Over one hundred crews arrived at the Head of the Nene race in Peterborough on Saturday. Competitors travelled from Lincoln, Reading and Maidstone to compete against over thirty home crews. In the shorter two thousand five hundred metre course, the fastest crew of the day was a Peterborough, Medway and Poplar Blackwell Masters C quad with Ian Palmer and Steve Cranfield. The composite quad completed the course thirty seconds faster than their nearest opponents for a deserved win. The Peterborough Masters E quad of Graham Barks, Jack Ward, Tim Ellis and Steve Tuck came third in the same event with just five seconds separating them from second place after handicap adjustment. Palmer and Cranfield almost claimed another win in the open Elite double sculls, but a Leeds University and Huntingdon composite took the honours. Both crews were the fastest boats in the first division. Ian Davis and Peter Dolby made things look easy, with a winning margin of sixty-seven seconds before adjustment against younger crews in the Masters coxless pairs event.
Peterborough’s Masters also did well in smaller boats, with Glyn Reed coming second in the Masters single sculls and Paul Scutts and Iain Cameron doing the same in the Masters double sculls. Peterborough’s juniors made an impact, with Ben Mackenzie winning the J16A single sculls ahead of club-mate Calum Scane. James Toynton took on Alex Leverage in the J15A single sculls and won by just twelve seconds for another Peterborough one-two. Toynton and Mackenzie then joined Harry Masterson and Jack Collins in a J16A coxless quad, winning the category by almost two minutes.
Rohan Khosla almost added to the win tally in the open IM3 single sculls, missing out by just twelve seconds. Forbes Plumb kept the pressure on by taking just sixteen seconds longer than Khosla in the same event. From the senior squad, the Women’s Novice four of Julie Barrett, Rachel Pishhorn, Nikki Brett and Sarah Baker were coxed by last-minute substitute Ian Davis for a strong first competitive win over Wellbeck College.