THERE were celebrations galore and Peterborough's 43rd annual Head of the Nene race at the weekend as city scullers Matt Hunt and Glen Gilbert struck gold.
THERE were celebrations galore and Peterborough's 43rd annual Head of the Nene race at the weekend as city scullers Matt Hunt and Glen Gilbert struck gold.The dynamic duo were racing above their novice status in the Men's senior 3 double sculls, but still finished in 10minutes 24seconds for their third head-race victory of the season.
Hunt then raced in the fastest crew of the day, the Men's Senior 2 quadruple sculls, stroked by Ian Palmer, with Karl Stapleton and Steve Cranfield.
They won the headship over the 2,500m course in a time of 9.24, and finished eight seconds faster than their closest rivals – the St Neots/Star team – but no competition in their event meant they missed out on the pewter prizes.
Peterborough City Rowing Club also had four second places with the Women's Senior 3 quadruple sculls of Hayley Marsters, Ruth Turnock, Anita Carter and Jo Canton claiming silver in a time of 11.04, while the Men's Veterans coxed four of Graham Barks, Nigel Kippin, Dave Truss, Essex and cox Sam Tuck were also second in 10.45.
The Men's Senior 2 double scull pairing of Barks and Essex claimed silver in 10.33 and finally the Men's Veterans double sculls of John Bishop and Nick Hurford completed the course in 12.28.
Calm, dry weather and a light stream meant fast times for some crews, but for others that brought bouncier water and trickier rowing conditions.
Technique often won the day as seen by the Women's Novice coxed four winners, Headington School, beating the time of the Men's Novice winners, City of Sheffield, by 16 seconds.
PCRC had 20 crews racing in what was another successful head race. Entries for the race were up on last year, with 267 crews entered from top clubs from all over the country including London, York and Cambridge.