Welcome to the Cantabs Bumps website. This site is for Cantabs Members to see daily updates in the run-up to and during bumps, with links to key dates, crew information, and anything else that might be useful. There is also some history for those who want to see how Cantabs crews have done in previous years.

Please contact Gill (secretary@cantabsrowing.org.uk) if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Please can you help?

Every crew racing in bumps generates about 25 volunteer slots that need filling, to act as marshals or bank party for the crews. Some crews will struggle to find those 25 volunteers, whereas others may have resources to spare; every piece of help is extremely useful. Here are some ways you can help, or get friends and family to help on your behalf. Prompt sign-up very much appreciated!

  • Sign up to be a marshal: here
    • Note: Make sure you read the instructions (follow links on the sign-up sheet) so you know what to do and turn up to control before the start of your time-slot to sign in
  • Sign up to be in a bank-party: here

See the "Help Needed" page for more information

Results, Starting Orders and Live Commentary

Results are on the CRA website, as are Start Orders.

Live commentary is being broadcast on CamFM: Listen online https://www.camfm.co.uk/ or at 97.2FM


There is general information for spectators here.

If you have supporters who would prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the towpath, they can watch from the First Post Enclosure* at Osier Holt in Fen Ditton on any night of the bumps. Car parking is available at £2 per car per night if prebooked via the CRA website. There will be a licensed bar, selling beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Spectators are encouraged to take their own folding chair or a rug, and are welcome to take a picnic, but NO GLASS OR BARBECUES please. See http://crarowing.co.uk/town-bumps/about-the-cra-town-bumps/watching-the-cra-town-bumps/firstpostenclosure for details.

The Plough pub in Fen Ditton will doubtless be a popular place to watch, especially for later divisions when the bumps tend to happen further upstream than the earlier ones.

*In the background of the photo at the top of this page

Division Days and Times

2019 Bumps will run from Monday 15th July to Friday 19th July. The change to 5 days means that racing doesn't have to start so early, except on Friday, to make it easier for people working during the day. Each division will only race four times, at the times shown:


The Beer Tree is a spot on the towpath between the Railway Bridge and Peter's Posts (near P&E) where Milton Brewery beer is available in exchange for a donation to charity. Follow the towpath down from Race Control to find it.

There will also be a pop-up cafe, ~20 yards downstream from Race Control, which will be selling homemade cakes and cold drinks between 5 and 9pm each evening. Proceeds go to the local charity Born to be Beautiful.

After racing on Friday 19th July, Cantabs crews and friends will be celebrating with a Hog Roast at the Cantabs boathouse, with live music. All welcome. See "Party-time!" for details.

Parking near Cantabs

Please remember that no cars should be parked on the estate, the access road to Cantabs or on the grass adjacent to the access road. There is plenty of free parking in the nearby streets (e.g. Church St, St Andrews Rd, Logans Way) that can be used when racing.

Please lock bicycles securely - there have been thefts in bumps week in previous years, mostly of bicycles left unlocked or secured with flimsy locks. Please use the best lock you have to secure your bicycle! There are cycle stands through the estate and outside St Andrews Church, and a cable along the brick wall at Cantabs. Please do not lock bicycles along the wooden walkway alongside the boathouse as this passageway is important for access.

Bumps trivia

2019 sees the largest ever Cantabs entry into the CRA Bumps with 28 crews taking part. This is one crew more than the 2017 and 2018 entries, which were themselves records and in which Cantabs crews made up ~24% of the total entry.