Summer Eights 2018

LMH will have 5 crews racing at Summer Eights this year after M3 and W2 successfully qualified through rowing on. Unfortunately our recently formed W3 could not join them after an injury midway along the course held them up.

Keep an eye out for the following

M3 MDiv7 12.00

W2 WDiv5 1.45

M2 MDiv5 2.20

W1 WDiv2 5.15

M1 MDiv2 5.45 (plus 6.45 in MDiv1 should they row over)

M3 look to have a good showing in the carnage of MDiv7, although rowing on results suggest they may have a tough time in the midst of a division most commonly associated with beer boats, crabs and klaxons.

W2 after a strong showing in rowing on will look to push their way towards the top end of the women’s rowing on divisions. Qualifying faster than a number of the crews ahead, they start at 7th and hope to put themselves within striking distance of fixed divisions for next year. Predictions in these divisions are notoriously difficult to make, but look to see these women getting their bow ball up close and personal with a number of crews of the course of the week.

M2 face the unpredictability of MDiv5 without the reassurance of any qualifying times from rowing on. Having trained hard all term, they’re aiming to continue the run of success M2 has had in recent years. They also begin 7th, and will start their campaign chasing Exeter M2.

W1 with Blue Boat cox Zak Thomas Johnson on the rudder lines start 11th in WDiv2, having proved they were quicker than many of the crews around them at Torpids, they are also looking to work their way up the division. While they face a tough day 1 to catch Exeter before Exeter bump Worcester, the remainder of the week should see falling crews being swept up by a W1 on top form

M1 also have reinforcement from the Blue Boat in the form of BB stroke man Felix Drinkall, who will sit in the 6 seat of the M1 boat. Starting off at the top of MDiv2, the first job will be holding off Jesus before chasing Trinity to confirm their place in MDiv1. Last year was the first time M1 has ever raced in Div1 at Summer Eights, and motivation is high to continue the progress that has seen them finish higher on the river on the river than we started every year since 2013.

 

Stay tuned on Twitter and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LadyMargaretHallBC/) for more updates as the results come in.

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Torpids 18 Day 1

As W2 and M3 did not make it through rowing on, the LMHBC representation at the main event of Torpids came from just 3 crews this year. Nonetheless they’re all keen to do work their way upwards and get some bumps!
Racing was delayed throughout the day by snow, and the temperature never went above zero. M2 had the displeasure of ‘warming up’ in said snow, whilst the 1st boats dealt with strong winds and sub zero temperatures, but thankfully no snow.
Throughout the day live updates will be coming in on our new facebook page, like it for more updates throughout the week and to see how we’re getting on during training.
M1
Boosted by a strong result at Henley 4s and 8s, M1 were hoping for a strong start to Torpids and began by chasing Lincoln. The start was a messy one, and just as Esther in the coxing seat began to call to reset and work our way back into a rhythm we heard from the bank that we were a length away from Lincoln. Moments later, they had bumped out on St Annes and we were left chasing for an overbump. This didn’t raise much concern within the crew, and despite one of our messiest bits of rowing all term, we overbumped St Annes just after Donny Bridge to kick off Torpids with a bump.
Tomorrow we chase Lincoln again, knowing a stronger start will be critical to catch them before they catch a falling Mansfield crew.
W1
W1 had their eyes firmly fixed on St Anne’s as well, only in this case aiming for a standard bump on the crew ahead. The mass carnage of Womens div 2 makes it difficult to know exactly what happened next. Way ahead at the top of the division, GTC bumped Somerville and tangled with them allowing most of the division (including LMH) to row past and bump. However, all crews kept racing, and LMH proceeded to row past St Annes and Teddy Hall – not entirely sure whether either/both were still racing crews. Their race finally finished by ‘bumping’ Trinity.
With everyone bumping the stationary Somerville boat, tomorrow will be the same situation again – chasing St Annes, with Teddy Hall and Trinity ahead also providing potential opportunities to bump. Stay tuned to find out exactly where their next bump comes from!
M2
Captain Harry Ward’s romantic Michaelmas getaway to Iceland looked mild compared to the conditions that faced the M2 boys as they navigated their way to bung line 9. Despite the Baltic chill, spirits were fiery in Men’s Div 5 after a trash talking Oxlove from Boris Johnson had insulted the Merton M2 boat. During the warm up, LMH performed a number of imposing practice starts; an act of gratuitous flexing and a clear message to Merton – “Your cox is ours.”

The minute gun sounded. “Heads in the boat, lads.” The countdown began: 10,9,8,7 *bang!* The gun sounded, LMH were bamboozled. In the midst of it all, 7 (Owen Sweeney) caught an unfortunate crab, no wonder he was dropped from M1. To make it worse, the boat had veered wayward and was dealt a glancing blow from the bank. M2 had a mountain to climb.

In the face of the sneering giggles of Merton M2, who successfully bumped before Donny Bridge, the crew put in a solid rowing performance, of that there is no denying. Stroke, Marcus Walford, set a rhythm as chunky as an authentic ragu, and the boys followed suit. Spurred on from the cheers of Ollie Watson from the gut, the gap between LMH and Magdalen began to close.

