By Sarah Watson
It was a glorious weekend for former Peterborough Junior Sam Tuck after winning at the Vesta Sculling Head on Saturday, then the following day being named the Young Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards. Now 24, he is the head coach at the University of Surrey Boat Club, as well as rowing for Molesey Boat Club. At Vesta Sculling Head, he won in the men’s lightweight senior category by 26 seconds with a time of 19:09.65 over the 4.25 mile championship course on the Thames.
Camilla Plumb also did extremely well, coming 2nd in the women’s elite category behind a tideway sculler, with a time of 20:50.43. Her brother, James Plumb, finished the course with a time of 21:12.29.
Club member Tim Ellis also rowed at the event for the RAF, and came 5th out of 21 in the masters D category. He faced tough competition in his category as the winner was Guy Pooley, a former GB rower and winner at Henley Royal regatta.
Peterborough scullers also raced at Newark Head on Saturday, coming away with 5 wins and 9 second places despite the difficulty faced from the Trent’s bendy course.
James Toynton took away two medals from the event after winning in both the open coxless quad, and J16 double. In the first division he faced the 5 kilometre course with crew members Thomas Bodily, Alex Leverage and Thomas Jackson, where they won their quad by just under 50 seconds. Their time made them the second fastest crew in the division overall out of 36.
Toynton and Bodily then won their double in the second division over the 3.9 kilometre course, where they beat crew mates Leverage and Jackson by 7 seconds. Their time was 4th fastest in the division overall out of 50 crews.
Other winners in the first division were Hayley Marsters, Gail Parker, Gemma Singleton, Ilektra Apostolidou, Jo Canton, Tina Allen, Kate Read, Sarah Sheldrick and cox Hannah Parker in the women’s open eight category. They took a tremendous lead, finishing 55 seconds faster than the crew in second.
The winners in the second division were Finlay Ribbons, Ted Smith, Ross Lamont, Brandon Ingle and cox Rosie Turp in the J15 coxed quad event. They were over a minute quicker than St Peter’s School in second.
The last victory of division two came from Jack Collins in the J18 single sculls event. Despite being in the highest band, he took an impressive lead of 44 seconds.
There were very close second places at the event with only a few seconds separating club members from a medal. Stuart Holmes and Chris Elder were only 2 seconds off winning the Band 1 Open doubles event, and Iain Cameron and Tim Jeffries-Harris were only 3 seconds off winning the Masters D double.
After winning the women’s eight in the first division, Ilektra Apostolidou went on to race in her women’s single for the second division and finished 2nd out of 6, only 7 seconds off first place.
Alex Roberts also came second in his Open J18 single, just 8 seconds behind Nottingham and Union Rowing Club.
It was also unfortunate for Hayley Shipton and Helen Griffiths in their women’s double, as they missed out on a victory by 9 seconds, after hitting the bank when they couldn’t get past the other crew.
Other second places were from Jenna Taylor, Eve Cresswell, Hannah Bassett and Sarah Watson in the Women’s coxless quad, Alex Totty, Daniel Heard, Martin Bagnell, George Wilson, Ed Burrows, Mike King, George Bushell, Chris Elder and cox Rosie Turp in the Open eight, and Iain Cameron, Neil Beckingham, Steve Akerman, Tim Jeffries-Harris and cox Tom Calver in the Masters D coxed four.
By Sarah Watson