By Sarah Watson
Peterborough crews faced tough racing conditions at the British Rowing Masters Championships at the weekend, however still made it home with 4 crews taking medals. The prestigious event took place over the 1000 metre course at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham and was set to take place over both days, however the deteriorating weather conditions on Sunday led to racing being cancelled from 2pm onwards. This led to disappointment for some crews, including the Women’s Masters C eight, who had earlier qualified for the final that afternoon, however could not race to to the cancellation.
However there were a number of victories from Peterborough crew members on the Saturday, including double winners Steve Cranfield and Ian Palmer, who took home a silver medal from their Composite A/B coxless quad, and a bronze medal from their Masters C double. In their quad they were joined by crew members from Star and Leicester rowing club where they finished only 6 seconds away from a gold medal. Cranfield and Palmer also had a close final in their double, where they finished third, only a second away from another silver medal. They comfortably secured a bronze however, finishing 5 seconds ahead of Exeter Rowing Club.
Other doubles medalists were Chris Elder and Stuart Holmes who took home a bronze in their Masters A double. They had an exceedingly great start to the day as they had the fastest qualifying time in their category, setting a record of 3:56.74. This made them the only crew in their category to get at time below 4 minutes. This was followed by a very close final, where they finished third with only 2 seconds away from a gold medal.
Another bronze medallist from the event was Carole Hook who competed in the Women’s Masters B singles event. She finished third in the eliminator round behind two tideway scullers, however beat both of those scullers in the final, finishing less than 20 seconds behind Abingdon Rowing club in second. Hook also joined Nottingham rower Heather Wesson in the women’s Masters A doubles event, where they came 4th in the eliminator only 5 seconds off being in the final.
Another women’s double that raced on Saturday was Joan Heath snd Anita Carter in the Women’s Championship Masters E double. They finished 5th in the Eliminator, 27 seconds ahead of Christchurch Rowing club in 6th.
The Open Masters E coxless quad of Steve Tuck, Jack Ward, Jim Burt and Graham Barks progressed through to the final after coming 3rd in the eliminator, then finished 6th in the final, only 7 seconds away from 5th position.