May Bumps Getting-On Race

Where there are more crews entering the Bumps than there are places on the River, the lowest crews must compete for places in the Getting-On Race. Crews are removed from the lowest division such that there is one place available in the Bumps for every two crews competing in the Getting-On Race. Crews are timed from the Little Bridge to the finishing post 78 yards downstream of the Railway Bridge and the fastest will qualify for places in the Bumps.

The Getting-On Race for the May Bumps 2014 will take place on Friday 6th June.

There are 15 men's crews competing for 9 places in the M5 and M6 divisions.

There are 20 women's crews competing for 10 places in the W4 division.

Start Order

May Bumps 2014 Getting-on Race Start Order

Marshaling before the Start

  • Division 1: Marshalling by 15:45 at Baitsbite lock. Racing from 16:00. Follow start marshaling instructions below.
  • Division 2: Marshalling by 16:30 between the Railway Bridge and P&E on towpath side in REVERSE ORDER i.e. crew 32 nearest the bridge.

Any crew that is late to marshal will not be permitted to race. The schedule for so many boats is very tight and we cannot afford to run late.

Please make sure you CHECK THE UPDATED START ORDER THE NIGHT BEFORE. Crews will be dropping out and we need everyone to know where they need to be on the day. Please remember your start number.


Marshaling at the Start

Crew 11-32 pull in between the start line and the lock on towpath side, the bottom crew nearest the lock. Crews will be rowing down in reverse order so it is important to remain in that order.

Crews 1 -10 will pull in UPSTREAM of the start on towpath side when they arrive and follow the instructions of marshals. Once all lower crews are pulled in safely below the start these crews will be instructed to push out row downstream past the start then spin all at once and start racing immediately.

The map below explains where to go, marshals will be on station to instruct you.

GoR 2014 Marshaling Map

Crew scratches

In order to facilitate getting a final GoR start order complete with enough notice the scratch deadline for entries to be refunded will be 5pm on Wednesday 4th June i.e. 48 hours before the race. 

Any scratches hereafter will not be refunded. Any crew that races the GoR but does not qualify will be refunded half the entry fee. Not showing up for the race will be considered a scratch and receive no refund.


Please email all sub requests ahead of time to

Remember that anyone that races in a successful GoR crew may not then go on and compete for a higher crew. Making up your lower boat spaces with 1st boat rowers is not permitted in any way and will result in those rowers being forced to remain in the lower boat or be disqualified.

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