By Sarah Watson
Peterborough City scullers Camilla Plumb and Anna Rowbotham just missed out on a win at the prestigious Pairs Head of the river race on The Thames last weekend. They came second overall in their category behind a Tideway Scullers crew in the women’s lightweight double category. Plumb won at the event a couple years previously, when she joined forces with a Deben sculler to win the women’s IM1 double.
However this year she just missed out, as her double secured second place, 6 seconds faster than the Vesta crew in third. They achieved a time of 15:22.9 over the 4.8km course, finishing 200th altogether out of the 479 crews, despite being ranked 306.
For the juniors that went, despite racing in the tough Intermediate category, the J16 double of Alex Leverage and James Toynton managed to finish in the top 3, just a quarter of a second separating them from second place. Their very impressive time of 14:34.8 put them in 79th place, beating the times of Tideway and Henley scullers.
The J18 double of Jack Collins and Benjamin Mackenzie also raced in the tougher intermediate category, finishing 11th out of 16. Unfortunately for the double they had a minor slip up towards the end of the race when they caught their blades a buoy, which cost them about 5 seconds, resulting in them achieving a time of 14:38 and placing them 89th overall. If they didn’t have this slip up then their position could’ve been at least 10 places higher, however they still finished with an impressive time nonetheless.
By Sarah Watson