By Sarah Watson
Peterborough City Rowing Club members were the top dogs at Milton Keynes Regatta for the second year in a row, after being 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 18 wins out of the 37 crews that reached their finals.
The super Saturday got off to a great start when Ross Lamont coxed the Open primary quad of Joe Clayton, Graham Bergin, Robert Latham and Liam Bellamy to win their first ever race.
As well as his coxing victory, Lamont also sat in the rowers seat to win his J15 single, then later on he also joined Thomas Bodily to win the J16 band 2 doubles. Bodily was another double winner after picking up a win in his J16 single against teammate Callum Gilbey.
However Gilbey fought back and won a medal with his doubles parter Ted Smith, beating Bedford Rowing club in the J16 Band 1 doubles final.
Smith later joined Connor Ribbons, Henry Barnett and George Woodall to win the J18 coxless quad against Huntingdon boat club by 4 lengths.
Also racing in the J18 event were Olivia Hutchinson, Jenna Taylor, Georgina Parker and Hannah Bassett in the women’s J18 coxless quad. They beat Broxbourne Rowing club and Warwick boat club by 2 lengths. Parker also competed in her women’s j18 single and won her final against club-mate Lily Mace.
However Mace joined forces with Nia Griffiths to win a medal each in the women’s J18 doubles.
Another women’s double that blew away their competition were Chloe Reed and Milly Hilton in the women’s J16 double. They beat Loughborough boat club by 1 1/2 lengths. Reed and Hilton also competed in their j16 singles and Reed was the superb sculler that collected another medal.
Freya Woodall and Rosie Turp won the women’s J15 band 1 double sculls by 2 lengths and Lydia Hilton and Nell Papworth won the women’s J15 band 2 double sculls against Loughborough boat club.
The J14 single scullers didn’t disappoint at the regatta in their finals. For the girls, Isabel Jackson won her final against fellow club members Georgie Vassiliades and Grace Niklasson. For the boys, Matt Hand won the J14 title against Daniel Armstrong and a Northampton sculler in the final.
In the J14 doubles, Tom Calver and Bert Papworth beat Huntingdon Boat Club in their final by 2 lengths.
The last double scull victories came from Jack Collins and Rohan Khosla in the open double and Eric and Nigel Holt in the open primary double.
Another primary crew that displayed their first time luck were Andrea Becker, Debbie Downes, Anne Grange, Jodi Peggs and cox Gerdi Roussouw in the women’s primary coxed quad.
The last of the wins came from the Masters B coxed four of Kate Read, Sarah Sheldrick, Tina Allen, Caroline Calver and cox Tom Calver who won their final by just a bowball.