By Sarah Watson
Peterborough City Juniors doubled last years medal count at the Peterborough junior Championships by taking home a total of 6 medals. This included two gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze.
Eve Cresswell was the golden girl at the championships, being responsible for both the gold medals in her girl’s J14 single and double events. She dominated her races in her single, winning her heat by 13 seconds, her semi-final by 7 seconds, then in her final she won by a clear margin, knocking 11 seconds off of her pb, whilst finishing 17 seconds ahead of her club mate Chloe Reed who got silver. Cresswell was then joined by Milly Hilton in the girl’s J14 B double sculls event, where they blew away their competition, achieving a time of 4:07.6 over the 1000 metre course in both their heat and final. This led them to a golden victory, finishing 7 seconds ahead of Radnor House School.
The remaining two silver medals were by the J15 boys doubles. Alex Leverage and James Toynton did really well in their J15 A double, crossing the line second in their final despite only having the third fastest qualifying time. The boys were only 1 second behind first place. Tom Jackson and Connor Ribbons also took away silver medals after coming second in the boy’s J15 B final behind Northwich Rowing Club.
The bronze medal came from Lamont in the boy’s J13 A singles category. Lamont finished 16 seconds ahead of Nottingham rowing club in fourth, despite them having a faster qualifying time than him.
There were 3 junior singles that reached the final of their event but unfortunately just missed out on a medal. After winning silver in his double with Leverage, James Toynton jumped straight into his J15 A single, where half an hour later he missed out on a medal by only 6 seconds. This was unfortunate for Toynton as he had done well in his heat race, winning by 6 seconds.
Another sculler who missed out was Henry Barnett in the boy’s J15 B singles event. Barnett had fought his way through to the final, by finishing only 0.4 seconds behind first in his heat, meaning he had to compete in the repechage, where he beat Norwich Rowing Club by 6 seconds. Despite having already raced 4 times that day as he had also competed in a quad, Barnett still managed to get a good time in his final, only 3 seconds from winning a medal.
The remaining sculler who just missed out on a medal was Nia Griffiths who like Barnett, also had to fight her way through the repechage, beating Nottingham Rowing club by 3 seconds. However in her final she missed out on a bronze by 8 seconds.
Also at the weekend was the Ironbridge regatta where Tim Peterson and Mike King competed on the Saturday of the event, winning the men’s IM3 double event over the 1 kilometre course. They got off to a great start by winning their first race easily against city of Oxford over the, then later won their final by 2 and a half lengths ahead of a Worcester Rowing Club crew.