By Sarah Watson
Peterborough City rowers gained 8 wins at the Huntingdon Head of the River on Sunday, making them the club to achieve the most wins, followed by Huntingdon Boat Club with 5 wins.
Some scullers achieved more than one medal, one of them being Alex Leverage in the Open J16 single sculls event. His time was over a minute quicker than the St Ives sculler in second place.
Leverage also joined James Toynton to gain another win in their J17 double, finishing 1 minute 40 seconds ahead of Isle of Ely in second. They achieved an impressive time of 15:09 over the 4 kilometre course, making them the 5th fastest crew of the day out of 69.
Another sculler to achieve 2 medals was Ilektra Apostolidou, who won the women’s Masters A/C single event easily, with a 2 min 45 second gap between her and second. She then joined Pete Orme in the Mixed Masters C double sculls event, where they finished 24 seconds faster than the St Ives double in second.
Another masters win was by Pete Orme, Keith Blackman, Tim Lloyd and Steve Hodge who came first in the open Masters E coxless quad. They were 41 seconds faster than the Isle of Ely quad in second.
Two more quad victories came from the junior crews, both coxed by Rosie Turp. Tom Jackson, Henry Barnett, Tom Bodily and Connor Ribbons won the J16 coxed quad event by just under a minute, despite losing about 20 seconds due to steering difficulties on the tricky bend. They still managed to get an impressive time though, placing 13th overall out of the 69 crews.
Turp also coxed the women’s J15 quad of Eve Cresswell, Charlotte Bolton, Chloe Reed, Milly Hilton to win by a clear margin of 51 seconds.
Benjamin Mackenzie was the second fastest single sculler of the day, and won his J17 single event by 1 minute 28 seconds. His time of 16:34 placed him 19th overall.
A second place was from Tim Jeffries-Harris, Steve Akerman, Neil Beckingham, George Nash and Euan Melkowski (cox) in the Open Masters D fours category.
Another crew that raced, but for time only due to lack of opposition, was Sarah Watson, Lauren Shearman-smith, Libby Jarvis and Hannah Bassett in the women’s coxless quad event. They still had a good row, coming 30th overall and they were the fastest women’s crew of the day.
Also on Sunday was Nottingham Autumn Head, where Peterborough scullers Steve Cranfield and Ian Palmer, joined Chris Callow and Dave Smith from Star and Leicester, to form a composite Masters B coxless quad.
Not only did they win the Masters B/C coxless quad event, but they also came top of the 88 crews in their division, 15 seconds faster than the Nottingham University Quad that came second overall. Their time of 13:32.5 over the 3850 metre course led them to victory by a clear margin of 34 seconds, ahead of Leicester Rowing Club.
By Sarah Watson