City pair Leverage and Toynton are head boys on the Yare
Peterborough City Rowing Club juniors Alex Leverage and James Toynton turned in an outstanding performance at the Norwich Head on Saturday.
The deadly duo raced in the J15 doubles over 2,000m on the River Yare and blew away their opponents to win by the impressive margin of 50 seconds overtaking four crews in the process.
There was also a victory for Peterborough over the long course distance of 5,000m as Stuart Holmes and Chris Elder won the IM3 doubles.
Toynton narrowly missed out on a second win when finishing a close runner-up in the singles. He was only eight seconds behind the fastest sculler out of both the J15 and J16 singles categories.
Also competing in the J16 singles were Benjamin Mackenzie and Jack Collins and they did well to finish third and fifth respectively against nationally selected opponents.
Leah Dennis and Jenna Taylor were in the women’s J15 doubles event and had a successful row, only being a second away from fourth place.
Peterborough City rowers were also in action on Sunday at the Head of the Trent and they gained three creditable second places.
They came from the Women’s Masters C eight of Hayley Marsters, Caroline Calver, Tina Allen, Gail Parker, Llektra-Georgia Apostolidou, Kate Read, Helen Wallace, Sarah Sheldrick and cox Hannah Parker, the Women’s Novice coxed four of Hayley Shipton (stroke), Rachel Pishorn, Nikki Brett, Sarah Baker and cox Tracey Rushton-Thorpe, and Steve Cranfield and Ian Palmer in a composite Masters quad.
Rushton-Thorpe then went on to cox the Women’s IM3 eight with Shipton as stroke again and with crew-mates Sarah Watson, Louise Dybel, Nickie Livett, Helen Griffiths, Clare Dobler, Lauren Shearman-Smith and Helen Lavelle they secured fourth place.
Two Peterborough rowers won medals at the BUCS (British University and College Sport) Head in Nottingham over the 5000 metre course.
Charlie Adams was in the Newcastle University A crew which took the gold in the women’s intermediate eights, while Tim Halliday was in the University of Nottingham’ lightweight men’s crew that won a bronze.