City’s golden oldies strike at the British Championships

The victorious Peterborough City Masters F IM3 quad. From the left are  Neil Elder, Owen Green, Joe Smith and John Canton.
The victorious Peterborough City Masters F IM3 quad. From the left are Neil Elder, Owen Green, Joe Smith and John Canton.
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Peterborough City Rowing Club had plenty of golden oldies at the big weekend event for veterans.

The city club came away from the two-day British Masters Championships at Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre with three sets of gold and two sets of bronze medals.

Saturday’s wins were provided by Ian Palmer and Steve Cranfield.

They won the Masters B double sculls and then joined forces with Star’s Chris Callow and Leicester’s David Smith to win the Masters B coxless quads.

Peterborough’s Glyn Reed came second in the Masters F singles, but the category did not have enough entrants for silver medals to be awarded.

Joan Heath and Anita Carter narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Women’s Masters E double sculls final when a Weybridge crew crossed the line just a third of a second ahead of them.

Sunday started with some dramatic racing in the Masters E IM3 doubles.

Tim Lloyd and Keith Blackman were passed by a Tyne crew at the finish line of their heat with a difference of just four hundredths of a second separating the two crews.

The top three crews in Blackman and Lloyd’s heat were also the top three crews in the final of the event. Despite taking an early lead, Peterborough finished in third position for a bronze medal.

Another bronze for Peterborough was provided by a composite crew as Tracey Rushton-Thorpe, Tina Allen, Bridge Lloyd, Jo Canton and Hayley Marsters joined three Leicester rowers in the Masters C eights to take third.

The last Peterborough entry of the day saw a return to winning ways as the Masters F IM3 quad of John Canton, Joe Smith, Owen Green and Neil Elder. They beat a Llandaff Rowing Club crew to win the event.