Lady Margaret and Jesus retain Lent Bumps headship
Snow and ice have impact on annual event
Action from the final day of the Lent Bumps. Picture: Keith Heppell
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Lady Margaret and Jesus Boat Clubs rowed over to retain their headships in a truncated Lent Bumps.
The Beast from the East bore its teeth to make it difficult going on the Cam. Racing was only possible in two divisions on the second day, while the entire day’s racing was cancelled on day three, Thursday – the first time the Lent Bumps has been disrupted since the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001, when the towpath was closed.
However, it was the first time that the Bumps has been cancelled because of inclement weather since 1963, when the Cam froze over.
A number of divisions were back on the water on Friday, after a huge effort to clear the towpath for the bank parties, and then all divisions were racing again on Saturday.
It was Lady Margaret that held on to their headship at the top of the men’s division, rowing over on their two day’s of racing.
There was plenty of change beneath them though, as Caius jumped two places to take second.
Downing went down one to third, while Jesus went from third to fifth, with Pembroke making a final day bump to take fourth spot.
At the other end of Division One, Magdalene made the step up from Division Two, replacing Fitzwilliam, who are now second in Division Two.
Jesus held their position at the headship of Division One in the women’s divisions, but, just as in the men’s, there were plenty of other changes in the top five.
Downing have gone up one to second place, while Clare have slipped from second to fourth, with Newnham up one into third.
The biggest movers were Emmanuel, who went from eighth to fifth, and Trinity Hall, who went from 17th to 13th on the penultimate day of racing.
Emmanuel went from eighth to fifth with an overbump after a bump by Murray Edwards cleared the way, and Trinity Hall went from 17th to 13th with an overbump as beneficiaries of Queens’ bump.
Hughes Hall won the Marconi Cup for the total aggregate change for their crews, with their three boats going up a combined nine places to gain 36 points.