The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by JAMES WEST­GATE

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)

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