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 UH Bumps

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2024
15:00, 16:30, 18:00
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2024
16:00, 17:30, 19:00

Winners since 1980
Results 2024

River Action & British Rowing advice regarding poor water quality


United Hospitals Bumps Races
Advice to all oared boats particularly those not competing at the event

There is a variation in navigation for all oared boats against the stream at Brentford lock for up to ten minutes prior to each race. Please scroll down regarding navigating around the PLA moorings. The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. There will be the following temporary changes to the rowing code: The rowing crossing point at Syon (for all oared boats) will be moved to a temporary position off Brentford Lock As and when it is safe to do so competitors may overtake in the restricted zones As and when it is safe to do so competitors may follow the racing line.

Provisional race timetable including times of navigational changes 2024

Information for Competitors
Please note current concerns regarding poor water quality
***Revised marshalling arrangements***

Competitors' instructions 2024
Coxes presentation 2024
Start order 2024
see below

Information for Non-competing Crews 
Approximate times when ALL oared boat navigation will be changed between Brentford and Syon Crossing:

Saturday 18.5.24 14:50-15:00, 16:20-16:30, 17:50-18:00
Sunday 19.5.24 15:50-16:00, 17:20-17:30, 18:50-19:00

ALL oared boats need to follow the revised crossing arrangement going upstream 

See PLA events calendar:
Please follow officials' advice (when present). We will have officials at the revised crossing and the PLA mooring during the period that the revised arrangements are in place (if there are no officials in attendance please use the normal navigation rules).

EXTERNAL CREWS - we only have the revised navigation arrangements in place for the final marshalling phase and the actual race (there is a considerable time between each race when there are no crews there and the navigation reverts to normal). 
We will reduce the amount of time that the revised navigation arrangements are in place for in order to reduce the inconvenience to other river users, and this year will not commence the revised navigation arrangements until the time of the first klaxon (about five minutes before the race start). Before that time boats will contionue to proceed in the Surrey inshore zone (please be aware of the increased traffic and keep a good lookout).
If you have been asked to take the revised crossing at Brentford Lock by the race official stationed by the moored boat with the black and white arrows; then there will be a further official at the PLA mooring to assist your safe passage in this area.

There may be vessels moored at the PLA moorings. 

It is possible that crews will be able to pass between the PLA mooring and the wooden post ('red' route shown below) or between the woden post and the Middlesex bank with care ('yellow' route shown below). It may be necessary to move carefully out in front of the mooring to move round it  ('blue' route shown below).
Please follow the marshal's instructions at this point and take great care.

Please note that this applies to all oared boats, not just competitors.

Information for Officials 

Officials' instructions 2024
United Hospitals Bumps officials at one minute 2023 v2A revised.jpg

Results 2024

Open Head: KCL; highest UH ICSM; highest 2nd ICSM 2

Women's Head: ICSM; highest 2nd ICSM;

Fancy dress - women; RVC (Minions), special mention SGH (bananas & pyjamas)

Men: RUMS (Superheroes); special mention BLRFC (UL smugglers); RVC (Men in black)

Safety Information

Safety maps 2023 v1
Risk Assessment 2024 v1
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