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Cambridge 99 and Cantabs achieve impressive feats with Headships in the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Town Bumps

Action from the women's divisions in the Town Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell
Action from the women's divisions in the Town Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge 99 and Cantabrigian achieved their own impressive feats by earning the Headships of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Town Bumps after the final night of racing at this year’s event.

For Nines, it was their first Headship of the men’s Division One since 2009. On the day, the crew of Nicholas Thorn, Sam Philpott, Ben Mackworth, William Young, Karel Kabelik, Matt Moore, Alex Shaw, Will Todd and cox Jonathan Anderson were more than 20 seconds, or seven lengths, clear of deposed head boat Cantabs at the line in the men’s first division.

For Cantabs, meanwhile, they completed a hat-trick by staying top of the women’s Division One for a third year in a row.

The crew of Georgia Vann, Olivia Hamilton, Georgie Plunkett, Deborah Oakley, Eve Caroe, Ann Laube, Ellie Darlington, Andrea de Bruin and cox Esther Momcilovic rowed away from a seven-boat pack to finish five lengths clear of City of Cambridge at the line.

It was not just at the top of the charts that there were celebrations as 13 crews earned their blades - securing a bump on each of their four day’s racing.

The biggest climbers were Champion of the Thames III’s women’s boat who made the only over-bump of the week to go up seven places.

The other crews earning blades in the women’s divisions were Champion of the Thames, Nines IV, Nines IV, Nines VI and Chesterton II, while in the men’s divisions it was Cantabs II, Nines II, Peterborough, Radegund, Radegund II, City of Cambridge X, City of Cambridge XII and Chesterton III.

In the men’s Division One on the final night, Nines II caught City on Long Reach to move to sixth, Rob Roy II felled Cantabs III on Ditton Corner to go ninth, Nines III caught City between Bovis Bridge and First Post Corner for 13th, and Robs III caught City III at First Post for 15th.

In the women’s Division One, Champion of the Thames first boat climbed to ninth by catching City II at Bovis Bridge, while their third crew climbed to 15th at the expense of their second boat at First Post Corner.

There were bumps in men’s Division Two for Nines IV, Chesterton II and Cantabs VII’s Aquaphobes.

In the women’s second division, those going up the chats were Nines IV’s Junior Returners, Chesterton II, Cantabs VII’s Hills Road Returners, Nines V, X-Press Mills & Reeve, Champs V’s Captains, Nines VI and Champion of the Thames V.

The steadily increasing rain failed to dampen the spirits in men’s Division Three as Cantabs VIII pounced on Champs II’s Peleton in Plough Reach to become the sandwich boat and Nines VI downed Isle of Ely into Ditton Corner.

Cantabs IX, although warned by a marshall that the outflow from the side of the river just in front of them needed to be watched, failed to do so and ended up going more or less straight across the river into the bank enabling City X to row past and claim the bump.

X-Press IV were caught by City IX on Grassy Corner and Chesterton III, Radegund II’s Ancient Cricketers and City XII’s Presidents all earned bumps.

Nines VI, Cantabs IX, Isle of Ely II, Nines VIII and Nines IX all went up the charts in the women’s Division Three.

Osier Holt and First Post Corner were popular spots for bumps in men’s Division Four as Nines VII caught Champs V to move into the sandwich boat position and Cantabs XII, Nines VIII and City XIII were also on the up.

At the bottom, Cambs Veterans, with more than 50 years rowing experience a man, again rowed over in front of City PEM crew with an average of 50 day’s experience.

Nines picked up two more trophies, the John Jenner Trophy for best overall performance for average bumps made per crew and the newly-awarded Stephen Allen Trophy for best junior performance.

Men’s crews that won their oars: Cambridge 99 II - cox Daniil Slavin, Joe Lillis, Ashley Mander, Charlie Hargreaves, Peter Stevens, Alistair Martin, Josh Butler, Peter Collins, Richard Meadows; Peterborough - cox Camilla Plumb, Forbes Plumb, Chris Elder, John Long, James Plumb, Lyndon Jenkins, Alex Toddy, Jordan Beale, Piers Casey; Radegund - cox Gemma-Claire Ali, Mark Jacobs, Anthony Barbier, Jonathan Hird, Jon F.O.B.G Holgate, Cristiano Cesaretto, Andrew Spencer, Jonathan Dunlop, Adam Bowler; Cantabs VII - cox Emma Smith, Matt Garley, Dave Atkin, Paul Hoeggar, Duncan Gibson, Dan Sharrock, Ali Nicol, Dave Rayment, Lucio Cicolecchia; City X - cox Sarah Jowett, Omar Terywall, Joshua Brett, Nick Jiminez, Luke Wells, Richard Brierton, Saite Lu, Adrian Alexa, Salvatore Darrigo; Chesterton III - cox Dave Richards, Jon Hatchett, Dave Byrne, Sinan Erdem, Bartosz Putrycz, Sam Huttlestone, Dan Hurst, Edmond Gjondrekaj, Matt Yates; Radegund II - cox Rhiannon Smith, Jim TK Downing, Rob Jones, Craig BM Thomas, Joe Townsend, Paul SQ Crush, Tom Lewis, Andy Walters, Jeremy FF Johnson; Champs IV - cox Ardi Lianunardy-Jopeace, Ian Leslie, Torsten Krude, Alexis Braun, Noah Tate, Nick Gay, Mike Housden, Richard Batley, Lara Urban; City XII - cox Julie Hogg, Tony Nelder, Charlie Efford, Bob Carpenter, Sam Luke, Neil Cobbet, Andy Muston, Phil Dickins, Marcus Conyers.

Men's Town Bumps charts final day. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (14051723)
Men's Town Bumps charts final day. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (14051723)

Women’s crews earning their oars: Champs - cox Gemma Eastman, Dawn Birch, Sam Hulston, Rachel Newell, Nomes Linklater, Laura Nield, Amrei Loose, Vikki Roberts, Ana Gonzales-Rueda; Champs III - cox Jamie Fox, Ellie Cross, Hannah Glover, Amber Parsons, Hannah Campbell, Geena Goodwin, Mariana Blanco, Ella Black, Julie Damborg; Cambridge 99 IV - cox Kenneth Sandman, Catherine Watson, Sidney Watson, Lucy Lloyd, Lizzie Pratten, Jess Copeland, Rosalyn Redley, Isby Shelmerdine, Alice Shelmerdine; Chesterton II - cox Isabel Nimmo, Ella Harding-Rolls, Alex Addyman, Eszter Campbell, Jo Raskin, Jo Ackworth, Pamela Baxter, Natalie Andrews, Anne Roberts; Cambridge 99 VI - cox Sarah Matthews, Andrea Greve, Selin Bridges, Sally Dowding, Annette Farrell, Iona Campbell, Patricia Cremona, Ellie Brown, Isabel Juckes.

Women's Town Bumps charts final day. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (14051725)
Women's Town Bumps charts final day. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (14051725)

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