By Sarah Watson
Peterborough City Rowing Club members were the top dogs at Milton Keynes Regatta on Saturday, after the club was awarded the Regatta challenge cup for achieving the most wins overall. Both Junior and senior crews travelled to compete over the 500 metre course on the beautiful Caldecotte Lake, leaving with 11 wins and 11 second places to go with it.
The juniors picked up 10 of the wins, four of them leaving with two medals. This was the awesome foursome of James Toynton, Benjamin Mackenzie, Harry Masterson and Alex Leverage (with cox Matt Newton), who beat another Peterborough crew of Ed Burrows, Martin Bagnell, Dan Heard, Tristan Devereux and cox John Canton in the Novice four final, despite having never raced sweep before.
James Toynton gained his other novice win in his single earlier in the first division of the day. He began by beating a Bedford sculler by 3 lengths in the heat, then eased through the semi final beating an Action4Youth sculler. There was no trouble for Toynton in the final where he took a comfortable lead, beating the Bedford sculler easily. His crew mate Alex Leverage gained his second win from the IM3 single event, where he beat Milton Keynes Rowing Club by 4 lengths.
The other half of the four gained their second win from the J18 events. In his single, Harry Masterson beat Kings School Ely in the heat by 1 1/2 lengths, a Broxbourne sculler by 3 lengths, then it was an all-Peterborough final where he beat Jack Collins by 2 lengths. Collins however was joined by Benjamin Mackenzie to win their J18 double by 1 1/2 lengths against a Kings School Ely crew.
There were more J18 victories, this time from the girls Olivia Hutchinson, Georgina Parker, Libby Jarvis and Hannah Bassett in the Women’s J18 coxless quad, where they beat Kings School Ely by 3 1/2 lengths. The other coxless quad victory came from Thomas Bodily, Henry Barnett, Connor Ribbons and Tom Jackson in the IM3 category, where they beat Hillingdon by 4 lengths, Oundle by 2 lengths, then Action4Youth in the final by a length.
Eve Cresswell and Milly Hilton were easy winners in the women’s J15 double sculls. They beat Bedford in the heat by clear water, followed by Broxbourne in the semifinal, then claimed the title when they beat Northampton in the final easily. The last win from the doubles came from Callum Gilby and George Woodall who rowed up an age group in the J16 event, to claim their first ever win after beating Kings School Ely by 2 1/2 lengths.
Another first time winner was Clementine Hambly in the Women’s primary single event, she beat Milton Keynes scullers easily in both her heat and final. The last victory is by Finlay Ribbons who raced in his J14 single, beating Huntingdon in his heat by 1 1/2 lengths, then it was a close Peterborough final where he raced Brandon Ingle, crossing the line just a length ahead.
Second places from the event were by Tom Calveley, Ross Lamont, Callum Gilby, George Woodall and cox Euan Melkowski in the J14 coxed quad, Steven Meads and David Gray in the Primary double, Robert Brooks, John Phillips, Barry Clarkson, Graham Cochrane and cox Colin Burgess in the Primary coxed quad, Leah Dennis and Nia Griffiths women’s J16 double and Griffiths again in her J16 single, Ilektra Apostolidou in the women’s Masters A single, Sarah Watson in the women’s J18 single and Chloe Reed, Milly Hilton, Eve Cresswell, cox Rosie Turp and last minute substitute from Bedford Rowing Club in the Women’s J15 coxed quad.
By Sarah Watson