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Town Bumps: City of Cambridge men’s boat wins headship for first time in 43 years and there’s more success for Cantabrigian Rowing Club





The City of Cambridge men's first boat won headship for the first time in more than four decades at the CRA Town Bumps, while Cantabrigian Rowing Club marked 40 years since the first time its women’s crews raced with yet another successful showing on the River Cam.

In the women’s top division, Cantabs’ leading boat retained their headship across the four days to clinch the top prize for a sixth year in a row either side of a Covid-enforced hiatus.

Cantabrigian Rowing Club’s women’s team and City of Cambridge’s men’s crew celebrate their success. Picture: Richard Marsham
Cantabrigian Rowing Club’s women’s team and City of Cambridge’s men’s crew celebrate their success. Picture: Richard Marsham

The remaining boats in the top four also stayed unchanged as City of Cambridge Rowing Club I finished as runners-up, followed by Cantabs’ second boat and Cambridge ‘99 Rowing Club I.

City of Cambridge also had two of the biggest movers at the event as their second crew jumped from ninth to sixth and their third boat elevated themselves from 15th to 11th.

Action from the Town Bumps. Picture: Richard Marsham
Action from the Town Bumps. Picture: Richard Marsham
Action from the Town Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell
Action from the Town Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cantabs were also the winners of the John Jenner Trophy, which is awarded to the club that on average gains the most overall places, with the number of places gained and lost divided by total crews entered.

They finished first with a score of 1.000, which was an improvement on 12 months ago when they were triumphant with 0.80.

And the club also earned seven sets of blades – all in the women’s crews – which is a record achievement for any club in the event’s history.

Action from the Town Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell
Action from the Town Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell

St Radegund Boat Club – the smallest town rowing club – finished second with 0.750 and City of Cambridge completed the top three with 0.560.

Meanwhile, City of Cambridge were celebrating after their crew surpassed last year’s winners Cambridge 99 I and Cantabs I to win men’s first division for the first time in 43 years.

The City of Cambridge Rowing Club M1 crew celebrate being Head of the River for the first time in 43 years. Picture: Richard Marsham
The City of Cambridge Rowing Club M1 crew celebrate being Head of the River for the first time in 43 years. Picture: Richard Marsham
Cambridge Rowing Association, Town Bumps on the river Cam, action from Thursday's W2 race. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge Rowing Association, Town Bumps on the river Cam, action from Thursday's W2 race. Picture: Keith Heppell

There was also a notable performance from City of Cambridge II as they moved up from eighth to fourth throughout the event.



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