Double delight for Cantabrigian in the Town Bumps
Men's and women's boats earn headships
Cantabrigian continued a year to remember by earning a club first as both the men’s and women’s top crews earned the headship in the CRA Town Bumps.
The men went into the event as the crew to chase at the top of division one and they were made to work hard on the final night as St Neots eyed the main prize. But once they got into their race pace, Cantabs held their position to secure a second headship in a row.
The women’s eight have been in form all year, winning the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and the club eights’ Invesco Perpetual Cup at Henley Women’s Regatta.
They were eyeing toppling City of Cambridge at the top of division one – and that happened on the opening night. They went on to row over for the remaining three nights to earn their first headship since 1993, when they raced as a four.
Cantabs women’s captain Ellie Darlington said: “It’s the icing on the cake. It was nice to be able to have a local race to finish everything off.
“And it’s nice to have a race where every single crew in the club – no matter how old, how young, how experienced – can all do a race and it can mean as much to every single crew in terms of how it goes.
“I think five women’s crews have got blades. We’ve got the highest-ranked first, second, third and fourth eights of all of the clubs now.
“I’m so proud of everybody, it’s been so great. It’s really nice to have a year where it feels all of our hard work has really paid off.”
It is the first time that one club has held both the men’s and women’s headship since Rob Roy in 2003, although Cantabs’ men have now had it for nine of the last 11 years.
“It’s really good for the club,” said men’s captain Guy Fiddian.
“The women are already there but I think the men are at the point where we need to play catch-up.
“Regionally, we know we’re really good, but nationally we need to move forward for next season and see what we can do.”
In total, the 27 Cantabs crews finished 36 places up over the course of the four-day event and seven of the crews won blades.