Daniel Chatfield


2012 M1 Lent Bumps – Day 4

At the previous night’s meal, the crew seemed to have caught the nerves that had been following Steve all week. On arriving early at the boat house, the start of the week seemed a long, long way away. Owing to the lack of Women’s divisions on this final day, there would be no wait at […]

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2012 M2 Lent Bumps – Day 3

Day 3 – things get philosophical Today’s tussle, although ultimately in vain, would have had the Braveheart screenwriters raising their kilts in support. In holding off a charging LMBC to the boat graveyard that is Grassy, the Robinson crew once again showed they had the substance to go far, if only they could benefit from a […]

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2012 M1 Lent Bumps – Day 2

Fitz had closed to a length on King’s on Wednesday, so the crew was more relaxed going into the second day of bumps. This was especially true for those of us with little experience, as the realisation that bumps was something we could do sunk in. With no facial injuries to any of the crew, […]

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2012 M1 Lent Bumps – Day 1

Perfect preparation prevents piss-poor performance, so the collected members of M1 were relieved when Henryk, our stroke, arrived less than a minute late on Wednesday for the first day of Bumps. This swiftly changed, however, as his bike skidded out at high speed, leaving us with our hearts in our mouths, and him with a […]

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2012 W1 Lent Bumps – Day 4

Bumping Hughes Hall placed us behind Fitzwilliam on the last day, who were something of an unknown quantity. We were prepared to be pushed from the start by Hughes Hall, and for a long row to catch Fitz. In fact we produced the best row of the week, easily held Hughes Hall at bay, and […]

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2012 W1 Lent Bumps – Day 3

Today we had the chance to prove my bold statement in the first race report that we are faster than Hughes Hall. We relaxed, settled into our own race and hauled them in, inch by inch. We worked hard for the first whistle, which came around grassy corner, but after that more whistles came quickly […]

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2012 M2 Lent Bumps – Day 2

Bumps day – Bump harder Amid the clamour of early bumps and clearing boats there was one brief three way spar that would have put Messrs Haye, Klitscho, and Chisora to shame. From the cannon Robinson M2 (being chased by themselves by Girton M2) exploded at Catz M2, the recipients of an equipment assisted bump […]

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2012 W1 Lent Bumps – Day 1

We knew that we were faster than Hughes Hall, but we also expected that they would be faster than Jesus II. Unfortunately it was Hughes who were quicker at bumping the crew in front, and by the time we reached First Post corner both the bump and the overbump were off the cards; in fact the eight boats […]

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