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Newnham College end 36-year wait for Lent Bumps Headship




First set of competitors from saturday's final day of the Lent bumps on the river Cam. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7666189)
First set of competitors from saturday's final day of the Lent bumps on the river Cam. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7666189)

Newnham College have ended a wait of 36 years to reclaim the Headship of the Lent Bumps.

They started last week in third place, with Jesus at the top of Women’s Division One followed by Downing, but made progress on the first day, bumping Downham to go second.

On day two, their upward trajectory continued as they moved up to head of the river by bumping Jesus – and they rowed over the final two days to earn victory. It is only the fourth Headship for Newnham, the last being in 1983.

Caius ended the two-year reign of Lady Margaret at the top of the Men’s Division One.

They delivered the all-important move on day one to bump Lady Margaret, and rowed over for the remaining three days to take the Headship.

The only other change in the men’s top five was Robinson rising up from seventh to bump Jesus on the final day to go fifth.

It was a similar story in the women’s top five, although Lady Margaret made a bigger move, dropping a place to 10th on the first day, two double bumps in a row, and a final day bump saw them finish in fifth.

Fitzwilliam joined Division One and ended up in 15th, and that was at the expense of Lucy Cavendish, who dropped to fourth in Division Two.

In the men’s divisions, Girton fell from 14th in Division One to third in Division Two and Churchill fell from 15th to first in Division Two. Their places were taken by Emmanuel, who are now 15th in Division One, and Fitzwilliam, who are 17th.



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