By Sarah Watson
It was a great weekend for Peterborough City’s Camilla Plumb at the Women’s Henley Royal Regatta, where she reached the semi final at this prestigious 3 day event that is held over the iconic 1.5 kilometre stretch of the River Thames. There were 16 girls in her senior Lightweight singles category therefore there was no time trial to seed them, and instead races were randomly picked.
On the Friday she got off to a fantastic start in the first round, beating her opposition from Durham University by 3/4 of a length in a time of 6:05. Plumb said she slowed in this race as she had more races to come, however she was still able to get a time that was only 2 seconds off the course record.
On the Saturday she raced City of Bristol in the quarter final winning by 2 lengths, again not needing to exert herself too much. In the semi final the next day she lost to Suzi Perry, a Thames Club rower who was the runner up of the event last year and now the champion this year.
Also former club member Megan Stoker raced at the event, progressing through to the quarter-final in the senior lightweight double, losing out on the semi final by just 3 lengths.
Also at the weekend was St Ives regatta, where Peterborough crew members gained 7 wins and 5 second places over the 550 metre course on the River Ouse. All of the seniors racing at the event took home a win including Ajay Prasher, Steve Ackerman, Tim Jeffries-Harris, George Nash and cox John Canton who beat Hillingdon Rowing club by 4 lengths in the Masters C coxed fours event. The other senior crew that took home a win was George Bushel and Mike King who also beat a Hillingdon Rowing club crew in their IM3 double final by 3 lengths.
Peterborough juniors also didn’t disappoint at this regatta, being responsible for 5 of the wins and 4 second places. For the girls it was Sarah Watson who beat a Kings school ely sculler in the final by a length in the girls J18 category. Another J18 winner was Harry Masterson, who despite racing up 2 year groups, he beat Huntingdon in semi-final by half a length, then beat Sudbury Rowing Club in the final by 1/3 length. Masterson also progressed to the final in the IM1 single category where he lost the title by only 1 length, against a university rower from St Ives.
Another win in the single came from Alex Leverage in the men’s novice event. He progressed to the final after beating a Sudbury sculler in the semi final by half a length, then won the whole event after Peterborough sculler Calumn Titmus didn’t show up to the final. Leverage was then joined by doubles partner James Toynton to earn yet another win. The duo beat Oundle rowing club in the qualifier easily, then beat another Oundle crew in the semi final by 3 boat lengths. They also won their final by a Clea margain, finishing 2 boat lengths ahead of Kings School Ely by 2 lengths.
The last win of the day came from the J16 double of Jack Collins and Benjamin Mackenzie, who beat Sudbury Rowing Club in the semi final by 1 length then Kings School Ely in the final by 2 lengths. Both Collins and Mackenzie raced in singles, with Collins losing out in his IM3 semi final to the winner of the event, and Mackenzie coming second in the J16 final, losing out by only 3 feet against the Kings School Ely Sculler. Other second places came from Damen Sanderson in the men’s IM3 singles, Hannah Bassett and Georgina Parker in the women’s J16 doubles, and James Toynton who lost out in his J15 single final by only 2 feet.