Race Results

A timed knock out competition held in Michalemas, in IVs.

Men's 1st IV

Quarter-Finals: Beaten by King's

So, simple explanation here: we rowed badly. As a crew, we've trained hard and had found a good rhythm in our four. It just so happened that on the day, we didn't row like that. We were told we could not win or lose it on first post reach, but against King's we definitely lost it. After a good start we just did not get into a rhythm at all and so much boat speed was lost, especially considering the difficult conditions on the day in terms of wind. Most importantly, we know we can row better than we did, and we just need to show this in Fairbairns.

Men's 2nd IV

Quarter finals - Beat Caius M2

An excellent row, M2 were pushing it hard every inch of the way.

Semi-finals: Beat Queens' M2

Another fantastic race- on their second push, Trinity Hall M2 moved away from the opposition in an incredible show of strength and committment.

Final - Lost to Downing M2

In the final race, there was all to play for and there was next to nothing between the two crews for most of the course. Downing did an impressive push in the second half of the race, but it was never going to be a convincing victory for either crew. Had M2 rowed in a lighter, faster boat, they would have won. It was a memorable afternoon down by the river and my vocal folds are still swollen from the shouting and yelling.

Men's 3rd IV

Quarter-finals: lost to Downing M2

A great row from M3 wasn't enough to beat a strong Downing M2 crew, who ended up winning the competition. The odds were heavily stacked against us, being one of only two M3 crews entered into the competition, and with two rowers in their first race for the college! Despite an excellent start, Downing settled into a stronger rhythm than us and slowly but surely closed the gap. However, the commitment that everyone put in is very promising for the rest of term - keep up the good work!

Women's 1st IV

Quarter finals - Lost to Clare

W1 had a scrappy start to the term. A combination of illness and different rowing styles hindered our progress. At last in the last couple of outings before the race we clicked. Alas this excitement made us blind to the key vacuum in our crew. Although our technique was there, our strength was not. After a blistering start, we attempted to settle too high. We simply could not hold it, and Clare slipped away. From the railway bridge to the end it felt heavy and rushed. Clare won by two lengths, but it felt like more.

After this we were all in the weights room and on the ergs for the next few days, determined to make up for this disappointment. Now we will push on to Fairbairns, and this time our strength and our enthusiasm will be equally great.

Women's 1st VIII

Quarter Finals: Beaten by Trinity Hall W2

Well done to the THBC W2 & W3 which both rowed a great race through wind and waves and, unfortunately, against one another in the Uni IVs semi-finals. W2 emerged victorious but only by a length as W3 showed superb strength and determination from the start.

Women's 2nd IV

Quarter Finals: Beat Trinity Hall W2

Well done to the THBC W2 & W3 which both rowed a great race through wind and waves and, unfortunately, against one another in the Uni IVs semi-finals. W2 emerged victorious but only by a length as W3 showed superb strength and determination from the start.

Semi-Finals: Beaten by Christ's W2

Gutted. Shredded. Wretched. Slimed.

At the start of today's Uni IV semi-finals, on a picture perfect day for Cam rowing, the Christ's women's crew anticipated an easy row against Trinity Hall's W2 - Christ's having beaten Downing by 18 seconds yesterday while Trinity Hall W2 was forced to knock off its own sister boat, Trinity Hall W3.

Attitude clearly prevailed with the Crescents, however, and by god we had a race. The boats neck and neck down the long reach, the umpires had to warn Christ's twice as its cox attempted intimidate our little cox Steph by inching ever closer to the crew. But Trinity Hall's finest ignored the encroachments and pushed on. The race became a real barnburner.

Down by three feet of open water at the railroad bridge, our women rose to the task and executed an unanswered push which found the two crews bow ball to bow ball at the P&E with 200 meters to go. With all but an umpire and TH's Boatman able to see the finish (given the buildings blocking the view of the bank parties) Christ's cox apparently steered into TH's line in an attempt to foil Trinity Hall's imminent win (in what we are told was clearly a foul.)

Christ's then crossed the finish line by just a seat on Hall but with cox Steph's hand clearly in the air.

Martin Fordham, resembling Rambo, (and soon joined by the remaining TH contingency) stormed the umpires formally protesting the incursion insisting Christ's should be disqualified.

After what seemed like ages, the umpires emerged from their impromptu meeting declaring that indeed there had been an incursion (foul) by Christ's but that the incursion on balance would not have affected the final outcome of the race.

Gutted. Shredded. Wretched. Slimed.

(In the history books, the race will show Christ's having defeated Trinity Hall in the 2011 Uni IVs semi-finals. But those who were there will go to their graves knowing differently.)

Well done W2! (It was truly an epic race.)

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