The Allom Cup, raced annually on the River Thames, is an 800m race from ULBC to just before Chiswick Bridge. Dating back to 1925, the historic race is hotly contested every year, and on the 30th of November 2019, LSERC boated their first and second men’s eights, along with a first women’s four and the second women’s eight. Taking place on the same day, the UH Novice Regatta saw two men’s eights and a women’s eight compete. The huge display from LSE was evidently intimidating from the outset, dominating clubs from all over London. The Women’s Senior 4+ kicked off the day’s events, racing against RUMS, fiercely close from the beginning. An unfortunate crab saw the four narrowly miss victory, but it was an impressive display from the girls. More intense clashes with RUMS and UCL saw the Women’s and Men’s Intermediate 8+ just unable to hold off their competitors, despite impeccable performances, but held their heads high and vowed to defeat them next time. The Men’s Senior 8+, however, wowed the crowd with three straight victories - firstly in the quarter finals against KCL B (5L), secondly in the semi-finals against UCL (1 1/4L) and finally in the finals against RUMS (1 1/4L), walking away with the renowned Allom Cup, “a surprise, to be sure” according to the organisers. Later that day, LSE’s Women’s Novice 8+ achieved an extremely impressive 5L victory over ICSM, whilst both Men’s Novice 8+’s put up a good fight but couldn’t quite get there. A hugely successful and volatile day of racing, in usual LSE fashion, was rounded out with a trip to the pub and a party in Peckham later in the evening, celebrating the thrills of the day!
Written by Doug Gerard