By Sarah Watson
Peterborough’s rowers ventured on to the Thames last weekend, with four crews entering the Fours Head of the River on Saturday and four crews entering the Veterans Fours Head on Sunday.
Both heads cover the 6.8 kilometre course used for the University Boat Race but run in reverse with the tide from Mortlake to Putney. They attract top clubs and universities from across the country, including many well-known GB rowers.
At the Vets Head, Ian Palmer won the Masters B coxless quad in his composite crew with Leicester, Quintin and Star Rowing Club. They won my a clear margin, 50 seconds ahead of Thames Rowing Club in second. They achieved a time of 18:37 which was the second fastest time of the day, out of the 256 crews competing.
Alasdair Ryder, Jim Burt, Jack Ward and Steve Tuck competed in the open masters E coxless four event and finished 5th in their category.
In the Masters E doubles category, Ian Davis and Pete Dolby had no opposition due to the other crew in their category scratching, however they still did well to complete the course with a time of 23:17.
At the Fours Head the previous day, Hannah Bassett, Olivia Hutchinson, Georgina Parker and Jenna Taylor competed in the women’s schools coxless quads event and finished 12th out of 23 crews. They were just 13 seconds from finishing in the top 10 and did very well to finish 12th, just 1 second ahead of a Thames Rowing Club crew.
Connor Ribbons, Jack Collins, Henry Barnett and Alex leverage competed in the open schools coxless quads event and finished 18th out of 26, despite only rowing together a couple times previously. Competing in the same category, Tom Jackson, Callum Gilbey, Ted Smith and Thomas Bodily had a brilliant start to their race however were unable to finish due to a problem with the boat’s rigger.
Damen Sanderson, George Bushell, Connor Mumford and Chris Elder competed in the Open coxless four category and came 15th out of 27 crews. They did very well in this tough field, finishing just 10 seconds away from the top 10.