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MBC Easter Training Camp - Lake Bled, Slovenia

Mallory Club Spring Update

A warm welcome to the (fingers-crossed) sunny season of rowing. The Mallory Club has a lot to report back on from on- and off-Cam activities!

Victory on the Tideway!

Magdalene's own Paige Badenhorst cruised to victory in record time against the O*ford Blue Boat earlier in the spring, adding to Cambridge's winning streak of 5 in a row. The Mallory Club met up with current MBC members at the Eight Bells in Putney before heading over to see the crews set off from the boathouses.

The Boat Races 2022 - Paige Badenhorst

Lent Bumps 2022 - Results

MBC put on a big show for Lent Bumps 2022 with the crowds back in full force after a bit of a COVID drought. Some heavy cutting back of the riverside trees and shrubbery meant our coxswains could actually see partially around Grassy Corner instead of turning in and hoping for the best...

M3 and W3 narrowly missed out on qualifying in the Getting-on-Race, but were training hard in preparation for the Easter term.

Lent Bumps - 2022


M1: +3 to 7th in Division 1 - Bumped Kings' I, Robinson I, Trinity Hall I
W1: +3 to 9th in Division 2 - Bumped Corpus I, Jesus II, Emmanuel II
M2: +1 to sandwich in Division 2/3 - Bumped Queens' II
W2: -3 to 16th in Division 3 - Bumped by Queens' III, Trinity Hall III, First and Third II

Both top boats narrowly missed out on blades with a single row over, and M2 continued the effort to break into div 2!

The week ended with boat club dinner to celebrate this terms' achievements, and the whole club is looking forward to Mays in a few weeks time...

Easter Term Racing

Gone are the wet and chilly mornings of winter and we thankfully see a return to sunshine and regatta season, with several off-Cam events in the diary!

Some recent results:

BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Regatta - National Watersports Centre

MBC Women's & NB Captain Lauren Britten competed with the CUBC Development Squad at BUCS Regatta, smashing up some competition and winning the WInt4+ E final by 7 seconds!

Lauren at BUCS

Head of the Cam - Motorway Bridge to Top Finish - 2600m

W2 place 2nd in the College 4+ category with a time of 11:56 - excellent preparation for any crews that will be starting in the top half of their division for Mays as the course runs the whole length of the bumps course right up to Top Finish near the Green Dragon bridge.

Spring Head to Head - Railway Bridge to Motorway Bridge and back - 2 x 2000m

M1 miss out on the win by an agonising 0.8s over the combined times to LMBC M1 - a solid place to build from for Mays.

Champs Head - Plough to Penny Ferry - 1450m

A big turnout for MBC at Champs Head, with a string of silver medals across the board!

W1 - 2nd in category
M1 - 2nd in category
M2 - 2nd in category
M3 - 2nd in category
M4 - 3rd in category (only because M3 had already taken 2nd!)

W1 at Champs HeadM3 at Champs Head

Bedford Regatta - 1200m 

MBC has continued to provide opportunities for members to race off-Cam in recent years with W1 and M1 travelling to the Bedford Regatta in May. W1 were unfortunately knocked out by a strong Pembroke W1 in the second round before M1 avenged them by clattering Pembroke M1 in the final to win, taking out a few O*ford colleges along the way.

M1 at Bedford

Nines Regatta - 1000m up the Long Reach

W1, racing in the W2 division, beat Homerton W1, then Queens W1 before being beaten in the final by Trinity Hall W1 (a mysterious occurrence since all three crews seem to be in the Mays W1 division.....).

M4's first round competition didn't show up so they had a very easy row over and then unfortunately lost out to Emmanuel in the semi-final only to be avenged (lots of avenging in MBC) by M3 who won their final having beaten Trinity Hall and Sidney Sussex to get there.

Easter Training Camp - Lake Bled, Slovenia 

After a 2 year break, a record number of MBC members returned to Lake Bled in Slovenia for the annual training camp based out of the Olympic Rowing Centre.

Easter Training Camp Lake Bled Slovenia

All members had an amazing week, full of excellent training and bonding opportunities on and off the water with very varied weather but surrounded by stunning scenery. The Mallory Club has been supporting these annual camps to allow MBC members to train somewhere different without the general chaos and traffic jams of the Cam!