In front of Boathouse Island the atmosphere was tenacious, the leg drive emphatic. Cox, Aoife Elwood, deserves credit for her ability to capture, rally and sustain the spirits of the rowers in the face of such wretched conditions. Alas, perhaps the lads pushed too hard – another crab was caught, and a reset was necessary. Magdalen escaped. For now, at least.

There was a feeling of bitter disappointment, aye, but not of despair. With steely determination, LMH M2 set their gaze on Magdalen M2. We are coming for you.’
-Owen Sweeney et al. 2018 #yearofthedog

Torpids day 2

LMH overal result = +5

W2 kicked things off on a day of lovely sunshine with a bump on Exeter 2 by a complete row past, this was the start of a great day of racing for LMH. With one bump under the belt, and with some experience of bumps racing, W2 will look to continue their run of good results chasing St Hilda’s 2

M2 followed that up with a very swift bump on St Hugh’s M3. Keen to conserve energy for later in the week, M2 were all done and dusted by Donny Bridge to look good for the camera (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2202477663/permalink/10155153330202664/ bump at 1.50). Wolfson 3 may provide a sterner test for the boys tomorrow, but there’s still plenty of speed to be seen from the crew who have not yet been seriously challenged in this campaign.

After a brief delay whilst OURCs seemed to invent an appeal that nobody else had any idea about, W1’s bump on Brasenose was confirmed, along with an extra place gained from the chain bump Brasenose got on St Catz. Tomorrow they line up behind Worcester looking to climb back further into division 2.

M1 entered the gut a canvas ahead of Keble, and a canvas down on St Anne’s, and somehow neither bump took place. St Anne’s bumped out on Worcester, forcing M1 to cross early to escape the carnage at the exit of the gut. Along greenbank they stepped away from Keble and got the bump on Worcester just before the boathouse stretch. Tomorrow will see them lining up in the same scenario but one bungline further up, with St Anne’s to chase, and Keble behind.

It’s been a while since all LMH crews bumped on a single day (longer than the 4 years this writer has been at LMH), and all of our crews start tomorrow with a strong chance of another bump, form over the past few days would certainly suggest it will be another day of steady progress up the bumps chart for LMH. The weather forecast might not be quite so promising, but the results are sure to make up for it and we warmly invite all friends and wellwishers of the boat club to come down and give us a cheer.

W2 – 12.30

M2 – 1.00

W1 – 3.30

M1 – 4.00

 

 

Torpids day 1 round up

Overall result = +2

W2 kicked off the day with a strong start, but unfortunately their division was klaxoned within the first minute as W2 had already closed up to half a length on Merton W2. They’ll go again tomorrow chasing Merton again, and hopefully have a long enough race to get the bump they deserved today.

M2 continued their strong upward trend of recent bumps racing. Exeter 2 held them off until the boathouses, but eventually M2 closed in for their bump. Tomorrow they chase a St Hugh’s M2 who are already down 5 for the week….

W1 gave us a real fright at the top of div 3,  to say Mansfield had overlap doesn’t do it justice. This video shows how scarily close they got, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBif1gARLO8 but the girls found something from somewhere and did enough to hold them off. Their race at the bottom of div 2 was a much less stressful experience for this spectator, as they overbumped on St Hugh’s before even coming into view along green banks. Their place in divison 2 now confirmed, they’ll be chasing Brasenose tomorrow who they closed on today before both crews bumped out on Hugh’s.

M1 had a frustrating day, not able to replicate some of the rowing we’ve been doing in training, Merton closed up very quickly, and Mansfield bumped out on St Anne’s ahead. Coming out of the gut, we found a bit more rhythm and began to pull away from Merton on every stroke. Although we closed up to within 1/4 of a length on St Anne’s, we were not able to overbump this time. Tomorrow we’ll look to clean it up a bit and get the bump on St Anne’s we were so close to today.

 

Torpids and the Boat Races

Torpids will be run from Wednesday March the 1st to Saturday the 4th. We would like to invite all supporters and well wishers of LMHBC along to cheer us on. On Saturday there will be a BBQ and bar running to provide refreshments and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. Currently the LMH crews are due to be racing at the following times, though check during Torpids week for confirmation.

M3 – 12.00

W2 and W3 – 12.30

M2 – 1.00

W1 – 2.30 and 3.30

M1 – 4.00

LMHBC will also be having its usual meet up at the Dove pub by Furnival Gardens for the Boat Races on Sunday the 2nd of April. The races are at 4.35 and 5.35, and we will be meeting from 3.30. Alumni of the club, and their friends and family are all very welcome to come along and cheer on the Dark Blues.

 

LMHBC are going to London

Last year marked the first time in many years that M1 had raced at HoRR. It has been a while since we raced WEHoRR, and even longer still since we did both in the same year! M1 and W1 are excitedly looking forwards to racing on the tideway on March 11th for the women and March 25th for the men. If you’re in London on one of those days, come down to the river and give us a cheer!

Henley Gathering

We are looking forward to seeing as many friends and alumni as possible on Saturday 2nd July at our gathering at Henley Royal Regatta.

LMHBC will be running a joint event with Pembroke College Boat Club during the afternoon tea break. The exact location will be confirmed on the LMH website and via twitter on the day.

Do join us for a glass of Pimms and a chat!

If you would like to come, please message victoria.rees@lmh.ox.ac.uk, so that we know how much Pimms to bring. Alternatively, please call Vicky on 07551 952642.