Allom Cup has come and gone, and once again RUMSBC has dived in and, as usual, caused as much trouble as possible.
The event started at 9am sharp, a lot of races to get through meant there was tight control over the schedule, any tardiness could mean disqualification. When it came to the draw UL must have taken that into account as RUMSBC’s first race wasn’t till 10.30 something we could, just about, get down for.
A buy in to the semi-finals for both Women’s senior crews pit the 1sts and 2nds against ICSM and St. Georges respectively. You may recall that the Women’s 2nds aren’t too fond of Georges after their performance at Cambridge head so they leapt at the chance of knocking them out of the cup as soon as possible, which they did in true RUMSBC style, leaving nothing to chance they charged through winning by 4 boat lengths. The Women’s 1sts took it nice and easy to have a respectable win of 1 length. Straight on into the finals for both crews.
Between these races were the Novice Heats which saw RUMS men versus UCL 2nd Novices, a shoddy start but a save out of set left a RUMS win by 1 and 1/4 lengths seeing them progress into the semi-final. The Novice Women also had a heat against Barts and the London, one of their better starts and a controlled win was easy for them.
The first races of the day for the men’s senior crews came shortly after, both the 2nds and the 1sts had been drawn up against ICSM. This was a tough draw for both crews, ICSM consistently field incredibly strong crews, their 1st crew having a huge 45s lead over the men at Cambridge meant there was a bit of disappointment before the event had even begun a pep-email from the Captain got the guys straight and back came the fighting faces. The 2nds were up first and were able to push ahead of ICSM for the first half of the race, however a mixture of a bend in the river, lack of steering and the presence of another boat in their path meant they had to fully hold up costing them the race. They were allowed a re-run but it was too late, the damage being done, ICSM were able to recover much more quickly and although holding for a large part of the race ICSM took the win progressing to the final, the 2nds vowing to train harder and to use the experience to their advantage.
The 1sts had a much more straightforward race, a good start led to a solid settle and allowed them to keep up with an incredible crew, putting on a good performance but ultimately loosing by 3 Lengths. They were able to identify areas in which to improve and have a hope for a change. In the space of a few minutes hopes of medals in the men’s senior squad were dashed.
The Novice semi-finals brought good cheer back to the club, both crews against RVC and both winning by 3 boat lengths, which put RUMSBC into 2 more finals. The competition then paused for a bit of lunch and allow the set up of the reversed start and finish lines due to the change in tides. It was time for the Allom Cup finals.
First up for us were the Women’s novices against UCL, from a distance it looked as if the girls were holding the UCL girls, however a huge crab leading to a broken oar meant that the girls had to fully hold up rowing to the finish with six oars. After a similar techinical fault failing them at UH Novice Sprints the girls were incredibly disappointed they weren’t able to come home with some medals to make up for it. Don’t worry there is always UH regatta.
Next up was the Men’s Novices, against Royal Holloway University who consistently put forward incredibly strong Novice crews so it was likely to be an incredibly close final. Coming down the course it was clear that RUMS were marginally behind, but were still giving it everything to catch up. Rowing is a sport where skill and fitness and a little bit of luck are important, Royal Holloways crew catching a huge crab 100 metres before the finish line, gave the boys a chance to push past and were able to take the lead and hold for victory. RUMSBC first win of the Day.
The women’s 2nds were up next against LSE. The 2nd’s are a very strong and determined crew that were not going to accept anything but a win, they aimed and they delivered. Storybook rowing from start to finish; well and truly earning their medals.
The big final of the day was the women’s 1sts against UCL, could RUMSBC hold onto the Anne Redgrave cup or will UCL be able to tear it from their grasp. It was a race against two crews that had easily made the final and the rivalry was strong. By the last 150ish metres UCL were leading by about a boat length but RUMS were having none of it and were pushing ahead, preying on UCL’s tiredness. Perhaps if the course had been a little longer RUMS would have been able to push past but alas UCL were able to take the coveted blade. Commiserations to the women’s 1sts who came so close, but not close enough I can already see a determined fightback next year.
A thoroughly enjoyable day of races was had by all. Making four finals is impressive enough, winning two of them makes it all that much better.
Special Congratulations go to our winning crews
Leah Rosenbaum (cox), Tintin Larsson, Izzy Goldrick, Katie Westbrook, Laura Cousins, Steph Glavin, Eimear Mckavanagh, Lauren McDonagh and Rachael Alcock
Naomi Gostelow (cox), Ben Jacobs, Andy Luckiweiz, Sam Gunning, Aubrey Capern Burgess, Ed Bragg, Santiago Martinez-Sosa, Michele Bertoli, Tom Clay and their captain Johannes Staufenberg
Final Word from the Pres
“HUGE well done to all crews racing at Allom cup. This rounds off a strong showing from us this season and I am really excited to see what we can do next term!” – Alex Willsher
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