St Neots regatta took place over the weekend where crews competed over the 1000 metre course on the Saturday, and the shorter 500 metre sprint course on the Sunday. Over the course of the weekend, Peterborough city scullers picked up an impressive 12 wins and 11 second places.
A sculler that won on both days was Alex Leverage, who joined Jack Collins, Connor Ribbons, Henry Barnett and cox Finlay Ribbons to win the Band 2 Open four on the Saturday, crossing the line a whole length ahead of Globe Rowing club. He then reunited with old crew mate James Toynton (from Gloucester Hartpury) to bring back their Deadly Duo, beating fellow club mate Benjamin Mackenzie alongside Byron Bullen (Sudbury Rowing Club) by just a bow-ball in the J18 doubles final.
Despite losing out in the J18 double, Mackenzie had solo success in his J18 single, where he won the final by 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Star Club.
Also racing in a single, Daniel Armstrong raced a year above his age category, winning his J15 single by 3/4 length against Huntingdon Boat Club.
Grace Niklasson and Esme McIntyre left with a pot in each hand, as they joined forces with Lily Mae Allen, Isabel Jackson and Emma Calver (cox) to win the Women’s J14 coxed quad by 1 1/2 lengths. Niklasson gained her second pot from her J14 single which she won by an impressive margin of 5 lengths ahead of Sudbury Rowing club. McIntyre gained her second pot when she joined Georgie Vassiliades to win the Women’s J14 double by 1/4 length in a nail biting final against Sudbury Rowing club.
Lucy Ralfs and Isabel Prothero had similar success in their J15 double, where they beat Sudbury Rowing club by 1 1/4 length in their final, and another victorious junior double was Bert Papworth and Tom Calver who beat Maidstone Invicta rowing club by an impressive 2 1/2 lengths.
Calver gained his second pot of the weekend, when he coxed the oarsome eight of Caroline Calver, Tina Allen, Becks Konijnenberg, Emma Richardson, Helen Griffiths, Lucy Dayer, Sarah Watson, Alice Mason to success in the Band 1 women’s category, beating Lincoln Rowing club by 3/4 length.
The Masters crews did exceptionally well at the weekend – Illektra Apostolidou and Pete Orme won their Mixed double easily against Maidstone, and Sarah Smith, Hayley Marsters, Joan Heath and Jo Canton won their Masters D quad, 3 lengths ahead of Isle of Ely rowing club.
Crews that did well to reach the final but left with second place was: Liz Pulford (Leicester), Hayley Marsters, Sally Horrocks (Leicester) and Jo Canton (Womens Masters D/E quad); Henry Barnett and Alex Leverage (Open Pair); Georgina Parker and Jenna Taylor (Women’s J18 double); George Nash, James Baile, Steve Akeerman, Kenny Low and John Canton (Masters B/C coxed four); Sarah Sheldrick, Helen Mosely, Caroline Graham, Julie Barratt and cox Ericha Knowles-Pardoe (Women’s Masters B/C coxed four); Paul Shepherd, Joe Smith, Dave Chinn and John Canton (Masters F/G quad); Lucy Ralfs, Isabel Prothero, Lily Mae Allen, Isabel Jackson and Emma Calver (Women’s J15 coxed quad); Tom Calverley and Brandon Ingle (J15 double); Daniel Armstron (J14 single); Ilektra Apostolidou (Womens masters A/B/C single).