National Schools Regatta


There was success for six Peterborough crews who competed at the National Schools Regatta at the weekend, one of them qualifying for the A final at the Prestigious event. The competition took place on the famous Olympic Dorney lake, where junior crews raced over 1000 metres on the Friday, and 2000 metres on the Saturday and Sunday.

On the Friday, Oliver Barber, Sergio Read Moreira Lima, Huw Ballard, James Goodchild and cox Anouk Bosma placed 18th out of 55 crews in the J15 coxed quad time trials.

The Women’s J15 coxed quad of Emma Dennis, Emma Calver, Emily Fitzjohn, Peggy Papworth and cox Hannah Fitzjohn did exceedingly well to place 9th out of 69 crews in the time trials, just 2 seconds from an A final qualification. They then went on to place 5th in a very close B final, just 4 seconds behind first place.

Over the 2 kilometre course on the Saturday, The Champtionship coxless quad of Tom Calver, Jack Wakefield-Lilley, Bert Papworth and Daniel Armstrong placed 20th in their time trial, then went on to place second in the C final, just 4 seconds behind Walton rowing club.

On the Sunday the Womens Championship double of Devonne Piccaver and Ella Darrington did exceptionally well to qualify for the A final in their event. In their time trial they placed 6th out of 28 crews which led them to the their semifinal where they finished third, and then in their A final they crossed the line in fifth position, 5 seconds ahead of Maidenhead rowing club.

The remaining crews that raced on Sunday were James Garfield and James Ryder who placed 13th in the J16 doubles time trial, and Erin Ansell-Crook, Wiktoria Szubzda, Sophie Bicknell and Lottie Tasker who place 12th in the Women’s 16 quads time trial, then went on to finish 6th in the B final, less than a second behind Kew house school in 5th position.

Peterborough City Rowing Club will be hosting their Jubilee regatta next weekend on the 4 – 5th June. This will be taking place at Peterborough’s Thorpe Meadows 1000 metre rowing lake, where in addition to the excellent racing there will be celebrations taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.