Young­sters set to shine at the big city re­gatta

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

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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