17 REGATTA WINS FOR CITY
PETERBOROUGH City Rowing Club enjoyed a recordbreaking weekend at their first summer regatta.
Success came thick and fast for the host club who powered their way to the Victor Ludorum with 17 wins with two course records also falling to City crews after a weekend of pulsating performances at Thorpe Meadows.
And it was the ladies setting the pace with the women’s intermediate 3 coxed four of Charlotte Laluna, Hannah Davies, Sally Wallace, Jessica Parker and cox Kate Wallace smashing the course best mark by more than six seconds during a blistering run over 500 metres yesterday.
Megan Rogers, Ella Lamming, Annabell Litcher, Ericha Knowles and cox Serena Ward also set a new record in the intermediate 2 coxed fours, but the real stars of the show were the junior girls quad crew.
Georgia Swain, Gemma Titchmarsh, Paige Phillips and Meghan Lawless grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick, including a brilliant brace of wins in the women’s intermediate coxless quads on Saturday and Sunday.
Coached by Jan Taylor and Steve Fox, the girls managed to maintain their excellent recent form as they prepare for the National Championships later this summer.
Taylor said: “The girls have done wonderfully well over the weekend and it is nice for them to be in the limelight. In a way they have really come of age over the weekend, especially with their wins on Saturday and Sunday in the intermediate rac- es against adult crews. To win that was a wonderful effort.
“And with Serena Ward as cox on Sunday they took the junior 15 title as well which was also a very good performance. They all work extremely hard and I hope they can continue to develop and enjoy more success together.”
In fact the only downside for Lawless, Titchmarsh, Phillips and Swain is that they have now lost their novice status, a fate shared by Jamie Davis, who along with Steve Fox, John Cameron (in the boat as a last minute replacement), David Clow and cox Gigi Florentin-Lee got the ball rolling on Saturday with a win in the intermediate 3 coxed fours.
And the home club’s hot streak continued throughout a blazing hot Saturday with the intermediate 2 coxed four, the women’s masters coxed four and the junior 14 double sculls all savouring success in the sunshine.
There were also individual triumphs over 1,000 metres with Daniel Boyle taking the junior 16 single sculls crown, Joan Heath the women’s masters singles sculls, and Graham Barks the masters D single sculls.
And it got even better on Sunday with city crews once again dominating proceedings with nine more race wins to seal the Victor Ludorum for the most successful club at the regatta.
As well as the record-breaking efforts of the women’s coxed inter- mediate 3 and intermediate 2 fours crews, other highlights saw Boyle complete his win double in the single sculls over the shorter distance while Barks picked up his second pewter tankard after taking the single sculls crown.
Club press officer Ericha Knowles said: “Once again it has been a great success and it was great to see so many wins in various different categories.
“The racing has been excellent all weekend and winning the Victor Ludorum just caps it all off brilliantly.”
PULLING POWER: The successful City Under 15 crew of Paige Phillips, Gemma Titchmarsh, Georgia Swain and Meghan Lawless, who won three events. (METP-05-06-10DL615)
TAKING THE STRAIN: The Peterborough City novice coxed four of Tom Elston, Dominic Nolan, Jacob White, Douglas Cameron and James Embleton. (METP-05-06-10DL549)