Bumps races is among the most loved of the UH institutions. Two days of races, with all boats starting at exactly the same time and chasing after the boat ahead. It is a pleasure to row and thrilling to watch.
The Womens Crews
W1 began their campaign chasing a strong crew from GKT after a mention in their last race report I’m going to make the assumption that they fielded the same crew as weHORR however GKT I can assure you, ours was not the same crew. What the set of three races showed was that at the top of UH women’s rowing the crews are even and all strong, as such they were unable to break away from each other. Watching from Kew Road bridge it was clear to see all four storming through together the same distance apart with which they had started, very impressive to watch so there was no changes at all in the top four for the women’s crews. Our W1 rowing over everyday.
Another spectacular BUMPS for the W2 proving that last year was not a fluke result, bumping up through ICSM2 on the first race to take the title of best Women’s intermediate crew. Their success continued into the second race, with an attempt to break into the 1st crews through chasing down RVC1. They did spectacularly, storming into the 6th position where they were left chasing Barts1 in the last race of the weekend which was always going to be a hard bump. With blades dangling in front of their eyes they gave it everything, unfortunately they were unable to break the hold that Barts had on that 5th position, forcing RUMS into a row over yet still they still retained medalling glory.
W2 Bumps 2014
The Womens 3rd crew are always going to be hit hardest by the proximity of preclinical exams. With the fitness of the crew was pretty low and although they had a good start they were unable to hold that level of rowing required to hold off RVC2nds. Luck was on their side for the next race as RVC caught a crab allowing the 3rds to catch them back and retain their position going into the final day.
W3 Chasing W Alumni
On the final day the RUMS 3rds were chasing a new entry from the RUMS alumni crew, the race was close at the beginning but RUMS are not ones known to give up, the alumni crew fuelled by Pimms and powered by fresher hatred allowed them to push on with both crews ending an enjoyable weekend by rowing over. Always good to have the alumni back with us so lets hope we can get them back again next year.
Womens Alumni Crew
The Mens Crews
Exams produce less than ideal training conditions for all crews, that was in the mind of M1 who were hoping to, at the very least, avoid being bumped. The doubt within the crew most probably led to overly cautious rowing, going for a row over rather than pushing for the bump when very close on the first race. Stern words to the cox and resolve hardened, plans were drawn up leading to a far better second race with the gap closing down to a canvas. Impressive rowing from GKT kept the boys at bay and only strengthened the determination to catch them in the final race. GKT obviously had similar bumping plans onto Georges the last race of the weekend was amazing, Georges, GKT and RUMS all drew incredibly close to each other but, like the women the crews before them, were all too well matched for one to come out with a bump.
M1 Bumps 2014
The Men’s seconds for the past couple of years have had a very unfortunate set of bumps races and this crew hoping to finally break that curse. As they were already starting as the lowest ranked M2 boat the ridicule that would follow winning another wooden spoon would have been unbearable. The pressure was too much for them, a panicked start in the first race followed by attempting to bump a crew that had already bumped leading to them being bumped, not a good start. They vowed to return the next day, stronger and faster and determined not to be bumped by RUMS M3. Taking the second and third races much more relaxed M2 managed to pull out two rapid bumps thereby ending the M2 curse. Still the lowest ranked M2 crew, but the future is looking bright.
M2 Bumps 2014
M3 plagued by injury and absence in the lead up to bumps this year and along with an unpopular decision by the Safety officer that in effect blocked them rowing for much of the year meant they have not had the best lead up to bumps. Starting by chasing a crew that had already bumped (but probably didn’t know it) meant they kept on a high pressure and rowed over. In the second day they began by faring much better and were able to squeeze into a bump against the RVC alumni crew. Unfortunately an early crash for the final race meant that they were bumped straight back again this meant they ended the weekend in the same position with which they started. A small victory.
M3 Bumps 2014
The whole weekend can only be topped off by the Bumps party at the UL boathouse bringing to its end another great year of UH rowing. Plans are already in motion for some great things next year, lets hope that we can bring RUMSBC into full glory.
Congratulations to St Georges Hospital BC for retaining the Women’s Headship and ICSMBC for gaining the Men’s Headship.
McLays mention is to the Charlie Hennings for making this brilliant video for us all to enjoy and to the Women’s 2nds Crew for being the highest placed Womens seconds crew (see crew list below).
Bumps’14 from justchazzo on Vimeo.
Alex W (cox), Jess Rankine (c), Alice Taylor-Bennett, Hannah Orrell, Claire Rowden, Katie Westbrook, Georgie Lloyd, Izzy Goldrick, Joy Schmidt
Hannah H (cox), Tintin Larsson, Beth Hughes, Daisy Newberry, Caitlin Healy, Libi Hawkes, Eimear McKavanagh, Livi Drewett, Laura Cousins (c)
Kit Hunter (cox), Niamh Hanna (c), Lauren McDonagh, Alex Hastings, Georgia Lamb, Beth Welch, Kate Friedlaender, Phoebe A-W, Liz CK, Alex Scholey, Rachael Alcock, Chowa Nkonde
Marcus Ghosh(cox) Karen Shepherd, Chloe Taylor, Nadia Muspratt-Tucker, Anna Rose, Sophie Williams, Stephanie Glavin, Zoe Bothamley, Sophie Walker.
Kit Hunter (Cox), Will McCraughran, John Hall, Tom Duggan, Will Doran, Alex Cowan, Neel Raja, Tom Morgan, Louis Robertson.
Maria Vakle (Cox), Alasdair Williamson, Angus Dawson, Tom McLay, Adam Pickard, Jack Illingworth, Patrick Hanna, Jacob Rapier, Rory Shadwell
Marcus Ghosh (cox), Tom Hughes, Neale Marlow, Andy Luckiewicz, Ankit Bhatt, Ed Bragg, Andrew Crombie, Simon Topp, Liam Watson, Tom Clay, Johannes Stauffenberg
And the last member of M3 Aubrey Capern-Burgess
Forgotten once, Never again.