ROWING: Woolton Hill’s Katie Metalli and her Wallingford RC crew claimed victory at the City of Oxford ‘Bumps’ Regatta on Saturday in an event which attracted a record number of women's entries.
Bumps racing is slightly different to formal regatta racing in that all of the crews are ranked according to experience and previous performances, and they then have to chase down the next crew. If they catch them, then they have completed their bump and move up a place in the next race. If caught, they move down a place.
Wallingford were ranked fourth in the opening race which left little room for manoeuvre if they were to claim overall victory, but they did so in style.
They caught Oxford University's Green Templeton crew within 200 metres and then hauled in 2013 winners University College in the second heat, catching them within 500 metres. In the third heat they were chasing down the holders Oxford City in the most exciting race of the day and just failed to catch them by one metre.
That set up the fourth and final race with the Wallingford crew of Metalli, Kat Butler, Jen Cullom, Tori Bellamy and the cox Sara Ball again needing to chase down Oxford City which they did 100m before the finishing line to take the trophy.
Next up is the club's own regatta at the 2012 Olympic venue of Dorney Lake next month when they will face the best in the country as part of their preparation for Henley Women's Regatta in June.
Pictured, Katie Metalli (centre) and crew