Cambridge University men's rowing eight recently took out the Harry Mahon Memorial Trophy at the Gallagher Great Race on the Waikato River in Hamilton, New Zealand. The organizers of the event, through the King St. Great Race Ball, fundraised for the Harry Mahon Cancer Research Trust. The masquerade ball featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on celebrity signed memorabilia and $3,000 was raised from the evening.
"We are proud to contribute to the Mahon Trust," said Rob Hamill, Director of the Gallagher Great Race. "Harry was one of New Zealand's best rowing coaches. He had strong links to both New Zealand and British rowing and that always makes the racing against the light blues of Cambridge all the more special."
This year the University of Waikato men's crew was touted as favorites, with Cambridge having lost the race in 2002 and 2006, but an enthusiastic Cambridge crew managed to even the scoreboard and secured their second ever win against Waikato. Watching the racing was light blue oldboy Chris Barton. Barton, a friend of the Gallagher Great Race, who was a Cambridge University Blue and British Olympian in 1948, donated a further $1,000 to the Mahon Trust. Having travelled up from his current hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, Barton was thrilled to mingle with the current Cambridge crop and reminisce his Boat Club days with an old friend Donald Legget.