Pewter at Peterborough for Nottingham RC
Peterborough Spring Regatta was rowed on a multi-lane lake close to the River Nene in cool, windy and wet conditions. On Saturday the race distance was 1,000m whilst Sunday saw rowers compete over a 500m sprint course. Whilst the Women’s main squad went down to Henley with coach Helen Bloor to prepare for the coming regatta, the men, supervised by coaches Dez Atkins and Dan Johnson, trained on the Trent, while the rest of the club went to Peterborough.
Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College) and Emma Lindley (Carlton-le Willows School) began the haul on Saturday with a win in the J18 double sculls. They both went on to win single sculls events as did Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School). On Sunday Vicky and Emma won two double scull events, bringing Emma’s total for the weekend to four!
Alicia Brown teamed up with Katy Bartlett (Holygirt School) to win J15 double sculls and Alicia took a single scull trophy yet again. Newcomers Sam George and Fiona Bassett entered and won mixed Intermediate 3 double sculls. Also on Saturday the Men’s Veteran C (over 43’s) eight, with Dr. Dave Sperry from Queen’s Medical Centre aboard, beat local favourites Peterborough City.
The men’s quad stroked by Paul Stevens repeated their Nottingham Regatta success and rowed to victory. Ben Sibly (Bilborough College), although only 17 won the men’s elite sculls event. This is the second time this season that Ben has won elite sculls. Callam Jones (Belvoir High School) won J14 sculls beating fellow Nottingham sculler Dominic Parnell (Grove School Balderton). Lucy Crooks and Georgia Smith pupils at Nottingham Girls High School took the J15 title bringing the day’s total wins to nine.
On Sunday Callam again won the J14 sculls with Jo Topham (Trinity School Aspley) and Jack Caston (Becket School) making it a Nottingham 1-2-3. Dominic Parnell, reverting to his J13 status, continued his unbroken run with victory over a previously undefeated Peterborough sculler. Charlie Wyman won Women’s Novice Sculls.
"17 wins brings us a total of 75 trophies for the season" said proud President Keith Atkinson. "This must make us the most successful sports club in the county. We are going out for sponsorship to expand our activities and keep this success rolling."
Report from Nottingham RC