Despite attempts from animal rights groups and anarchists to disrupt the May Bumps, the races went ahead, with spectators once again lining the river in their droves to cheer their college’s boats to victory.
On the men’s side, Caius and Downing, first and second respectively in division one, both managed to row over on all four days, while St Catz were bumped three times and slipped from third place to sixth. Also falling in division one were Pembroke, Magdalene and Trinity Hall, while Robinson were bumped down into division two.
The Jesus and Lady Margaret boats had better luck, each bumping three times to finish in third and fourth place respectively. Christ’s and King’s also climbed three places each, while Girton and Homerton put in impressive performances to bump its way up into division one.
There was less movement in division two, with Caius II and Sidney Sussex rowing over and St Edmund’s bumping once to send Jesus II down a place. The First and Third II boat had the worst result, dropping four places after being bumped by Girton, Homerton, Peterhouse and Selwyn in turn. Anglia Ruskin and Darwin were equally disappointed to be bumped out of the division and into division three, while Christ’s II were able to bump four times to climb from 17th to 13th in the division.
Downing put on another impressive performance in the women’s side, rowing over to remain Head of the river in the first division, while the II boat bumped three times in division two.
Jesus bumped their way from sixth to fourth place on their way to earning blades in division one, while Christ’s, Lady Margaret and Churchill each slipped four places, Churchill dropping out of the first division.
Murray Edward’s III and Lady Margaret III were the only crews apart from Downing and Jesus to earn blades, both climbing four places in the fourth division.
Olivia Lee – Sports Co-Editor