance. When their cox conceeded, most of the boat still thought we were at least a half a length away. So congratulations to everyone for getting what was, for most of us, our first bump ever! Same again tomorrow (except can we wait to bump in front of the plough, where the crowd is bigger...)?

Men's 3rd VIII

Men's 3rd VIII

Day 1 - Rowed Over

After a broken foot plate on the row down and a slightly shaky start we settled into a good rhythm and pulled away from Pembroke behind us. Kings and Clare bumped out in front of us and so once we came onto the reach we started chasing the next crew in front. We rowed hard and never let the power drop off so by the time the finish approached we were about a length and a half behind them
(aided by some interesting steering from their cox.) Unfortunately we didn't quite make the bump and rowed over. It was only later we realised that in fact four crews had bumped out between us and we had come close to a double over bump! Lets make tomorrow even better.

Day 2 - Bumped by Caius III

Today we had a solid start and quickly gained ground on Clare III in front of us. We were being chased by Caius III who we knew were a rapid crew and they also began to gain on us, leaving us in a sandwich. We got to within a foot of Clare but unfortunately Caius caught us before we could make the bump. Let's get them back tomorrow!

Men's 3rd VIII

Day 3 - Bumped by Pembroke III

Unfortunately Andy Gibbs, our 6 man, is ill and was unable to row this morning. Luckily James Costi agreed to sub in at the last moment (switching sides!). The crew did well to put this distraction behind them and after a slightly shaky practice start had a solid row down. We had a good start but unfortunately Pembroke behind us were faster than us and they caught us at first post corner. It was a good row and a huge thank you must got to James for doing such a good job!

Men's 3rd VIII

Day 4 - Bumped by Clare Hall

We had the formidable task of being chased by Clare Hall first boat today. We had a good start but they began to gain on us and by first post corner they began to have overlap. We put in a massive push and pulled away from them, but were eventually bumped on grassy. Definately a row to be proud of; a good end to a great term.















Women's 1st VIII

Day 1 - Bumped by Queens'

After a slightly rocky start, we settled into a good rhythm, coming under the motorway bridge at rate 35. The rowing felt powerful and under control, but Queens showed that they had a bit more strength than us and managed to close down the gap between us as we approached First Post Corner. As we came into the Gut, they got within a few feet, but some good commitment managed to prevent them coming any closer and pushed them away. We traded push for push down Plough Reach, but eventually they bumped us just outside the Plough.

Women's 1st VIII

Day 2 - Bumped by Magdalene

After a much more confident row down than yesterday we were looking forward to a good evening's rowing. Our start was a lot more controlled and our rowing was technically a lot better than yesterday, however it lacked the power and commitment of the day before. It took us by surprise to see Magdalene gain so quickly as we approached First Post Corner as we hadn't expected to be in such a position at this point of the race. We were unable to counter their final push and were bumped in the Gut. For tomorrow let's try to combine the power and commitment of the first day with the bladework of today and have a storming row.

Day 3 - Bumped by Churchill

Day 4 - Bumped by St. Catherine's

Women's 2nd VIII

Day 4 - Bumped by St Edmunds

Our final day of Bumps saw us taking on our Boathouse partners St. Eddies and chasing FAT II. A cheeky tap on our bow from the FAT crew at the marshalling post filled us with aggression and our first practice start was beasty, fast and powerful. With confidence brewing we took on our second practice start at the Plough, putting power into the water a relishing the cheers from the bank. Up at the motorway bridge we sat nervous but excited at the start line. Chip, who subbed in for Rosie as our day 4 cox, was raring to go! The cannon went and we pushed away from the bridge, gaining on FAT II at the start. Eddies were hanging back in the distance and we came past first post corner strong and together. Chip inspired us as she saw the FAT II cox taking a long line and we pushed hard down through the gut and past the Plough. Eddies had started to gain on us but we weren't about to give up yet! With a mental refocus we pushed towards the Reach but alas we caught a crab just at the corner, and though we managed to recover the blade for a few strokes, Eddies were already at our stern and they got the Bump. However, it was a great piece of rowing and really good fun. We did ourselves proud girls!

