By Sarah Watson
Peterborough crews took home advantage at their annual Spring Regatta achieving an impressive 15 wins and 7 second places over the weekend. They took the honours in 5 races on the Saturday, then doubled that the following day, producing a further 10 wins. This took place at Thorpe Meadows Rowing Lake over the 1 kilometre course, attracting hundreds of rowers from all over the country to take part.
For the juniors, Harry Masterson dominated the J16 single category, taking away a win both days of the event. On the Saturday he flew through his heat, achieving the fastest time in his field by over 10 seconds, then beat his time in the final taking away his first victory of the weekend.
Then the following day, after progressing through the heats he was joined by fellow club mates Benjamin Mackenzie and Jack Collins in the final, along with a Cambridge 99 sculler. It was a nail-biting race with only 6 seconds separating 1st from 4th, however Masterson comfortably took the lead, finishing 4 seconds ahead of the Cambridge 99 sculler in second.
Although Mackenzie and Collins missed out on a win in their single final, they achieved an impressive win in their J16 double on the Saturday, finishing 9 seconds ahead of the Cambridge 99 crew in second place. Another double scull victory was by Alex Leverage and James Toynton in the J15 doubles event. They faced club members Connor Ribbons and Tom Jackson in their heat, taking the lead by 4 seconds, then won their final by just under a second.
Anna Robotham was very successful in the women’s IM3 singles event, taking away a win after beating the York City sculler by over 10 seconds. The last win from Saturdaywas Olivia Hutchinson, Georgina Parker, Libby Jarvis and Hannah Basset in their women’s IM3 coxless quad, finishing 1 second ahead of the Leeds University crew. The crew member Hutchinson also did well in her J16 single, finishing first in her heat, second in the semi-final, then second overall in the field by just a few seconds.
Sunday was double the wins, with Hannah Chatfield dominating the women’s J18 age category, achieving first place in both her single and composite double. In her single, despite starting off with the second fastest time in the field overall, this was dramatically changed in the final where she blew away her competition, finishing 15 seconds ahead of Oundle Town Rowing Club. Her composite double didn’t disappoint either, when she joined Lotte Tyndale-Hardy from Deben Rowing Club to achieve a time of 3:53.9, making them the only crew in their field to accomplish a time below 4 minutes.
Other victories in single sculls came from Damen Sanderson who came top of the field of 11 in the Men’s Novice category, and Tim Ellis in the Masters D category who easily won his final by over 10 seconds.
Double scull winners included Anita Carter and Joan Heath who won by 10 seconds in the Women’s Masters E/F event, and Michael King and George Bushell out of a field of 12, in the Men’s Novice event.
J15 scullers Tom Jackson, Henry Barnett, Thomas Bodily, Connor Ribbons and cox Rosie Turp gained their first ever win in their coxed quad, after coming 3rd the previous day.
The other wins on Sunday were from composite crews with Peterborough, Star and Leicester rowing club in the Masters B/C coxless quad and Peterborough and Leicester Rowing Club in the Women’s Masters D coxed four.
Second places came from Steve Cranfield and Ian palmer in both the Masters B and C doubles, Glyn Reed in the Masters B Novice single, James Toynton in the Novice (A) single, Jack Ward in the Masters E single, and the women’s Masters C/D coxed eight composite crew.