By Sarah Watson
Four devoted crews from Peterborough travelled to the Thames on Saturday to compete at Hampton Head, where they raced 3000 metres downstream against some of the biggest names in the country. All four crews achieved a place in the top 10 at this very prestigious event, including a first place medal.
Tom Bodily and Tom Jackson were Peterborough’s devoted duo that comfortably secured a first place in their J15 double event, finishing 20 seconds ahead of Guildford Rowing club. In a tough field of 10, they were one of the two crews in their event that managed to get a time sub 10 minutes, beating crews from the likes of Molesey and London Youth Rowing.
The two Toms also joined James Toynton and Alex Leverage to compete in the J16 coxless quad, where they were only 3 seconds from winning another medal. The boys achieved an impressive time of 08:54:4, placing them 6th out of a tough field of 22. They were 7 seconds away from the winners of the event which were from Tideway Scullers School, however they impressively beat a Henley Rowing Club crew by four tenths of a second.
Toynton and Leverage also had an impressive result in their J16 double, where they came 5th out of 24. They finished just 5 seconds behind the Tideway Scullers School in third, and were just 18 seconds from winning the event.
Jack Collins and Benjamin Mackenzie raced up a year to compete in the Open junior doubles category, where they came 10th out of 26. Despite facing some of the best crews in the country, they still achieved an amazing time that was less than a second behind a Tideway Scullers crew, and only 12 seconds from a Lea double that won at the British Championships last year.