Day 4, Lent Bumps 2017: M1

Once you've gone down one, you may as well go down two. All of us were fairly glad to see the end of this set of bumps. In the end we weren't quite fast enough to hold off some relatively fast crews moving through the field. There's no point crying over spilt milk, we didn't quite get the result we wanted but we did some good racing, especially the row over on day two.

This morning we were back in the Empacher, putting in the first of several 20km+ outings over the next couple of weeks to set us up for HoRR on March 25th. In other news, the M1 a cappella group is also coming along nicely.

Lent Bumps 2017

Lent Bumps starts on Tuesday 28th February and we have 5 Catz crews participating. M1 and W1 are racing in the respective first divisions, M2 and W2 are starting in the respective third divisions, and M3 is starting in the fourth division. 

Hover over a result to see if a race report is available. Click on the crew name to see its members.

  Division* Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
M1

M1
16:40

 Rowed Over Rowed Over  Bumped by Clare M1  Bumped by Girton M1 
W1

W1
16:00

 Bumped Peterhouse W1 Rowed Over   Bumped Queens W1 Bumped Caius W1 
M2

M3
14:00

 Bumped by Hughes Hall M1  Rowed Over  Rowed Over Bumped by Robinson M2
W2

W3
13:20

Bumped Anglia Ruskin W1   Bumped Clare Hall W1  Bumped Darwin W2  Rowed Over 
M3

M4
12:40

Rowed Over   Rowed Over Bumped Sidney Sussex M2 Bumped by Sidney Sussex M2 


For information on where to watch the bumps from see 
here. Division times are here.
Follow the action on the radio at http://bumps.camfm.co.uk/ and see official results here
For a map, see here. Join the tow-path at the pink marker, and follow it to the North-East.
Grassy corner (the second big corner, the large right-hand bend) is a particularly popular spectator spot. 

W2 Lent bumps: day 4

On Saturday, W2 arrived at the boathouse with nerves running high - today we were chasing blades. After three very quick bumps earlier in the week, today would certainly pose a greater challenge as we were chaing Jesus W3, who we knew would catch Medwards W2 ahead of them within about 3 minutes, and were the strongest crew we had been behind all week. After a rousing team talk from Matt, we went into the race ready to go for everything off the blocks, aiming to catch Jesus before they could bump. It began well, with our usual strong start and a delayed stride putting us in a good position closing them down. Medwards evidently had a weak start, as Jesus gained the first whistle, but ours didn't take much longer and there followed a cacophony of whistles that told us it was extremely close within the three-boat sandwich. With both gaps at 1/4 of a length, Catz were closing faster and we were going in for the kill. But as we rounded our first corner of the entire bumps campaign, disaster struck. We took it wider than planned to avoid Queens' on the inside, and managed to crash spectacularly into Eddy's, who had pulled up on the outside bank having been bumped (apologies to them for nearly decapitating half their crew). We quickly reset, now back to a length on Jesus. We continued to close them down but the damage was done as we couldn't quite catch them before Medwards took a bad line into grassy and the bump was gone.

Jesus were slow clearing the river and we had to hold it up to let them move out of the way, but this wouldn't stop us from going for plan B: the overbump on FaT W2. New race, go. Thanks to the repeated stopping and starting, we had about 8 lengths to make up if we wanted to catch them. Everyone knew what was needed and we dug deep with one aim for the remainder of the race: no regrets. Maintaining a high rate for the rest of the piece (about 36spm on the reach) every member of the crew pushed for the girl behind and the girl in front and we gradually wore away at the gap between us - 8 lengths, 7, 6, 5... by halfway down the reach, we had narrowed it to 4 lengths. We continued to press and by the end of the race had reduced the defecit to 2 or 3 lengths. But, despite an almighty effort, we could not catch them in time and and a heroic row over was to be our final result of bumps.

It was a fantastic effort by the whole crew and I couldn't have asked for more. We have produced some brilliant results from this bumps campaign and everyone should be incredibly proud of what we've achieved: as every man and his dog has said to us since, "good crews go up three, lucky crews go up four". Saturday's result has given us the motivation to aim higher and train harder, and there's no doubt W2 will come back fighting next term.

Day 4, Lent Bumps 2017: M2

The final day and our chance for redemption: we had a chance to bump up to stay even for the campaign, made that much sweeter by bumping Emma and denying Robinson their blades. And the initial signs were good. A strange yellow glow greeted us, some have said this is called “sunshine” and it had a tremendous effect. Ryo was smiling, Jeff went half an hour without talking about his socks, Iacopo and Jo were so focused it set fire to control, Alex understood everything that was going on, Sam was aimlessly chatting away and even Adam looked like he wanted to be there. Invigorated by our newly topped up Vitamin D, we psyched ourselves up for a tough, and likely much shorter, row than yesterday. Today would be our day! Alas, Robinson got a good start off the line and while we closed to a length on Emma, Robinson were quickly reeling us in around first post. By the time grassy came, Binson took a nice tight line and down to a quarter of a length we had a lot of work to do. Come the exit and they had a canvas and it was only a matter of time. Congrats to them for winning their super-blades, going up 6 for the campaign. Huge thanks to Chris Eddy and Ivan for coaching this term, the crew put in a lot of hard work on the ergs and on the water and it’s a shame not to have more to show for it. We take some courage from the fact that the two crews that bumped us went up 4 and 6 respectively so definitely deserved their success.

Day 3, Lent Bumps 2017: M1

Bumps can suck sometimes. Time-wise the crew this year could have bumped the crew that went up-two last year. Likewise when you row over for two days in a row, you'd hope a spooning crew would come down to you at least as quickly as a blading crew was coming up. As we all know, however, that isn't how this works.

We held Clare off the start, winding to 44 and striding to 38 which we held into first post. Here Clare put in a solid push, our response again seeing the rate rise into the 40s to escape the bump. However, many of this Clare boat were in the crew that went to Henley last year, after blading to fourth on the river in Mays. Unfortunately, the bump was fairly inevitable coming out of Grassy.

We could all give a dozen reasons why we weren't quite fast enough, we could have pushed earlier or had cleaner finishes, but in the end we just weren't strong enough. Not all of our goals this term have been based on immediate results, so with the power in the crew and the aerobic base we have the potential to cause some serious damage next term. For now though, it sucks to be bumped and we've got to accept the shortfalls of this training cycle.

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