By Sarah Watson
On Saturday, over 100 crews travelled from afar as Bentham, Curlew and Henley Rowing Club to compete over the shorter 2,500 metre and longer 5,000 metre course at Peterborough Head of the Nene. There were over 20 home crews that raced, 6 of them winning their event along with 4 second places.
In the shorter course, the fastest crew of the day was a Peterborough, Leicester and Star composite crew of Steve Cranfield, Ian Palmer, Chris Callow and Dave Smith in the Open Band 1 coxless quad. The composite quad completed the course twelve seconds faster than the crew second in the division, however due to lack of competition in Band 1 they left empty handed.
The fastest women quad of the day was Jenna Taylor, Georgina Parker, Sarah Watson and last minute substitute Helen Griffiths who won the women’s coxless quad event. They got a time of 12:31 over the short course, which was just under 2 and a half minutes faster than their opposition from Bedford.
Another sculler that thrashed their opposition was Callum Gilby in his J15 single. Despite it being his first time racing in a single, he beat his opposition from Leys School Boat Club by over 3 minutes.
Tim Ellis also smashed his race, coming top of the men’s open band 2 single sculls, 48 seconds ahead of Less school Boat Club. Another Peterborough sculler, Jordan Beale, competed in the same band and finished just 6 seconds behind second place. In band 1 of the open single sculls, James Plumb did well against tough competition, finishing in 3rd place.
For the ladies, Anna Robotham dominated the women’s singles, winning by just under 40 seconds with a time of 12:51. Club mate Carole Hook finished second, followed by
Ilektra Apostolidou just 4 seconds behind her in third.
Pete Dolby and Ian Davis won their Masters E pair by 16 seconds, as well as finishing 3rd overall in a division of 60 crews.
The last of the winners are Henry Barnett, George Woodall, Ted Smith and Connor Ribbons who won the Band 2 coxless quads by 6 seconds, and came 8th overall in their division.
Chris Burton, Doug Barber, Dave Chinn and Barry McCann almost added to the win tally as they were only 5 seconds from winning the Masters coxless quad event. However they achieved second place comfortably, one and a half minutes faster than West Norfolk Rowing Club in third.
More close second places came from the Men’s Open Coxed Four of George Wilson, Alex Totty, Dan Heard, Martin Bagnel and cox George Bushell, and the Master C Coxed Eight of Hayley Marsters, Jo Canton, Gemma Singleton, Gail Parker, Emma Richardson, Tina Allen, Ilektra Apostolidou, Kate Read and cox Hannah Parker (who raced the 5000 metre course). Both crews lost out on a win by just over 20 seconds.