Lent Bumps

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The Lent Bumps (also Lent Races, Lents) are a set of rowing races held annually on the River Cam in Cambridge. They began in 1887, after separating from the May Bumps, the equivalent bumping races held in mid-June. Prior to the separation there had been a single set of annual bumps dating from its inception in 1827.The Bumps:An Account of the Cambridge University Bumping Races 1827-1999, John Durack, George Gilbert & Dr John Marks, 2000, ISBN 0953847519 The races are open to all college boat clubs from the University of Cambridge, the University Medical and Veterinary Schools and Anglia Ruskin Boat Club. The Lent Bumps takes place over five days (Tues-Sat) either at the end of February or start of March and is run as a bumps race.

The most recent in the series is the Lent Bumps 2011, which ran from 1st March 2011 to 5th March 2011.

Structure of the Lent Bumps

The races are run in divisions, each containing 17 crews. The number of crews in each bottom division varies yearly depending on new entrants. Each crew contains 8 rowers and one coxswain. Unlike the May Bumps, rowers trialling for spaces in University crews are not allowed to take part in the Lents. A total of 121 crews took part in 2005, totalling around 1000 participants. There are currently 4 divisions for men's crews (referred to as M1, M2....M4) and 3 divisions for women's crews (similarly W1-W3). The divisions...
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