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Written by:
Paul Holland
01 Mar 2022

This year five Trinity Hall crews will battle it out on the River Cam in a welcome return to the annual Lent Bumps.

The pandemic meant that last year’s Lents were cancelled so crews from all Colleges were keen to get back on the water and race in the iconic competition.

The bumps (Lents and Mays) see crews line up in order along the Cam and then, on the signal of a cannon, set off in pursuit of one another trying to ‘bump’ the crew ahead and avoid being bumped themselves.

Lent Bumps crew 2022 rowing down the River Cam in low-light

Lent Bumps crew 2022 rowing down the River Cam in low-light

Paul Townshend, rowing coach and boathouse manager at Trinity Hall, said: “Last Friday, five THBC crews took to the water in their quest to ‘Get On’ and race the 2022 Lent Bumps.

“Given the explosion in rowing over the past two years qualifying was tougher than ever with only 18 crews (nine men’s crews and nine women’s crews) to qualify out of over 80 boats entered.

“All THBC boats raced great races and at the end of the day M2, W2 & W3 (for only the second time) earned their place in the start order for racing. Sadly, M3 were once again the fastest non-qualifier with M4 putting in a great performance which ranked them in front of many other crews.”

“To have five crews competing this year is an enormous achievement given that the vast majority of the rowers in the club have never raced a bumps campaign. It is testament to how the rowers have worked hard during what has undoubtedly been a testing couple of years.

“It is also as a direct result of the hard work and commitment shown by all those that have given their time and energy in coaching our wonderful rowers. We look forward welcoming as many of our supporters as possible to the bank this week and I wish all of our students the very best of luck for their racing. Row Hall!”

For more on the bumps, including division times see the CUCBC website and follow the College Instagram account.

NOTE: M1, W1 etc: denotes Men’s First Boat, Women’s First Boat etc.