M1 Lent 2020 - Day 1

It was a really big day, first day of Lents 2020. We have been training hard all term for this, all the early mornings and evening erg sessions were finally going show themselves as pure power on the river. The previous year had been a strong one, and we would have to fight hard to hold our position. Christ’s were behind us with an unearned cocky attitude, but with First and Third in front of us it looked like we were in for a potentially long and painful chase. As nervousness set in with the one minute cannon, we got a well-practised push off from the bank and set ourselves up in front stops. With the final cannon blast we went into the starting sequence, putting all our power through the blades. With adrenaline rushing through my head, I couldn’t tell if I was rowing well, what our rate was, or even if I was pushing hard. Minutes passed in a single moment, in a state between pain and euphoria. We got cheered on by FaT from the side of the river, giving us fuel to keep Christ’s away from us, FaT had evidently bumped Jesus, thus confirming our targets for the next day. We were determined not to let Christ’s bump us, and seeing them get bumped behind us was extremely satisfying, especially as it looked like they blocked the river behind us as they were going in to the side, although it was hard to tell for sure because we were speeding away from them at high velocity and soon were invisible to the unaided eye. With no more crews fit to challenge us on the river, we confidently rowed through to the end posts. I felt like I was flying.

- Gustavs Mežciems

M2 Lent 2020 - Day 1

After inauspicious, and slightly soggy (ok, very soggy) beginnings on the morning of Day 1 of Lents, ahem, Catz M2 proved their metal with a determined display in challenging conditions. Sandwiched between Magdalene II and Tit Hall II, we got off to a good start, with Max in stroke setting us a rapid pace, but one that was nonetheless held well by the crew, moving through the strokes in tight unison. Approaching the first corner, we were holding our ground; unable to gain on Magdalene, but managing to keep Tit Hall at bay. Having bumped Christ’s at the corner, Magdalene failed to clear, blocking our path. As the race was held up and other crews having bumped or deemed to have technically rowed-over, the heavens proceeded to open. With Catz, Tit Hall, and Robinson being the sole crews to re-row, our chances to bump had gone. But the work was far from over, with us still needing to row-over and see off Tit Hall. As the cannon sounded and we gritted our teeth and pushed off from the bank, the clouds begin to clear. Starting strong again, we quickly put distance between ourselves and Tit Hall. As our advantage grew, Robinson closed on Tit Hall and got their bump. With our job done and the sun shining, we enjoyed a gentle paddle back to the boat house. All in all a promising start to the campaign.

- Lowell Lloyd


Lent Bumps 2020

Yet again Lent Bumps is upon us, starting on Tuesday 25th February. 4 Catz crews are competing: M1 and W1 in their 1st divisions, with M2 and W2 in their 3rd divisions. The table will be filled in as results (and hopefully reports) come in.

Hover over a result to see if a race report is available. Click on the crew name to see its members.

  Division Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday 29
M1 M1
4.40pm

Rest Day

 Rowed Over Bumped by
Trinity Hall M1
Bumped by
Kings' M1
 Bumped by
Magdalene M1
W1 W2
2.40pm
Rest Day Bumped by
Queens' W1
 Bumped by
Darwin W1
 Bumped by
Homerton W1

Bumped Homerton
W1 & Girton W1 

M2 M3
2pm
 Rowed Over  Bumped by Robinson M2 Rest Day  Rowed Over Bumped
Christ's M2
W2

W3  1:20pm

Bumped by Pembroke W2

Bumped by
Caius W2

Rest Day  Bumped
Caius W2
 Bumped by
Caius W2

For information on where to watch the bumps from see here. Division times are here.
Follow the action on the radio at http://bumps.camfm.co.uk/ and see official results here
For a map, see here. Join the tow-path at the pink marker, and follow it to the North-East.
Grassy corner (the second big corner, the large right-hand bend) is a particularly popular spectator spot.

May Bumps 2019 Overview

May Bumps starts on 10th June and we have 6 Catz crews participating.

Hover over a result to see if a race report is available. Click on the crew name to see its members.

  Division* Day 1 (Wed) Day 2 (Thu) Day 3 (Fri) Day 4 (Sat)
M1 M2
6.15pm
Bumped by
Hughes Hall
Rowed over Bumped Homerton Bumped Girton
W1 W1
7pm
 Bumped Peterhouse Bumped Homerton Rowed over Bumped by Queens'
M2 M3
4.45pm
Bumped by LMBC II Rowed over  Rowed over Bumped Christ's II
W2 W3
4pm
Rowed over  Rowed over Bumped by
Emmanuel III
Rowed over
M3 M4
3.15pm
Bumped by
Churchill III
 Bumped by
Downing III
 Bumped by
Homerton II
Rowed over
W3 W4
2.30pm
 Bumped by
Queens' III
 Bumped by
Caius III
 Bumped by
Fitzwilliam II
Bumped
Fitzwilliam II

* Divisions start 2 hours earlier than stated on Day 4 (Saturday)

For information on where to watch the bumps from see here. Division times are here.
Follow the action on the radio at http://bumps.camfm.co.uk/ and see official results here
For a map, see here. Join the tow-path at the pink marker, and follow it to the North-East.
Grassy corner (the second big corner, the large right-hand bend) is a particularly popular spectator spot.

M1 Mays 2019 - Day 2

Despite yesterdays blow, there was much optimism within M1 about the possibility of a double overbump to sandwich boat today. The emotional heart of the crew, the late C. Eddy, correctly pointed out we needed to first set the platform of a row over. A feat only managed once in 4 years by the mighty Catz M1. Starting from within the raging outflow, we initially opened out on the chasing Fitz. However through the corners we lost speed avoiding clearing crews and we were reeled in to 1/2 length. Yet Geoff called us to push on together and we held firm down plough reach. Around grassy we hit the strong headwind, yet the inspiring thoughts of turning the week around held our nerve. 
 
 
Down the reach a glorious battle unfolded: Fitz desperately closing for the bump until we found new reserves of mental and physical strength. At one point overlap was whistled for by an optimistic Fitz coach. Having cursed every hard erg Carmen set we were now thankful for the fitness they brought. Through the railway bridge we stepped on for a final time, W1 raising the roof with the loudest support ever heard. Finally at the P&E Fitz broke and we opened out 1/2 length by the top finish. Having passed over the finish line, exhausted, we knew that we can turn this week around. Onto tomorrow chasing a slow Homerton boat, whilst holding off a no doubt frustrated Fitz
 
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