Tim Koch collects recent results from the Cam and the Isis.
The old rivals that are the Universities of Oxford and of Cambridge may not care to admit it, but there is more that unites them than divides them. On the rowing front, both have two sets of intra-university ‘bumping races’ for eights every year, one in early spring and one in early summer. At Cambridge, these are called ‘Lents’ and ‘Mays’ respectively, while at Oxford they are known as ‘Torpids’ and ‘Summer Eights’ or ‘Eights Week’.
This year, Oxford’s Hilary Term finished with ‘Torpids’ running between Wednesday, 27 February and Saturday, 2 March, while at Cambridge, the end of the Lent Term had ‘Lents’ taking place between Wednesday, 6 March and Saturday, 9 March.
Torpids and Lents are both more ‘low key’ than their summer equivalents; firstly because the weather is often not conducive to spectating, secondly because exams are not yet over, and thirdly because the standard is lower, many of the best rowers not taking part as they are busy training in an attempt to earn a place in a Blue Boat. Indeed, the name ‘Torpids’ derives from the event’s origins as a race for college second boats.
For those unsure about how this particular form of boat racing works, my report from the 2016 Summer Eights contains an explanation.
Below are the 2019 results from Lents and Torpids Men’s and Women’s First Division, interspersed with pictures culled from the Internet.
The full results for Torpids are here and the same for Lents are here.