City rowers in oursome form at Bedford
AFTER stealing the headlines on home water, Peterborough City Rowing Club’s very own oarsome foursome were at it again in Bedford.
Competing at the Star Regatta, Meghan Lawless, Paige Phillips, Gemma Titchmarsh, Georgia Swain and cox Chris De Frietos took the J15 Coxed Quad event in a best time of three minutes 39 seconds for the 1,000 metre course.
Lawless, Titchmarsh and Phillips then teamed up with Holly McFarlane to win the J16 Coxless Quad race, beating crews from Oundle School, Dame Alice School and Star Club in both events.
But it was not just the girls enjoying that winning feeling in Bedford.
James Marshall, Matt Hart, Harry Veal-Gray, Daniel Richardson and cox Matt Newton took the honours in the J14 Coxed Quad with Marshall and Hart going on to grab top spot in the J14 Double Sculls.
And to complete a memorable event for PCRC, the club sent an Octuple to the event for the first time in their history with crews as young as 12 years old enjoying some thrilling races on the day.
Elsewhere Philppa Neill continued her preparations for Henley with a win at the Reading Amateur Regatta.
Neill, rowing in her composite junior eight crew beat University College Dublin in the final to win the Intermediate Women’s Eights for her third win in as many weeks.
And the success kept coming for PCRC members with a sackful of medals at the British Masters Rowing Championships in Nottingham.
Joan Heath and Anita Carter led the way by taking gold in the Women’s Masters D Double Sculls with David Truss and Peter Essex nabbing a silver in the Masters E Coxless Pairs.
Tim Ellis won the Masters C Single Sculls while Jo Canton teamed up with regular partner Bruce Margetts of Lincoln Rowing Club to win silver in the Mixed Double Sculls.
And rounding off a great weekend for PCRC, Canton then joined Hayley Marsters in a composite crew that took silver in the Women’s Masters B Eights before storming to gold in the Women’s Coxed Eights.