Sidney first men have won blades in Lent Bumps for the first time in 15 years. Going into the final day we already knew that we'd produced one of the best results that a Men's first boat from Sidney had produced in several years. We also knew that we had a huge opportunity to make it an even better week and finish it off in style.

Despite starting on the outflow we pushed off perfectly straight and settled into a reasonable rhythm. Just as we were about to stride down from rating in the low forties we got our first whistle - consequently, despite Rob [our cox] calling a stride it didn't really happen and we kept the rating high. In due course both second and third whistles came. However, when we reached overlap with LMBC II it seemed to take us an age to actually get the bump. However, in time, it came on First Post Corner conveniently in front of a large group of SSBC supporters.

The Bump on LMBC II marked the perfect end to the week's racing for M1, making us the first Sidney M1 to win blades in Lent Bumps for 15 years. All that was left to do was to row home in style and celebrate our success.

On behalf of M1 I'd like to express you huge gratitude to our coaches Michael Burcher, Chris Lloyd and Tim Rhodes for all their help, guidance and dedication throughout the term - we really could not have done it without you.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2010.

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