By Sarah Watson
It was a great weekend for Peterborough Scullers at the Women’s Henley Regatta, where three determined crews qualified at the prestigious 3 day event that is held over the iconic 1.4 kilometre stretch of the River Thames.
Ellie Cooke and Harriet Drake-lee qualified as the fourth fastest crew in the Championship doubles event competing for the W. Peer Cup. They just lost out by 7/8 of a boat length behind Bath University/ Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club in the quarter finals.
Devonne Piccaver and Ella Darrington qualified in the Junior doubles event competing for the Raynor cup out of a large field of 30 crews. They unfortunately lost out in their heat race against George Heriot’s school by just 3 seconds.
Kate Read did well to qualify for the lightweight aspirational singles event however lost out to a London Rowing club sculler in her heat race.
Also at the weekend was St Ives regatta, where a few Peterborough crews competed over the 550 metre course on the River Ouse.
Gemma Singleton and Keely Watson won the Women’s Masters A doubles event with the verdict of ‘easily’ against St Ives Rowing club. They also competed in the Women’s pairs event however just missed out on another win by 1/3 length against Kings School Ely.
Sarah Watson won the Women’s singles event, crossing the line 4 boat lengths ahead of St Ives Rowing Club on their home course.
The Mixed Masters A coxless quad of Chris Elder, Alex Hughes, Claire Widdowson and Gina Gould just lost out on a win by 1/2 a boat length in a nail biting final against a St Ives/Huntingdon composite crew.
Peterborough City Rowing Club will be hosting their Junior regatta this weekend on the 25-26th June. This will be taking place at Peterborough’s Thorpe Meadows 1000 metre rowing lake where junior crews will be competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals