Top weekend for city rowers


Peterborough City Rowing Club has achieved some exceptional results at regional, national and international events in July.

Firstly, at the British Rowing Junior Championships – an extremely competitive three-day event in Nottingham, which proved the high standard of the club as over a dozen City rowers raced the 2000-metre course.

The weekend began with success on Friday, as double Tom Calveley and Brandon Ingle achieved an impressive 10th place in the Open J14 skills omnium. This was followed bravely by Freya Woodall, who competed as one of the 91 crews in the Women’s J14 singles, where she achieved 55thplace, a great result for her first national omnium.

Saturday saw Women’s J16 double Nia Griffiths and Lily-Rose Mace make it into the C Final, where they achieved a very respectable 5th place. This was followed by Women’s J15 double Chloe Reed and Milly Hilton who missed out on the final by just 1.7 seconds. George Woodall braved a single in the Open J15 category, where he took a great 6th place in the E Final.

Three crews progressed from the time trials on the Saturday into the A and B finals on Sunday.

Sunday’s results began with a phenomenal 4th place for Tom Bodily, Tom Jackson, Ted Smith and Callum Gilby, with cox Tom Calver, in the Open J15 coxed quads, missing out on a spot on the podium by 0.14 seconds in a gripping final.

Benjamin Mackenzie, James Toynton, Jack Collins and Alex Leverage rowed up a year group into the Open J18 coxless quads, where they continued the success, achieving an outstanding 5th position.

Double Georgina Parker and Hannah Bassett achieved an incredible 4th place in the B final, placing them an impressive 10th overall, as they rowed up a year into the Women’s J18 category.

Meanwhile at Cambridge, Peterborough City Seniors worked hard throughout the week at the 2018 CRA Town Bumps. Coxed by Helen Lavelle, rowers Forbes Plumb, James Plumb, Lyndon Jenkins, John Long, Neil Elder (substituted by Damen Sanderson on the Friday), Daniel Heard, Alex Totty and George Wilson secured their place in Division 1, moving from 17th to an impressive 15th place.

Top City rower Camilla Plumb meanwhile was selected to represent England in the Women’s Lightweight single, Women’s Lightweight double, and the Women’s coxless quads at the Home International Regatta in Ireland. After an outstanding row, she won her single on Saturday, helping England Women to win 1st place overall.