The Umpires for The Boat Race 2019 have been selected.
Richard Phelps has been announced as the Umpire for The Women’s Boat Race. Phelps rowed for Cambridge 3 times from 1993-95, winning all 3 Races and was Cambridge President for his final Race in 1995. In 2014 Phelps umpired The Men’s Boat Race and was Assistant Umpire in 2004, 2009 & 2011. He will be assisted by Kath Finucane.
Rob Clegg will umpire The 165th Men’s Boat Race. He has previously umpired the Race in 2011, Isis-Goldie Race in 2015 and The Women’s Boat Race in 2016. Clegg rowed in The 1994, 1995 and 1996 Boat Races for Oxford, failing to take a win. He will be assisted by Clare Briegal.
A Boat Race Umpire plays a crucial role not only on Race Day but also in the weeks and months leading up to the Race. They not only officiate at club fixtures but also oversee other key events. Both Richard and Rob will be on hand to umpire Trial 8s with Oxford on Friday 7th December and Monday 11th December.
The confirmed umpire roles for The Boat Race 2019 are:
The Women’s Boat Race
Umpire: Richard Phelps
Assistant Umpire: Kath Finucane
Reserve Umpire: Sarah Winckless
Umpire: Tony Reynolds
Assistant Umpire: Judith Packer
Reserve Umpire: Simon Harris
Umpire: Sir Matthew Pinsent
Assistant Umpire: Clare Harvey
Reserve Umpire: Caroline Smith
The Men’s Boat Race
Umpire: Rob Clegg
Assistant Umpire: Clare Briegal
Reserve Umpire: Matt Smith
The Boat Race 2019 will take place on Sunday 7th April. The Women’s Boat Race at 2.15pm and The Men’s Boat Race at 3.15pm.