By Sarah Watson
The British junior rowing championships took place over the weekend at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham where crews from all over the country travelled to compete at this prestigious competition. The younger crews in the category J15 and below raced over a 1000 metre course, and older crews aged J16 and above raced over a 2000 metre course. There were four Peterborough crews that qualified for the A final, one crew returning National bronze medallists.
The crew on the medal podium was a composite crew of Alice Dovey, Ella Darrington and Devonne Piccaver from Peterborough, who joined Sophie Pepper from Bewl Bridge Rowing club to place third out of 17 crews in the time trial round then went on to secure a bronze medal in the A final in the Women’s J18 coxless quads event.
Darrington also reached the A final in her J18 single after placing 5th in time trials out of 29 crews which was just 3 seconds off the top 3 crews. She then went on to place 6th in the A final, and crew mate Piccaver did well to place 11th overall in the same event.
The Women’s J15 double of Emma Calver and Emily Fitzjohn did exceedingly well to place 4th out of 38 crews in the time trials, just 1 second from third position and 5 seconds from Globe in the top spot. In the A final they crossed the line in 5th position, just 2 seconds behind Chester-Le-Street Amateur Rowing Club in fourth.
James Garfield and James Ryder did well in the J16 pairs event, finishing 6th in the time trial then 6th in the A final.
In the J18 singles event, Matt Hand placed 12th out of 42 crews in the time trials then had an even better result in the B final finishing second which placed him 8th overall. He was only 0.26 seconds from winning his B final.
The J15 double of Oliver Barbour and Sergio Read Moreira Lima placed 9th out of 33 crews in the time trials, just 3 seconds from qualifying for the A final. In the B final they placed 2nd with a time of 4:00.1, just 4 seconds behind Weybridge RC in first place.
The Womens J14 double of Anouk Bosma and Emma Dennis also did well to reach the B final in their event and crossed the line in 4th position.