Day 1 - Bumped by Hughes Hall

After a solid row down, W2 were looking confident but were unfortunate enough to end up in front of Hughes Hall/Lucy Cavendish 1st women. The girls had a good start and picked up a really nice speed, but Hughes Hall W1, as a fairly new college climbing their way up the division, had a standard of rowing that was clearly higher than that of the rest of their division and bumped W2 coming into First Post Corner. Our girls rowed really well, so it's a shame that the result of today doesn't reflect this, it was just bad luck that they were in front of a crew that was out of place in this division. Hopefully we can get some good action later on in the week!

Women's 2nd VIII

Day 2 - Bumped by Magdalene II

With the first day of Bumps behind them, W2 set off to the start with a confident warm-up, ready to face the unknown entity that was Magdalene II. A few practice starts helped to settle our nerves and we rowed up to the starting point, focussing in and trying to stay calm and relaxed. At the start we were faced with the outlet meaning our cox Rosie and Min and Olivia at 2 and bow had to be on the look out for the stream pushing us out. At the cannon, we got our legs down quick and pushed ahead to try and catch Lucy Cav/Hughes Hall I. The outlet caught our bow a few seconds before the cannon leaving Rosie to deal with a little drift but we got back on course quickly, giving everything we had! Not far from first post corner we began to hear whistles from the Magdalene II bank party. As panic set it and the rhythm began to slip, Madgelene pushed their bow just far enough for the Bump and we were out. As we headed home, we focused on keeping our rhythm and making sure that the same would not affect our third day of Bumps!

Day 3 - Bumped by FaT II

Two very focused practice starts helped us to dispel some of our nerves about being chased by FaT II, and we finished the row to the start confidently, knowing that Fat would have the outlet stream to contend with at the start today. A powerful start allowed us to gain on Magdalene, but as FaT started to gain on us it was difficult to stay confident. We were able to regain some of the power to hold them off until first post corner. We ended the race determined not to let the result prevent us from rowing our best the next day.

Women's 3rd VIII

Women's 3rd VIII

Day 1 - Bumped Girton IV

After the overtaking and intimidation tactics on the row down, the girls were feeling confident that they could bump today. After a bit of confusion at the start, the girls picked up a quick speed and San took a good line around the Baitsbite corner. It all got a little hectic coming out of the corner, but this didn't seem to stop the girls from rapidly gaining ground on Girton. Despite a slight lack of together-ness they ground down Girton quickly and bumped before the motorway bridge by Maddy's blade hitting the blade of the stroke from Girton. Good work ladies!

Women's 3rd VIII

Day 2 - Rowed Over

Today saw a much more controlled start and the girls settled well into their rhythm. Unfortunately however, the two crews ahead bumped out just before the motorway bridge so the girls were left with a long row over. Their rowing was powerful and they managed to get to the finish line a couple of minutes before the Girton boat who were chasing them. Bring on Clare IV tomorrow!

Day 3 - Rowed over

W3 started off well but Emma, who were in front of Clare, proceeded to crash into Baitsbite corner and Clare closed in considerably on them so we were worried that they might bump out. Fortunately Emma managed to get back together and push Clare away. About half way along the First Post Reach W3 earnt their first whistle and managed to close Clare to about 3/4 of a length. However, Clare managed to cling on and push away so that they were back on station coming round Grassy. Again, W3 went out to attack and again got Clare down to 3/4 as they approached Ditton. However, Clare managed to push away to get back on station. Despite a valiant effort down the reach, unfortunately W3 weren't able to make a move on Clare. However, despite the lack of a bump, it was still a good solid row over. Girton were miles behind so we have nothing to fear from them. We know that Emma are capable of holding off Clare, even after crashing, so we should have a chance to have a good crack at Clare again tomorrow and hopefully get a bump!

Day 4 - Rowed Over

The final day of bumps saw a third gutsy row over for W3. Unchallenged by Girton (the chasers), Clare were given a run for their money as they were chased by W3 down the river. Enthusiastic to the finish line, W3 exhibited the great team spirit that they have shown all term as they called out their "push-for-10s" in unison. Having only begun rowing a few weeks before, W3 have done themselves proud through their bumps participation.

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