By Sarah Watson
At the weekend, only a small selection of members from Peterborough competed at Star Head and York Small Boats Head. However this didn’t stop the club from making its mark.
One of Peterborough’s strongest juniors, Benjamin Mackenzie, did not only race at Star Head on Sunday, but competed at the GB trials 5 kilometre course at Boston the previous day.
Despite being the smallest, lightest and youngest there, Mackenzie had a very impressive row, placing 92nd out of 120.
At Star Club head, he came away with 2 wins in both the J17 and men’s open band 2 category. Having to race the 2 kilometre course twice in a row did not weaken his performance, as he kept strong and consistent throughout and achieved an excellent time of 7:40 in both races.
Not only was his time the fastest of the J17, but it was also the fastest time of the J18 category by 9 seconds. In his men’s Open band 2 category, he came first out of 8 competitors, over 20 seconds ahead of second place. There were even more competitors in his J17 category as he was in a field of 13 competitors. However this didn’t bring him bad luck in the end.
Ian Palmer and Steve Cranfield also competed in their composite crew with Star and Leicester rowing club, and won the Open Coxless Quad event by 2 seconds.
At York Small Boats Head, 2 Peterborough crews raced 3,000 metres upstream on the River Ouse.
The Open Band 1 double of George Bushell and Mike King got a time of 12:10 which placed them 39th out of 303 overall. In their category they finished 2nd, only 21 seconds behind first.
Rosie Turp coxed the four of Alex Totty, Dan Heard, Ed Burrows and George Wilson to achieve 58th place overall. They also finished 2nd in their category, only 16 seconds behind University of York in first.
By Sarah Watson