Youngsters set to shine at the big city regatta
THE young guns could steal the show at Peterborough City Rowing Club’s May Regatta this weekend.
Some of the top youngsters from the UK’S elite clubs and schools are expected to compete atthorpe Meadows in the two-day event as a final tune-up for the National Schools Regatta at Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham in seven days time.
But with a strong local contingent due to take part in all classes from the single sculls up to the eights, city rowing fans can expect to see PCRC punching well over the 1,000 metre course.
PCRC spokesperson, Jo Canton said: “This is the first time we have raced over 1,000 metres for both days. Usually we race over 1,000 then 500 but because we are a bit earlier in the season this year we have decided not to do the sprints.
“A lot of rowers don’t want to be sprinting at this stage of the campaign so we are over the longer distance both days but it has certainly not affected our numbers.
“Once again we have a big entry of rowers from across the country but I would expect Peterborough City Rowing Club to have our fair share of wins for local fans to cheer about.”
On Saturday Great Britain junior hopeful Megan Lawless goes for glory in the J18 Single Sculls while fellow PCRC member and bronze medallist at the recent Regional Championships, Amy Parker, competes in the J14 singles.
There will also be high hopes fortim Halliday, Lewis Bucknell, Bradley Brown and Matthew Hart in the J16 Boys Quad - but it’s not all about the kids this weekend.
On Sunday Ian Palmer and Steve Cranfield will be strong favourites to take top spot in the Veteran B Double Sculls after landing gold at the British Masters recently while Palmer will also be among the favourites in the Veteran C Single Sculls.
And racing fans of a certain age could be in for an extra treat with club legend Mick Bates due to fly in from Canada to compete on Sunday, despite now being well into his sixties.
Entry for both days of the regatta is free with Saturday’s programme running from 9am to 7pm and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.
Peterborough’s Megan Lawless.
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