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Lady Margaret and Jesus retain headships of the May Bumps


By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk


Darwin W1 waisting no time in getting the party started after bumping Magdalene W1, making this their third bump. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Darwin W1 waisting no time in getting the party started after bumping Magdalene W1, making this their third bump. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Maggies make it three years in a row at the top

Caius M3 bump Darwin M2. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

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Caius M3 bump Darwin M2. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Pembroke W3 hauling in Jesus W3 before bumping them in Division Three of the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic St Catharines M3 continue their fall down the division after their bump by St Edmunds M2 on Thursday in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Lucy Cavendish W1 after Murray Edwards W1 on Thursday of the 2018 May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Downing W2 & Corpus Christi W1 continue their struggle for supremacy in the lower part of the division W2 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Wolfson M1 on the way to bumping Girton M1 and taking the top spot on Thursday in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Magdalene M4 celebrate their bump of Clare M4 and their meteoric rise up Div 5 from the start of the bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Jesus M5 bumping Pembroke M4. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Fitzwilliam M3 bumping Lady Margaret M5. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Corpus Christi M2 go home with a nice line in wooden cutlery after a week of being bumped, here taken out by Clare Hall M1. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Sidney Sussex M2 finish one place higher at 11th in the Division overall on the week with their Saturday bump of St Edmunds M2 . Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Homerton M2 finish on a high after a turbulent up and down week, here taking First & Third M4. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Pembroke M3 parade the colour and laurels, winning their blades for four succesive bumps, Saturdays being on Darwin M2. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Trinity Hall M3 savour their success of rising from Div M5 to 13th in Div M4, after bumping St Catharines on Saturday. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic St Catharines W2 after bumping Newnham W3, Saturday. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Darwin W2 celebrate their bump of Christs W2, Saturday. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Pembroke W3 wear their foliage with pride after bumping Murray Edwards W2, Saturday. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Homerton W2 celebrate bumping Jesus W3, their third scalp of the four days of the 2018 Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Christs M2 cutting the corner at Grassy to catch and bump Queens M2, to finish second in their Division. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102017 Div W2, Kings W1 having to work hard for their Saturday bump on Jesus W2. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102084 Div W2, Emmanuel W2 crew celebrate their 100% bumping success, the latest one being on Murray Edwards on Saturday.. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102111 Div W2, Corpus Christi W1 end the week bumping Robinson W1 and are one place higher in Div W2. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102182 Div W2, Sidney Sussex W1 after bumping Selwyn W1, their third in a row, Saturday. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102223 Div M2, Trinity Hall M1 win their blades after bumping St Catharines M1 in front of large crowds on either bank at Plough Reach. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102468 Div W1, triumphant undefeated Jesus W1. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _8102586 Div M1, Wolfson M1 parade their Laurels and colours after bumping Lady Margaret M2 and finishing up a division in M1. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic Lady Margaret W2 chasing and bumping Caius W2 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic Pembroke W2 bumped by Wolfson W1 in the May Bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42397 Div W4, St Catharines W4 display winning their Blades, with 4 consecutive bumps. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42408 Div M4, Caius M3 end their week top of the Division with this bump on First & third M3 . Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42437 Div M4, Pembroke M3 cox shoulders the colours marking their blades win. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42594 Div M3, Emmanuel M3 parade their colours through grassy after bumping Clare M3 and winning blades. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42635 Div W2, Emmanuel W2 close their May bumps campaign with a fourth on Murray Edwards W1. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42709 Div W2, Wolfson W1 Cox displaying their blades for four consecutive bumps, Saturday. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42739 Div M2, Trinity Hall M1 win their blades after bumping St Catharines M1 in front of large crowds on either bank at Plough Reach. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42782 Div M2, Emmanuel M2 cruise past the crowds at Plough Reach diplaying Laurels and colours after bumping First & Third M2. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42804 Div W1, triumphant undefeated Jesus W1. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42879 Div M1, Magdalene M1 with colours & laurels after bumping Downing M1 on Saturday to finish 5th in Division. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic May Bumps (Saturday) 2018, _ND42909 Div M1, Undefeated Lady Margaret M1 retain the headship. Picture: Paul Sanwell OP Photographic

Charlie Fisher signed off his Cambridge University rowing days in style by helping Lady Margaret Boat Club to their third May Bumps headship in a row – a feat they last achieved 37 years ago.

Having won the headship in 2016 and 2017, they rowed over for the first three days, but were cautious of a rampaging Pembroke on the final day.

However, those fears proved unfounded as they cruised to a hat-trick of headships – last achieved by the Lady Margaret crews of 1979, 1980 and 1981 – as Pembroke were bumped out of second place by Clare.

Fisher completes his Masters this summer, and it has been a great rowing year for the Lady Margaret BC No 6 man, who was also a victorious Blue with Cambridge University Boat Club in this year’s Boat Race.

“The last time we had three in a row was almost 40 years ago, and I only found that out on the Friday, so it was a bit more motivation,” said Fisher, who was rowing in the top boat for a fourth time in the May Bumps.

“We knew Pembroke would have a quick start, that’s what they usually do, so we were prepared for that and when we hit the headwind coming round Ditton [Corner] there was a bit of concern, but thankfully Clare helped us a bit and got Pembroke.

“All credit to them as well, they had a great row.”

Comparing the bumps to the Boat Race, Fisher said: “When you do something a second or third time, it’s a bit different. My first Boat Race win and the first time we came head of the river, the headship is not that far behind.

“It [the Cam] is like a stadium, unlike the Thames where it’s a much wider river – and it was great to have the crowds out and all the Maggie supporters; that was great.”

Lady Margaret Boat Club captain Rob Blyth added: “We’re fantastically happy. The issue was Pembroke bumped Clare on day three, so we were expecting to have to row the whole course.

“So thankfully Clare did us quite a big favour. It’s a great end to the year – we trained all year for this.”

Jesus College kept the women’s headship – and were the only crew in the four divisions to maintain the same spot that they started the four days’ racing.

Newnham were their lead pursuers on the final day, but could not mount a serious challenge.

“I think the mark of a good crew is to make a row like that look easy,” said Jesus women’s captain Alex Gutai.

“It was not easy for us, we were pushing with everything we had. The most pressure day was the final day, which I think is a good way to go.

“There was a bit of pressure from Newnham and they made up a bit of distance on us so we felt the pressure. That was good as it pushed us on and felt like we earned it as we had to pull something out of the bag.

“We put in a tremendous amount of work this year, countless sessions on the ergs, water and the gym.”

Gutai has rowed in the crew for five years, starting down in W3 having taken up the sport at Jesus.

She added: “It’s been the most perfect year I could have imagined. We got the Fairbairns win, the Lent headship, the Mays headship and I’m not sure how we could have done any better.”

Blades – for a bump on each day – were earned in the men’s divisions by Magdalene, Trinity Hall, Emmanuel II, Emmanuel III, Clare Hall, Pembroke III and Jesus V, and in the women’s divisions for Wolfson, Emmanuel II and St Catharine’s IV.

Wolfson won the Pegasus Cup.



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