The Lents 2017 – Final Day Results
The end of a rather cold and windy week, finally saw a little sunshine in a comparatively balmy ten degrees, with a very light s-w wind. Legs were tired but all three of our crews were in a determined mood. The Boat Club flag flew majestically over the river at The Ditch (thanks Andy!) to herald our crews on the row up.
Eddies M2 bumped by Girton M2 down 1 place
Eddies W1 bumped by Queens’ W2 down 1
Eddies M1 bumped Darwin M1 up 1
Week so far
Eddies M2 down 6 places – Spoons!
Finishing 10th/12 in Div M4
Eddies W1 down 4 – Spoons!
Finishing 4th/18 in Div W3
Eddies M1 up 3
Finishing 13th/18 in Div M2
Marconi Cup score -24, 29th/32
Winners – Clare score 40
Fines so far – still nil
With the following comments posted on Friday -
St Edmund’s M1 - Failure to bury blades – Warning
St Edmunds’s W1 - Going swimming twice - Advise drysuits for the winter
M1 M2 Warm up M2 Crew W1-2 Crew
M2 have improved demonstrably this week and the long row up to the A14 was the best I had seen them row all week, there is great potential here. First to marshal on a deserted river we questioned our start time, but we were just super-keen and efficient with minimal crew-faff. Unfortunately the same could not be said for the bp, who noticed with only 40 seconds to go that our push-out pole was missing! Luckily the marshal station was only 100m away, a new pole quickly acquired and we were in position with seconds to spare. Girton M2 made steady and determined progress on us from the gun and, despite some brave pushes, we were only able to fight them off until the bump at Osier Holt.
W1 were gradually reeled in from the start by Queens’ W2 and were also bumped at Osier Holt. To add insult to injury having cleared safely to the far side of the river, we were hit in a clash of blades by a marauding Catz W2 – they were justly fined £75 for ‘dangerous coxing’ and a further £75 for ‘rowing into a stationary crew’!
It was left to M1 to save the day. Darwin M1 were clinically hunted down and we gained an overlap just past The Ditch, with the inevitable bump at First Post Corner. Great performance guys!
A huge congratulations to all of our crews. Many of our oarsfolk had never been in a boat before October and have endured the dark, wet and cold early mornings of winter training to race in some very challenging conditions - I’m really proud of you all!
My sincere thanks again to all those who joined me for bp duties in the bike scramble chaos and mud of the towpath, and my final thanks to all of you who came down to cheer us along the course, it really does help lift the spirit and ease the pain. It’s been a spectacular week of racing.
Other news –
Men’s Headship – Downing M1 won it from Caius M1 in their first race, only to be bumped by Lady Margaret in the third race who take the title.
Bottom of the River – Corpus M2
Women’s Headship – title retained by Jesus W1
Bottom of the River – Queens’ W3
Do come and join us at The Mays!
St Edmund’s College Boat Club
Lily’s (person not boat!) daily bike miles – 14; total for the week an exhausting 64.5 miles