Stake 1 to MAA finish line 3000m (1.87 miles)
Stake 1 to UL finish line 2200m (1.37 miles)


Revised timetable - 20.6.21 v3 (High flow conditions)

11:00 High water Kew Bridge (Chiswick Br 10:56, Brentford lock 11:09, Richmond 11:16)

13:15-13:45 Womens crews boat (detailed boating plan at ULBH)

14:30 Womens race 1 (start - UL or Kew, turn and go back to the start immediately)

15:30 (approx) Womens race 2 (start - MAA, full length)

15:45 - 16:30 Crews change over (and stakers etc) - detailed boating plan at ULBH

17:15 Mens race 1 (start - UL or Kew, turn and go back to the start)

18:15 Mens race 2 (start - MAA, full length)

18:30-18:45 Mens crews deboat (detailed boating plan)

19:00 Low water Kew Bridge (Chiswick Br 18:48, Brentford Lock 18:07, Richmond 18:14)

Bumps 2021 start order
Results - Bumps 2017-2019
Results - Bumps 2009-2016
Bumps - summary of winners 1980 - present

United Hospitals Bumps Races - history
Photograph gallery (2015-present)
Photograph gallery (1997-2011)
Photographs - pre 1995

Information for other oared boats not competing in the event

Information for competitors
Course maps - Bumps
Landing at the start

Officials' information
Risk assessment - Bumps
Risk assessment - coronavirus
Safety documents - Bumps

Bumps party


 United Hospitals Bumps Races
Held annually on the Tideway since 1954 (except 2020 due to the pandemic)
 Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May 2022
(subject to the COVID 19 pandemic restrictions). 
We are actively discouraging spectators - please do not attend unless you are competing or directly helping

The United Hospitals Bumps are held between Brentford Lock/Syon Crossing and the University of London Boathouse/MAABC

There is a variation in navigation for all oared boats against the stream at Brentford lock (local rules approved by the PLA)
Please follow this
link 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.

A bump is defined as boat, blade or person touching boat, blade or person [Covid 19 exception - person/person contact prohibited and will be penalised]

A technical bump is defined as bows past bows.

The start is marked by the three minute, one minute and start klaxons 

The finish is when the sternpost of each boat passes the finish flag at ULBH (women's) or MAABC (men's crews).

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