City rowers just miss out at the big World Masters in Belgium

Tom Nash was a winner at Cambridge.
Tom Nash was a winner at Cambridge.
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Peterborough City Rowing Club members came within a whisker of clinching medals at the big World Masters Regatta in Belgium at the weekend.

Eight members made the journey to Hazewinkle to compete in the event, which attracted almost 3,500 rowers from all over the world, including many former world and Olympic medallists.

Steve Cranfield and Ian Palmer took part in the Masters B doubles and rowed really well to finish second behind a German pair in their heat, covering the 1,000m distance in 3:36:86.

It was, however, just the heat winners who progressed to the final.

Their time though turned out to be the fifth fastest overall - not a bad effort seeing as almost 100 boats lined up at the start line.

There was also a near-miss for Joan Heath in her Masters G single sculls. She too was second in her heat and just missed out on the final.

Several crews containing Peterborough rowers managed to earn fourth-place finishes.

Jo Canton and Hayley Marsters were in a composite crew that came fourth in the Women’s Masters D eights and Cranfield and Palmer were in a Masters B composite quad pipped to third place by just four seconds.

Heath and Anita Carter were also close to third in the Women’s Masters E double sculls, coming home just three seconds behind a US and Canadian crew.

Carter also joined forces with the RAF rower Tim Ellis and again to finish three seconds behind the third-placed German crew in the Mixed Masters C double sculls.

And finally, Heath and Steve Tuck finished just 0.2 seconds behind the third-placed US crew in the Mixed Masters F double sculls.

Closer to home, it was a great weekend for Peterborough at the Cambridge Autumn Regatta.

Peter Orme won his first single sculling pot by beating a Cantabrigian sculler in the Masters E singles final.

The club’s juniors in particular took advantage of the good conditions to bring home five wins for the club.

Abdul Aly had his first sculling win in open competition, taking the Novice single sculls.

Tom Nash continued this season’s winning form in his singles by cruising through the quarters and semi-finals before defeating Huntingdon in the final of the J16 single sculls.

He then joined Aimee Parker, Megan Stoker and Hannah Chatfield in the open J18 coxless quads event where they overcame an all-male crew from Alton RC to win.

In the J16 doubles category, Lauren Shearman-Smith and Sarah Watson claimed another win for Peterborough, and Piers Casey, Aly, Robbie Peel and Forbes Plumb completed the wins with victory in the IM3 coxless quads event.

Will Kirby did well to beat Maidstone Invicta and Alton RC in the J15 single sculls, but was unlucky to lose in the final.