Easter Training Camp Lake Bled Slovenia

Bishop Simon Memorial Service

As many of you will recall, we lost Bishop Simon in 2020 but could not hold a fitting tribute due to COVID restrictions at the time. College held a memorial service for Bishop Simon in April this year, with MBC members carrying down his namesake VIII to the College gardens especially. Bishop Simon was an incredibly avid supporter of rowing throughout his life and will be sorely missed by all who knew, rowed with and were encouraged from the bank by him.

Bishop Simon Memorial Service

The May Races, 2022

The May Races this year will be held from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th June 2022 after a considerable hiatus of sunny bumps racing. This year will see the beginning of rotating the order of divisions each year, with the W1 division set to be the last race of the day in 2022. 

All members are of course welcome to join the Mallory Club and Magdalene Boat Club at the marquee on Fen Ditton Meadows on Saturday from noon, easily accessible by foot, bike or taxi from the town centre (approximately 45 minute walk). The recent completion of the new footbridge parallel to the railway bridge allows for easy access from the Chesterton side and Cambridge North station. Refreshments & Pimm's will be in great abundance.

The starting positions for each crew are:

W1: 4th in Division 2 - looking to bump back into Division 1
M1: 2nd in Division 1 - aiming for the Headship that COVID has taunted them with for so long
W2: 10th in Division 4 - an extremely strong crew looking to cause some chaos in a lower division
M2: 3rd in Division 3 - looking to bump into Division 2, where they have not been since 1993
W3: Not currently placed - with a successful Getting-on-Race, they will be randomly assigned a position
M3: 2nd in Division 5 - frantically trying to row away from M4 directly behind
M4: 3rd in Division 5 - attempting to gobble up M3 directly in front

Details on the Mays Dinner have been sent out separately - if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, please get in touch as a matter of urgency!

The May Races 2022

Location of the Marquee, Fen Ditton Meadows - town centre to the left of the map
Accessible by walking or cycling from the town centre (keep the river on your left, cross under the railway bridge and along the meadow). Accessible by car or taxi either by asking for the riverside at Chesterton and walking down the towpath, crossing the footbridge and down the meadow or crossing via punt directly over to the marquee. Accessible by car or taxi by asking for the Plough pub at Fen Ditton and making your way around to the meadows.

Henley Women's Regatta

After last year's success of W1 teaming up with Clare to enter Henley Royal Regatta, there are possible plans to team up with their boathouse buddies Queens' to enter Henley Women's Regatta which runs from Friday 17th - Sunday 19th June. Stay tuned for any further announcements.

Magdalene & Clare Women's Composite at HRR 2021

Henley Royal Regatta

M1 have plans to enter HRR again, this year held with the final on the traditional first weekend of July (whole event from Tuesday 28th June - Sunday 3rd July). Plans are underway for an invitation to MBC and alumni for an informal gathering on the Wednesday of the regatta in Henley. Details will be confirmed and sent out soon.

M1 at HRR 2021, reaching the Friday of the regatta

If any members have tickets to Henley which they are unable to utilise but are happy to donate to members of MBC, please get in touch. Many MBC members were able to attend their first HRR last year thanks to the generosity of alumni and we are sure any available tickets would be extremely appreciated again this year.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Mallory Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 19th June at 1600BST (1500GMT) in Magdalene College and via Zoom conference call for any members unable to attend on the day.

This is the Sunday after the last day of the May Races and we hope that anyone attending the bumps will be able to stay for the AGM afterwards. The time has been chosen to allow remote attendees to enjoy their Sunday before logging on to the call.

An agenda, accounts and Zoom link will be sent out closer to the time to Mallory Club members. Please note that the email you are reading now has been sent to the Mallory Club mailing list and not exclusively to the membership. If you are not sure of your membership status, please get in touch via as only members will receive the necessary information about the AGM.

Mallory Badges

The Mallory Club would like all members to sport one of our attractive lapel badges so it has been decided to distribute them free of charge. If you do not yet own a badge and would like one, please send a stamped and addressed envelope with postage for a large letter or small jiffy bag to:

The Mallory Club
c/o Captain of Boats
Magdalene College

Mallory Badges

We hope you have enjoyed hearing about the latest exploits of the Mallory Club, and if you are keen to become more involved then please get in touch!

We are also always keen to hear more about the post-Magdalene adventures of our members, and would welcome submission for future editions via


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